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Classic Trains

March 2019

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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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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the classic overland route

DONE. With that simple message, the telegrapher at Promontory, Utah, informed the world on May 10, 1869, that America’s first transcontinental railroad had gone from dream to fact. As the nation observes the 150th anniversary of that great achievement this year, there’s plenty of attention on the heroic efforts of the thousands of workers who built the railroad, on the immediate effects of the new overland link to the Pacific Ocean, and on the other transcontinental rail projects that followed.In this expanded issue, we look back at the Overland Route during railroading’s mid-20th century “classic era.” Passenger train authority Joe Welsh tells the story of the City of San Francisco, the ultimate train on the historic corridor [page 16]. We learn about plans for an improved version of the most…

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WE MISS… Clear glass in cab windows. We like to see if the crew inside is waving back. (Greg McDonnell)(CLASSIC TRAINS COLLECTION)The narrow-gauge, backwoods East Tennessee & Western North Carolina (the “Tweetsie”) was an unlikely trailer-on-flatcar (TOFC) pioneer. In 1935, the road had three truck trailers that it carried on special flatcars with a depressed area for the trailer wheels; the service lasted four years. In 1936, 4-6-0 No. 14, combine 15, a piggyback load, and assorted other freight cars get ready to head into the mountains from Johnson City, Tenn.Road-switcher on ice(Jim Shaughnessy)Canadian National locomotive 1732, idling at Stratford, Ontario, one night in January 1960, shows the effects of a day on a branch in the snowy country east of Lake Huron. Not that it matters to Mother Nature,…

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reviews

After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental RailroadingEdited by Center for Railroad Photography & Art. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Ind. 268 pages. $50.This volume brings broad coverage of all transcontinental rail links in the U.S. from SP’s Sunset Route to the Hill Lines. The photos are supported by text from top railroad historians: H. Roger Grant, Don L. Hofsommer, and Maury Klein, among others. The photographers, 49 known, and a few unidentified, are included in an index along with biographical information. Photo coverage of the mid-century classic era is sparse, with most photos from the 19th and late 20th/early 21st centuries. Reproduction on all is top-quality. After Promontory aptly tells the tale of railroading, and incidentally railroad photography, in the 150 years since the driving of the Golden Spike. — Brian…

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new from kalmbach

CLASSIC RAILROAD SCENESThis view of streetcars in Toronto is one of more than 100 rare color images in Classic Railroad Scenes, a new book from frequent Classic Trains photo contributor Art Peterson. Available in hobby shops and at KalmbachHobbyStore.com.Chase the Big Boy, tour Pennsylvania with TRAINSOur sister magazine Trains has several events planned for 2019. “The Great Big Boy Bus Chase” will track Union Pacific 4014 on its first run out of Cheyenne, Wyo., after restoration (dates to be announced). “Keystone Railroad Delights,” October 11–20, will visit sites throughout Pennsylvania including the Strasburg Rail Road, Steamtown, and Horseshoe Curve. To learn more, go to specialinteresttours.com or call (727) 330-7738. UP 4014, David Lustig; Strasburg 475, Robert S. McGonigal ■…

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linking chicago’s neighborhoods ii

CTA Flexible Flyer 1936 is serving the Near North Side on Chicago Avenue at Michigan Avenue in 1948. —Fielding Kunecke photo, W.R. Keevil ArchiveRichard F. Begley, Editor, with George E. Kanary and Walter R. KeevilChicago is a city where the everyday events of life occurred in its 77 semiofficial neighborhoods. Education, entertainment, shopping happened in “the neighborhood”—be it South Chicago, North Park, Garfield Park or elsewhere. The common denominator: the streetcars of the Chicago Surface Lines and later the Chicago Transit Authority. The streetcars provided transportation within the neighborhood and linked the neighborhood with other neighborhoods, both like and unlike, both near and far.Building upon the success of Dispatch 8, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago’s Neighborhoods, Shore Line announces the availability of Dispatch 9, Chicago Surface Lines: Linking Chicago’s Neighborhoods…

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southern interurban lives on

Piedmont & Northern’s portable substation sits outside the line’s Greenville, S.C., shop in 1944. (Alex L. Darragh)The spread on pages 86–87 was by itself worth the price of the magazine! I worked for Republic Locomotive Works in the early 1980s and drove across that wooden bridge for West Washington Road, in the background of the shot. Republic was conducting their heavy locomotive rebuilding business in the former Piedmont & Northern locomotive shop in Greenville, S.C. Though the overhead wire from the P&N days was long gone, it amused me that insulators for the wire were still evident in the metalwork of the building in the 1980s.There were two brothers, Lewis and Ray Rhodes, in supervisory positions at Republic during my time there who both had long previous employment records with…

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