Free Presentation: “After Promontory: Photos, Myths, & Railroads in the American West”

A black and white image of an open train car that reveals another train through it.
Wallace Abbey, AT&SF freight train on Cajon Pass, California, 1970 Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Join us at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum on June 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm for a FREE presentation!

Led by Scott Lothes, Director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and Dr. Alexander Craghead of UC Berkley, this presentation will be titled “After Promontory: Photos, Myths, & Railroads in the American West”! Light refreshments will be served. Use our online form to register for this event.

Photo of Scott Lothes wearing a blue shirt and vest.
Photo Credit: Erin Rose

Scott Lothes has been the executive director of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art since 2011 and editor of its journal, Railroad Heritage, since 2013. Fascinated by railroads from birth, Lothes grew up watching coal trains in West Virginia. He took up photography while attending college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was graduated magna cum laude in 2002 with a degree in mechanical engineering. Hundreds of his photographs have appeared in print along with dozens of articles in magazines and newspapers. He has edited or coedited three books about railroad photography and contributed essays to four others. Prior to joining the Center, Lothes spent three years as assistant editor of the engineering magazine Sound & Vibration in Bay Village, Ohio, and one year as an English teacher at a high school in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. He has also lived in Oregon and traveled extensively in Vietnam, China, and central Europe. Since moving to Wisconsin in 2011, he has undertaken a project to document the railroads of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, where he enjoys hiking and camping with his wife, Maureen Muldoon, and their dog, Maddie.

Photo of Alexander Benjamin Craghead, wearing a blue shirt and eyeglasses.
Photo Credit: Scott Lothes

Alexander Benjamin Craghead is a curator, photographer, essayist, and historian who writes about the intersection of technology, representation, and landscape, whose work has appeared in several regional and national publications, notably Boom: A Journal of California, California History, Railroad Heritage, and The Smart Set. He was managing curator for After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental Railroading (travelling, 2019-Present) and consulting writer on South Portland and the Long Shadow of Urban Renewal (Architectural Heritage Center, 2020-2021). He is co-editor of Continuity & Change: The Lure of North American Railroads, (Center for Railroad Photography & Art, 2022), as well as co-editor and contributor to  The Railroad and the Art of Place: An Anthology (Center for Railroad Photography & Art, 2021), and the author of The Railway Palaces of Portland, Oregon: The Architectural Legacy of Henry Villard (The History Press, 2016). He teaches for the Program in American Studies at UC Berkeley, and hold a Ph.D. in architectural history, also from California.

 The Center for Railroad Photography & Art and the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum have collaborated to present this exhibition.


This event will be held on June 22 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.


This is a FREE event.

How to Register

Use our online form to register for this event.


The museum is located at the intersection of Queen City Avenue and Jack Warner Parkway, across Queen City from the Tuscaloosa Public Library.  The street address is 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

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