Jim PorterfieldJim Porterfield is an author; a columnist, feature writer and Contributing Editor for Railfan & Railroad magazine; the creator and host of "Journeys for a Railroad Tourist," a website and blog from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Travel division; and the creator of the website "The Railroad Tourist: A State-by-State Guide," a growing catalog of all manner of locations for travelers interested in railroad heritage, preservation and tourism.

His six books include Dining by Rail: The History and the Recipes from America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine, and he edited and introduced Jack Orr's acclaimed biography of O. P. Orr, Set Up Running, about a Pennsylvania Railroad engineman from 1904 to 1949, and the reprint of Harry Bedwell's classic railroad novel, The Boomer: A Story of the Rails.

Jim writes a marketing column for Railroad Museum Quarterly, the journal of ARM/TRAIN (Association of Railroad Museums/Tourist Railway Association, Inc.) and is currently completing an anthology of classic railroad fiction - On the Double Line - to be published in 2013. A popular presenter before both rail history groups and the general public, he is a regular guest on “Let’s Talk Travel,” a regional radio and Podcast talk show devoted to travel destinations. His background as a marketing executive in the entertainment industry and a sales and marketing consultant to various groups and organizations has resulted in a sales emphasis leaking into his perspective when presenting railroad history, travel and preservation.

A graduate of Edinboro State College (now Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Jim was a marketing instructor at Penn State University's main campus for 25 years. He is taking up residence in Elkins, West Virginia, to teach courses in heritage tourism and to launch the Center for Railway Tourism.


Porterfield Participates in Museums Advocacy Day

James D. Porterfield was among nine representatives from throughout the nation selected by the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums to participate in 2016 Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.


D&E’s Porterfield Awarded Lexington Group Grant

James D. Porterfield has been awarded an annual Overton Prize, a grant provided by the Lexington Group to initiate research for his next book project.


D&E’s Porterfield Highlights Rail Travel in Radio Interview

Porterfield is bridging the past and the present with two recently released projects focusing on railroad heritage tourism.


Porterfield Contributes to Railway Heritage Book

Center for Railway Tourism director again sharing insight on the subject by contributing to the recently published “Railway Heritage and Tourism: Global Perspectives.”


D&E's Porterfield in Wall Street Journal

"In the 1920s and 1930s, many of the best chefs in the country were working for the railroads," said James D. Porterfield, author of "Dining By Rail: The History and Recipes of America's Golden Age of Railroad Cuisine."


D&E Center for Railway Tourism Director Interviewed for Documentary

Porterfield is among historians, railroad fans, architects and authors who share their views of the world’s largest train terminal in Grand Central: An American Treasure.