Classic Trains

Winter 2021

CELEBRATE THE GOLDEN AGE OF AMERICAN RAILROADING – WHEN GIANT STEAM LOCOMOTIVES, COLORFUL DIESELS AND STEAMLINERS SHARED THE RAILS. CLASSIC TRAINS COVERS THE 1930’S THROUGH THE 1970’S WITH REMARKABLE PHOTOGRAPHY, DETAILED REPORTING AND FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS FROM PEOPLE WHO WORKED THE GREAT PASSENGER AND FREIGHT TRAINS.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Quarterly
$15.35(Incl. tax)
$41.46(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
winter wonderlands, and a crew change

With one exception, we don’t usually try to match the content of our four yearly issues — designated Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter — with the seasons for which they are named. The exception of course is Winter, and this issue contains a couple of nods to the snowy months. On the cover is the late Stan Bolton’s lovely image of a Central Vermont 2-10-4 steaming majestically through a part of the Green Mountain State known as the “Vale of Bethel.” Another state known for its winter weather is Wisconsin, and on pages 58–65 Scott Lothes shows us some of the late John Gruber’s snowy Badger State images from the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s collection. And on pages 42–59, Fred Furminger recalls Buffalo’s Blizzard of 1977, which paralyzed the…

f0004-01
2 min
headend

WE MISS … Electric freight trains. More than a dozen U.S. Class I railroads once moved freight with electrics. Since 1981, they’ve used only diesels. Tom Gildersleeve Contrasts in Boston Two trains departing Boston’s North Station in August 1947 span three generations of passenger equipment. At right, a steam engine leads a string of wood-bodied, open-platform coaches on a commuter run to Lynn, Mass. Several tracks over — and skipping the heavyweight era entirely — an E7 heads for Portland, Maine, with shiny new stainless-steel-clad streamlined cars. Ollie Fife “Baby Train Master” saved The Tennessee Valley Authority has donated a rare Fairbanks-Morse H16-66 to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Built in 1958 and retired in ’97, the unit has been at TVA’s Gallatin (Tenn.) plant all its life. FM built 59 H16-66s, all for C&NW/Omaha Road except 6…

f0005-01
2 min
reviews

The Steam Locomotive Energy Story By Walter Simpson. Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, Inc., Clifton Forge, Va. 144 pages. $44.95. Any doubts about why steam became obsolete are dashed in this iconoclastic and highly readable book by Walter Simpson, an expert in the areas of energy and the environment. Starting with the development of Super Power at Lima in 1925 and working his way through every trend into the late 1940s, Simpson shows how a long line of technical improvements — from bigger fireboxes to poppet valves to improved super-heating to duplex drives — could not solve steam’s essential problem: an overall efficiency of no better than 7 or 8 percent. Contrast that with the diesel’s 25 percent. A comprehensive selection of photos is augmented with dozens of drawings and graphs, plus…

f0006-01
1 min
new from kalmbach

BURLINGTON’S ZEPHYRS This special edition from Classic Trains covers the streamliners that launched a new era of rail travel. Focusing on the 1930s-era Zephyrs, the issue also looks at Budd, Electro-Motive, the California Zephyr, and the rebirth of the Mark Twain Zephyr. CLASSIC RAILROAD SCENES: RAILROADS AT WORK This book’s 108 vintage full-page color photos, rich in detail, depict varied rail freight operations and facilities across the U.S. and Canada. To order, call (877) 243-4904 or go to www.KalmbachHobbyStore.com.…

f0006-09
1 min
visit us on the web

trains.com A new online experience! Check out our all-new website, Trains.com. Members have access to rare photos, engaging first-person stories, vintage videos, profiles of Fallen Flag railroads, and more, including an archive of all back issues of Classic Trains, Trains, and other Kalmbach rail magazines. Blog Our columnist Kevin Keefe reflects on the places he’s been, the people he’s met, and how railroading’s history impacts the industry today. Photo of the Day Enjoy a new photo from our collection each day. Trains.com members can see the full archive of images. Follow us on Facebook…

f0006-05
5 min
prosperity special remembered

I have been a subscriber to Classic Trains since Issue 1 and have enjoyed them all. I saw and photographed the Chicago & North Western Prosperity Special from Green Bay to Port Washington in 1982 [“The Best of Everything,” page 16]. I neither remember how I heard of it nor how I had the time off to do it as I was teaching at a high school at the time, but it was fantastic. I have attached an image of the train crossing the Fox River as it departed Green Bay. I appreciate your efforts as editor and I look forward to the next issue. —Steve Mueller, Carbondale, Ill. Prototype for everything During the 1970s, I worked as a switchman out of Louisville & Nashville’s Tilford Yard in Atlanta. My wife and I…

f0008-01