Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography

Kevin P. Keefe & Scott Lothes
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From the late 1940s on, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday moments in transportation into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian, and railroad industry executive, helped people from many different backgrounds understand and appreciate what was often taken for granted: a world of locomotives, passenger trains, big-city terminals, small-town depots, and railroaders.

During his lifetime he witnessed and photographed sweeping changes in the railroading industry from the steam era to the era of diesel locomotives and electronic communication. Wallace W. Abbey: A Life in Railroad Photography profiles the life and work of this legendary photographer and showcases the transformation of transportation and photography after World War II. Featuring more than 175 exquisite photographs in an oversized format, Wallace W. Abbey is an outstanding tribute to a gifted artist and the railroads he loved.


Publisher: Indiana University Press

Author: Kevin P. Keefe & Scott Lothes
Pages: 240
Author Bio

Wallace W. Abbey (1927–2014) spent his career as a railroad journalist and public relations executive, primarily in the Upper Midwest, from the 1940s through the 1980s.

Kevin P. Keefe is a Milwaukee-based journalist and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Scott Lothes is President and Executive Director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art and a freelance author and photographer whose work appears frequently in Trains and other publications.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Along the Santa Fe 33

2 The Trains Magazine Years

3 Soo Line Storyteller

4 Chicago at Its Zenith

5 Class by Itself 157

6 Fighting for the Milwaukee Road 171

Epilogue 201

Acknowledgments 203

Index 207

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