2017-3:TRP goes to the circus with more than 30 pages of coverage including rare color photos dating back to the 1940’s! Enjoy our special feature showcashing Chessie System’s ambitious schedule of system-wide steam excursions in the 1970s powered by Reading 4-8-4 2101 and Chesapeake & Ohio 4-8-4 614. Plus, Olev Taremae shows us examples of crews riding on freight cars and Mike Bednar relates a true tale of transition, as the Lehigh Valley Railroad faces Penn Central management in the 2017-3 issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past!
Prior to its 1964 merger with Norfolk & Western, the Nickel Plate Road had an unusual roster of diesels including EMD, Alco, and Fairbanks-Morse. Despite their “basic black” carbodies, NKP operated a rather interesting diesel fleet with lots of character.
The colorful Arkansas & Ozarks Railway picked up where the Missouri & Arkansas Railway left off, beginning operation under Salzberg management in 1950. Just ten years later, the line would be shut down and abandoned due to severe flooding and mounting losses.
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.