Train Photos from Nebraska

The Vernacular Rail Images of Fred Ritter Jr.

By James J. Reisdorff and Michael M. Bartels

Introduction by Patricia Ritter Miller

104 pages, softcover
88 B&W illustrations



ISBN: 979-8-9884510-3-7

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Fred Ritter Jr. was a Swiss immigrant farmer living near Tilden, Neb., in the early 20th century. He was also a railfan who took snapshot-quality images of steam and diesel locomotives, passenger trains and small-town depots. As a result, these rare images serve as examples of one man’s perspective on railroading both in Nebraska and surrounding states during the very early years of railfan photography. His photo coverage included the Chicago & North Western, Burlington Route, and Union Pacific. Fred’s story ultimately tells of his love for both trains and family, and how the two were intertwined.

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