Alan Fricker's Collection
Welcome to Alan Fricker's Railroad Picture Archives!

Front Page Pic Welcome to the RRPictureArchives.NET contributor site of Alan Fricker.  

I've been taking railroad photos now for 50 years, starting seriously with my first 35mm rangefinder camera in 1972. My first photos were of the Milwaukee Road, since I grew up only two blocks away from the eastern end of the Bensenville yard.  Transfer runs from the EL, IHB, N&W and C&O provided a nice variety of power to shoot.  Living within easy bicycle distance of the CNW's Proviso yard, Soo's Schiller Park yard and the IHB's Norpaul yard certainly didn't hurt either!

I have gotten more interested in documenting what's left of the railroads' past than what they are like now.  It appeals to the historian in me. It allows me to explore, photographically, how man has changed the natural landscape around him, and how it has forced man to adapt to the landscape.  Documenting the railroad remnants and reminders is my way of trying to show that relationship.  (07/26/2015 update:  I have removed several photos of ex-MILW trackage turned into a bike path owned by the Fargo Parks Board.  I have done this because of the treatment received by a Fargo street photographer by the Fargo Parks Board and Fargo police.  It's not a crime to take photos in public!)

I started with a 127 film camera and graduated to a Petri 35mm rangefinder in high school, with a Mamiya SLR coming in college.  I recently purchased a used mid-level digital single lens reflex camera and a nice used lens for it.  It's the digital equivalent to my film single lens reflex camera body.  I had to do this, with regret, because of the loss of camera stores and locally available film processing.  Where I live now has been reduced to one place; and the manager has told me that when the negative machine breaks, it will not be replaced.  Sad.

A new slide and negative scanner has given me the ability to start adding to these albums for your enjoyment.

I do some manipulation of the photos.  Cropping and lightening or darkening is the extent of that-I don't like the idea of doing any more than that.  To me, it changes the historical context of the photo and is not necessary.

You may browse my collection of pictures via the menu located on the left hand side of the page.  I hope you enjoy the collection and thanks for stopping by!

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Site Stats
Photos: 1,204
Locomotives:  307
Rolling Stock:  167
Locations:  77
What's New?
New Photo Albums
The Saddest Album
   -Added 1/20/2017 10:21:59 PM
A Study in Steam: CB&Q 3006
   -Added 12/26/2015 12:17:30 PM
Whose Train Is This?
   -Added 11/29/2015 8:13:39 PM
A Study in Fairbanks Morse
   -Added 10/8/2015 12:14:20 AM
Bill's Visit to Linden
   -Added 8/9/2015 11:28:16 AM
Bill's Kankakee Trip
   -Added 6/6/2015 9:11:23 PM
End Cab Switchers
   -Added 5/16/2015 9:53:04 PM
After Breakfast Surprise!
   -Added 4/20/2015 9:32:30 PM
Vernon County Railroad Remnants
   -Added 4/19/2015 11:54:16 AM
Bill's 2015 TP&W album
   -Added 2/7/2015 12:29:02 PM
A Study of BNSF 9234
   -Added 12/7/2014 11:25:51 AM
Even On Cloudy Days, Sometimes A Guy Gets Lucky!
   -Added 12/6/2014 5:43:05 PM
This is Test...of a New Camera
   -Added 11/23/2014 10:47:52 AM
Bill's July and August Photos
   -Added 9/14/2014 12:14:37 PM
NKP 765 in 1980-My 1000th Posting!
   -Added 9/14/2014 12:07:16 PM
Bill's 2014 Galesburg RR Days Trip
   -Added 7/30/2014 9:09:55 AM
F Units That DIDN'T Go To Spencer!
   -Added 6/24/2014 9:35:54 AM
Illinois Railroad History Rambling
   -Added 6/1/2014 12:54:23 PM
Jeff & Jess See Steam!
   -Added 3/2/2014 9:56:20 PM
Fargo's Railroad Remnants 2
   -Added 3/2/2014 9:11:45 PM
The Tom Gaasch Collection
   -Added 3/2/2014 11:38:32 AM
The BNSF During 2001-2010 in Fargo
   -Added 2/23/2014 1:31:44 PM
The Otter Tail Valley in Rothsay, Minn.-2007
   -Added 2/2/2014 11:53:07 AM
Hot Summer Memories on a Bitter Cold Winter Day
   -Added 1/4/2014 2:32:45 PM
Like Brand New Yellow Box Cars???
   -Added 11/23/2013 4:12:18 PM
Minnesota Historical Society's Largest Complete Artifact
   -Added 9/15/2013 9:34:52 PM
The 2013 Otter Tail Valley
   -Added 8/28/2013 9:26:00 PM
Railroad History in Breckenridge, Minnesota
   -Added 8/28/2013 3:30:11 PM
Bill's Preserved Railroading
   -Added 8/24/2013 11:50:02 AM
Bill's Galesburg Quickie
   -Added 6/26/2013 1:55:03 PM
Bill's Gold Coast Museum trip
   -Added 5/22/2013 10:39:56 AM
Bill's 2013 Bloomington Shots
   -Added 3/16/2013 10:11:24 PM
Bill's 2013 TP&W Shots
   -Added 3/16/2013 9:41:49 PM
Dilworth Loco Daze 1993
   -Added 10/24/2012 10:01:36 AM
Wednesday Sunrise in Fargo
   -Added 9/26/2012 10:55:30 AM
Updated Photo Albums
1970s Franklin Park, Illinois
   -Updated 1/15/2017 10:04:26 PM
Milwaukee Road 1970s & 80s
   -Updated 1/14/2017 10:02:38 AM
NKP 765 in 1980-My 1000th Posting!
   -Updated 1/8/2017 7:31:06 PM
Cabooses! Cabooses! Cabooses!
   -Updated 1/8/2017 7:24:15 PM
Even On Cloudy Days, Sometimes A Guy Gets Lucky!
   -Updated 4/23/2016 4:33:46 PM
Bill's Gold Coast Museum trip
   -Updated 1/23/2016 10:50:50 AM
Fargo's Railroad Remnants 2
   -Updated 7/26/2015 5:45:35 PM
Fargo's Railroad Remnants
   -Updated 7/26/2015 5:44:41 PM
Bill's 2015 TP&W album
   -Updated 4/19/2015 9:03:08 PM
Illinois Railroad History Rambling
   -Updated 12/6/2014 6:18:38 PM
This is Test...of a New Camera
   -Updated 12/6/2014 11:29:16 AM
Bill's 2014 Galesburg RR Days Trip
   -Updated 8/21/2014 4:04:34 PM
The BNSF During 2001-2010 in Fargo
   -Updated 3/2/2014 4:07:51 PM
Bill's Preserved Railroading
   -Updated 3/1/2014 9:43:08 AM
BN & Others in Fargo, 1996-1997
   -Updated 2/23/2014 8:32:40 PM
Dilworth Loco Daze 1993
   -Updated 2/8/2014 12:05:12 PM
CP 2816 & Friends
   -Updated 2/1/2014 6:19:49 PM
Railroad History in Breckenridge, Minnesota
   -Updated 9/12/2013 12:49:05 PM
Bill's 2013 TP&W Shots
   -Updated 8/14/2013 10:00:59 PM
Becker County's Railroad Remnants and Reminders
   -Updated 7/24/2013 9:59:29 AM
Bill's 2012 Bloomington Photos
   -Updated 9/6/2012 9:41:09 PM
Clay County's Railroad Remnants
   -Updated 9/5/2012 10:53:59 AM
Bill's Monticello Railroad Days
   -Updated 7/28/2012 9:29:15 PM
Early Morning Surprise in Fargo
   -Updated 4/22/2012 11:55:00 AM
1981-1983 TP&W
   -Updated 7/16/2011 10:15:09 PM
Alan's railroad stations & railroad structures
   -Updated 6/15/2011 9:35:18 PM
Otter Tail Valley
   -Updated 2/24/2010 8:21:29 PM

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