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Railroader Collection

"Railroader: A Journey Through Time and Technology" Step into the world of railroads, where history meets innovation

Background imageRailroader Collection: Train stopped by the snow, c.1900 (illustration)

Train stopped by the snow, c.1900 (illustration)
8698391 Train stopped by the snow, c.1900 (illustration); (add.info.: Transport. Train. Train stopped by the snow. Illustration in: Le Petit Journal, France, ca 1900.); © Archives Charmet

Background imageRailroader Collection: China before 1900 - the first train crossing the walls of Beijing. (b/w photo)

China before 1900 - the first train crossing the walls of Beijing. (b/w photo)
PCT4256608 China before 1900 - the first train crossing the walls of Beijing. (b/w photo); (add.info.: Chinese ambassadors visiting Europe in the second half of the 19th century were fascinated by)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Artillery transport railway convoy victim of bombing. 1914-1918 (stereoscopic glass plate)

Artillery transport railway convoy victim of bombing. 1914-1918 (stereoscopic glass plate)
6434330 Artillery transport railway convoy victim of bombing. 1914-1918 (stereoscopic glass plate); (add.info.: First World War 1914 - 1918 (14-18)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Palm Limited, c.1770-1959 (print)

Palm Limited, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673265 Palm Limited, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageRailroader Collection: The Buffalo Flyer, c.1770-1959 (print)

The Buffalo Flyer, c.1770-1959 (print)
3673324 The Buffalo Flyer, c.1770-1959 (print) by Vandersloot Music Publishing Company (1899-1931); Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Background imageRailroader Collection: 7379816

7379816

Background imageRailroader Collection: 7379815

7379815

Background imageRailroader Collection: On Duty in a London Signal-Box (engraving)

On Duty in a London Signal-Box (engraving)
7188338 On Duty in a London Signal-Box (engraving) by Lanos, Henri (1859-1929); Private Collection; (add.info.: On Duty in a London Signal-Box)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Railway alphabet Rs T U V, 1860 (illustration)

Railway alphabet Rs T U V, 1860 (illustration)
7206895 Railway alphabet Rs T U V, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Rs T U V: Rails, Station, Tunnel, One, Viaduct)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY ALPHABET K, 1860 (illustration)

RAILWAY ALPHABET K, 1860 (illustration)
7206887 RAILWAY ALPHABET K, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: K: The headdress of his Kepi, a caretaker)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY ALPHABET R, 1860 (illustration)

RAILWAY ALPHABET R, 1860 (illustration)
7206896 RAILWAY ALPHABET R, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: A: Look at the Tracks on which the steam)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY ALPHABET L, 1860 (illustration)

RAILWAY ALPHABET L, 1860 (illustration)
7206888 RAILWAY ALPHABET L, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: L)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Railways alphabet D, 1860 (illustration)

Railways alphabet D, 1860 (illustration)
7206879 Railways alphabet D, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: D: In this mechanic what a noble assurance)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY ALPHABET NO P Q, 1860 (illustration)

RAILWAY ALPHABET NO P Q, 1860 (illustration)
7206890 RAILWAY ALPHABET NO P Q, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: N O P Q: Navigator, Unofficial, Police, When)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY ALPHABET P, 1860 (illustration)

RAILWAY ALPHABET P, 1860 (illustration)
7206893 RAILWAY ALPHABET P, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: P)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Railways alphabet G, 1860 (illustration)

Railways alphabet G, 1860 (illustration)
7206883 Railways alphabet G, 1860 (illustration) by British School, (19th century); 29x24 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: G: The guard or driver, perches in his cage)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Picking up the Mails (colour litho)

Picking up the Mails (colour litho)
7180331 Picking up the Mails (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Picking up the Mails)

Background imageRailroader Collection: A 'Robot'Signalman (colour litho)

A "Robot"Signalman (colour litho)
7180324 A " Robot" Signalman (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A " Robot" Signalman)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Colorado, Rocky Mountains: The Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway (b / w photo)

Colorado, Rocky Mountains: The Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway (b / w photo)
7188142 Colorado, Rocky Mountains: The Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway (b/w photo) by American Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Guards compartment on a train (litho)

Guards compartment on a train (litho)
7185965 Guards compartment on a train (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Guards compartment on a train)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Oiling up (colour litho)

Oiling up (colour litho)
7180335 Oiling up (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Oiling up. Illustration for The Picture Book of Trains (Ward Lock)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Hanging up the Mail Bags for the Train to pick up as she flies by (colour litho)

Hanging up the Mail Bags for the Train to pick up as she flies by (colour litho)
7180329 Hanging up the Mail Bags for the Train to pick up as she flies by (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRailroader Collection: RAILWAY WORKER IN KHOTKOVO, 1882 (oil on canvas)

RAILWAY WORKER IN KHOTKOVO, 1882 (oil on canvas)
7215293 RAILWAY WORKER IN KHOTKOVO, 1882 (oil on canvas) by Repin, Ilya Efimovich (1844-1930); Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; (add.info)

Background imageRailroader Collection: Cordoba Station. Arrival of a passenger train from Madrid

Cordoba Station. Arrival of a passenger train from Madrid. The Spanish and American Illustration, 1893. Andalusia. Spain. Colored engraving

Background imageRailroader Collection: Cordoba Station. Arrival of a passenger train from Madrid

Cordoba Station. Arrival of a passenger train from Madrid. The Spanish and American Illustration, 1893. Andalusia. Spain. Colored engraving


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"Railroader: A Journey Through Time and Technology" Step into the world of railroads, where history meets innovation. In this captivating collection of illustrations and photographs, we delve into the life of a railroader - a dedicated individual who keeps the wheels turning and ensures smooth operations on the tracks. The journey begins with an engraving titled "On Duty in a London Signal-Box, " transporting us to the heart of bustling railway stations. The signal-box stands tall, its operator diligently guiding trains through intricate networks with precision and expertise. As we explore further, we encounter an array of fascinating images showcasing the evolution of communication within railways. The "Railway Alphabet Rs T U V" illustration from 1860 reveals how letters were visually represented for efficient messaging along the tracks. Each letter holds significance in conveying vital information that kept trains running safely. Continuing our exploration, we come across another set of alphabets - K, R, L, D - each representing unique aspects essential to railway operations. These illustrations from 1860 provide insight into how language was adapted to suit the needs of this ever-evolving industry. Moving forward in time but still embracing tradition, we witness mail being picked up by passing trains in a vibrant color lithograph titled "Picking up the Mails. " This scene encapsulates both efficiency and charm as postal workers swiftly exchange bags without disrupting train schedules. In contrast to these human interactions lies an intriguing glimpse into automation with "A 'Robot' Signalman. " This color lithograph showcases advancements in technology as machines take over certain tasks traditionally performed by humans, and is a testament to progress while raising questions about changing roles within railroad operations. Our journey concludes amidst breathtaking scenery captured in black-and-white photography. We find ourselves amidst Colorado's Rocky Mountains witnessing The Mount Manitou Scenic Incline Railway snaking its way through rugged terrain. This awe-inspiring image reminds us that railroads not only connect people and places but also conquer seemingly insurmountable challenges.