Saturday, July 26, 2014

ALCO and Mixed Train Daily

March 1946: With the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) in the midst of converting from steam to diesel locomotive production, Duncan Fraser, President of ALCO, makes the decision that launches Howard’s artistic career. Hired as ALCO’s new company artist, Howard begins painting their locomotives in the livery of prospective customers, and examples of his work for them can be viewed at

September 1946: At a three-day gala hosted by ALCO at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, Howard’s paintings are on display, and Lucius Beebe attends. A journalist with the New York Herald-Tribune, Beebe is considering leaving New York to pursue freelance writing and publication of railroad books. Lucius seeks out Howard and a long-term relationship is born, with Beebe buying a number of paintings over the years.

1947: Mixed Train Daily, co-authored by Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, is the first of many to use a Fogg painting on the cover. The following photo from Howard's archives shows L-R: Clegg, Fogg, and Beebe (seated), in front of the display of six paintings that Howard completed for their book.

1 comment:

  1. How delightful to find. My father was a friend of Howards. James L. Layton. He worked and first met Howard at Alco. My father owned many of your dads original watercolors. My father's name was published in "Fogg and Steam" I am happy to have the book as well as the original painting from your dad... in all of it's vibrancy. We were all blessed by his talents. I wish my dad were still around. January 13th will mark 26 years since his passing. Miss him every day as I am sure you do.