Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra
Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra
Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra
Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra

Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra

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Emil Albrecht’s Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photogra
 
Emil Albrechts Union Pacific Small Steam Power Great American Railroad Photographer Series
Assembled and Edited BY James W. Watson & F Hol Wagner Jr
Soft Cover
112 pages
Copyright 1985


ABOUT THIS BOOK:
The black and white photographs in this book are all from the collection of James W. Watson, while the color photographs on the front and rear covers are from the Al Chione collection.
Front Cover
Union Pacific 2-10-2 No. 5313 eastbound between Mc Cammon and Downey, Idaho on Oct. 26, 1947.
Back Cover
Two-tone grey 4-8-2 No. 7851 leaves Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 5, 1947 with train #31.
EMIL ALBRECHT
Emil Albrecht was born Sept. 22, 1910, in Derendingen, Solothurn, Switzerland, where he grew up, attended school and worked for a year as an apprentice in a factory that made "all kinds and sizes of metal bolts.
May 1926 brought a big change for the Albrecht family. Emil, his parents 5 and three younger brothers emmigrated to the United States, more specifically, to Montpelier, Idaho. It was here that Emil's fascination for trains, and particularly for the Union Pacific, was kindled. To quote Emil, "I was fascinated by them because they were and are so much larger than any I had ever seen before."
Since the Albrechts were Mormons, they wanted to be closer to a temple, so later in 1926 they moved 50 miles south to Logan, Utah, some 30 miles north of Ogden.
Shortly after the move to Logan, Emil started to work for a local dairy farmer, earning enough money to purchase his first camera from Sears & Roebuck - a 616 box "Brownie." Later came a 127 camera, then a folding Kodak 616. Many of the photos in this book were taken with the Kodak 616,  which Emil still owns.
U.S. citizenship came to Emil in the spring of 1940. In June of 1942 he was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent three and one-half years in an infantry division, where he "was thoroughly Americanized." During the time Emil was in the service, he continued his interest in railroading. Whenever he could, he photographed trains while stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., Fort Benning, Ga., and in France, Germany and Austria.
Returning home after the war, Emil continued his love affair with railroads, adding a new 620 camera and using it and the 616 until he obtained the 35mm Nikon cameras he uses today.
Besides his interest in railroads, Emil has a great love of art and is an accomplished artist, having painted a number of beautiful railroad scenes.
Emil also has enjoyed the support of his family as he pursued his affection for railroads. He was married to his first wife, Eveleen, in 1940. She passed away in 1972, and in 1973 Emil married his present wife, Phyllis. Both of these fine ladies not only tolerated but encouraged Emil's railroad photography efforts. Says Emil, "Both of these women have been supportive of my favorite hobby of railroad photography, and I am very appreciative of that."
Not only is Emil appreciative, but so too are the editors of this book, and hopefully also the readers. Without the support of these ladies, Emil might never have recorded the moments in history which we have gathered in this book. Our sincere thanks to Emil for his superb photographic efforts through all the years since he first began photographing railroad subjects in 1930.
James W. Watson F. Hol Wagner, Jr.

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