Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

“We behold a picture containing content that no longer exists, created by a photographer no longer alive. And yet the picture’s latent reality miraculously rises from its surface, existing for us in the present as an accurate likeness of the past. Holding a snapshot or glossy 8 x 10 railroad photograph in my hands, then, and contemplating the circumstances surrounding its production, producer, and place in time is still a magical experience, even after a decade of avid collecting.”

Jeff Brouws, from the introduction to Some Vernacular Railroad Photographs

The New York Times has more on Brouws and his collection of amateur railroad photographs: "A Collector of Railroad Photographs Uses Them to Track the Past"