Throughout his career, Dowdy collected photographs related to various, regional railroads. Some of the collection's photographs were taken by Dowdy, while others were obtained through trade with fellow collectors. Railroads included are: Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio Railroad (CC&O); Cass Scenic Railroad; East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (ET&WNC); Linville River Railway (LRR)*; and Southern Railway Company. Images feature communities, depots, engines, roundhouses, tracks, and work crews from different railroads in North Carolina and Tennessee. The collection includes 123 black and white prints, 118 black and white negatives, 112 black and white slides, 2 post cards, and 1 glass plate negative. Date range, 1890-1950, derived from visual examination of the prints.
*Both ET&WNC and LRR were owned by Cranberry Iron, Coal and Coke Company, Cranberry, North Carolina.