1st QUARTER 2020: Travis Douthit presents “Cascade Green in Big Sky Country,” featuring the Burlington Northern in Montana, including Marias Pass and Livingston in the 1980’s. Jim Rowland tracks down the behemoth Century 636, a six-axle 3600-horsepower beast that represented the ultimate in ALCO design, with a focus on the demonstrators. Mike Bednar presents “Ode to Allentown Hump,” a look back at one of the region’s most important classification yards. All this and more in the 1st Quarter 2020 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
My first real exposure to live freight trains happened in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I would visit my grandparents often. It became obvious to me that Cincinnati was a huge hub for railroads with Chessie System, Norfolk & Western, Southern, Conrail, and Louisville & Nashville.
I had the privilege of working as an extra-board tower operator on the EL New York Division during my college summer breaks from 1971 thru 1974, and I would try to catch cab rides on my days off. It was a summer day in August 1973, and I caught a ride on the CX-99 piggyback freight from Port Jervis to Hornell, N.Y., with a return on hotshot DN-90.