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Quarterly Newsletter

A Benefit of Membership in the R&LHS

The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society publishes its Quarterly Newsletter (called just Newsletter before spring 2009), as a benefit for members. It covers topics of current interest about R&LHS. You may use the Trading Post for personal use to buy, sell, or ask questions. Send your item to the Editor, John L. Fike, 8111 Ward Rd., Arvada, CO 80005.

The following were edited by John L. Fike

Summer 2014
Vol. 34, No. 2
to be mailed

ASDE? What’s that? Well, way back in the Jurassic age, it was a great way to learn the railroad, especially locomotive and train operations. For many years the Santa Fe had locomotive troubleshooters who were supervisors and who rode some of the trains, mainly ATSF’s great fleet of passenger trains--page 6.

Message from the President: Dues Increase
Promoting the R&LHS: Membership Development
World's Greatest Story, Circus or Railroad?
Assistant Supervisor Diesel Engines, Santa Fe
Trading Post
Guess the Station, from Lou Marre's Collection
Back Issues Store
Cover photo: Sylvania Central #103, 1953. Photo by Gordon S. Crowell

Spring 2014
Vol. 34, No. 1

Railroads have played an enormous role in American history, particularly in the saga of the settlement of the American West in the nineteenth century. Railroads have also played a major part in military operations and civilian supply activities during wartime. David Pfeiffer, page 6

R&LHS Accounts Financial Statement
Membership Development
From the Dispatcher's Office
Researching at the National Archives
Research Fellowships
Lou Marre's Favorite Photos
Back Issues Store
Cover photo: N&W’s Jawn Henry at Clare, Ohio, October 10, 1954. Lou Marre Collection

Winter 2013
Vol. 33, No. 4

Visit the Nevada Northern Railway, an authentic early 20th century steam railroad and relive the days of the Great Railroad Race to Tonopah and Goldfield.

President's Message: R&LHS Financial Update
Executive Meeting Summary: Kansas City
Silver State Rails, June 5-8, Ely, Nevada
Amtraking to Ely, June 2014
Membership Development
2015 Friends Campaign
Trading Post
Back Issues Store
Cover photo: Nevada Northern 90 and 40 at Ely, Nevada

Fall 2013
Vol. 33, No. 3

Katy Steam at Staley (Oklahoma) Tower by Jim Hurt, whose first assignment as a Katy extra board telegrapher was two weeks on first trick at Staley in June 1953. "I was instructed to report to Staley a few days early, to become familiar with the plant and the daily happenings there. The teaching staff at Staley was superb," he writes.

Editor's Thoughts
Harold Vollrath Receives Stindt Award
Equipment Corner
2014 Members Meeting June 5-8 at Ely, Nevada
Announcing Deadline of June 15 for 2014 Research Grants
Trading Post
Back Issues Store
Cover photo by MKT engineering department, courtesy of Ray George

Late Summer 2013
Vol. 33, No. 2

 

President's Message by Robert Holzweiss begins: "The recent publication 'Still Controversial: The Pacific Railroad at 150" (RRH #208, Spring-Summer 2013) generated more than the usual feedback from our membership. Most responses applauded the publiation of the transcript and expressed appreciation for the gathering of four eminent scholars … "

Southern California Capter Concludes Agreement with Union Pacific
Madison Meeting of the R&LHS
2014 Members Meeting at Ely, Nevada
Hiner and Brouws Receive 2013 Research Grants
Trading Post
Back Issues Store
Cover photo of weary Penn Central E8 4274 by Ken Fitzgerald

Spring 2013
Vol. 33, No. 1

 

Members Meeting: Madison, location of the R&LHS 2013 meetings for members, is proud of its history including preservation of its two major railroad stations.

Editor's Thoughts
Badger Rails Information
2012 Financial Report
Announcing 2013 Research Grants
From the Membership Desk
Trading Post
Back Issues Store
Cover photo of Milwaukee Road evening passenger train in 1964 by John Gruber

Winter 2012
Vol. 32, No. 4

 

The Vision for the R&LHS Archives
Madison Rail History and Resources
The Moffat Road
Lou Marre's Favorite Photos
Research Awards

Fall 2012
Vol. 32, No. 3

 

President's Message: Archives, Part 1
Kheel Archives, Cornell University
Smerk Wins Gerald Best Award
From the Dispatcher's Office
Horror Stories: Please Consider Advance Planning
Membership Desk, Development
2013 Annual Membership Meeting

Summer 2012
Vol. 32, No. 2

 

President’s Message
CSX Renaissance
Railroad Resources at Lake Forest College
2013 R&LHS Annual Membership Meeting
May 2012 R&LHS Board Of Directors Meeting
R&LHS Back Issues Store

Spring 2012
Vol. 32, No. 1

 

President’s Message
2011 Membership and Financial Updates
Birmingham Steel Industry and Pittsburgh Plus
A.J. Russell and Railroad Photography During the Civil War
News & Info
QR Code
R&LHS Back Issues Store

Winter 2011
Vol. 31, No. 4

 

President’s Message
Membership Development
Sloss Furnace & the Founding of Birmingham
2012 Annual Meeting in Birmingham
Railroad Records of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
News & Info
R&LHS Back Issues Store

Fall 2011
Vol. 31, No. 3

 

Editor’s Thoughts
Membership Development
Railroad Research at the Hagley Museum and Library
2012 Annual Meeting in Birmingham
Colorado Springs Office
R&LHS Back Issues Store

Summer 2011
Vol. 31, No. 2

 

Moving Forward
Membership Development
News & Info
The Future of Railroad Research
Annual Membership Meeting at Elkins, West Virginia
Summary of R&LHS Board of Directors Meeting
Visiting the Archives: Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

Spring 2011
Vol. 31, No. 1

 

The R&LHS Today, Tomorrow & 2021
Membership Development
News & Info
Statement of Revenues & Expenses
R&LHS Membership Report
About Us... What We're Called
R&LHS Corporate Secretary Charles Stats
Summary of Executive Committee Meeting
Elkins - 2011 Annual Meeting
R&LHS Back Issues Store
The following were edited by J. Parker Lamb

Winter 2010
Vol. 30, No. 4

 

President's Message
Membership Development
History Topics
News & Info
R&LHS Back Issues Store
Elkins WV - 2011 Annual Meeting

Fall 2010
Vol. 30, No. 3

President's Message
Membership Development
History Topics
News & Info
R&LHS Back Issues Store
Elkins WV - 2011 Annual Meeting

Summer 2010
Vol. 30, No. 2

2010 Annual Meeting Report
Ft. Worth Convention Photos
Society Gifts 2010
History Topics
News & Info
Wandering Locomotive Bells
 

Spring 2010
Vol. 30, No. 1

Society Operations -- Bylaws Amendments
2010 Annual Meeting -- Ft. Worth, The Texas Tarantula
Society Member Honored --Fred Springer
Chapter Provides Sound System
Photo Center Expands Series
Railway History Notes
Trading Post
In Memory--Edward J. Cheetham
Train Shows
Business Reports


Winter 2009
Vol. 29, No. 4
 

Society Operations -- Financial Matters
After Collecting -- Then What?
Selling R&LHS at Trade Shows
From the Files of Steamdome
Saving an ACL Pacific
Announcing a Meeting Partnership
2010 Annual Meeting
R&LHS Back Issues Store
Trading Post
Archives Review

Winter / Spring 2009
Vol. 29, Nos. 2 & 3
 

New Name, New Look, New purpose, New delivery
Annual Meeting & Summary
From The Executive Suite
Membership Development
Dubin Medal Award
Chapter News
Pennsy Atlantic Rennovation
R&LHS Back Issues Store
The following were edited by David C. Lester

Fall 2008-
Winter 2009
Vol. 28 No. 4
Vol. 29 No. 1
 

From The Editor         
The Telegrapher's Report
Electrification -- Is It Time to Reconsider? by William D. Middleton
Exploring the Past With Steamdome
Visual Interpretation by John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Marketplace

Summer 2008
Vol. 28 No. 3
 

From The Editor         
The Telegrapher's Report
Antecedents - The Call of Trains Project by Jeff Brouws
Railroad Landscapes - The Photography of Jim Shaughnessy by Jeff Brouws
Exploring the Past With Steamdome
Visual Interpretation by John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Marketplace

Spring 2008
Vol. 28 No. 2
 

From The Editor         
The Telegrapher's Report
The Evolution of Railroad Photography      by David C. Lester
A Word on Jeff Brouws      by John Gruber
On Railroad Photography and Cultural Geography     by Jeff Brouws
Exploring the Past With Steamdome
Visual Interpretation      by John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Late News - The 2008 Railroad History Awards
Marketplace

Winter 2008
Vol. 28 No. 1
 

From The Editor         
Annual Meeting Update
The Telegrapher's Report
R&LHS 2007 Senior Achievement Award      by David C. Lester
The Frank Sprague Electric Locomotive      by William D. Middleton
Visual Interpretation      by John Gruber
Steamdome
Chapter Reports
Marketplace

Fall 2007
Vol. 27 No. 4


 

From The Editor          National Report
The Railroad History and Bulletin Back Issue Story by Alden H. Dreyer
Ford Tri-Motor Flight A Reminder of TAT Service by David C. Lester
Indiana Rail Road Hosts Encyclopedia Contributors Aboard Special Train
      by David C. Lester
Railroad Standardization - Notes on Third Rail Electrification
      by William D. Middleton
A Christmas Tragedy - The Wreck of Two Southern Railway Passenger Trains
      by Dick Hillman
The Mechanical Department - J. Parker Lamb
Exploring the Past with Steamdome      Visual Interpretation - John Gruber Quantity and Commercial Purchases of Railroad History
      and the R&LHS Bulletin        Chapter Reports        Trading Post

Summer 2007
Vol. 27 No. 3

 

From The Editor
National Report
Carolina Rails: The R&LHS Annual Meeting
Steam & Diesel at Spencer Shops
Exploring the Past with Steamdome
The Mechanical Department - J. Parker Lamb
Visual Interpretation - John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Trading Post
Remembering the Southern Crescent
The Friends Campaign

Spring 2007
Vol. 27 No. 2
 

From The Editor
National Report
The Kansas City Penn Station Maidens by Peter A. Hansen
Richard E. Prince by Dick Hillman
Snippets of Early B&O History compiled by Robert L. Harvey
Samuel Spencer Post Card Follow-Up by Dick Hillman
A Porter Lost and Found by John H. White
The Mechanical Department - J. Parker Lamb
Exploring the Past with Steamdome
Visual Interpretation - John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Trading Post

Winter 2007
Vol. 27 No. 1
 

From the Editor
Remembering Gil Reid - George Drury & John Gruber
National Report
Railroad Standardization:
        The Special Problem of Electrification - William D. Middleton
On the Horizon from Indiana University Press:
        The Encyclopedia of North American Railroads

Passenger Train Journal Resumes Publication
The Mechanical Department - J. Parker Lamb
Exploring the Past with Steamdome
Visual Interpretation - John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Trading Post
Late News

Fall 2006
Vol. 26 No. 4
 

From the Editor
National Report
Railroad Heritage and the California Dream Paul Hammond
On the Horizon - The Encyclopedia of North American Railroads
Remembering Samuel Spencer Dick Hillman
The Mechanical Department J. Parker Lamb
Exploring the Past with Steamdome
Visual Interpretation John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Trading Post

Summer 2006
Vol. 26 No. 3
 

From the Editor
National Report
The Edwards Motor Car Company
On the Horizon - The Encyclopedia of North American Railroads
Visual Interpretation John Gruber
The Mechanical Department J. Parker Lamb
Exploring The Past With Steamdome
Archives Services - II William F. Howes, Jr.
Chapter Reports
Trading Post

Spring 2006
Vol. 26 No. 2
 

From the Editor
National Report
Visual Interpretation John Gruber
On the Horizon - The Encyclopedia of North American Railroads
The Rail-Marine Information Group John Teichmoeller
Atlas of Alberta Railways - Geoff Lester
The Mechanical Department J. Parker Lamb
Exploring The Past With Steamdome
Chapter Reports
Help Pick A Winner! - The Railroad History Book Award and Article Award
Trading Post

Winter 2006
Vol. 26 No. 1
 

From the Editor
National report
Cap Badges - A Treasured Railroad Collectible Jerry Angier
Visual Interpretation John Gruber
Chapter Reports
Member Forum
Trading Post
 

Fall 2005
Vol. 25 No. 3/4
 

From the Editor
National Report
Visual Interpretation John Gruber
Chapter Reports
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History Richard L. Hillman
Member Forum
Trading Post
 
The following two were edited by Charles Zlatkovich

Summer 2005
Vol. 25 No. 2
 

Indiana Rail Road Hosts 2006 Convention
A New Mission for the R&LHS
The R&LHS Mission Statement
Other Board and Membership Actions
Rails in the Rockies II — The 2006 R&LHS Convention
Rails in the Rockies II — June 8-11, 2006 — Don’t Miss It!
The Whitewater Valley Railroad - by John H. White, Jr.
Trading Post
Railroad History #192 on the way
Faster than a speeding...

Winter
Spring 2005
Vol. 25 No. 1
 

R&LHS Annual Convention set for May 19-22
INDIANA RAILS 2005
Mission Committee Appointed
About the Newsletter
 
The following 20 were edited by Clifford J. Vander Yacht
A few have a color PDF version instead of the original.

Autumn 2004
Vol. 24 No. 4
 

Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 4, was mailed October 18, 2004. This issue features Philadelphia's Broad Street Lady by Tommy Meehan, about the history of the downtown train station. Also, Convention Photos about the 2004 R&LHS Convention in Utah with 19 COLOR PHOTOS, The Westinghouse Triple Valve” And It’s Operation by A. J. Bianculli, and Role (and size) Reversal, about the swapping of historical roles of the Newsletter and Railroad History.

Summer 2004
Vol. 24 No. 3
 

Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 3, mailed July 1, 2004. This issue features Counterbalancing 10-Coupled Power by Don Leach, a mathematical and practical treatise on steam locomotive design. Also B&M Perspective, The Station & The Dawg Wagon by Alden H. Dreyer.

 

Spring 2004
Vol. 24 No. 2
 

Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 2, was mailed April 1, 2004. This issue features A. G. Trumbull: Locomotive Designer by Eugene L. Huddleston, about Trumbull's almost unknown accomplishments under the Van Sweringen brothers' Advisory Mechanical Committee (C&O, Erie, NKP, and PM)(3400 words of text), with 3 photos taken by the author. Also, Closed Loops by the late John F. Humiston, where he lists fifteen such places where the track crosses under or over itself using a tunnel or bridge in the United States and Canada (1300 words of text). An Annual Meeting official notice and a form for the R&LHS Awards fills out the issue.

Winter 2004
Vol. 24 No. 1
 

Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 1, mailed December 31, 2003. Railroad Not That Good To Wisconsin Family by Jim Brown gives an account of sacrifices to railroading one family made. Moonglow The last car of the Train of Tomorrow by Lee Witten tells about one of our stops at the convention and the subject of the featured speaker, Dr. Ric Morgan. Mike Burdett tells us of the Corrine Depot, another stop on the convention tour. Then what's happening at the Delaware Water Gap Station. Three mystery photos for you to help identify. And the 2004 Convention form.
 

Autumn 2003
Vol. 23 No. 4
 

Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 4, mailed October 8, 2003. This issue features How To Design A New Steam Locomotive In 60 Minutes - Or Less by Robert A. LeMassena, a romp though the necessary computations and decisions, with 3 photos from the H. K. Vollrath collection . Representations of Railroad Work by John Gruber, who heads a project preserving photographs of railroad people, with six representative photos, size="2">Gettysburg Lincoln Railroad Station by Kim Daniloski and a Pre-registration form for the 2004 Convention fill out the issue.

Summer 2003
Vol. 23 No. 3
 

Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 3, mailed July 18, 2003. This issue features ELECTRIFYING RHETORIC OF 1906, a review of newspaper accounts of the twice proposed electric railroad from Chicago to New York, written by George A. Kennedy, with 4 detailed drawings; and UPDATING A MYSTERY PHOTO, bringing new information about a previously published item, by Robert R. Lowry. Other items include 2002 Chapter report from Southwest Chapter, 2004 Convention announcement and Newsletter Notes.

Spring 2003
Vol. 23 No. 2
 

Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 2, mailed April 19, 2003. This issue features The USRA HEAVY 4-8-2 and its Illustrious Ascendants, a discussion of the World War One USRA design and subsequent changes made to these engines by Robert A. LeMassena, with 4 photos from the H. K. Vollrath collection, and an introduction, photo captions and cover photo by Eugene L. Huddleston; and STAR SPANGLED RAILS CONVENTION SCHEDULE, a complete list of all NRHS/R&LHS Convention events at Baltimore from Tuesday, July 1, to Saturday, July 5, 2003.

Winter 2003
Vol. 23 No. 1
 

Newsletter Vol. 23 No. 1, mailed January 16, 2003. This issue features the Challenges of Running a Short Line Railroad, by Russell Tedder, retired in 1997 as President of the Georgia-Pacific shortline railroads, with 4 photos from the M. Bennett collection; and The Job of a Passenger Train Conductor, Education and Kindness, telling of personal experiences of author, Elsie Robertson Voigt, and editor of the Southwest Flyer, the monthly publication of the Southwest Chapter. Also, AC Traction Motors and Controls by Walter Keevil brings us up to date on that subject, while a photograph and chart does the same on the Allegheny Portage Railroad by Chris J. Lewie.
 

Autumn 2002
Vol. 22 No. 4
 

Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 4, mailed November 1, 2002. This issue features Losing 15 Minutes Uphill, The Strange Story of the Rio Grande's 1700s, a discussion of the 4-8-4 engines that lost time uphill, but gained more downhill by Robert A. LeMassena, with 3 photos from the H. K. Vollrath collection, and cover photo by Otto C. Perry; and The Allegheny Portage Railroad - Canal Boats Above the Clouds, about the first (1864) crossing of the mountains in Pennsylvania by Chris L. Lewie; and The Wreck of AT&SFRR Locomotive No. 196 , the story of the often rumored lost engine by Vernon J. Glover.

Summer 2002
Vol. 22 No. 3
 

Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 3, mailed August 1, 2002. This issue features The 2002 R&LHS Annual Meeting, a review of the Society's meeting at Colorado Springs, Colorado, with three photos (see left); Chapter Annual Reports; The STAR SPANGLED RAILS CONVENTION with forms; and Available Back Issues of Railroad History as of 6/1/02.

Spring 2002
Vol. 22 No. 2
 

Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 2, mailed April 17, 2002. This issue features Eureka, a vivid description of Dan Markoff's elegant 1876 steam engine that often runs on the Durango & Silverton in Colorado, written by John Gruber; In Defense Of ALCO Diesels, by J. W. Swanberg; and Roundhouse Question Answered - Maybe…, on who built the first one, here or in England.

Winter 2002
Vol. 22 No. 1
 

Newsletter Vol. 22 No. 1, mailed January 29, 2002. This issue contained Heislers by Dale C. Steele, 2002 Rails to the Rockies, the R&LHS Convention forms. Also, in this issue, information on Feedwater Injectors, with a drawing, by A. J. Biangulli, The Booster , by Elsie Voigt, and Boiler Details, by Rod Crawford, MSTRP.

Autumn 2001
Vol. 21 No. 4
 

Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 4, mailed October 10, 2001. This issue contains Why the Diesel Replaced Steam, by Joseph A. Strapac, and Diesel Engineers Remember ALCOs, FMs, EMDs and GEs, by Elsie Voigt. Also, in this issue, RR Photo Exhibit in Carson City, NV, EMD Calendar cards in color, Annual Reports, and The Deming, New Mexico, Depot by Vern Glover.

Summer 2001
Vol. 21 No. 3
 

Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 3. . This issue contained Additional Notes, referring to Railroad History #177, Energy Conservation on Steam Railroads: Institutions, Markets, Technology, 1889 - 1943 by Mark Aldrich, written by Robert A. LeMassena. Also, in this issue, R&LHS National Convention A Success by James A. Smith, President's Letter by William F. Howes, Jr., and 2002 Rails in the Rockies forms.
 

 

Spring 2001
Vol. 21 No. 2
 

Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 2, mailed April 20, 2001. This issue contained WATERMELON EXTRA, where author Russell Tedder takes us on a ride on the South Georgia in 1955. Also, in this issue, Ice Breakers introduced by Adrian Ettlinger, The Mystery of Missing Material from England in 1893 written by Stephen Duffell and Poling Along in West Virginia by Cornelius W. Hauck.

Winter 2001
Vol. 21 No. 1
 

Newsletter Vol. 21 No. 1, mailed January 19, 2001. In this issue: The First 4-8-4 and 2-6+6-4 (almost), a discussion by Robert A. LeMassena, followed by Photo Supplement to RAILROAD HISTORY Issue #182 , the 19 photos missing from Robert A. LeMassena's article there. Also, E'ham (again) with proof of location and Dog Law, a story about Jim Brown's experience.

Autumn 2000
Vol. 20 No. 4
 

Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 4, mailed October 22, 2000. This issue contained Baldwin in Brazil or A Journey with Maria Fumaça, by Clifford Schoff who reports on his 1999 trip and C&TSRR Report September 2000 by Vernon J. Glover followed by Durango & Silverton Railfest 2000 by Clifford Schoff. Also, in this issue, Errors in an Early California Timetable by Corny Hauck followed by Roundhouse Completed dedicated to Corny Hauck.

 

Summer 2000
Vol. 20 No. 3
 

Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 3, mailed July 14, 2000. This issue contained Northern Arrow, Post Script to Summer 1999, Volume 19, Number 3, written by Cornelius W. Hauck. Also, in this issue, D&RGW 1405 vs. AT&SF 365x, the solution to the puzzle in the Winter 2000 issue, written by Robert A. LeMassena; Learnin' Telegraphy by Dr. James. R. Brown; Commuter & Light Rail Station Photographs by David A. Pfeifer tells where to obtain them, Call for Papers for English Early Railways and The Job of a Road Foreman by Elsie Voigt.

Spring 2000
Vol. 20 No. 2
 

Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 2, mailed April 3, 2000. Presented is David Moffat's Double Dilemma, the building of the DNW&P road from Denver to Moffat Tunnel with a sidebar on The Wreck at Fireclay, both by Robert A. LeMassena . Also, in this issue, Erie's Quadruplex or Lima's Black Ghost, ghost written by Bill Withuhn and Bob LeMassena for the April Fool issue, Electroliner Comments by Robert R. Crane, Chapter News, New Roundhouse at Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, Who, What Where mystery photos, remembering Perry Monroe Shoemaker, and R&LHS 2000 Annual Meeting information and form.
 

Winter 2000
Vol. 20 No. 1
 

Newsletter Vol. 20 No. 1, mailed January 29, 2000. This issue contained Misleading Railroad Histories, on how following sections of railroad building can confuse the chronology of the whole, with a sidebar on Pere Marquette, written by Clifford Vander Yacht. Also, in this issue, information on the new R&LHS Website, a Cover Puzzle by Cornelius Hauck, remembering George Krambles and Frank Nelson, and Narrow Gauge News by Vern Glover.


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