Noted Rail Photographer Stan Kistler Dies

California railroad photographer Stan Kistler has died. He was 91.

Kistler, who died on Sept. 29, was particularly known for his photography of the Santa Fe Railway.

An official with the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society wrote on the group’s Facebook page that Kistler was one of the last living photographers of “the golden age of railroading.”

A San Diego and Pasadena. California, native, Kistler received the Railway & Locomotive Society’s Fred A. and Jane R. Stindt Photography Award in 1996.

He began making photographs at age 12 in 1943 and had his first image published in the November 1951 issue of Trains magazine.

The image showed a Railway Club of Southern California excursion on the Apache Railroad pulled by a Fairbanks Morse H10-44 diesel and a 2-8-2.

He published his first story in Trains in April 1960, a profile of Rayonier logging operations in Washington state.

Kistler worked for 13 years at the California Institute of Technology and later for the Grass Valley Group, a manufacturer of television and broadcast equipment.

He was a co-author of two books, Santa Fe: Steel Rails Through Caifornia., with Don Duke (Golden West Books, 1963) and Stan Kistler’s Santa Fe in Black and White (Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society, 2009).

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