Richard Steinheimer, famous railroad photographer of the USA, especially of Western US Railroads, passed away on May 4, 2011 in Sacramento, California after a long illness.
Let us remember his life, dedication, artistic vision, love of railroad–his heritage.
Richard Steinheimer (1929-) is considered one of the world’s greatest railroad photographers from the United States. Railroad photographers, artists, and videographers are the main people who have allowed our memories to be kept alive, and to be remembered through generations, of steam locomotives, steam trains and the reminiscing of the days when steam-driven trains were the major form of transportation on land.
He started his photographic career in 1945, when one of the most illustrious and powerful railroad companies–the Southern Pacific Railroad, ran their trains past his home. In 2004, he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and in 2007, suffered a stroke. His photography will remain in our heart/minds to remind us of the glory of American steam.
Southern Pacific 4194 at Night, Glendale Station, California 1950
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