Howard Fogg Trains 2024 Wall Calendar

Considered the all-time master of railroad 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 Trains 2024, his paintings live on, commemorating the great age of railroading.

This 2024 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Railroads featured in this edition include:
• It is the early winter of 1949, and Chesapeake and Ohio Greenbriar Class J-3 (4-8-4) built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1937 is on the point of a passenger train making a stop at the Thurmond, West Virginia depot.
• Northern Pacific Class A-5 Northern (4-8-4) 2681 is leading an eastbound mail train east of Bozeman, Montana in the winter of 1950. There were ten locomotives in the A-5 class, 2680 through 2689, built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and delivered in 1943.
• Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG-1, one of ten motors of this class painted in Tuscan Red to match the color of the Morning Congressional is travelling through a snowy scene north of Philadelphia on its way to New York City, about 85 miles away.
• When the first Union Pacific Railroad 4000 was rolled out of the shop at American Locomotive Company, an unknown employee had chalked the words “Big Boy” on the front of the smokebox. Union Pacific had given thought to calling them “Wahsatches” after the grade they were originally designed to conquer.
• Rio Grande Southern Locomotives 21, a Consolidation (2-8-0) and 23, a Ten Wheeler (4-6-0) are leading a southbound string of varnish across Bridge 45-A, the 470-foot-long Howard Creek Trestle.
• Aliquippa and Southern 1210 is handling switching chores at its parent plant, Jones and Laughlin Steel Company in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. The cars are being set out for a pick-up by the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, which passes by just outside the gate here.
• Missouri Pacific 356, along with two other units, an FB-2 and an FA-2, is leading an eastbound expedited freight along the Missouri River at Jefferson City, Missouri, on its way to St. Louis in the summer of 1955.
• Locomotive 46238 of the former London, Midland and Scottish Railway is running through verdant green country north of London, England in the summer of 1950. A 4-6-2 designed for passenger train service, 46238 was named City of Carlisle.
• With the temperature hovering near 110 degrees, Union Pacific 1630A (a Model FA with two FBs built in 1949 by the American Locomotive Company trailing) has the westbound Daylight Livestock Express making near passenger train speed as it passes an isolated siding southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada in the Summer of 1949.
• Engine 1401, a Class Ps-4 Pacific (4-6-2), was one of a dozen built by Richmond Locomotive Company in 1926 for passenger train service. Southern Railway had numerous other Pacific-type engines, 261 in total, but these 12 were painted green with gold trim for service on the Crescent.
• In 1927 and 1928, the Baldwin Locomotive Works built a pair of articulated tank engines, numbers 50 and 51. This painting shows Engine 51 coming through Cooley, Colorado.

Published by Tide-mark Press © 2023

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About Howard Fogg

Howard Lockhart Fogg, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1917. He came from a family that was interested in trains and at least some of his interest in drawing and painting pictures of trains may be attributed to his grandfather, who was a draftsman for the Boston and Maine Railroad. The Fogg family moved to a suburb of Chicago in 1923, where Fogg senior worked for the Litchfield & Madison Railroad.

In time, Howard followed his father and attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he studied English literature, created cartoons for the college paper, painted trains, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1938. That fall he enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts with the intention of working as a cartoonist. After graduation, several uneventful jobs followed, including work as an apprentice engineer at the Baldwin Locomotive erecting shop until 1941, when Fogg was drafted into the army. The attack on Pearl Harbor prompted Fogg to transfer to the Army Air Corps where he trained as a pilot and received his commission and wings in 1942. Stationed in England, Fogg flew 76 missions escorting heavy bombers, many over Germany, and as a result, he was awarded the Air Medal with three clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross with one cluster. Howard was discharged from the army as a captain in 1945, certain only that he wanted to be a railroad artist.

In 1946, Fogg was fortunate to meet with Duncan Fraser, the president of American Locomotive Co. (ALCO) in New York. Impressed by Fogg’s work, Fraser hired the young artist to paint locomotives in the color schemes of the railroads that were receiving new engines. His work for ALCO brought Fogg into contact with Lucius Beebe, an author who began commissioning and reproducing Fogg paintings in a variety of railroading books. Fogg also met John Walker Barriger III, an expert in rescuing struggling rail lines. As Barriger moved from line to line, he commissioned Fogg paintings to help promote each railroad. Fogg’s reputation as a painter began to grow.

In 1943, Fogg had married his college sweetheart, Margot Dethier, and the couple was able to buy their first house in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, in 1947. The Foggs had friends in Colorado and, after visiting for several summers, they moved to Boulder in 1955. Fogg set up his studio there and continued to work for ALCO, although his long-term agreement with the company ended in 1957. Thereafter, Fogg worked as a freelance painter. As his reputation grew, Fogg found that his paintings
were in such demand that he had a backlog of orders that would require several years to fulfill.

During the course of his long career as an artist, Howard Fogg completed more than 1,200 paintings, most in watercolor, although some 200 were in oil. As a young artist, he once completed 45 watercolors in one year. As a freelance painter, he often needed about two weeks to complete one work, while late in his career each painting took about six weeks to complete.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 14 × .25 in