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Classic Trains June 2018

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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United States
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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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296,58 kr(Inkl. moms)
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lovable little lines

In New York’s Finger Lakes region, Bath & Hammondsport 44-tonner No. D-1 idles beside the short line’s picturesque depot and headquarters building at Hammondsport in 1954.As a city kid (well, suburban) who grew up among bustling multi-track Class I main lines, I had little exposure to charming scenes like the one below on the Bath & Hammondsport. But I’ve always had a soft spot for little railroads in quiet places, and I know I’m not alone. Like Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, short lines have an appeal that extends far beyond the small towns they often served. The approachable employees, antique equipment, casual operations, and ramshackle facilities are an often-irresistible combination.Which is why we’ve devoted most of this special expanded issue to the smallest railroads. First [page 20] we look at one…

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head end

(William D. Middleton)WE MISS …Walking past our train’s locomotive in the terminal at the end of a trip; push-pull cab cars don’t stir the soul. C&NW, Chicago, 1957.(Linn H. Westcott)Variety on the Rock IslandWith the prevalence of run-through and leased power these days, trains are often pulled by diesels in mismatched paint schemes. For decades, the Rock Island could mount a vivid variety show with no off-line power at all, as in this late-1950s photo near Houston. First is an F7A in the Rock’s freight livery, then an F7B in passenger colors, and finally an Alco FA (re-powered with an EMD engine, no less!) in a simplified freight scheme.(Kalamazoo Gazette)Hot load in Kalamazoo!In 1956, when a waiting motorist held his nose — the traditional warning for a hotbox — as…

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reviews

Beebe & Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic LegacyBy John Gruber and John Ryan assisted by Mel Patrick. Center for Railroad Photography & Art, Madison, Wis. 224 pages. $59.95.Lucius Beebe virtually launched the field of popular, photo-oriented railroad books in 1938. Before his death in 1966, he produced some two dozen titles, most with his partner and fellow photographer Charles Clegg. This beautifully crafted, lavishly illustrated book examines their life together (which blended high society and gritty railroading), the bulky cameras they used, the images that influenced them, and the various aspects of the railroad world to which they turned their lenses. Their fascination with the obscure and woebegone is reflected in the 106 pages devoted to short lines, narrow gauges, and the Virginia & Truckee. Starting with the cover, the creative…

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visit us on the web

ClassicTrainsMag.comVideo: M&G steamWatch color film footage from the Sunday River Productions archives of Mobile & Gulf’s 2-6-0 in action.Photos: NH in ProvidenceSee additional photos from “Best of Everything” author Chris Burger of the New Haven in Rhode Island.PodcastOur newest online feature, “Tales of the Rails” presents true stories of adventure as experienced by classic era railfans and railroaders.BlogRead the weekly blog by our columnist Kevin Keefe, who reflects on the places he’s been, the people he’s met, and how railroading’s history impacts the industry today.Photo of the DayOur most popular feature! View a new photo from our collection each day. Subscribers can see the full archive of over 1,500 images.Follow us on Facebook ■…

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those long b&o tenders

B&O 2-8-8-0 7312, rear pusher on a coal train, has a long tender with three trucks under it. (Bruce Fales)Since I am a “tender nut,” I enjoyed seeing John Rehor’s photo of one of Baltimore & Ohio’s long Vanderbilt tenders on page 5 in “Head End.” You and/or many of your readers may not be aware that B&O had perhaps three tenders of about that size with three four-wheel trucks under the frame. The middle truck must’ve had some degree of lateral movement ability. The above photo, taken by Bruce Fales about 1940, shows the proof with 2-8-8-0 7312, as rear pusher on a coal train. Like the tender behind the 2-8-2 in “Head End,” this tender’s water capacity was 22,000 gallons. I have photos of B&O 2-8-8-0s 7109 and…

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storybook short line

I have a weakness for lost causes, and that goes double when it comes to short lines. My ideal certainly would never pass muster with the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association.To me, the consummate short line runs through impossible but beautiful country. Its fortunes are tied to something that booms and goes bust. Its legacy is disproportionate to its actual economic value. Its history is populated with bigger-than-life characters. It has to have cool steam locomotives. And ultimately, flat broke, it has to limp off into the sunset.That could be the definition of several railroads, but it’s the essence of Nevada’s Virginia & Truckee, a storybook short line if there ever was one. The V&T was organized in 1868 in the state capital of Carson City and chartered…

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