Trains March 2019


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18 min
main street of the north west

Editor’s note: As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad, Trains is taking a look at the other American transcons. This is the latest article in that series. Next up is Santa Fe in April. UNION PACIFIC IS WELL KNOWN for its connection to President Abraham Lincoln. But the nation’s 16th president also had a hand in another transcontinental: Northern Pacific. Two years after signing the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, establishing land grants and government bonds to aid construction of the first transcontinental railroad by the UP and Central Pacific, Lincoln signed the charter of the Northern Pacific. Its goals were connecting the Great Lakes with Puget Sound, opening new lands, and linking Washington and Oregon to the rest of the country. Today, the Northern Pacific Railway is fondly…

12 min
romontory’s la st passenger car

THIS MAY MARKS the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Pacific Railroad. The familiar photographs of the ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869, will be republished and restudied, and the gold and silver spikes used at the “wedding of the rails” will be featured in fresh exhibits. Writers and speakers will tell the story to a new generation and will perhaps assess the significance of the 150-year-old event in a new light. However, there is little, if anything, left to discover. And yet one witness to that event has survived the passing years with little notice or appreciation. Indeed, few even know that the former Central Pacific business car, the car that carried railroad President Leland Stanford, friends, and the gold and silver spikes to and from…

5 min
portrait of a road foreman

RAILROADING IS A COMPLICATED BUSINESS, and keeping them running smoothly is a complicated job. In the steam era, more judgement was deferred to front-line management, trainmasters, and road foremen of engines. Getting the trains over the road was a balancing act between enforcing the rules and seeing that the task got done safely and efficiently. The railroader known on the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern simply as “T.V.” was a master at that job. He had a velvet touch at starting and stopping long, heavy trains and managed slack action without pulling knuckles. He knew the physical characteristics of the railroad. He could begin at any point and recite its milepost and progress consecutively in either direction naming switches and how long sidings were. T.V. grew up in Chicago Heights, Ill., near the…

7 min
boardman talks to trains

SINCE RETIRING as Amtrak’s president and CEO in 2016 after eight years on the job, Joe Boardman has actively monitored developments at the company as Wick Moorman and Richard Anderson successively assumed his former role in each of the following years. He has been open in expressing opinions about apparent changes in the company’s priorities since he left Washington for his home in Rome, N.Y. Trains spoke with Boardman to further explore his concerns and put perspective on his tenure. Q What changes do you believe managers have made to Amtrak safety initiatives? A We had a program that trained employees with extensive railroad knowledge — engineers and in some cases conductors and road foremen — as behavioral-based safety people and coordinators that could help us with risk assessment, but Moorman killed…

3 min
railroading and the pace of change @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine I have associated myself all of my professional life with two fine American business institutions not known for their embrace or pace of change: railroading and publishing. Through these associations over more than 36 years, I can tell you that I have never seen either business move more rapidly than they do now. Does it frighten or scare me? Of course it does, but what would frighten or scare me even more is for either to just sit there and do nothing to grow or evolve with their customers. In the case of railroading, Dan Machalaba on pages 30-37 takes apart the case for the industry shunning many of the staples we’ve taken for granted for a half-century or better. It is amazing to see how quickly the basics have changed. Railroads feel…

2 min
travel tips

CHOOSING ITINERARIES and whether to opt for GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf class is a daunting task, even with a knowledgeable travel agent, a helpful Rocky Mountaineer sales representative at 877-460-3200, or when There are so many mind-boggling variables when deciding how to spend thousands of dollars, but here are the basic choices. Routes: “First passage to the West” operates Vancouver-Kamloops-Lake Louise and Banff, Alta. It is the only passenger train running on Canadian Pacific’s transcontinental route east of Kamloops. “Journey through the clouds” runs Vancouver-Kamloops-Jasper, Alta., on the same Canadian National tracks as VIA Rail Canada’s Canadian, which traverses about half of the Rocky Mountaineer scenery in darkness. “Rainforest to gold rush” operating North Vancouver-Whistler, B.C.-Quesnel, B.C.-Jasper is the only way to ride former BC Rail tracks between North Vancouver and Prince George,…