2016-1: We celebrate Conrail’s 40th anniversary with a special look back at the wide variety of paint schemes and diesel-models that typified the railroad in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Explore the colorful Soo Line serving Chicago and the scenic midwest with a fleet of brightly painted motive power. Finally, Mike Bednar and his buddies go railfanning along Conrail’s busy ex-PRR Middle Division from Harrisburg to Altoona and take a side-trip to Bethlehem Steel’s Cambria & Indiana Railroad. All this and more in the 2016-1 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!

Crazy for Conrail

Crazy for Conrail

If the Penn Central merger that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central together was a disaster, what would you expect to get when you add five more ailing bankrupt carriers? That’s what the managers of Conrail were faced with on April 1, 1976. There is one thing for sure, it was one of the most interesting times to be a railfan!


A Time for Turbines

A Time for Turbines

It sounds like the roar of a jet engine coming around the sharp curve at Summit’s west end and coming into view with a heavy eastbound drag is what appears to be another snub-nosed diesel in UP livery. It looks like a diesel carbody, but sounds like an airplane struggling to become airborne.


You Still Shoot Slides?

You Still Shoot Slides?

You could say I’m a bit of a dinosaur because I still shoot film. I’ve been shooting slides since 1999, somehow avoiding the whole digital revolution altogether…


Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?

It’s too late to experience the old Western Pacific in the hills of California… Or is it? Just because the trains are simulated at a museum or tourist railroad, does it make the experience any less real?


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