Developed from the museum's extensive railroad photographic collection by Ron V. Nixon, the exhibit presents a selection of 55 historic images of three important American railroads; the Northern Pacific Railway, The Milwaukee Road, and the Great Northern Railway. The photographs of Ron Nixon provide a critical documentation of the events and landscapes of American railroad history. His knowledge of railroads and skill as a photographer combined to create a significant view of railroads and the scenic beauty of the lands they traversed. Recognized as one of America's best railroad photographers, this exhibition features photographs that chronicle the evolution of steam, electric and diesel-electric locomotives across the varied landscape of the eastern prairies and the western mountains.
The exhibition “The Railroads of Ron V. Nixon” presents the steam, electric and diesel eras of three railroads by one of the best railroad photographers of our time. His dramatic views offer a unique experience with the historic world of railroading.