Earl W. Hampton, Jr., is a streetcar enthusiast employed by CSX Transportation, a railroad service that transports goods across the eastern United States. In addition to authoring numerous articles in magazines such as Traction & Models, Hampton was also the editor in chief of Open Track, the newsletter of the New Orleans Railway Museum Association, which eventually became the New Orleans Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Hampton first indulged his lifelong love of railcars with his work as a tourist representative for the â€œstreetcar named Desire.â€ As an active member of several street and rail groups, Hampton contributes photography and expertise to such organizations as the New Orleans Street Railway Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation and restoration of New Orleansâ€™s historic streetcars; Southern States Traction, a discussion group about transit in the South; and Streetcars Desired Everywhere, a blog about the future of rail transit in New Orleans.
Hampton graduated from Redemptorist High School and attended the University of New Orleans. He enjoys building model railroads, photographing and riding streetcars, and traveling throughout North America and Europe. A lifelong resident of the Irish Channel neighborhood, Hampton lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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