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Howard Fogg's Trains 2014

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Howard Fogg's Trains Calendar

Considered the all-time master of railroading art, Howard Fogg painted the power and majesty of the steel wheel on the steel rail. After rail fans discovered Fogg's artistry, he spent the next 50 years as a freelance artist reinventing the steam age. In Howard Fogg's Trains, his paintings live on commemorating the great age of railroading.

14 x 22 inches, open


Featured Paintings:


  • “A Busy Time at Mears Junction” 1987, oil on canvas
  • “Rock Island Fast Freight” watercolor
  • “Colorado and Southern 900” 1970, watercolor
  • “Steam and Spanish Moss” 1968, watercolor
  • “Sierra Summertime” 1955, watercolor
  • “New York Central and Hudson River Railroad #999 at Bear Mountain” watercolor
  • “Centennials on Sherman Hill” watercolor
  • “Maximum Effort” 1996, watercolor
  • “Tank Train at Cresco” 1987, oil on canvas
  • “Hunting Season in the Berkshire Hills” 1977, oil on canvas
  • “Fall at Grandfather Mountain” 1972, watercolor
  • “Telluride Sunset” 1991, oil on canvas


Howard Fogg's Trains Introduction

Howard Fogg's Trains Calendar 2014 marks the seventh anniversary of the death of Howard Fogg, widely considered the master of railroad painting. Fogg completed more than 1,200 paintings during his long career, most in watercolor, while some 200 were in oil. Held largely in private collections and rarely seen, Fogg's paintings are in full view in the just-released Howard Fogg's Trains 2014 calendar published by Tide-mark Press. The 2014 Howard Fogg's Trains calendar shows the range of Fogg's trains, each a delightful combination of detailed motive power in a majestic setting.

Howard Fogg's Trains Calendar Photographs

Each picture is accompanied by a description of the action and the equipment and also notes the medium of the painting, as well as its size and owner. This beautifully designed publication is attractive and useful, with calendar grids that have large blocks for every day of the week. The monthly calendar also includes grids for the previous and forthcoming months, to make planning more convenient. The Howard Fogg's Trains calendar opens to a generous 14 by 22 inches, nearly 10 percent larger than most other brands and includes major holidays and phases of the moon.

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.

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. On October 1, 1996, Howard passed away at age 79, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of artwork to be enjoyed by generations to come.

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