Railroad Photo Archive Now Available Online

The Lake States Railway Historical Association has posted on its website an archive of its collection of more than 35,000 images.

“Rail historians, prototype modelers, authors, editors, archivists, and others will find this a valuable research tool, easily accessible from anywhere.” Said LSRHA vice president Paul Swanson.

“We plan to continue scanning negatives and transparencies from our collections for the foreseeable future. We want these to be available to the community.”

Among the photographers whose work is represented in the archive are Chicago natives Bruce Meyer and Lee Hastman, Wisconsin native Ed Wilkommen, DeKalb-based school superintendent F.R. Ritzman, and avid collector William S. Kuba from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

There are also collections of Illinois Central and Rock Island company photography, builders’ photos from AC&F and Ohio Falls Car Manufacturing Company, and some photo postcards.

Prints and digital images are available for sale with proceeds supporting the association’s archives operation.

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