Robert Reed was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1937. He later received a B.A. from Miami University and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. After college he taught at various schools including: St. Stephen’s School, Marymount University and George Washington University. Reed published several books: The Streamline Era, The New York Elevated, and his most popular book, Train Wrecks: A Pictoral History of Accidents on the Main Line. The premise of Train Wrecks is the focal point of this collection. Reed died on June 12, 2005.