New Exhibit Opens Tuesday At Great Overland Station

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Topeka is steeped in tradition with its historical railroads and one man's photography of it is catching visitors' attention at a local museum.

The Atchison Topeka Santa Fe railway is one of the country's most famous railroads. It was chartered in 1859 and brings a lot of history to the Great Overland Station.

"That being the birth place of the Santa Fe in Topeka and its been so important to the whole state of Kansas. Topeka had 4 railroads coming through it though," said Exhibit Coordinator, Beth Fager.

Late railroad executive John W. Barriger's photography exhibit will add to the rich railroad tradition in the Fink Exhibit Gallery.

"His hobby was evidently doing photography and this was the late 30's and 40's so not everyone could do photography like we could do today, it was quite a vocation," said Fager.

His photos titled "View from the Top" portray the beginning of the steam to diesel transition and reveal the vast transformation our nation has undergone in the past 75 years.

"This photo is iconic right here," as Fager points to a black and white photo, "I think they are interesting for one thing because they're all black and white and this darkness of the scenery and the locomotives that are involved," she said.

Barriger's work not only captivates visitors but also shows the long track Topeka took to get to where we are today.

"It's a really an eclectic collection of photos," said Fager.

The new exhibit opens this Tuesday.


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