SPRING 2017: A hotshot Nickel Plate Road freight train pounds the Monon diamond at Linden, Ind., in November 1964. We take a look at the diverse diesel roster of this Midwestern road, along with Clifford Downey’s experiences chasing Union Pacific 844. Scott Muskopf takes us on a tour of the Arkansas & Ozarks Railway, while Mike Bednar inducts several of his favorite locomotives into his “Alco Hall of Fame.” All this and more in the Spring 2017 issue of Trains & Railroad of the Past!
Many railfans are drawn to railroad operations that use antiquated equipment and pass through scenic countryside, qualities which the original Ma & Pa had in spades. Being close to major eastern population centers, the Ma & Pa was accessible and became an early favorite among railroad enthusiasts.
In an era when railfans donned suit and tie to chase trains, carried their trusty Brownie and Speed Graphic cameras, and counted their exposures more carefully than their lunch money, a young Stan Rhine ponied up 20 bucks and joined the fun with the Rocky Mountain Club.