Kevin Burkholder has been a long-time freelance photojournalist in the transportation industry and has edited several publications during the past 25 years. Kevin was destined to be a railroad photographer after growing up on – Railroad Street – in Myerstown, PA, just a few short blocks from the Reading Railroad and later Conrail. Having taken his first photos at the age of 6 with a little 110 camera of the changeover from Reading to Conrail, the stage was set for a lengthy tenure in photography. Kevin has continued to document North American railroading, having visited 49 of 50 states and every province of Canada to document railroad history and news.
Kevin worked for Railpace Newsmagazine as the Keystoner Columnist from 1991-1997, before heading out to launch the first Eastern Railroad News Online Magazine in 1997. Simultaneous with the Railpace gig, Kevin also edited the Conrail Technical & Historical Society monthly magazine. From 1997 through 2003, Kevin continued editing and producing Eastern Railroad News Online Magazine until turning the subscriber base over to Trainorders.com. From 2003 to 2012, Kevin continued to provide freelance photojournalism to all of the major railroad print media and became a regular news contributor for TRAINS Magazine. Having covered the extensive flooding that Vermont endured during Hurricane and Irene, along with many other New England ‘happenings’, Kevin’s news became an almost-weekly addition to both TRAINS Magazine and Railfan & Railroad.
He has progressed in professional photography from 1976 to present with contributions, photos and news features in the following magazines: Trains, Railfan & Railroad, Railpace, CTC Board – Railroads Illustrated, Pacific Rail News (now retired…), Diesel Era and others. Commerical photography clients include: Global Partners, LP; LB Foster Co.; Steel Dynamics, Inc.; RailAmerica; Canadian Pacific Railway; Vermont Rail System; Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway; Conrail; Canadian National Railway; State of Vermont and many others.
Kevin and wife Tonya enjoy a blended family of 7 children (4 boys/3 girls ranging from age 16-20 months), 2 cats and a dog (ALMOST a dog…), with interest in traveling and family activities. Kevin also is active in Commercial Photography, Model Railroading, Kayaking, Hiking, and Camping.