Chicago Railroad History Posters Available
The Blackhawk Railway Historical Society, a chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, is selling the poster by Mitch Markovitz celebrating Chicago Railroad History Month and the rich history of Chicago’s railroads. The celebration of October as the month honoring the relationship between the city and the railroads began two years ago, and a larger celebration in 2023, the 175th anniversary of the first train to operate out of Chicago, is being planned.
The 20×30 inch poster illustrates a number of iconic images of the city’s railroad history. This includes the streamlined diesel Zephyr passenger train, a steam powered freight and the observation car of a Chicago & Alton passenger train. The classic background of the Chicago skyline includes the long lost Union Station Concourse and Grand Central Station. South Shore and Illinois Central electric trains complete the scene. Markovitz’s art includes book covers, illustrations and posters for a number of clients that including railroads. The poster evokes his knowledge and passion for railroads and their history.
The Blackhawk Railway Historical Society, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has been involved in various aspects of railroad preservation and historical research. They have funded a number of preservation projects and consulted with a variety of groups on local preservation efforts.
The posters retail for $35 plus shipping and handling. Limited edition, hand-run premium prints signed by the artist are available at prices up to $250. Purchase posters and learn more at www.blackhawkhistoricalsociety.org. More information on Chicago Railroad History Month can be found at www.crrhm.com or by contacting David Daruszka, 773-233-8788.