Howard Fogg’s Trains 2018 Calendar
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 2018 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 2018 calendar include
Denver and Rio Grande Western Class K-36 Mikado (2-8-2) 483 has a westbound Rocky Mountain Railroad Club excursion in tow coming around the top end of Tanglefoot Curve a mile east of the summit of Cumbres Pass, Colorado on May 29, 1965. This image was from a slide taken by legendary rail photographer Richard Kindig. He supplied Howard with a print and he turned it into a large watercolor. This was a three-day excursion from Alamosa to Durango, then a round trip from Durango to Silverton and return, and the third day was a trip back from Durango to Alamosa, with 498 providing helper service from Chama to Cumbres. The adult fare for this 500-mile ride on the narrow gauge was $21.00. What a bargain!
Central Vermont—For Sure?
Is this really the Central Vermont? Howard painted this watercolor in 1938 and for some reason he hung onto it. It is of a Central Vermont 2-10-4 on a passenger train at Northern Maine Junction in a roaring snowstorm. When he lived in Boulder, Colorado in the 1980’s he showed it to a couple of his friends and remarked that he ”hadn’t gotten around to tossing it out.”. After his passing, his wife Margot was in the process of moving into a smaller home, and she found this painting, just as you see it, stashed under a studio couch in the room next to where he did his artwork. Howard had a great sense of humor, and perhaps he thought he would have one last laugh. And maybe he did!
Big Steam in the Cascades
It is the winter of 1940, and Great Northern 2043, a Class R-1 (2-8-8-2), is leading an eastbound manifest freight through the Cascade Mountains, on its way to Skykomish, Washington. Once 2043 arrives at “Sky,” it will be removed from the train, and electric power will take the train through the Cascade Tunnel to Wenatchee. This painting was commissioned by Frank Clodfelter for the book Fogg and Steam, which was the first of three books showcasing Howard’s work. This book has long been a collector’s item.
On the Approach to Lizard Head
Rio Grande Southern 40 with a short southbound freight is approaching the summit of Lizard Head Pass. This scene would date to the early summer of 1939. Engine 40, a Class 70 Consolidation (2-8-0), was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1881 as Denver and Rio Grande 411 and named “Quartz Creek.” In 1916 it was sold to the Rio Grande Southern, becoming their Locomotive 40, now a Class C-19. On the last day of August, 1943 it was involved in a wreck. As a result it was removed from service and scrapped in the same year.
The Tehachapi Loop
A matched pair of Southern Pacific Class GS-4 Northerns (4-8-4), 4454 on the point and 4440 the assigned road engine, are coming around the Tehachapi Loop with a southbound passenger special in the spring of 1954. As the two locomotives dig in with their eighty-inch drivers, a northbound freight has received a green signal and is approaching the west switch and Tunnel #9 at Walong, California (The siding at the Loop) en route to Bakersfield, thirty-nine miles away. This painting, completed in 1996, the year of the artist’s passing, was his last oil painting.
The Silverton Train
Denver and Rio Grande Western 476 leads a northbound eleven-car train a few miles from Silverton, Colorado in July of 1965. The painting, originally commissioned in 1966 by Palmer Hoyt, publisher of Denver’s “Rocky Mountain News,” was reprinted in large format in the newspaper for all to see. The Silverton train has become a Colorado institution, although it is now operated by the Durango and Silverton Narrow gauge Railroad, presently owned by real estate magnate Al Harper. To say that it is a roaring success is an understatement. If you haven’t ridden it yet, plan to add Durango and the train ride of a lifetime to your itinerary. Nobody goes away disappointed!
Alcos in the North Woods
Commissioned by the American Locomotive Company, this painting pictures two new Alco FA’s in freight service. In lieu of presenting a main line, high-speed freight, Fogg opted for a scene out of the North Woods. His purpose was to show that these engines were equally at ease with not only main line operations, but also with secondary trains with lower priority freight. A broadside image format was selected, and Howard chose to add pulpwood cars. Then he added the fishermen to warm up the scene. It all works well together, don’t you think?
A Turbine at Pittsburgh
Howard Fogg produced a multitude of paintings for Alco, but of all of them, this one may well have been the most obscure of all. General Electric and Alco worked together to create a new type of locomotive: the turbine. In 1949 one unit was produced to use as a demonstrator on various railroads. Seen here passing a steel mill at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, X-4500 is on a manifest freight. The turbine was successful, but a little heavy on maintenance. One other drawback was that it was very noisy, like standing next to a jet engine. The other drawback was that there was only one customer: Union Pacific. Over the years, Union Pacific operated two steam turbines, a coal turbine and 56 conventional turbines. All were off the roster by 1970.
Climbing Out Of Webster
It is the Fall of 1935, and Colorado and Southern Consolidation 73 (2-8-0) is leading a westbound freight climbing the 3.6% grade out of Webster, Colorado to the 9,991 foot summit at Kenosha Pass, still about five miles away. Another engine is working as a rear-end helper. Engine 73 was constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1896 for predecessor road Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf. It was set aside in 1938 with the cessation of operations on the South Park Line and, because there was very little market for small (and probably worn out) narrow gauge steam locomotives, 73 was cut up for October
Down the Arizona Divide
Santa Fe 1812 and two other EMD SD-45’s are the power for a westbound manifest freight rolling down the Arizona Divide at Maine in the winter of 1969. The large device on the adjacent track is an experimental infrared switch heater; this proved to be costly and it didn’t always work as planned. Propane switch heaters, still in use today, were more reliable and much less expensive. Maine is on the west side of the Arizona Divide, about 18 miles west of Flagstaff. It is easy to find and a great location for pictures. Watch for the Parks Road exit off Interstate 40, and travel south less than a mile.
Big Steam on Blue Ridge
Norfolk and Western 2173, a Class Y6b (2-8-8-2) built by the N&W’s Roanoke Shops in 1948, has an eastbound coal train working up the Blue Ridge grade in the winter of 1956. Another Y6b is working a rear-end helper spot, shoving on the caboose. Steam was in charge of all aspects of railroading on the N&W until a change of administration in 1958. New leadership wanted steam replaced by Diesel as soon as possible. By May of 1960 all steam was gone, including 12-year-old 2173 and 29 identical copies, swept aside by a better bottom line.
Christmas at Alpine
It is Christmas Eve of 1900 at Colorado and Southern’s Alpine Tunnel as Engines 57 and 71 pull away from the small depot there with a westbound passenger train. Rotary 064, still lettered for the Denver, Leadville and Gunnison, sits at the engine house after a slow, hard trip up the east face of Alpine Pass. Engine 57 has been added to the train as a point helper for the run to Gunnison for two reasons: First, it has a plow, and second experience dictated that the west side of Alpine Pass would be windy and snow covered all the way to Gunnison, still 40 miles away.