Friends of the Freight Car Dinner

The Friends of the Freight Car dinner will be held Friday, May 20th starting at 5:30 PM. This is a separate sale ticket that can be purchased when registering for the event. The evening’s special presentation will be “Railroad Images in Indianapolis and central Indiana in the 1950s and 60s” by Dick Baldwin.

Dick Baldwin was raised in Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood near New York Central’s Big Four Shelby Street roundhouse. He spent much of his youth exploring and photographing the great variety of NYC steam power at the Shelby Street facility. He also biked to various locations on the Indianapolis Belt, Pennsylvania and Illinois Central railroads.
Dick invested in a variety of camera equipment in the early 1950s. He spent a number of years doing free-lance work for a local television station and newspaper. In 1957 he began working at then NBC affiliate WFBM (later WRTV) television in Indianapolis as a news photographer. He later was promoted to chief photographer and held that position until his retirement in 1994.

Dick was named Indiana News Photographers Association’s News Photographer of the Year three times. Following his retirement, he was named to the Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame.

He has ridden many mainline and rare-mileage trains in North America, South America and Europe. In addition to railroad photography, Dick is a prolific collector of railroad timetables and memorabilia.

Much thanks to Mont Switzer and John Fuller for helping organize this outstanding presentation. We hope to see you at dinner.

Last Updated on 3/23/2022