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Railroad History, known as the R&LHS Bulletin from 1921 until 1972, is the oldest railroad history journal in North America. It contains original scholarship and fresh interpretations that set the standard in railway research. Here are carefully selected articles, photographs, and art. It is issued twice yearly in an 8¼ by 10½-inch perfect-bound paperback edition and is included in R&LHS membership. Its Book Division has the most complete reviews anywhere of the latest books about railroads and traction. The journal is indexed by America: History and Life, a database available at major research libraries, and on this site. JSTOR (an acronym for Journal Storage) has a searchable digital archive of the R&LHS Bulletin (1921-1972) and Railroad History (1972-up to a rolling date five years before the current date.)
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Its contents include “The Richest Little Railroad in the World,” a short history and loco roster of the Virginian; “Twisting Metal,” slave
labor and the railroads of North Carolina; “Cutting and Pasting,” a 1950s plan to combine the passenger services of three railroads; the “Golden Gate
Special,” America’s first transcontinental luxury passenger train; “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time,” when railroads were banks; and
“Death by Gunfire,” the tragic tale of the deaths of four Chesapeake & Ohio employees. A “short take” reports on the cylinders of the Big Boy being reamed
out by a quarter inch during its restoration to service.
|Railroad History 222 Spring/Summer 2020
Beginning with the earliest days of U.S. railroading, Ray State and Albert Rutherford discuss locomotive manufacturing at the West Point Foundry Association. Fast
forward to the end of the 20th century and James W. and David E. Hanscom explain the 1997 merger study undertaken for CSX Transportation on the eve of the Conrail
split. Chris Baer examines the competition between the Twentieth Century Limited and Broadway Limited with intriguing reference to a 1921 report written by a
Pennsylvania Railroad employee who spied on the Century. Finally, Christopher Manthey explains the legal reasoning in a 1901 Huron County, Ohio, court ruling involving
railroad safety on the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad the Nickel Plate Road. Also included in the issue is an account (with cover photo) of the recent
sale of the historic narrow-gauge East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania.
|Railroad History 221 Fall/Winter 2019
We close out the sesquicentennial year of transcontinental railroading with a pair of features about the years after 1869. Maury Klein summarizes his revisionist take
on Jay Gould, while Don Hofsommer examines the efforts of the northern lines to colonize their territories. Other railroads weren’t as celebrated: Gregg Turner
looks at the New York & Boston Air Line in “Failure of a Route.” Richard Koenig offers a photo essay on the disappearing semaphores of BNSF’s Raton
Subdivsion. Jack White has more to say about the locomotive Mississippi (see RRH #218).
|Railroad History 220 Spring/Summer 2019
Coverage of Golden Spike 150, including “What the Transcontinental Railroad Wrought,” by Maury Klein, and a first-hand account of riding the line shortly after it was
completed. Also a listing of all the railroads with the word “pacific” in its name, an excerpt of Bill Withuhn’s book co-published by the R&LHS, American Steam
Locomotives, and the third and last part of “Inside EMD,” by Preston Cook, which covers diesel locomotive assembly. Here is a draft of the cover of the issue, with the
last operational UP Centennial locomotive.
|No. 219 – Fall/Winter 2018
Mother Hubbards’ Bone of Contention – The Camelback ICC Ban That Never Was – Gregg Ames
Mother Hubbard Miscellany – Survivors and Less Fortunates – Dan Cupper
Inside EMD Part 2 – Traction Motors and Electrical Controls – Preston Cook
The Other Rio Grande – The 1872, 42 inch gauge, Isolated Line of Texas – Ron Goldfeder
C.H. Caruthers – 1847 – 1920 – A Pioneer of American Locomotive History and Illustration – John Ott
Memorials for Jim Shaughnessy, John Gruber, and R. Lyle Key
Cover: Lehigh Valley Mother Hubbard 4-4-2 locomotive #664 on the Black Diamond Express – Library of Congress
|No. 218 Spring-Summer 2018
Inside EMD, Part 1: How the “Home of the Diesel Locomotive” fabricated its prime movers. Preston Cook
Ford’s Railroad at The Rouge: A look at what was once one of the world’s biggest industrial railroads. David R.P. Guay
Mississippi: A significant early American steam locomotive, hiding in plain sight. Pete Claussen
Bury’s First Sixteen: Untangling the complicated histories of some early imported locomotives. Pete Claussen
The Daniel Nason: America’s sole surviving inside-connected steam locomotive. Ron Goldfeder
Cover: Partially complete fabricated diesel-engine crankcases surround two technicians on the floor of Electro-Motive Division Plant One at La Grange, Ill. Preston
|No. 217 Winter-Fall 2017
“The Penn Central merger and subsequent bankruptcy included all the elements of a suspense novel. Among the major characters were villains, heroes and even antiheroes.
The Prince Plan, A largely forgotten proposal for railroad consolidation. H. Roger Grant
The Bad Old Days, Working for Penn Central wasn’t easy. J. W. Swanberg
Altoona and the Penn Central Image, Dark paint and red ink. Dan Cupper
The Railroad Safety Appliance Acts, The impact of federal regulation on the Denver & Rio Grande, Stan Rhine
Cover: Two locomotives representing a tumultuous transition in Eastern U.S. railroading in the 1960s–new Penn Central GP40 road switcher No. 3251 and elderly New York
|No. 216 Spring-Summer 2017
“Now what, and who’s going to pay for this?” This is the full story of the wreck of The Federal, NH/PRR train #173, at Washington, D.C., Union
Station on January 15, 1953. The GG1 wound up in the concourse of the station and fell into the baggage room in its basement as the floor collapsed under its weight.
It uses the up-to-now unseen FBI report, based on early fears it was caused by sabotage, obtained with a Freedom of Information request, and previously unpublished
photos. Nick Fry and Ron Goldfeder
Tragedy on the Hogback, Unraveling the story of a 1919 boiler explosion on the B&LE. James McCommons.
Railroad violence during the Mexican Revolution Conflict and the struggle for workers’ control, 1910-1921. Jeffrey Bortz and Marcos Aguila
Gordon S. Crowell. At 90, a photographer looks back on his wide-ranging portfolio. John GruberCover: In a scene that cannot be repeated today because of a merger with Canadian National, three Bessemer & Lake Erie SD40T-3 units on July 30, 2010, pull southbound
iron-ore train U704 away from the docks of Conneaut, Ohio. The train is climbing the “hogback” combination grade and curves that contributed to a
disastrous B&LE steam-engine boiler explosion in 1919. Randy FarisOut-of-print
|No. 215 Fall-Winter 2016
NJ Honors Fallen Servicemen with Diesel Dedications, Recalling a moving tribute. Joel Rosenbaum and Tom Gallo
The End of the Line, The abandonment of passenger services in Santa Cruz County, California. Derek R. Whaley
American Railroads and Sponsored Films, A wide-angle view, 1940-1955. Norris Pope
Toward a Bright and Shiny Future, Railroad public relations in an era of transition. Ian Gray
Hubris and the Cowcatcher, Ohio’s inventive storyteller. John H. White, Jr.
Hard-working, Dedicated Section Crews, Latino railroaders on the Rio Grande narrow gauge. John GruberCover: Wearing Great Northern’s recently unveiled Big Sky Blue corporate image, power for the Empire Builder idles at Havre, Mont., on September 1, 1969. George
|No. 214 Spring-Summer 2016
Ralph Rotten and the Chicago Great Western, How to merge a regional carrier into a larger railroad. James L. Larson
Gabriel Kolko Revisited Railroads and Regulation, 50 years after its publication. William D. Burt
Railways in South America’s Largest City São Paulo, Brazil, in 1974. J. Parker Lamb and Thomas Correa
The Knoxville Convention, Recalling an 1836 effort to link Charleston, S.C., with the Ohio River. H. Roger Grant
Who Was Philip Duffy? Examining the life of an Irish- American railroad contractor. J. Francis Watson
Short Takes: A Spy? No, Just a Photographer (Lucius Beebe). John GruberCover: Chicago Great Western F3A locomotive No. 106A at Chicago in September 1968, soon after CGW was merged into Chicago & North Western. J. W. Seidl
|No. 213 Fall/Winter 2015
Selling the Diesel: The history of locomotive sales and marketing practices in the diesel era. Preston Cook
Ponce de Leon, A Flagler Hotel: Reflections on a repurposed 19th-century Florida landmark. Richard W. Luckin
The North Missouri, Bridging the Missouri River: and other achievements. H. Roger Grant
Meeting an Emergency: How the Pennsylvania Railroad coped with conflagration at Broad Street Station, Philadelphia. Eric A. Sibul Ph.D
From Golden Spike to Silver Screen: The improbable story of a Central Pacific Railroad business car. Peter A. Hansen
Chicago: Colorful, creative posters and a 1920s multimedia campaign. John Gruber and J.J. SedelmaierCover: Central Pacific director’s car at Carlin, Nevada, about 1869. Nevada State Railroad Museum
|No. 212 Spring/Summer 2015
Alexandria, Virginia, Shops of the U.S. Military Railroads. A close look at an important Civil War railroad facility. John H. White, Jr.
The Last Train Ride: Repatriating the remains of America’s World War II dead. James I. Murrie and Naomi Jeffey Petersen
Gordon Parks’ Images of Washington Union Station. A wartime crossroads viewed through perceptive eyes. Tony Reevy
Demise Postponed. Iowa’s electric interurban railways and World War II. Don L. Hofsommer
Milwaukee Road’s Electrification. The origins and evolution of catenary on the Pacific Coast Extension. Adam T. Michalski
Cover: Milwaukee Road at Avery, Idaho. Mike Schafer
|No. 211 Fall/Winter 2014
If there’s a theme, it could be this: There are a lot of stories behind the stories we know so well.
Start with the checkered history of railroad regulation. By kind permission of Harvard University Press, we present a chapter from Robert Gallamore’s new book,
American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century.
Elsewhere, we look at photographer Jack Delano’s trip west on the Santa Fe Railway in 1943. John Gruber has ferreted out the human stories behind the
The Irish provided the muscle that built many of the nation’s railroads, and they lived hard lives. William Watson of Immaculata University reports on the
excavation of a mass grave dating from the 1830s. Preston Cook presents the story of Electro-Motive’s 25th anniversary, and Richard Luckin considers the elite
passenger trains that had their own china. This issue is full of new stories, and of new takes on old stories.
Cover: A classic Santa Fe Railway signal tower frames Jack Delano’s 1943 shot at Melrose, N.M.
|No. 210 Spring/Summer 2014
This is Railroad History’s summer vacation issue. We take you to Maine with Thornton Waite’s comprehensive history of the Bar Harbor Express.
Smithsonian curator emeritus John H. White, Jr. recounts the story of three Maryland mountain retreats owned by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
John Gruber looks at William Henry Jackson’s work for railroad clients–much of which was used to promote rail travel to scenic destinations.
Elsewhere, Scott Lothes of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art previews a new exhibition at the Chicago History Museum, focusing on the human side of
photographer Jack Delano’s World War II-era work for the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information.
For readers with an interest in motive power, Joe Strapac profiles the Harriman 2-8-0s, and Stan Rhine explores the origins of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad’s
beloved Galloping Geese.
Cover: Erecting drawing came from the May 1905 issue of the American Engineer and Railroad Journal.Out of print
|No. 209 Fall/Winter 2013
Geoff Doughty writes how the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad of the 1950s and ’60s faced a declining traffic base, diminished political influence, increasing
costs, and the demands of both organized labor and the investment community. At the same time, public policymakers were coming to grips with the fact that the New
Haven was an indispensible asset. This is the story of how the railroad and public officials came to devise new responses in the face of a dire threat.
Photographer Frank Barry documents the last days of Mexican steam and he writes about his adventures in another culture. His photos are often arrestingly beautiful,
and his experiences are delightfully amusing, like something from “Innocents Abroad.”
Everything you ever wanted to know about railroad watches.
Modern archaeology along the original New York & Erie Railroad.
The rebirth of Nevada Northern 2-8-0 locomotive No. 93, a star of the 2014 R&LHS convention.
Cover photo June 13, 1971, by George Drury
|No. 208 Spring/Summer 2013
“Still Controversial: The Pacific Railroad at 150,” is a discussion among four eminent historians who offer widely divergent interpretations on the
enduring meaning of transcontinental railroading. In this special event, organized by R&LHS, Maury Klein, Richard Orsi, T. J. Stiles, and Richard White share the
results of their lifetime research.
John Gruber gives us a retrospective on Andrew J. Russell, photographer of the Civil War and of the Union Pacific Railroad construction. Gruber shows that
Russell’s work was a business development tool for UP and continues to be a useful historical resource–topics that scholars often ignore.
Two articles cover Herman Haupt and the U.S. Military Railroads, but from different angles. Steven R. Ditmeyer recounts the critical role of Northern railroads in the
Gettysburg campaign, and David Pfeiffer parts the curtain on primary source materials about Haupt and the USMRR at the National Archives.
In the second and final excerpt from Albert Churella’s monumental history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, he shows how PRR tried and nearly succeeded in building a
truly transcontinental empire.
Jack Harpster profiles William Butler Ogden, the driving force in Chicago’s first railroad.
|No. 207 Fall/Winter 2012
The Pennsylvania Railroad and the beginnings of the modern corporation: How a determined executive turned the PRR into something far greater than its founders
envisioned. This is an excerpt from volume one of Albert Churella’s long-awaited two-volume history of the PRR, published with permission from the University of
Also: Chateau Laurier, Canadian National Railway’s hotel in the federal capital of Ottawa. It was a statement that CNR was a national force with which to be
Finally, the military significance of Florida East Coast Railway’s Key West Extension, an overlooked dimension of an oft-told saga.
|No. 206 Spring/Summer 2012
Inspection Locomotives: whether seating 4 or 94, these fascinating steam critters were an important part of railroading from earliest days until the diesel era. Almost
always custom constructed, and usually home shop built and elegant, this is the definitive work on these curious and diverse machines.
Shelburne, Mass. The R&LHS corporate clerk explains the relationship between the so-called greatest rail engineering feat of the 19th century and Society World
Stillborn Interurban: Iowa’s Des Moines & Red Oak Railway.
Zephyr Memories: A conversation with the train’s D&RGW’s manager Leonard Bernstein.
|No. 205 Fall-Winter 2011
Tragedy and Recovery: This year’s earthquake and tsunami put Japanese engineering to the test.
Car Repair Billing in the Information Age: How a PRR initiative ushered in a new era of railroad accounting.
When German Prisoners of War Rode the Pennsy: Moving POWs to, and from, their U.S. camps during World War II.
C&NW’s Origins in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Ore and timber were powerful lures for 19th-century builders.
|No. 204 Spring/Summer 2011
R&LHS honors one of its own: John H. White, Jr., is the dean of railroad historians, former transportation curator at the Smithsonian Institution, author of several
authoritative reference works, and former editor of Railroad History. We’ll trace his career, and we’ll tell you why all of us are in his debt.
The Warshaw Collection: an introduction to a little-known Smithsonian treasure trove. More archival gold, north of the U.S. border.
The Bosporus crossing: noteworthy railroad architecture where Europe meets Asia.
Railroads and the Nebraska state capitol.
Medical railroading during the Korean War.
|No. 203 Fall/Winter 2010
Don L. Hofsommer remembers the worthwhile life of Robert W. Downing.
Derek Boles recounts the building, hiding, changing and destructing Toronto’s Victorian Railway Stations.
We’ll also mark the retirement of America’s last interlocking tower and present two other stories on the development of train control technologies.
And we venture beyond America’s borders to Canada and Tibet, in search of railroading old and new.Out of print
|No. 202 Spring/Summer 2010
Tom Garver tells how he helped O. Winston Link produce his famous sound recordings.
John H. White, Jr., returns with a look at a Big Four Route predecessor.
Osama Ettouney of Miami University traces the origins of Africa’s first railroads in Railways Along the Nile.
H. Roger Grant profiles a forgotten Iowa shortline that mirrored larger trends in American transportation.
Preston Cook surveys the production and promotion of U.S. locomotive builders in World War II.Out of print.
|No. 201 Fall/Winter 2009
Railroads in the African American Experience: Through the permission of Johns Hopkins University Press, we present an extended excerpt from the forthcoming book by
Theodore Kornweibel, Jr., professor emeritus of African American history at San Diego State University. Elsewhere in this issue, Cornelius Hauck observes the Colorado
Railroad Museum’s golden anniversary; Tony Reevy continues our “Artist of the Rail” series with a profile of photographer Jack Delano; John H. White, Jr., writes of
the Kansas Pacific Railroad and the demise of the American bison; Kyle Wyatt traces the history of an early California locomotive; and Ray State offers a new
interpretation of the Delaware & Hudson’s first locomotives.Out of print.
|No. 200 Spring/Summer 2009
Special 200th issue. R&LHS president J. Parker Lamb provides glimpses of the organization’s past and looks at its future. You’ll also see rare photos from
early R&LHS trips to Altoona, Eddystone, and more. Also included: a series of stories pegged to the number 200. You’ll read about the first 200-mph train, the
first 200-km/h train, and Amtrak’s 200-series F40s. You’ll also find a complete roster of locomotives numbered 200, which provides a surprisingly
representative cross-section of American motive power from earliest times to the present. And, because 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth,
we present the story of Lincoln’s most famous case as you’ve never seen it before.
|No. 199 Fall/Winter 2008
Art in the Age of Steam: An unprecedented museum exhibition shows how railroads changed the world that the great artists saw. Espee without cab-forwards: We tell you
how close it came to happening. Managing B&O dining cars in the final years. Was the Stourbridge Lion really the first commercial locomotive in America? How the
Lackawanna pioneered the use of radio for train operations. And, to wrap up the presidential election year of 2008, we look at how William Jennings Bryan used
railroads to change the nature of campaigns.
|No. 198 Spring/Summer 2008
Philip R. Hastings, a talented observer of the railroad scene. Eastern ideologies: comparing Baltimore & Ohio and Erie Lackawanna as the two roads faced the challenges
of the 1960s. Culinary attraction: how railroads used dining car service and amenities to attract passengers. Trouble in the Heartland: examining the demise of
railroad passenger service on major Midwestern cities in the postwar era.
|No. 197 Fall/Winter 2007
Special All-Steam presentation features a revised version of the John H. White, Jr,, 1982 book, A Short History of American Locomotive Builders in the Steam
Era. The volume summarizes the histories of virtually every builder of American steam locomotives, including a compilation of production levels for most companies.
The new edition includes many new photographs of steam power from the late 19th century to the end of production in the 1950s and incorporates digital renderings of
rare drawings and engravings. Also new for this edition: biographical entries for 50 leading figures in the development of American steam power. This is a handsome
reference edition for any serious student of steam.Out of print.
|No. 196 Spring 2007
Why Cairo, Illinois, failed to become a great rail center. The golden age of highballing in the 1890s and its revival with the coming of streamliners. How Amtrak
stacks up. NYC locomotive 999’s speed record is little documented. Steam’s last years in Colorado and Wyoming through the camera-eye of Richard Kindig. A
McCloud River Railroad engineer takes a fond look at Baldwin’s 90-ton Mikados. A roster of 90-ton Baldwin Mikes used in North America. Coveted by E. H. Harriman
and built to American standards by Imperial Japan, the South Manchuria Railway introduced modern railroading to the Orient. Engineer Joseph Santucci tells stories
about his world and wins a world-wide audience on the web.
|No. 195 Autumn 2006
The evolution of Canada’s passenger service 1945-2005. Six decades of rolling stock used by CNR, CPR, and VIA Rail. Serving the remote areas of Northern Manitoba.
Update on crossing into Canada from the USA. Jimmy Rodgers was the singing brakeman. A Stroll Through Mount Clare Shops in 1872. Military escorts ride the rails in
Pakistan. Monuments to Railroaders in Bronze and Stone.
|No. 194 Spring 2006
Meet Georgia & Florida, the hard luck line. Passenger trains and motive power on the “God Forgotten.” Profiles of forgotten railroad history authors. Alco building and
taking orders of their pioneer high hoods. Jack Delano’s photos of men in Chicago wartime freight. The fight over Penn State’s coal traffic. Western Front tasks of the
railroaders in the Great War. 4-4-0 Baldwins in Finland.
|No. 193 Autumn 2005
The streetcars took a hit with the flood. Lucius Beebe pioneered the railfan book with colorful prose and pictures. Facts sometimes got in the way. The steam power
that Soviet Russia gave to China started in America. A case study of technology transference. A connoisseur of steam returns to China for a last hurrah. Coal dust,
Reshui, and other bittersweet adventures. How to counter the popularity of the automobile? SP&S tried coordinated bus-rail service on its Portland-Pacific Coast line.
19th-century builders take the lead in selling the image and mechanics of locomotives. Restoring the art of another age.Out -of-print
|No. 192 Spring 2005
For close to a century, workers on the Wabash had enviable access to on-line hospitals. A 1905 account of Southern Pacific’s hospital car. Employee associations
persist in a world of for-profit medicine. Railroad publisher and writer Zerah Colburn lost everything and died in disgrace. All about the railroad that burrowed under
Baltimore and proved the practicality of main-line electric traction. Pigmy electrics plied their trade on the narrow streets of East Baltimore. From shad eggs to
60-pound sharks, fish traveled in cars designed for their safety and comfort. How woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, and printers’ trains spread the image of
early railways to the masses. Recovering an important tranche of railroad records took organization, time, and elbow grease.Out of print.
|No. 191 Autumn 2004
History of the Dome Car; Cuba and Railroads: Part 2: Fifty Years Too Soon; Aftermath of an Ohio interurbans cutting of coal rates; Railroad Soldiers: Thumbnail history
of U.S. Military Railways; The Bridge that Never Was: Japan’s WWII Burma-Siam railway.
|No. 190 Spring 2004
The Curve: Horseshoe Curve exerts staying power as an engineering feat and train-watching paradise; Cuba and Railroads: Part 1: Main Lines, 1837-2003; O. Winston Link;
Requiem for a Runaway: In search of the remains of a Mallet that disappeared off Rollins Pass in 1924.
|No. 189 Autumn 2003
Railroads and Slavery; Defeating Division 699: The 1916 railway strike in Washington, D.C.; Santa Fe’s Poster Genius; Loss at Kinzua: History of Kinzua Viaduct; David
P. Morgan bio Part Two.
|No. 188 Spring 2003
Too Big to Fail?: The political and regulatory mindset that led to Penn Central; Forgetting St. Louis and Other Map Mischief: The oddities and deception of railroad
mapmaking; Trains Editor David P. Morgan bio: Part 1; Overwhelmed with Good Fortune: Sir Henry Tyler vs. the Vanderbilts in a gilded age battle for Chicago.
|No. 187 Autumn 2002
Railroaders: Lives and Stories; Hitler’s Locomotives: Part 2; American Variety: Comparing engine classes here and abroad; The amiable New York & Greenwood Lake.
|No. 186 Spring 2002
Rails Across the Hudson: Getting across the barrier, then and now; On the Waterfront: New York Harbor railroading in the 1950s and 1960s; Hitler’s Locomotives: Part 1;
German Railroaders and the Holocaust; Strategic Short Line: All about South Carolina’s Columbia, Newberry & Laurens.
|No. 185 Autumn 2001
Exclusive coverage of PATH operations during and after the terrorist attack of September 11, “Bravery at the WTC.” Plus Staggers Act deregulation, the saga
of abandoned rail corridors, blue-collar “boomer” tales, Wheeling & Lake Erie locomotives, restoring the company town of Pullman, and discovering the
beauty of dining-car menus.
|No. 184 Spring 2001
Features wrecks, explosions, and pile-ups, a comprehensive history of railroad accidents and disasters, with eight articles, an exclusive list of notable accidents
(1831-2000), and many photographs. Plus recently restored photographs of the Pennsylvania Railroad, steam on the Virginian Railway, and German-built diesel-hydraulic
engines on the Southern Pacific.
|No. 183 Autumn 2000
“Century Gone” by Tom Taber and Mark Reutter is a superb overview of the many changes in railroading in the 20th century, embellished with period timetables and
posters. In addition, “Race to Chicago” details the rivalry between the Michigan Central and Michigan Southern to get to Chicago first; “Sahara’s Lost Railroads,”
offers an account of desert railroads that once fueled Mussolini’s dreams and played a role in World War II; and “Semaphore Blades by Night” provides a missing chapter
in the evolution of signaling. Plus, the issue features the stunning night photography of Ben Halpern.
|No. 182 Spring 2000
The 4-8-4 locomotive by Robert A. Le Massena, with a gallery of historic action photos. Plus “The Railroad Pass: Perk or Plunder;” “Good Night,
Madison,” an award-winning remembrance of growing up with tall tales and towermen in Wisconsin; a portrait of Henry U. Mudge, unsung Rio Grande mogul; and
“Vanishing Triangles” on the New Haven.
|The Diesel Revolution
Special issue, published to critical acclaim in April 2000, on the conquest of the diesel locomotive (1920-1960, features original essays by Wallace W. Abbey, Robert
Aldag, Albert J. Churella, Colin Divall, Don L. Hofsommer, Maury Klein, Jeffrey Meikle, William D. Middleton, and Mark Reutter. With trackside photographs by J. Parker
Lamb and vintage EMC and Alco locomotive images. Already a collector’s item.
|No. 181 Autumn 1999
A social and economic history of toy trains, from floor-running “dribblers” of the 1840s to the microprocessor locomotives. Also slavery on antebellum
railroads, why the Union Pacific and Santa Fe did not electrify, and “Liquidating the Rock,” a personal account of dismantling the CRI&P.