2nd QUARTER 2019: A Bessemer & Lake Erie train flies over the Allegheny River bridge, part of our cover story detailing “The Last Big Year” for moving coal from the Union Railroad’s coal dock in Duquesne in 1987. We also feature the Denver & Rio Grande Western’s Farmington Turn, a late-era narrow gauge steam-powered freight from 1964. We walk down memory lane visiting relatives and railroads in Cincinnati, and Mike Bednar presents “Lehigh Valley’s Bethlehem Tower,” complete with a track chart and photos of busy freight action around the tower. All this and more in the 2019-02 issue of Trains & Railroads of The Past!
My first real exposure to live freight trains happened in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I would visit my grandparents often. It became obvious to me that Cincinnati was a huge hub for railroads with Chessie System, Norfolk & Western, Southern, Conrail, and Louisville & Nashville.
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.