|- 1979 Photograph of Amtrak Train 50 at Cincinnati's River Rd. Station by Robert Pence.|
It was brought to my attention this evening that Robert Pence lost his battle with throat cancer last week at the age of 73.
I never met Robert in person, but he and I were both members of the message board at UrbanOhio.com. Many times, I found myself spending hours reading his posts about riding the rails across America. When I first looked into taking Amtrak, Robert and I corresponded via email to help me plan (I finally made an Amtrak trip this past summer). I also wrote an article about Cincinnati railroad history that Robert contributed to, featuring one of his photographs above.
His photographs and stories of traveling were straightforward, honest and poignant - capturing a realistic view of the American landscape in the time periods when these trips were undertaken. I always enjoyed them.
Although I never had to opportunity to meet Robert in person, I'll always appreciate the help he gave me and think of him the next time I board the train.
Robert's terrific website can be viewed here.