Friday, July 30, 2010
Denton library pays tribute to Texas railway on Saturday
A transportation official will also answer questions about the A-Train line, which will run through Lewisville and Denton.
DENTON All aboard the Texas and Pacific Railway, as seen through the lens of Tom Hughes.
Steve Allen Goen, historian and author, will devote Saturday’s event at the Emily Fowler Central Library to the well-known railroad photographer, who died in September.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“There’s a wide interest in trains and its history, so we decided to host an event dedicated to its popularity,” said librarian Laura Douglas.
The library has hosted train-themed events in the past, but this is based on Geon’s ties to Denton’s railway history.
“With Denton being a part of a commuting Metroplex, it’s very important that all the communities be connected to commuter rails in some way,” Goen said.
Goen will be showcasing never-before-seen photos from Hughes’s private collection. Hughes was known for his 1950s-era color photos, but black and white photos will be on display, Geon said.
Goen was close friends with Hughes and used his photos as the artwork for his published books. Goen wanted to pay homage to, as he put it, “the greatest photographer of his time.”
“His eye just captured what small America was like, and I’m glad I get to present his works for others to experience,” Geon said.
The Denton Area Model Railroad Club will also present a temporary live-action model train layout. The layout will feature railways from the past that ran through Denton, like the Katy, Santa Fe, and Texas and Pacific, Douglas said.
“We’re trying to appeal to a wide audience and the children may not be interested in the photo projections, but the displays will grab their attention,” Douglas said.
The photos and display lay the groundwork for Denton’s future rail line. Kristina Brevard, marketing manager for the Denton County Transportation Authority, will have an informational booth at the event to answer questions about the upcoming A-Train line.
The A-train is currently under construction, ranging 21 miles, with three stations in Lewisville and two stations in Denton. The line will likely be completed by spring 2011, Brevard said.
“The whole goal is to build a sustainable system since there haven’t been any passenger railways for years,” Brevard said. “It’s all about providing different transportation outlets for our community members.”
For more information, call 940-349-8752.
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