New Exhibit “A Life in Railroad Photograpghy”

Join us for our New Exhibit “The Wallace W. Abbey; A Life in Railroad Photography” on loan from the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison Wisconsin. Abbey spent time with the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Saulte Ste. Marie Railroad, the SOO Line, so the exhibit also includes SOO Line artifacts from our collection.

The work of Wallace W. Abbey, one of America’s most dynamic railroad photographers, is located in the Museum’s Gallery Car just outside the train shed on TRACK #5.  The collection dramatically follows Abbey’s life work as he traveled around the country capturing historic images of railroads and the people who worked on all levels to keep the trains running.

Abbey transitioned his profession from journalism to public relations over the course of his forty-year career. His unique role as a photographer, journalist, historian and railroad industry executive allowed him to capture often overlooked perspectives spanning from the early 1940’s
through the 1970’s. Many of his photos focus on Midwest scenes from small towns to big cities.

The exhibit is open now through September.