In 1967, I perceived a need to preserve a color photographic history of America's railroads. Through mergers or dissolution, many railroad photo archives were in danger of loss and other private collections faced uncertain fates. Memories of the age of steam were growing dim.
An element of urgency prompted a thorough canvass of known collections of significant railroad photography. These, in turn, led us to other collections. We now have a number of fantastic photos and are adding new subjects as we uncover them.
To give the photos added interest, some of the best railroad historians are sought out to research and write detailed descriptions, including photo locations, a history of the train and railroad, plus some human interest, whenever possible.
Using some of the finest color craftsmen and digital artists in the industry, we process each photo with meticulous care. Many of the photos are old—some going back to the late 1930s and early '40s — and great time, care, and effort is needed to restore colors to their original intensity and hue.
Publication, of course, is dependent on sales. As current supplies are exhausted, another edition of new subjects is published. Where sufficient demand and unusual interest exists, reruns are occasionally made.
If you enjoy railroading and the nostalgia of the past as much as I, then climb aboard and share with me the adventure of discovery, and the joy I experience in compiling these colorful and unique vanishing vistas.
Richard E. Cox