Fairmont Railway Motors



About Fairmont Railway Motors

Fairmont Railway Motors was established in 1909, and in the 1940s they introduced new technology that geatly improved transportation on the rails. Fairmont Railway Motors has now become Harsco Rail, a division of Harsco Corporation.


The Rediscovery of Walter Haskell Hinton

In 1988, a young new CEO named Robert Newman stumbled upon 24 paintings stashed in a storeroom at the company's headquarters. Awed and curious, he began asking where they came from, what they were for, and who made them. Robert Newman's interest, and that of his father Ervin Newman, led to a major retrospective exhibition in 1993, held at the Ewing Gallery of the University of Tennessee. It was the first ever exhibition of Walter Haskell Hinton's artwork, and the beginning of a recovery of Hinton's place in the history of American illustration art.


The History of Transportation

In the 1940s, Walter Haskell Hinton was asked by Fairmont Railways to illustrate three series titled "Men and Machines","Story of American Transportation", and "Civilization Follows Transportation". They depict modes of transportation from ancient times to the future, including:

  • Dog Power
  • Erie Canal
  • Hazards of Early Railway Travel
  • Horizons
  • Luxury Travel Through the Rockies
  • National Road
  • Pony Express
  • Sandusky
  • Scaling the Sierra Nevadas
  • Train of Tomorrow
  • Washington
  • Wheelbarrows




National Road

Scaling the Sierra Nevadas

Train of Tomorrow





Outdoors magazines


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John Deere


Fairmont Railways


Washington Nat'l Ins.




Native Americans


Calendars & prints




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