FIRST QUARTER 2019: Early in the morning of September 4, 1993, Conrailís eastbound Train MAIL 8-M, with C30-7A 6559 on the point, races toward La Porte, Ind. Paul Larsen takes us on a tour of Conrail’s busy Chicago-Elkhart main line, including a cab ride and visits to several towers. Carl Graves covers helper operations that focuses on the Western U.S., including Santa Fe, Rio Grande, Burlington Northern. Mike Bednar presents a short history of Lehigh Valley’s fleet of EMD F-units. All this and more in the 2019-01 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
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.
My grandfather was a mechanical engineering professor, and near the top of his list were railroads. When I was about eight years old he started taking me train watching. One day in 1956, he announced that we were going to take a trip to Binghamton because that was a very busy place with no less than four different railroads.