2018-2: Ray Scott headed west for his first railfanning trip in 1972, covering a number of roads and locations across the region, such as these Milwaukee Road “Little Joe” electrics at Harlowton, Mont. Mike Small takes us across eastern North Carolina, while Mike Bednar puts us in the cab of classic Alcos on the Reading. All this and more in the Second Quarter 2018 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!

1972 Western Railfanning Trip

1972 Western Railfanning Trip

I can’t believe it’s been 45 years since my infamous railfanning trip out west. A lot has happened in the last four-plus decades, but this was one of the most unique railfan events that I have had the good fortune to experience.


Railfanning Eastern North Carolina in the 1970s and 1980s

Railfanning Eastern North Carolina in the 1970s and 1980s

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.


50th Anniversary of Penn Central

50th Anniversary of Penn Central

For all of Penn Central’s woes, it still was a very interesting railroad to photograph and experience. You had a good chance of catching interesting motive power and the many of the signals, towers and other goodies from the golden era of railroading.


MoPac Memories

MoPac Memories

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.


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