THIRD QUARTER 2018: Carl Graves takes us trackside in Colorado along the mighty Denver & Rio Grande Western where black and gold diesels fight against steep Rocky Mountain grades. Walter Appel tells us the tale of twelve Centuries that were part of the late-era Erie Lackawanna fleet. Olev Taremae covers SEPTA’s short-lived service to Allentown, Pa., in the late 1970s utilizing former Reading Company Budd RDCs. Finally, Mike Bednar presents “Christmas in July,” relating a 1973 railfan excursion with photos of Lehigh Valley, Delaware & Hudson and Erie Lackawanna. All this and more in the 2018-03 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
One of the places that I have had the greatest time chasing and photographing trains has been eastern North Carolina, especially in the mid to late 1970s and into the 1980s, when you could find Seaboard Coast Line, Southern, Amtrak, and a number of colorful shortlines.
Although the Missouri Pacific was never a high priority for us, we managed to photograph, either together or separately, operations of this railroad in six of the nine states in which it had a major presence before or within a few years after its merger with the Union Pacific in late 1982.