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TRAINS:  MADISON, Wis. - The Center for Railroad Photography and Art has launched a new initiative, an Internet archive called railroadheritage.org. Its name is its web address: www.railroadheritage.org.
According to the organization, the Web site is still a "work in progress," with the plan being to continuously add new images. Some of the center's favorite images are posted, as well as many never before seen photos.
John H. White Jr., former transportation curator at the Smithsonian Institution, said of the site, "We need a source for railroad images that is accessible and well documented. Pictures without descriptive captions are largely useless to the average researcher. Specialists know how to find the information quickly. But others wonder, what is it, is it significant, and how old is it? If the Center for Railroad Photography & Art can carry out its plan to create such an archive online they will have performed a valuable public service."
The site's launch comes as the center moves toward the second year of its initiative to use the technology of the Internet to preserve and present significant railroad images.


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