2016-3:TRP marks the 40th anniversary of the American Bicentennial celebration with a look back at the colorful red-white-and-blue paint schemes displayed by railroads from coast to coast, as well as a look back at the American Freedom Train. Olev Tamrae takes us trackside to the Genesee & Wyoming in western New York, while Mike Bednar recounts the history of the Slatington wreck. All this and more in the 2016-3 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
It may be hard to believe but there once was a time when the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad was a single 14.5 mile railroad in western New York state, not the owner-operator of more than 120 railroads that has spread fleets of orange colored locomotives to three continents.
In the 1970s, Bicentennial fever was everywhere, as people were proud to show their love of this country. The railroads, however, took it to another level, with special paint schemes rolling on trains from coast to coast.
If it weren’t for the paper industry, you probably would never have heard of the Maine Central Railroad. Railfans found the railroad to be a great target for their cameras. The motive power was well-maintained and painted in a very attractive scheme.
Most of the Soo Line’s trackage runs through the rural landscape of the lightly populated upper Midwest. That belies the importance of this rather quiet railroad that never really acquired the celebrity status of other carriers.