Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Historical Photographs - Earliest railroad photo/photographer?

From: Two23@aol.com

For the past year I've been using historical lenses (e.g. pre-Civil War) and a c.1885 tailboard camera [i.e. "1885 Watson & Son tailboard camera and 1855 George Wood meniscus lens using ISO 25 film"]. I shoot mostly railroad photos with this gear. I'm a member of Center for Railroad Photography & Art. I've been trying to figure out two things:

(1) What was the first railroad photo?

(2) Who was the first railroad photographer?

I think the answer to the second question is Edouard Baldus, who began photographing railroads in 1855. If you have any insight, I'd appreciate hearing it.

I'm also interested in buying a book of the photos in the Lightfoot Collection. I like these very much and find them interesting. If such a book exists, do you sell it?

—Kent Staubus, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Visiting Historical CPRR sites

From: "Karl Moellmer" karlmoellmer@frontier.com
cc: "John Moellmer" jmoellmer@q.com

My brother and I are considering a road trip from Ogden to Sacramento next summer. The purpose of the trip will be to visit as many transcontinental railroad sites as possible. We'll visit Promontory and the museums in Ogden, Carson City and Sacramento, but we also want to visit all the fills, cuts, tunnels and trestles sites to which we can gain access. Do you know of a "tour guide" or any similar document(s) that would help us plan our trip? Please reply to both me and my brother.

—Karl Moellmer