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!

Riding the Erie Lackawanna

Riding the Erie Lackawanna

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.


Helpers: With a Little Help From My Friends

Helpers: With a Little Help From My Friends

There’s something electrifying about helper operations. They are often dramatic events because these engines frequently travel through beautiful scenery, with heavy trains crawling up steep grades.


Binghamton: A Railfan’s Perspective

Binghamton: A Railfan’s Perspective

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.


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.


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