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Classic Trains Spring 2020

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.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
20/20 hindsight for our 20th

Hard to believe, but it’s been 20 years since we launched Classic Trains. Because this is also the year 2020, and the magazine is devoted to North American railroading in the 20th century, we’ve built this anniversary issue around the number 20. Specifically, we’ve assembled 20 articles that examine 20 things that shaped 20th century railroading. Yes, “20/20 Hindsight” is something of a gimmick — there were scores, hundreds of things that shaped railroading during the last century, but to review them all would be beyond the scope of even an expanded issue like this one. We engaged an all-star lineup of authors, from Mike Blaszak to Karl Zimmermann, to participate. Three — Fred Frailey, Roger Grant, and Jerry Pinkepank — each contributed more than one article. The stories are presented…

3 min.
headend

A-B-B-B-B-A = 30,000 h.p. Union Pacific earned its “Unlimited Power” nickname in large part because of its infatuation with giant, double-engined diesels in the 1960s. The road fielded some formidable locomotive consists in that era, but few topped this combination of two Electro-Motive DD35A units and four cabless DD35s running for Cajon Pass with a 92-car freight at Devore, Calif., on March 18, 1975. The perfect A-B-B-B-B-A set totaled 30,000 h.p. Thomas E. Sandlin RUSSIAN DECAPOD, AS BUILT When the planned export to Russia of 200 2-10-0s was canceled after the 1917 Soviet revolution, the U.S. Railroad Administration took ownership. The USRA assigned them to various railroads, which soon “Americanized” their appearance. Images of the Decapods as built, like this one of USA No. 1048 on the Atlantic Coast Line at Florence, S.C.,…

2 min.
reviews

Milwaukee Road: Tales from the Racine & Southwestern By Jerry Pyfer. White River Productions, Bucklin, Mo. 128 pages, $49.95. This hardcover stands out among the many “picture books” because it’s “told from the inside,” detailed memories of author Pyfer’s 1971–78 MILW trainman tenure, factually verified from his saved time-books. The “Southwestern” was “small-t” shaped: Racine, Wis.–Savanna, Ill., and Janesville, Wis.–Oglesby, Ill. Re-production of photos (mostly his own) is excellent. Thirty chapters cover jobs he worked. There are maps of the Division and the Ladd (Ill.) coal region, though a Rockford detail map would’ve helped. A corrections sheet and a glossary are included. Details are MILW, but fans and modelers of any 1970s Class I will find value here. Plus, as ever, “rail tales” are entertaining, and Pyfer names names! — J. David…

1 min.
new from kalmbach

TURBINE POWER BOOK Turbine-powered trains never really caught on in North America, but the efforts to develop them are fascinating. Steam and gas, mechanical and electrical transmissions, one-offs and UP’s big fleet—it’s all in this first-of-its-kind book. MILK TRAINS AND TRAFFIC BOOK The long-lost world of moving milk by rail, once a major traffic flow for some railroads, is covered in this deeply re-searched, extensively illustrated book, the latest from Classic Trains author Jeff Wilson. Both books are available at www.KalmbachHobbyStore.com, or by calling (877) 243-4904.…

8 min.
forgotten no more

Hermosa Tunnel photo line Regarding Mark Carron’s comments about two near-alike Big Boy photos exiting the Hermosa Tunnel [page 10], it is true that Art Stensvad and I were standing close to each other at that spot in 1956. However, there were three other railfans there, too. Art and Francis Gschwind had chummed together on trips to Sherman Hill in the past. Bob Collins and Bob Malinoski, both railroaders from New Jersey, had arrived North Platte on October 1, and they also rode along with Art to Cheyenne. The photos at the tunnel were taken on October 2, along with other Big Boy images. Later that day, we went through La-Salle, Colo., where UP steam locomotives were working during the annual sugar beet campaign. On October 3 we were at Tabernash, Colo.,…

1 min.
a perplexing new england passenger car

I was delighted to see the nice photo of Barre & Chelsea combine No. 14 in “What’s in a Photograph?” [page 63], as I have recently completed a 1½-inch scale, 7½-inch gauge model based on that car. I have had some difficulty trying to establish when the B&C car was built. Your photo caption states “built in 1914 as Rutland 271,” and I have found a couple of secondary sources that say that it was a Rutland car, but no Rutland roster that lists the car. In The American Passenger Car, John H. White Jr. says that no wooden passenger cars were built in the U.S. after 1913. Looking at examples in the 1906 Car Builders Dictionary, the B&C car looks decidedly like cars of 1905 vintage. A correspondent says that he…