ATLANTA (April 8, 2014) – The "Historic Railroads of Georgia" photography contest seeks photos of historic buildings or structures associated with the railroad industry in Georgia. This is the 5th-annual online photo contest held by the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (HPD) to coincide with National Preservation Month in May. The contest is held in partnership with RailGA.com, an encyclopedic resource on the state's railroad history. Submitted photos may be used (with credit) to provide updated imagery for the site. Entries will be posted to the Division’s Facebook page here (http://goo.gl/YM08tJ) as they are received.
Georgia's railroad industry dates back to the 1830s, and by the 1850s the state had more rail miles than any other in the "Deep South." The rail network spans the state and has played a key role in shaping its history and growth. Along with the construction of many miles of rail came a vast collection of supporting infrastructure: depots, office buildings, shops, signal towers, bridges, tunnels, and more. Many of these resources survive today.
Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, choice of subject matter, and composition. Submitted photos must depict historic resources associated with the railroad industry in Georgia. This includes depots and other buildings as well as structures like bridges or tunnels. A comprehensive list of depots is available at www.railga.com/depotlist1.html.
The top entry will receive the following prizes:
- A copy of The Courthouse and the Depot by Wilber W. Caldwell, a narrative catalog of Georgia’s nineteenth century public architecture and a complete history of the hundreds of rural railroad lines that covered the state in this period.
- A copy of O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line. Link's pioneering night photography documented the Norfolk and Western Railway as it converted its operations from steam to diesel in the late 1