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Robert West to visit Southeastern Railway Museum

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2002

The Museum is pleased to announce that renowned Railroad Illustrator Robert West will be premiering his newest work ”Claytor’s Dreams” at the museum on Saturday November 16, 2002. The train depicted is roaring southbound into the northern outskirts of Atlanta approaching Buford, Georgia through gently rolling hills with dogwood trees in full bloom. An elderly gentleman and his dog wave to the train as if in salute to passing of not only a famous passenger train but also to the end of an era. The lead unit on the train is E-8 #6901 now in the museum’s collection. Mr. West will be at the museum from 10am to 5pm signing autographs. 

Robert West

Very few artists have captures the Drama, Glory, and Excitement of North American Railroading, like the Railroad Illustrator Robert West. As a railroad illustrator, he is an unparalleled master of technical accuracy and detail, as evidenced in his photo-realistic originals of both Steam and Diesel Locomotives! Robert, born in Great Falls, Montana now resides in metro Atlanta. His originals grace the walls and halls of numerous Government, Corporate, and private collections around the world, with an impressive list of collectors such as General Electric, CSX, Delta Airlines, Norfolk Southern Corp., Columbus-Greenville Railway, the National Railway Historical Society, and numerous railroad museums. His art has appeared on several railroad book covers, railroad magazines, railroad catalogs, and even on British movie sets!

Currently Robert is under retainer, as the worldwide illustrator for the Locomotive Division of General Electric, GE Transportation Systems. He has been involved in working with GE's "Dash-8" and "Dash-9" programs, illustrating their new 4th generation high-tech diesels since 1989. Presently Robert is busy working with GE's brand new AC6000 program! For more information about Mr. West please visit his website at

Southeastern Railway Museum has been open since 1970 and has been designated "Georgia's Official Transportation History Museum" by the state legislature. Two trains are displayed inside the main exhibit hall – one of 1920s vintage and the other from the 1950s. Over 80 other pieces of retired railway rolling stock including vintage steam and diesel locomotives, passenger coaches, private cars, a World War II troop kitchen, wooden freight cars, and maintenance of way equipment, are displayed on the museum’s 30-acre site. Trains rides aboard restored cabooses are complementary with admission.

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