header (32K)

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 Gruber.


Spring 2018, Vol. 38, No. 1

“We have two train trips planned. One will take place at the Monticello Railway Museum on Saturday and the second will be a circle tour of the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis trackage starting from St. Louis Union Station Hotel. The Terminal trip will use two of the three rail crossings of the Mississippi River in St. Louis (if you want to get the hat trick, take the Metrolink over the Eads Bridge.) We have also been given permission to visit the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility at Dupo, Illinois." Nick Fry and Ron Goldfeder on Gateway Rails, 2018 members meeting

Tell us abot your favorite joining of the rails ceremony. Allen Kershaw visits Canadian Pacific site.
Two Perspctives of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Young people join R&LHS at Amherst show
Railroadiana: The Earliest Piece Known, Seth Bramson
Treasurer's Report for 2017
Friends Campaign, Bill Withuhn book
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
Guess the Station, Washington
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover. St. Louis photos from the 1930s. John W. Barriger III


Winter 2017, Vol. 37, No. 4

“As we approach the end of 2017, I want to thank you for continued support of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society with your dues, donations, in-kind support or giving of your time to serve the organization. I also want to share several items we are planning for 2018." Robert Holzweiss, president, "The R&LHS Going Forward," page 6

Tell us abot your favorite joining of the rails ceremony. The most famous was at Promontory, Utah, but there are other significant events. The QNL will include details in a future issue.

Lake States Preserves Upper Midwest History
Two Rail Trips Set for 2018 Members Meeting, May 30 to June 3, at St. Louis Union Station Hotel.
Railroad History Awards for 2017
Randolph, Grant Win Research Fellowships
Railroadiana: The Earliest Piece Known, Seth Bramson
Gallery: Pennsylvania Stations, Selected by John H. White, Jr.
Friends Campaign, Southern California Chapter
"This thankless business," Mary E. Lyons, research award winner for 2016
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover. Historic drawing of the railroad yard at Baraboo, Wisconsin. Lake States collection


Fall 2017, Vol. 37, No. 3

“I would also like the magazine to be remembered for its critical mindedness. We weren’t afraid of controversy. We were celebrating the railroad preservation movement, but we didn’t want to pander to it. We didn’t want to be the voice of the big museums or TRAIN or the big guys. We wanted to be the voice of the average volunteer, working hard, trying to raise money. People had and have a real passion for what they were doing, we wanted to reflect that enthusiasm." Mark Smith, talking about Locomotive & Railway Preservation, a magazine he founded in 1986, pages 4-5

Two Rail Trips Set for 2018 Members Meeting. R&LHS is holding its annual meeting at St. Louis Union Station Hotel. Group rates available now. Save the dates of May 30 to June 3 of 2018.
Railroadiana: The Rule Book, Seth Bramson
Gallery: PRR Moves Liberty Bell to New Orleans, Selected by John H. White, Jr.
Business Woman and Western Photographer: Sarah L. Larimer, John Gruber
Color Photos of Nutmeg Rails, 2017 members meeting
Pacific Coast Chapter and Other News
Membership Development, Steel City Chapter, Railway Interchange 2017, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Members visit Shore Line Trolley Museum, Howard Brown


Summer 2017, Vol. 37, No. 2

Nutmeg Rails: 2017 R&LHS National Meeting at Stamford, John Atherton. Thursday, June 1, Registration and Opening Reception; Friday, June 2, SoNo Tower Museum in Norwalk. (Metro North cancelled the Grand Central tour.) Afterward, travel by Metro-North train to Danbury and tour the Danbury Railway Museum. Return to Stamford by Metro-North train. In the evening we will have our annual meeting and banquet. R&LHS will present its 2016 book award to Robert A Gallamore; Saturday, June 3, Shore Line Trolley Museum, Branford. and Valley Railroad, Essex, Connecticut. Ride the steam train, tour of steam locomotive shops, and dinner on The Valley Railroad dinner train.

Friends Campaign Supports Chapter Projects
USA 649 Not 396, Everett Lueck
Railroadiana: No Talk About Prices, Seth Bramson
Gallery: Ice Boats Win Race with Chicago Express, Selected by John H. White, Jr.
Clara von Gerstner's 1840 View of America, Fred Gamst
Grants Deadline is June 30
Membership Development, JSTOR and keyword searching, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Shore Line Trolley Museum, 1986, Dennis Livesey


Spring 2017, Vol. 37, No. 1

"Over the past few months, several members inquired about the absence of locomotive rosters that were once a regular feature of Railroad History. The exclusion of rosters is not purposeful. In fact, Peter Hansen, the editor of Railroad History, welcomes rosters provided the data is accompanied by an explanatory narrative that places the information into context and tells the larger story about why the roster is important." Roster Rewind by President Robert Holzweiss

Guess the Photo. TVA No. 23 and the Smoky Mountain Railroad. Readers identified the location as TVA's Douglas Dam. TVA purchased no. 23 from the Mobile & Ohio in the 1930s. Peyton Gupton
Nutmeg Rails: 2017 R&LHS National Meeting at Stamford, John Atherton
Ames Monument Designation and photo by Richard Koenig
Railroadiana: Employee Timetables, Part II, Seth Bramson
Hoosac Tunnel Machines, Selected by John H. White, Jr.
Treasurer's Report to Membership, Paul Gibson
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Grand Central Terminal, 2013, by Pat Yough. Metro North later cancelled our tour of Grand Central


Winter 2016, Vol. 36, No. 4

"The field of economics offers a useful framework to explain to the demise of the Chicago chapter. In Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, economist Joseph Schumpeter provides an interesting explanation of the changes shaping markets and new forces (for example technology) that create opportunities for growth. To explain how the market delivers progress, Schumpeter coined the phrase “creative destruction” which he defines as the process of constantly destroying and renewing an organization to adapt to ever-changing … changes." President Robert Holzweiss

Nutmeg Rails: 2017 R&LHS National Meeting at Stamford, John Atherton
Claudius Crozet and the Blue Ridge Railroad, 2016 research fellowship, Mary E. Lyons, freelance writer and lecturer, Charlottesville, Virginia
Railroadiana: Employee Timetables, Seth Bramson
Boiler Explosions, Selected by John H. White, Jr.
Guess the photo
The BMRR: Where the Past Meets the Present, James Lowery, Project Coordinator
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Stamford, Connecticut, 1958. Richard Jay Solomon


Fall 2016, Vol. 36, No. 3

Historic Photos in Public Domain: “No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse,” the New York Public Library said when it announced that out-of-copyright materials in its digital collections are available as high-resolution downloads. Examples from three institutions are in this issue: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Oakland Museum of California. Pages 10-13.

Members Tour North Idaho: White Pine Rails, the 2016 convention and annual meeting of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS), featured railroads of northern Idaho. It was held jointly with the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group. (WI&MRyHPG) at the University Inn, Moscow, Idaho, from May 25 to 29. Tom Burg

USA 396, 99 Years and Still Going, Everett Lueck
D&RGW #223 Restoration Report, Lee Witten
Railroadiana: The Categories, Seth Bramson
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Members Visit Bennett Lumber Products. Thomas Hillebrant


Summer 2016, Vol. 36, No. 2

“I was fortunate enough in my career to work alongside many people in different companies. During this tenure of mine at Conrail—what I joined back in 1998 and what is here today—I am very proud to stand alongside all of the people because they have done an excellent job in transforming it from a standalone profit entity to a high performance service driven joint facility operation for CSX and Norfolk Southern." Ronald L. Batory, president, Conrail

"However, the hard copy of Railroad History will not go away any time soon. Having a copy in hand at train shows and meetings is the best way to attract interest in the R&LHS. It is our signature product and it is packaged in an attractive and easily distributed format." President Robert Holzweiss

Members Meeting in North Idaho
Treasurer's Report to Membership for 2015, Paul Gibson
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
An 1860s Switching Railroad, John H. White, Jr.
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Conrail's Rouge River Bridge in Detroit. John Gruber


Spring 2016, Vol. 36, No. 1

“Despite slicing through the narrowest part of the State of Idaho, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific held a remarkably strong presence in the area. Lines of The Milwaukee Road in Idaho fall neatly into just a few segments. All are located in Idaho’s “panhandle” in the timbered section of North Idaho—the locals describe it as though it were a separate state from southern Idaho." Tom Burg, the Milwaukee Road in Idaho

Itinerary, May 24-29, for the joint convention of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) and Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group (WI&MRyHPG) with registration form. Please complete and detach and mail the form with full payment. A current membership in the R&LHS or the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group is required to attend.
R&LHS Makes Prestigious Annual Awards
What Is Rail and Trolleyana?, Seth Bramson
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
Letters to the Editor
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: St. Maries River Railroad by Scott Lothes


Winter 2015, Vol. 35, No. 4

“People back in the dark days of the library thought that railroad archives should be deep-sixed, and really they are some of our most important collections. Having them out on the Internet for people to use is pretty important. Three archivists from the Newberry Library, Chicago, summarized a recently completed project, CB&Q: Building an Empire. They went back to the beginning with all the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad material the library had acquired over the last half a century, arranged and described everything to today’s archival standards, and made a finding aid available on the Internet."

"On November 19 the R&LHS marked a digital milestone when JSTOR (an acronym for Journal Storage, see http://www.jstor.org/) released a searchable digital archive of The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin (1921-1972) and Railroad History (1972- 2009)."--Robert Holzweiss, President
North Idaho Members Meeting, May 25-29, 2016
Friends Campaign, Golden Spike Chapter: D&RGW Locomotive 223 Project
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: "Grasshopper Migration Map,” Newberry Library


Fall 2015, Vol. 35, No. 3

Now, I was not alive in 1994 but I know one thing: I want to remember today. Southern Railway #4501 sure does not look quite as green as it did twenty years ago, but we’re not here to record the past. The sound of that Southern 3 chime reverberating through the Tennessee Valley once more is enough to wipe away any doubt of that engine’s triumphant return. I never planned on any of these excursions happening in my lifetime, and I will appreciate every moment I can get. --Peyton Gupton, freshman at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

On behalf of the R&LHS officers, directors and members, I want to thank Mark Entrop for his many years of service as chairman of the Awards Committee. --Robert Holzweiss, President

Unfinished Business of Railroad History, an interview wth Maury Klein, John Gruber
Early Railroading in Michigan and Wisconsin, introduction by Charles Stats
North Idaho Members Meeting, May 25-29, 2016
Friends Campaign, Mid-South Chapter Historic Signs Project
Railroadiana: "The Survey Course," Seth Bramson
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: R&LHS members tour East Broad Top, by John Gruber


Summer 2015, Vol. 35, No. 2

My goals for this issue and future issues of the Quarterly are to continue coverage of R&LHS, stressing its stature as the oldest railroad history organization in North America, and to open a conversation about the importance of railroad history in American life, now and in the future. R&LHS has for 93 years promoted and educated the public about railroad history through its journal, awards program, archives, and other activities. Together with everyone else associated with the organization, I want to encourage young and old to embrace railroad history as an active, vibrant concept. --Message from the Editor, John Gruber

Altoona Shops were among the largest and best known railroad repair facilities in the country. It was created by the Pennsylvania Railroad for this specific purpose on an empty site laid out in 1849. --John H. White Jr., in Introduction to Historic Images of Altoona
Altoona Rails, June 4-6, 2015
Fellowships Deadine: June 30
The Train Runs by Itself, Tommy Meehan
Membership Development, Ron Goldfeder
From the Dispatcher's Office, Alden H. Dreyer
Cover photo: Everett Railroad by Keith Burkey.


Spring 2015, Vol. 35, No. 1

What kind of leader can focus so many talented, passionate and eager people? Leaders must have contagious enthusiasm with a broad a deep knowledge of the subject that commands the respect of their peers. They must also be unassuming and yet be recognized experts in their field. They must also be modest but also have a history of personal achievement. Finally, they must be leaders yet always share credit with others. Add to those traits the patience and perseverance required to complete a long-term project, for example the creation of a major museum and archival repository, and you have Denny Anspach, the subject of this issue of the Quarterly Newsletter and the recipient of the 2014 Gerald M. Best Senior Achievement Award. --President Robert Holzwiss

Treasurer's Report for 2014: Operating revenue ended the year significantly ahead of operating expenses. Notes and full financial statement are in the newsletter.

Parker Lamb receives ASME award for locomotive books
Fellowships Deadine: June 30
Altoona Rails, June 4-6, 2015
Membership Gifts and Development
From the Dispatcher's Office
Cover photo: Denny Anspach at awards ceremony.


Winter 2014, Vol. 34, No. 4

It’s been exciting year for railroad history and preservation, the beginning of ever expanding recognitions of the importance of railroading in American life. Big locomotives seem to get the headlines, but much is happening across the country, including a railroad-themed attraction planned for Galesburg, Illinois, and photography exhibit in Chicago.--pages 8-9

Message from the President: Digital Initiatives
Altoona Rails, June 4-6, 2015
2014 Railroad History Awards
Membership Development
Moscow, Idaho, 2016 Annual Meeting
MTC (Mechanical Temperature Control)
Guess the Station (Akron)
From the Dispatcher's Office
Cover photo: Tom Gildersleeve, photography award winner.



Fall 2014, Vol. 34, No. 3

More than 112 years ago, the railroad industry wrestled with the same big problems they wrestle with today including the need to rely on human judgment to operate safely. Today’s solution is Positive Train Control.--page 10, courtesy of Richard Palmer.

Message from the President: Now Departing
Board Meeting Summary
Annual Membership Meeting Summary
Membership Promotion: Additional Tips
2015 Annual Meeting, Altoona, Pennsylvania
2014 Friends Campaign
Moscow, Idaho, 2016 Annual Meeting Premier
Honor Engines, Order of the Red Spot
Danbury Railway Museum
Cover photo: Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Libraies



Summer 2014, Vol. 34, No. 2

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 by Forrest Becht.

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


Earlier issues