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!

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First Quarter 2019 – Issue No. 17


Conrail Elkhart to Chicago

by Dr. Paul B. Larsen — Heavy main line action on the former New York Central

With a Little Help From My Friends

by Carl Graves — Railroad helper operations: manned and remote

Riding the Erie Lackawanna

by Jim Gerofsky — Short story of a cab ride on the Southern Tier

Lehigh Valley “Bombers”

by Mike Bednar — Lehigh Valley’s F-unit fleet.


Antiques RailRoadshow — Legacy paint scheme sightings

Car Corner — Unique freight and passenger cars

E.O.T. — A humorous or unusual railroad photograph

Quiz — Test your knowledge

Write-of-Way — Our readers respond!


Close, But No Cigar! — A photograph that is almost perfect, except for…

Links to the Past — Moments long gone, live on through the lens of a camera

Odds & Endcabs — These are not your typical cookie-cutter locomotives and rolling stock

People — Lively additions to spice up rail photos

Sign Language — Interesting signage found along the right of way

The Scenic Route — Beautiful scenes from around the railroad world

Time Machine — Timeless views of your favorite railroads from long ago or yesterday

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