Paintings by Howard Fogg featured in the 2022 calendar include:
Steam in the Heartland — 1955
Wabash Railroad 2910, a Class O-1 Northern (4-8-4), is hustling an eastbound freight through the central Illinois farm country east of Decatur during the winter of 1955. 2910 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and delivered in August of 1930. Wabash owned 25 Class O-1 Northerns.
Three of a Kind at Mears Junction
Mears Junction is located about a dozen miles due southwest of Salida, Colorado. It is about a week before Christmas of 1947 as Rio Grande 497, one of three Class K-37 (2-8-2) Mikados seen here, leads a northbound train, having left Alamosa, Colorado several hours earlier. The train has crossed the eastern side of the vast San Luis Valley, climbed Poncha Pass, and is now drifting downgrade with a string of box cars on its way to Salida, this crew’s destination for today.
Old Time 4-4-0
Old time 4-4-0, locomotive 85, has a five-car train in tow. It is standard gauge—Howard only painted narrow-gauge subjects when there was no way out of doing so. The location may be the Canadian Rockies. There is a “Prairie Schooner” covered wagon and an outrider going like the wind.
Shouldn’t Paint so Fast
The painting is an imagined scene, but it appears to be a westbound shooter on the Santa Fe Transcon near Chalander, Arizona, about eighteen miles west of Flagstaff.
Steam and Spanish Moss
Shay #41 of the MK Lumber Company is rolling a load of logs across a rickety trestle in Florida in 1950. This was a scene invented by the artist for a commissioned painting. The buyer asked for a painting with a Shay-powered backwoods lumber train in a Spanish moss environment typical of the Old South.
Westbound Mail at Martin, Washington
Northern Pacific 2601 is on the approach to the East Portal of Stampede Pass with a westbound mail train. The exact location is Martin, Washington and the year is 1930. The American Locomotive Company built twelve of these locomotives (4-8-4) for the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1926 and 1927.
Kanawha in the New River Gorge
The New River Gorge, located east of Charleston, West Virginia, is the setting for Chesapeake and Ohio 2711 on a passenger train in the late Fall of 1944. American Locomotive Company built 40 of these Class K-4 (2-8-4) locomotives in 1943 and 1944. This wheel arrangement was called a Berkshire-type. Chesapeake and Ohio referred to them as a “Kanawha.”
Steam in the Kansas Wheat Fields
Rock Island 5104, an oil burning Class R-67 Northern (4-8-4) leads a westbound freight near Wellington, Kansas in the Summer of 1950. Rock Island received ten R-67’s in 1944, numbers 5100 through 5109. In 1946 they received ten more; these were 5110 through 5119.
Station Stop at Wagon Wheel Gap
Wagon Wheel Gap, Colorado is located about 60 miles west of Alamosa on what was referred to as the Creede Branch. In 1935, there was still passenger train service on the Creede Branch, as illustrated in this painting. Rio Grande 784, built by the Brooks Locomotive Works in 1909, is a Class T-29 4-6-0 (“T” is for ten-wheeler; “29” is for 29,093 pounds of tractive effort.)
Bill Price’s Railroad
Baltimore and Ohio 4419, one of 45 Class Q-4 Mikados (2-8-2) built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1920, is leading a westbound freight up Sand Patch Grade just west of the horseshoe curve at Mance, Pennsylvania in the 1940s. Pennsy eventually owned 325 Mikados in several different classes; the Q-4’s were reported to be the best performers.
Three for Horseshoe Curve
The K-4s Pacific, three of which are seen here, were well-suited for high-speed passenger and mail train service. The first went into service in 1914, and the fire was dropped in the last one in 1957, a 43-year record of service. All 425 of them were built in the Juniata Shops. In this painting 5411 and two other Pacifics lead Mail Train #9 around Horseshoe Curve, west of Altoona, Pennsylvania in the Fall of 1945.
Eastbound Thunder at Dale Creek
Locomotive 9504, a Union Pacific Class (4-12-2), is leading an eastbound freight on the approach to Dale Creek, Wyoming in the Winter of 1950. Union Pacific and subsidiary roads maintained 88 of these three-cylinder monsters, all built by the American Locomotive Company between 1926 (when 9504 arrived) until 1930, when the order was completed. The “Nines,” as their crews called them, were the largest rigid-frame locomotives ever built
About the Artist
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.