Don’t expect to see lots of pictures of trains at “Working on the Railroad,” the new exhibit at the New Mexico History Museum that opened Friday, Oct. 18.
The 40 black-and-white photographs featured in the show are dedicated to the men and women whose labor kept the trains running in New Mexico for nearly a century. The images, on display in the Mezzanine Gallery of the museum near the Fred Harvey installation, depict workers often underrepresented in railroad history and span the years from 1879 to 1971.
“Here in New Mexico, the railroad was such an important part of modernization. Its influence was everywhere. We have millions of images in our archives and there are many beautiful, small museums dedicated to the rails throughout the state, like the ones in Vaughn and Raton,” said Alicia Romero, curator at the history museum. “But I wanted to do something different.”