Richard Koenig

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    Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad
    (National Railway Historical Society, 2016) Koenig, Richard
    Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad is a comprehensive series of photographs made along the original route of the Pacific Railroad. A pictorial accompaniment to well-established textual histories of the building of the railroad, such as David Haward Bain’s Empire Express, Koenig’s goal is to give the viewer as strong of a connection as possible to this historic 19th century engineering marvel through the remaining human-altered landscape. While no people appear in the images, Koenig hopes they nevertheless conjure the Chinese and Irish graders and track-layers who built the road, as well as Native Americans, who were so gravely affected by it.
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    Growing Up in a Railroad Vacuum: Photography, Trains, and Mentorship
    (Center for Railroad Photography & Art, 2017) Koenig, Richard
    This is a selection of railroad imagery the author made between 1975 and 1979. The title comes from one of the protagonists of the story who moved to Bloomington, Indiana, from central Illinois and was accustomed to more train activity than his new home base could muster. The timeframe—just prior to the Staggers Railroad Act of 1980—makes the subject matter fairly interesting: first generation power, railroads that have been subsumed, as well as some lines that have been abandoned altogether. The author was between fifteen and nineteen years old at the time, and this article, a memoir of sorts, recounts the influence of mentors Ron Potsch, who worked for the Illinois Central Gulf, and Gary Dolzall, who wrote a sturdy history of the Monon, on the author’s study of railroading in the United States in the 1970s.
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    Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad
    (Union Pacific Historical Society, 2014) Koenig, Richard
    Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad is a comprehensive series of photographs made along the original route of the Pacific Railroad. A pictorial accompaniment to well-established textual histories of the building of the railroad, such as David Haward Bain’s Empire Express, Koenig’s goal is to give the viewer as strong of a connection as possible to this historic 19th century engineering marvel through the remaining human-altered landscape. While no people appear in the images, Koenig hopes they nevertheless conjure the Chinese and Irish graders and track-layers who built the road, as well as Native Americans, who were so gravely affected by it.
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    Field Notes: In the Land of Enchantment
    (Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, 2019) Koenig, Richard
    Through text and photographs, the author explores the history of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Re Railway in Northern New Mexico—as well as the context of the surrounding landscape. Originally attracted to the line due to it having some of the last active semaphore railroad signals in the United States, the author became interested in the history of iconic transcontinental railroad and the Santa Fe Trail that preceded it.
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    Transcon Perspectives
    (Kalmbach Media, 2019) Koenig, Richard
    Contemporary Views Along the First Transcontinental Railroad is a comprehensive series of photographs made along the original route of the Pacific Railroad. A pictorial accompaniment to well-established textual histories of the building of the railroad, such as David Haward Bain’s Empire Express, Koenig’s goal is to give the viewer as strong of a connection as possible to this historic 19th century engineering marvel through the remaining human-altered landscape. While no people appear in the images, Koenig hopes they conjure the Chinese and Irish graders who built the road, as well as Native Americans, who were so gravely affected by it.