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!

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Second Quarter 2019 – Issue No. 18


The Last Big Year for Bessemer & Lake Erie and Union Railroad

by David Baer — Moving Coal on the Bessemer and the Union

Going to Grandma’s

by Carlton Moore — Remembering the Cincinnati area

Rio Grande’s Farmington Turn

by Bill Robie — Denver & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge Freight in 1964

Bethlehem Tower

by Mike Bednar — “Springing into a Career” as a Towerman in Bethlehem


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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