Don Ball, Jr., born in 1938, was a resident of Chester, Vermont. He was a railway consultant, photographer and author. His eight books included Portrait of the Rails, Railroads, an American Journey, and America's Colorful Railroads. He was director of the Steamtown Foundation, which operates Steamtown U.S.A., a railroad museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and formerly of Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Mr. Ball died at the age of 48 on 15 October 1986, in Norwalk, Connecticut.