Steve Barry was born in New Jersey in 1957 and he was introduced to trains by his father, who took Steve down to the tracks in Millville to watch the small fleet of commuter trains arrive from Camden. Since those beginnings, Steve has photographed railroads in 49 states and many Canadian provinces. He attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where his dorm overlooked the Amtrak viaduct over the Raritan River, where he watched as GG1s gave way to AEM7s. He had his first photograph published in 1979 in Passenger Train Journal and his first article appeared in Rail Classics in 1983. In 1990 he began writing a regular column for Railpace Newsmagazine.
He joined the staff of Railfan & Railroad in 1996 and became editor in 1998. When asked what his favorite photo subjects are, Steve will answer “everything,” and has about 140,000 slides to prove it; he has accumulated another 100,000 digital images since 2006. On any given weekend you can find him on a steam photo charter, exploring New York City’s subways or just hanging out along a mainline. With countless magazine bylines and photo credits to his name, Steve is also the author of five books including Rail Power and Railroad Rolling Stock, well-illustrated texts published by Voyageur Press, and Railroads: The History of American Railroading in 500 Photographs.
His other interests include NFL football and “Star Trek” in all its incarnations. He’s a country music collector and volunteers as a disc jockey for an internet radio station. Steve is a member of the National Railway Historical Society and serves on the organization’s board of directors, as well as president of the Wilmington Chapter NRHS as well. He also organizes streetcar photography charters in Philadelphia.
Steve lives in New Jersey, with his wife Gen and an assortment of dogs, cats and other critters. Gen doesn’t count the number of days Steve spends trackside and Steve doesn’t count the number of pets Gen has accumulated.
Photo courtesy of Railfan & Railroad Magazine.
Bytown Railway Society is proud to host this free event. Visitors are always welcome to attend these meetings and meet our members.
Coffee and snacks available for a small donation.
Meetings are in the Auditorium at the Canada Science and Technology Museum 1867 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1G 5A. Our thanks to the staff at the Canada Science and Technology Museum for providing this venue for our gatherings.
Paid parking is available for flat fee of $4.00 after 5pm, paid in advance. Park in the main lot and enter through the front entrance of the museum. Payment methods include coins, VISA, and MasterCard, and the proof of payment must be left in the car and be visible in the front windshield.
To reach the museum by bus, use the OC Transpo travel planner available at http://www.octranspo.com/ or you can also call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390