Marvin Clemons


Marvin Clemons has authored and self-published two books on railroad history --Great Temple of Travel: A Pictorial Story of Birmingham Terminal Station, and Birmingham Rails: The Last Golden Era, co-authored with Lyle Key. His early career included employment in station operations with Southern Railway at Birmingham and Atlanta passenger terminals, and in traffic management with Missouri Pacific Railroad. He covered transportation for the Birmingham Post-Herald and served as a transportation officer in the U.S. Army. Together with Parker Lamb, he co-founded the Mid-South Chapter of the Railway Locomotive & Historical Society in Leeds, Alabama, and helped develop educational exhibits at the Historic Leeds Depot. His love for black & white photography from the post-World War II “golden era” of streamlined passenger trains led to his collaboration with digital artist Tom Alderman, and publication of this first album of colorized photographs of Southeastern railroads during the dramatic transition from steam and early diesel motive power.