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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Selected Publications (Chronological)

  • Contributing Institution: California State Railroad Museum Library & Archives
    Title: Anthony (Tony) W. Reevy papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 894
    Physical Description: 6.1 Linear Feet 6 record cartons + 1 shoe-box
    Date (inclusive): 1900-2000
    Abstract: The material in this collection documents various aspects of Tony Reevy's writings, which include articles and books about railroad photographers Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, Jack Delano, O. Winston Link, David Plowden, Jim Shaugnessy, railroads, railroad structures, the rails-to-trails conservation programs in North Carolina, and railroad folklore such as ghost stories, music and railroad sounds.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment. Contact Library Staff for details.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Tony Reevy, 2021


    These papers are arranged into two series:
    Series 1. Publications
    Series 2. Subjects


    Anthony "Tony" William Reevy was born on August 2, 1961 in Lubbock, Texas. He moved to Durham, North Carolina in 1976 and graduated from High School there in 1979. In 1983, Reevy received a civil engineering degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, which included a graduate-level railroad engineering course. In 1984, he moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina and in 1986, he earned an MBA in Marketing from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. In 1988, he received a MS in Mass Communication at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
    Tony Reevy started a career in university public affairs, development, and administration in 1986, when he worked as a promotion and development assistant at WMBU-FM at Miami University. He worked at WAMU-FM, at The American University, Washington, D.C. starting in 1987 as a development associate, and was promoted to the position of corporate relations manager in 1989.
    In 1990, Reevy moved to WFAE-FM at North Carolina State University at Charlotte to the position of Director of Development and in 1993, was promoted to Director of Corporate Development. He moved back to Durham in 1994 to take the position of Director of Library Development, NCSU Libraries, North Carolina State University at Raleigh. In 2001, he became the Associate Director for Advancement and Lecturer for the Carolina Environmental Program / UNC Institute for the Environment at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 2007 was promoted to Senior Associate Director and Lecturer there.
    Mr. Reevy has a long-standing interest in poetry and railroads. His focus is on the influence of the American railroad on American folklore, photography, and literature. He has written numerous books and articles about railroad history. The articles include a series "Artists of the rails" for the Railway & Historical Society's Railroad History publication. Subjects include: O. Winston Link, Phil Hastings, Jack Delano, David Plowden, Jim Shaughnessy, and Lucius Beebe. Several articles were expanded and published as books: O. Winston Link: Life along the line: A photographic portrait of America's last great steam railroad (2012), The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano (2015), and The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg (2019). The railroad photography of Phil Hastings is due to be published in 2023. In addition, Mr. Reevy's written several books of poetry, a book about ghosts, a guide to railroad structures in North Carolina and an unpublished book about railroad whistles.
    Mr. Reevy has served on the Board of Directors for several historical societies including the Norfolk & Southern Historical Society, which he co-founded, (2001 to present), the Museum of Durham History (2009-2012), North Carolina Rail-Trails (1991-present), and the Old North State Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (1996-2002). He was also an Advisory editor to Railroad History, 2000-, and a member of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society and the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Center for Railroad Photography and Art Conference. He served as Chair of the Policy Board for the Albermarle-Pamico Estuary Program (2005-2012), chaired the Museum of Durham History's Strategic Plan Committee (2009—2011), The Albemarle Pamico National Estuary Program (2010-2012), and the North Carolina Rail-Trails Nominating Committee (2007) and By-Laws Committee (2008-2012).
    In 2006, Reevy won the David P. Morgan article award presented by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society for his essay on the life and work of Lucius Beebe "Writers of the Rail: Mixed Legacy". In 2014, Reevy received the John H. White, Jr. research fellowship from the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society and a grant from the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill's University Research Council in 2015 for his work on Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg. He has been a member of the Lexington Group of Transportation History since 2009 and won their 2014 Richard C. Overton Fellowship prize for his work on Jack Delano.
    Tony Reevy is married to Caroline Weaver and has two children, daughter Lindley and son Ian.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anthony Tony (W.) Reevy Papers, MS 894, California State Railroad Museum & Archives, Sacramento, California.

    Scope and Contents

    The material in this collection documents various aspects of Tony Reevy's writings, which include articles and books about railroad photographers Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg, Jack Delano, O. Winston Link, David Plowden, Jim Shaugnessy, railroads, railroad structures, the rails-to-trails conservation programs in North Carolina, and railroad folklore such as ghost stories, music, and railroad sounds. Subject files include information about awards he received, promotional events including readings he gave, and his advocacy for rails-to-trails. Tony Reevy is also a poet, but most of his work is not represented here. There is one folder of his poetry.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has been assigned to the California State Railroad Museum. Permission for publication must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Library amp;Archives

    Selected Publications (Chronological)

    "Railroads and American music," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN, Volume 56, No. 5 (1991) pp. 4-19
    "Ghostly locomotives," THE STATE, October 1992, pp. 14-17
    "Railroad ghosts," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN, Volume 59 pp. 4-25
    "Riding the rail-trails," THE STATE, March 1994, pp. 31-33
    "Haunted tunnels, phantom lights… stories of railroad ghosts," THOROUGHBRED PACES, November 1994, pp. 4-5
    "The Aberdeen, Carolina & Western," RAILFAN & RAILROAD, January 1995
    "The railroads of Durham," RAILFAN & RAILROAD, May 1995, pp. 40-47
    "Virginia creeper: Green cover station and the Abingdon branch," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN, Volume 59, No. 1 (1994), pp. 4-9
    "The Yadkin Valley Railroad," RAILFAN & RAILROAD, June 1996, pp. 43-51
    "Laurinburg & Southern: North Carolina's Switcher Railroad" RAILFAN & RAILROAD, August 1998, pp. 30-27
    GHOST TRAIN! AMERICAN RAILROAD GHOST LEGENDS. Lynchburg, Virginia: TLC Publishing, 1998
    "Dead man's bluff," OUR STATE, October 1999, pp. 38-39
    :The Atlantic & Western Railway," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN, Volume 66, No. 4 (2001)
    "The North Carolina & Virginia Railroad," RAILFAN AND RAILROAD, May 2001, pp. 48-53
    "Tweetsie country today," RAILFAN AND RAILROAD, October 2002, pp. 42-49
    Elegy for archie," RAILROAD HISTORY, Number 187(Fall-Winter 2002), pp. 109-115
    "Eastern shore railroad's Norfolk-Cape Charles car float operation," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN, Volume 67, No. 4 (2002), pp. 4-15
    "Rails to the foothills: North Carolina's Alexander Railroad,", RAILFAN AND RAILROAD, May 2003, pp. 30-35
    "The Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad: Coastal Carolina short rail," NATIONAL RAILWAY BULLETIN 68: 1 (2003), pp. 16-29
    "Urban guide to the American tobacco trail", Aug. 2004
    "Print & Image: O. Winston Link," RAILROAD HISTORY 190 (Spring-Summer 2004), pp. 78-99
    "Train, train," OUR STATE, November 2005, pp. 148-153
    Tony Reevy and Dan Cupper, "Writers of the Rail: Mixed Legacy" (Lucius Beebe), RAILROAD HISTORY 193 (Fall-Winter 2005), pp. 28-39
    "Singing brakeman," RAILROAD HISTORY 195 (Fall-Winter 2006), pp. 42-49
    "Artist of the rails: Jim Shaughnessy," NRHS BULLETIN 70, Spring 2005, pp. 4-23
    "Artist of the rail: David Plowden," NRHS BULLETIN 71, Winter 2006, pp. 4-23
    "Artist of the rail: Phil Hastings," RAILROAD HISTORY 198 (Spring-Summer 2008), pp. 66-78
    "The ghost train of Bostian's bridge," TAR HEEL JUNIOR HISTORIAN, Fall 2008, p. 36
    "Walker Evans, American communities, and the railroad," RAILROAD HERITAGE 20 (2009), pp. 13-16
    "Jack Delano: Artist of the rails," RAILROAD HISTORY 201 (Fall-Winter 2009), pp. 30-41
    "Men at work: Lewis Hine's photographs of railroad workers," RAILROAD HISTORY 204 (Spring-Summer 2011), pp. 42-51
    "Urban mass transit: The life story of a technology", Mar. 24, 2011 www.press.jhu.edu
    "The Link museum," RAILFAN & RAILROAD 31:5, May 2012, pp. 45-47
    "Off to war: Gordon Parks' photographs of Washington union station during World War II," RAILROAD HISTORY 212 (Spring-Summer 2015), pp. 38-47
    "Images from a lost world," RAILROAD HISTORY (Spring-Summer 2016, pp. 6-9
    "Life along the line, in color: O. Winston Link's color photographs of the Norfolk & Western in steam," NRHS BULLETIN, Volume 81, No. 1 (2017), pp. 4-27
    WHISTLES IN THE NIGHT, unpublished

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
    Link, O. Winston (Ogle Winston), 1914-2001 Shaughnessy, Jim Plowden, David Hastings, Phillip Beebe, Lucius, 1902-1966 Clegg, Charles, 1916-1979 Delano, Jack, 1914-1997 Evans, Walker, 1903-1975
    Railroad photographs
    Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940 O. Winston Link Museum Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railroad Laurinburg & Southern Railroad Company Virginia and North Carolina Railroad Company Chesapeake and Albermarle Railroad
    Railroads--United States--Folklore