The Christopher Railroad China Collection grew from a personal passion for riding trains as a child with my family. The collection began in 1990, when I received as a gift a plate that was used in a railroad dining car. This gift triggered my fond early memories of dining on the rails.
My parents took us on the train everywhere on vacations when we were young. We could not wait to get on the train at Union Station in Chicago and start our rail adventure. The highlight of those trips was eating meals in the dining car, served in style by the dining car porters as the mile markers passed by. The sounds of the dinner chimes ringing down the coach aisles announced the opening of the dining car for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We would scurry from car to car in search of the dining car and the table in that car with the best view, and we would sit and watch the scenery pass.
This exhibition was made possible through funds provided by
The Brauer Museum of Art's Robert and Caroline Collings Endowment
Partners for the Brauer Museum of Art
Jay and Doris Christopher
Photography by Erika Lusthoff and Thomas Rostowski
with Railroad Historian
Charles G. Kratz, Jr.
with Railroad China Expert