Whether we consider ourselves railfans or photographers foremost, we all like to shoot railroads and have most likely amassed a large collection of images. My guess, based upon my own collection, is that most of these images are at first glance fairly random. A chase down a favorite line, roster shots in the local yard, a vacation trip to Colorado, a glint track shot on the way home from work, an industry meant to be modeled, etc. So what do we do with all these images?
We all place a high value on our own photographs, but will anyone beyond our railfan friends see and understand their worth? While many of our images will be throw-aways in the large body of railroad photography, we all can add value to the history of railroad photography and documentation by editing what we have shot and continue to shoot.