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Howard Fogg’s Trains 2017 Calendar

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Considered the foremost master of railroading art, Howard Fogg painted the power and majesty of the steel wheel on the steel rail. After rail fans discovered Fogg’s artistry, he spent the next 50 years as a freelance artist reinventing the steam age. In Howard Fogg’s Trains 2017 calendar, his paintings live on commemorating the Golden Age of railroading.

This deluxe wall calendar is published by Tide-mark and opens to 13.25 x 20 inches.

Paintings featured in the 2017 calendar include

Pennsy’s Magnificent GG-1

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 20 by 15 inches

Hermosa Graphics Collection, 1977

Pennsylvania Railroad 4911, one of 139 Class GG-1 motors in service for the Pennsy, was, for a while, unique. Well, sort of. The entire fleet was painted a Brunswick Green (nearly black) with gold stripes. But in 1952, Budd built new cars for the “Congressional” and the “Senator.” So to match the Tuscan red of the new cars, ten GG-1’s were also painted in Tuscan red. In this painting, we see Pennsy GG-1 4911 in Tuscan red paint with the “Morning Congressional” coming through a spring snowstorm north of Philadelphia en route to New York. A date for the painting could be late March of 1953. When passenger service was eventually cut back, all ten GG-1’s in this group returned to their workaday black paint.

Tennessee Pass Nocturne

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 18 by 13 inches

Fred and Holly Chione Collection, 1968

 

On a clear but very cold winter night in the early 1940’s near Mitchell, CO on Rio Grande’s Tennessee Pass Line, Engine 3617, a Class L-132 Mallet (2-8-8-2) is on the point of an eastbound freight. Although 3617 is putting out a maximum effort on the 3% eastbound grade, it is not going it alone. There are two more locomotives working just as hard; both are identical to 3617, one cut into the middle of the train as a swing helper, and yet another one shoving on the rear of the train, located just ahead of the caboose. About four miles ahead of 3617 is the summit of Tennessee Pass; here the two helper locomotives will be removed from the train, turned on the wye, coupled together, and run light a little more than 20 miles back to Minturn, CO to wait for the next train. What about 3617 and the train? From the top of Tennessee Pass, it is pretty much downhill eastbound all the way to Pueblo

Winter in the Siskiyou Mountains

Watercolor, 12 by 15 inches (detail)

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection, 1958

Southern Pacific 4195, a Class AC-7 (4-8-8-2) “Cab Forward” is working a northbound freight through Oregon’s Siskiou Mountains in the winter of 1950. Southern Pacific was the only railroad to use the “Cab Forward” design; the first engines arrived in 1910. The railroad ran through many snow sheds and tunnels in its operations, and the smoke and steam blowing back through the tunnels and sheds were was hard on the crews in a conventional locomotive cab. Southern Pacific eventually put 256 “Cab Aheads” in service. As an aside, Howard Fogg hosted a Christmas party in 1958, and he painted this scene to be given away as a door prize; the guests were to cut cards at the end of the evening, with the high card winning. Master photographer Neal Miller was selected to cut the cards first; he turned up the Ace of Spades, thanked Howard and picked up the painting, wished everyone a Merry Christmas and went home

The Giant’s Ladder

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 26 by 19 inches

James and Maryann Adams Collection

Still lettered for the predecessor road Denver, Northwestern and Pacific, Denver and Salt Lake 208a Class 76 (2-6-6-0) articulated, with help from another 2-6-6-0 cut in ahead of the caboose, is putting out a maximum effort to move a westbound freight up the tortuous 4% grade of Rollins Pass, seen here working up the first leg of the Giant’s Ladder. Winter added some almost insurmountable operating problems for the Denver and Salt Lake. Roaring blizzards such as those encountered at places like Jenny Lake and the top of the pass at Corona, sometimes with 15 or more feet of snow on the level, turned railroading into a recurring nightmare. Somehow, the railroaders did the nearly impossible—they managed to keep the railroad open. But in 1927, completion of the six-mile-long Moffat Tunnel eliminated the need to top the Pass. Places like the Giant’s Ladder and the summit of Rollins Pass at Corona, with its torturous wind and winter snow measured in feet, became a memory.

The First ALCO PA

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 18 by 26 inches

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection

This large, vertical painting was purchased from a small gallery in Mississippi. How it wound up there is anyone’s guess. But it is definitely a Fogg painting, and a watercolor at that. The best guess for its date, based on the style and signature, was 1946-1947. It appears to be an American Locomotive Company (ALCO) PA-PB-PA set, the lead locomotive numbered 2000, with an eastbound passenger train in tow. The location appears to be a collage of several different places. Fogg was then the in-house artist for ALCO. The company was developing the PA diesel, and it may be that they were contemplating a set of demonstrator PA Diesels to barnstorm the railroads and help promote sales. Although that may explain the nature of the painting, there is no certain way to know for sure, some seventy years late                                                                

Big Boy

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 24 by 18 inches

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection, 1972

Union Pacific’s 4000-Series 4-8-8-4’s were constructed by the American Locomotive Company, and they were the largest steam locomotives ever built. The first twenty were placed in service to assist on trains moving freight over the punishing Wasatch Grade, located between Ogden, UT and Green River, WY, but with the arrival of five more in 1944, they also operated in three directions out of Cheyenne, WY: west to Green River, south to Denver and east to North Platte, NE. As with some of Howard’s paintings, this work pictures not only one location on the Wasatch Grade, but rather a collage of several locations. Shown here on an eastbound freight, 4011 was in the first group engines delivered, and though eight “Big Boys” were eventually saved for display, 4011 was not among them.

Henry Flagler’s Oceangoing Railroad

Painting by Howard Fogg

Oil on canvas 24 by 18 inches

Alan Altman Collection, 1974

Henry Flagler, one of America’s wealthiest men at the turn of the 20th century, had helped John D. Rockefeller build the Standard Oil Co. Flagler owned the Florida East Coast Railroad along with extensive interests in Florida luxury hotels and real estate he had developed. In 1904, he conceived the idea of building an “overseas” railroad to connect southern Florida with the Florida Keys. In 1912 the line between Miami and Key West was completed. Mr. Flagler frequently traveled this 150-mile-long line riding in his opulent business train car “Rambler”. The engine in the painting was on loan from another railroad owned by Mr. Flagler, the Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax Railroad. All went well until a hurricane destroyed large sections of the railroad in 1935. The days of trains crossing the Florida Strait to Key West were over. Today, the original bridge line is in service carrying a two-lane highway.

1218

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 17 by 22 inches

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection, 1979

Between 1936 and 1950, Norfolk and Western’s Roanoke Shops built 43 Class A high-speed 2-6-6-4’s. They were the epitome of the modern steam locomotive, equally at home with coal drags, fast freight, and even passenger trains. But the end of common carrier steam came in 1959 for the A’s. The 1218, however, led a charmed life—for a while. After being sold and resold, it was cosmetically reworked and put on display at the Roanoke Transportation Museum. From there, with the blessing of railroad management, primarily Chairman Robert B. Claytor, 1218 was overhauled and put into excursion service, beginning in 1982. For twelve years, a small part of Norfolk and Western steam was again active. Class J Northern 611 was also in service at this time. But a new breed of railroad management pulled the plug on all steam operation in 1994. Today, 1218 is again on display at the Roanoke Transportation Museum, and 611 has been restored to active excursion service.

Southern Green and Gold

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 24 by 18 inches

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection, 1971

Surrounded by beautiful fall scenery, Southern Railway 1401, a Class Ps-4 Pacific (4-6-2) is on the head end of the southbound “Crescent” running late after being detoured through the Carolina Piedmont Mountains because of a derailment on Southern’s main line. This painting was originally commissioned by Frank Clodfelter. In 1971 he wrote the first book about Howard Fogg entitled Fogg and Steam. When Clodfelter was a young man, he was an engineman for the Southern and actually fired some of these locomotives, including the 1401. In 1962 this locomotive was donated to the Smithsonian Institute; it has been on display there in all of its Green and Gold finery ever since.

Where is the DB&A?

Painting by Howard Fogg

Oil on canvas, 24 by 18 inches

Joe Chione Collection, Circa 1980

The geared locomotive in this view is a Heisler, surefooted on rickety industrial or logging rail and powerful enough to do whatever is required of it. This is DB&A Engine #1. One problem—there is no railroad with the initials “DB&A,” never was. This is a scene created using the Mann’s Creek Railroad in West Virginia as a sort of general model. They used these locomotives and hauled coal in wooden hopper cars. The railroad was located southeast of Charleston, WV, and the fall color there is comparable to that seen here. The time might be right, just after World War II. But why DB&A? There is no date available, and the painting, was last sold at an auction. Those who knew Howard know that he liked to throw a bomb once in a while. It is a spectacular oil on canvas, large, beautiful scenery, locomotive painted perfectly—what no one knows is why or who commissioned it. Any ideas?

Bondad Crossing

Painting by Howard Fogg

Oil on canvas, 28 by 22 inches

Al and Bernadette Chione Collection

Denver and Rio Grande Western’s locomotive 375 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as engine 103, a Consolidation (2-8-0) for the Crystal River Railroad. It was sold to the Denver and Rio Grande Western in 1916, eventually renumbered 375. Seen here with a southbound consist of empty stock cars en route to Aztec, NM, 375 is crossing the triple-span bridge over the Animas River near Bondad, CO in the summer of 1935. It was retired from service and scrapped at Alamosa, CO in 1949

Christmas on the Monon

Painting by Howard Fogg

Watercolor, 20 by 15 inches

Hermosa Graphics, 1952

This was the seventeenth and last commission for a painting given to Howard Fogg by the Monon’s (Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railroad) president, John Barriger. Titled “Christmas on the Monon” by the railroad, it shows a local freight in a siding near West Lafayette, IN as the “Hoosier Limited” passes by a rural farmstead. The date given on the painting is December 24, 1952, and Monon used it for their Christmas card that year. Mr. Barriger was the president of the Monon from late 1945 until the end of 1952. He then became a vice-president of the New Haven. In 1954 he left New Haven and took over the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie, where he remained for ten years. He was a steady customer of the artist, commissioning more than one hundred railroad and industrial scenes. Some of his paintings are still privately owned, since many of them were presented to various customers using the railroads he managed, however, the Barriger Library in St. Louis, Missouri also has a number of them on display.

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