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Call of Trains Jim Shaughnessy
Jim Shaughnessy & Jeff Brouws
W W Norton
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2008-07-29 00:01:44
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The Call of Trains

Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy

Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy, text by Jeff Brouws.

Cloth with dust jacket, 224 pages, 11x10.75, 170 duotone photographs.

"A majestic collection celebrating the life and work of one of the deans of railroad photography.

Jim Shaughnessy is a revered name among railroad photographers. This collection, the best of his work over a forty-year career, features 170 duotone photographs taken between 1946 and 1988, with an emphasis on the railroad culture of the fifties and sixties. Jeff Brouws—a railroad authority and photo historian—has contributed a biographical essay that traces Shaughnessy's beginnings photographing steam locomotives in his hometown of Troy, New York, to his documentation of the dramatic steam-to-diesel transition, with an emphasis on the northeastern United States and Canada, where the concentration of railroad action and often deep snow resulted in beautiful and unusual images.

"Not just a compendium of photographs of locomotives, this book covers the whole railroad world—the sheds, tunnels, viaducts, yard stations, and more. It is a wonderful document of what is arguably railroading's most compelling era.

"Jim Shaughnessy is a retired civil engineer and photographer. He lives in Troy, New York.

"Jeff Brouws is the author of three other books on railroading, including A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer. He lives in Stanfordville, New York."