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Howard Fogg Trains 2025 Wall Calendar


Considered the all-time master of railroad art, Howard Fogg painted the power and majesty of the steel wheel on the steel rail. After rail fans discovered Fogg’s artistry, he spent the next 50 years as a freelance artist reinventing the steam age. In Howard Fogg Trains 2025, his paintings live on, commemorating the great age of railroading.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Railroads featured in this edition include:
Southern Pacific Cab Ahead

In 1909, the Baldwin Locomotive Works designed a locomotive with the entire boiler, cab and all, turned around. Over a period of 35 years, Southern Pacific put 293 oil-burning, cab-forwards into service. This painting pictures locomotive 4165, a Class AC-7 (4-8-8-2) leading a freight in the Siskiyou Mountains of southern OR, probably in about 1950.

Rotary OY Working at Los Pinos

Denver and Rio Grande Western Rotary Snowplow OY is plowing moderate snow just west of the water tank at Los Pinos, CO in January 1959. Rio Grande 487 and 483 are working the plow west. OY would have been called out at Alamosa the day before and prepared for the trip.

Lizard Head Pass

Rio Grande Southern 461, a Class K-27 Mikado (2-8-2) has arrived at the summit of Lizard Head Pass, CO with a southbound freight. Another K-27,
Denver and Rio Grande Western 463, was a rear end helper. It was cut in ahead of the caboose, and is now running around the train and will proceed on to Rico, CO light.

ALCO 2000

Likely an Alco FA set, probably in the 1940s. The only location even similar is Crozier Canyon near Valentine, AZ.

The Suntan Special

With Monterrey Bay in the background, Southern Pacific 3224, a Mikado type MK-4 (2-8-2) built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1913 and 2371, a Class T-40 Ten Wheeler, assembled in 1928 and the largest one ever built, are leading a long southbound passenger train on its way to Santa Cruz, CA and a day at the beach. Originating at San Jose, CA, and later at Oakland, this train sometimes ran in three or four sections to accommodate all the passengers it attracted.

Northern Steam

A Santa Fe 2900 Class Northern (4-8-4). There were thirty of these engines, numbered from 2900 through 2929, all “war babies” built in 1943 and 1944 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

A Wheat Country Memory

Rock Island 5104, a Class R-67 Northern (4-8-4) one of ten engines built by the American Locomotive Company in 1944, is leading a westbound freight across a virtual sea of wheat heading out of a storm in western Kansas during the late summer of 1945.

Rio Grande K-36’s

Denver and Rio Grande Western 481 and 483 are on a narrow-gauge freight in an imagined scene, showing a backdrop more like Marshall Pass, CO than anywhere else. Both locomotives are Class K-36 Mikados (2-8-2’s) built and delivered by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1925, a class of ten of them.

Milwaukee Road Branch Line Power

The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad had its share of branch lines, so in 1946, they went to American Locomotive Works for a road switcher that could operate over track and bridges that could not support a heavy locomotive. Alco offered the RSC-2. The locomotive used an A1A-A1A wheel arrangement with two six-wheel trucks that spread the load more evenly over the track. Milwaukee purchased 22 of the 91 copies of this locomotive produced. This image shows 976 rumbling over a small girder bridge.

The Broadway Limited

In a scene reminiscent of the late 1940s, Train #29, the westbound Broadway Limited with double-headed K-4s Pacifics (4-6-2) led by 5471, is running along at 60-miles-per-hour. At this time, the Broadway was the hottest train on the Pennsylvania Railroad. 8797, a Class H-9s Consolidation, working a local freight, has cleared the main line and waits in a siding as the passenger train roars past.

Lima Superpower at its Best

The fall colors are at their best in Ohio, as two trains with Lima Locomotive Works power meet at Fostoria in 1944. There is a war going on, and both trains are moving coal. Chesapeake and Ohio Class H-8 Allegheny (2-6-6-6) 1659, one of a class of 60 locomotives built by the Lima Locomotive Works during and right after World War Two, is seen here with a loaded westbound coal train meeting 3059, one of 40 Class T-1 Texas Type (2- 10-4) engines built for the C & O in 1930, leading an eastbound empty coal hopper train in the fall of 1949.

Christmas on the Monon

Howard Fogg completed a series of watercolor paintings for John Barriger, who was president of the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville Railroad,
also known as the Monon, from 1946 until 1952. Engine 27, one of eight 1,500 horsepower Alco RS-2’s, is holding a siding while the Hoosier Limited runs past. Mr. Barriger left the Monon: he went on to the New Haven Railroad as its president.


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Illinois Central Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar


The Illinois Central 2025 calendar features what was the longest railroad in the world in 1856. Illinois Central rails crossed Illinois, and eventually connected Chicago to New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico. Locomotives featured in the calendar range from a 1920 Lima-built Santa Fe 2-10-2, a 1942 IC-built Mountain 4-8-2, an unusual post-war ALCO RS-2 diesel-electric, and more. Celebrate the “Mainline of Mid-America.”

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives featured in this edition include:
≈ llinois Central 4023, an EMD E8A, is on the point of Train #19, the southbound Chicago to St. Louis Daylight, making a station stop at Clinton, Illinois on January 17, 1953.

≈ Illinois Central 2745, a fresh out of the Paducah Shops Santa Fe Type 2-10-2, has just taken on a load of coal at Paducah, KY on April 27, 1957. Built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1920, the 48 engines of this class were used in coal train service, and some of them lasted into 1959.

≈ Illinois Central 1196, a Pacific Type (4-6-2) is being prepared for service, as three employees put the finishing touches on it before the engine leaves the terminal at Paducah, KY on April 18, 1957. It appears that 2741, a Santa Fe Type (2-10-2) will be next.

≈ Illinois Central 2065, a Pacific Type (4-6-2), one of 46 engines built by American Locomotive Company between 1905 and 1912, is leading a local freight at Horse Branch, KY on April 19, 1957.

≈ Illinois Central 9219 leads a freight near Monee, IL in May 1969. Illinois Central never operated any of the “covered wagons” like early EMD F Units or GE FA’s or PA’s. They stayed with steam, and then jumped into the GP7 and GP9 market.

≈ llinois Central 4021, an E8-A built by EMD in 1950, is leading Train #19, the southbound Daylight, a day train from Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO on May 4, 1955. It is passing through Waggoner, IL, a small farming town about 25 miles south of Springfield. After leaving Central Station, Chicago at 10:00AM it would travel 294 route miles to St. Louis in about seven and a quarter hours.

≈ llinois Central 9220-9221-9218 (All are EMD GP-9’s.) are bringing Train #77 into Dubuque, IA on August 20, 1959. Dubuque was known as a city with many meat packing businesses, and this line to Chicago saw a constant flow of meat reefers. In this view, empty reefers are arriving from points in the east.

≈ Illinois Central 3687 was one of 50 2-8-2 Mikados built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works from 1912 to 1924. In 1941, IC removed the pilot truck, boosted the steam pressure to 225 pounds, moved the headlight and made a few other minor changes. They created two 0-8-2 heavy switch engines that would be needed for wartime yard work without spending a lot of money buying new power.

≈ In the twilight of what was to be a short operating life, Illinois Central 2613, one of 20 Mountain Type (4-8-2) locomotives, is being serviced at Carbondale, IL on October 2, 1958. 2613 is a product of the Paducah, KY Shops, built there in 1942.

≈ Illinois Central 4001B, an EMD E-6A in an early paint scheme, lettered for the Panama Limited is at New Orleans, LA on October 3, 1943.

≈ Illinois Central 703, one of three RS-2’s on the IC roster, is switching at East St. Louis, IL on December 7, 1963. Illinois Central bought 702 and 703 from Peabody Short Line, previously the East St. Louis and Belleville Electric Railroad.

≈ llinois Central 3293 is an 0-6-0 shop switcher used to move locomotives being overhauled around the backshop. This 71-tonner is moving a locomotive at the Paducah, KY shops on December 14, 1956.

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Milwaukee Road 2025 Wall Calendar


The Milwaukee Road 2025 calendar celebrates the railroad that eventually extended its tracks across the northern tier of the United States to the Pacific Ocean. Noted for its innovative electric motive power and passenger service, the line’s successes were overshadowed by weak management and strong competition. By Spring 1982, all Milwaukee lines from the West Coast to Minnesota had been abandoned, and in 1986 the remaining Midwest lines were absorbed into the Soo Line. Today CP Rail operates what remains.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and named trains featured in this edition include:
≈ Milwaukee Road 512, a Class L2-a (4-6-0) Ten Wheeler, is taking a ride on the Council Bluffs, IA turntable March 17, 1953. 512 was built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in October 1920.

≈ Passenger Joe E-21 leading Train #15, the westbound Olympian Hiawatha is making a station stop at Deer Lodge, MT on July 15, 1951. Motors E-20 and E-21 (Class EP-4) were geared for passenger service.

≈ Milwaukee Road 14-A and 14-B (two Alco Model DL-109A’s) are leaving Chicago’s Union Station with Train #5, the Twin Cities Hiawatha in March 1946. The train ran on a 6-hour 40-minute schedule on the 420-mile route from Chicago, IL to St. Paul, MN Union Depot. The locomotive paint scheme seen in this image lasted only about a year until a simpler scheme was applied.

≈ Milwaukee Road bipolar (Class EP-4) Motor E-4 is on the point of Train #16, the eastbound Olympian Hiawatha arriving at Deer Lodge, MT on April 29, 1958. There were only five bipolars built and Milwaukee Road owned all of them. E-4 was built by General Electric in 1919, and it had accrued almost 40 years of service, and mechanical problems began to occur.

Milwaukee Road 99-A (EMD Model FP-7 and F-9B and B-F7A) are on the point of Train #101, the Afternoon Hiawatha which departed from Chicago, IL, at 1:00PM for Minneapolis, MN, arriving there at 7:45 PM. The train is seen here near LaCrosse, WI in May 1969.

≈ Milwaukee Road 15-A, an EMD Model E-6A built in 1941, is on a commuter train, with aging commuter cars to match at Libertyville, IL in June 1956. 15-A would be traded to EMD for new power in 1961.

≈ Milwaukee Road employees referred to this piece of equipment as a Galloping Goose. It is known officially
as Inspection Car #16 pictured here at South Beloit, WI on May 22, 1954.

≈ Milwaukee Road 943, a Prairie-type Class K1 (2-6-2) locomotive built by the Milwaukee Shops in December 1908, is on a local freight, switching at Hilbert, WI on August 22, 1953. It would be scrapped on December 31, 1955. It served the Milwaukee well for 47 years.

≈ Milwaukee Road owned only two Baldwin Model RS-12 road switchers. 970 (later 926) was delivered in May 1951, and 971 (later 927) arrived in October 1952. Both were steam-generator equipped, allowing them to be used in passenger or mail train service if needed.

≈ Milwaukee Road Class EF-5 Motor E-39 and E-22, a Class EP-1A two-motor set, are both peeking out of the Tacoma, WA engine house on September 13, 1963. The E-39 looks utilitarian, but the E-22 has a face that even a mother might find unattractive.

≈ Milwaukee Road 16-A, one of two EMD E7-A’s in their original paint scheme, was delivered in 1946. The new EMDs pushed aside most of the steam power that had dominated rail service throughout World War Two. 16A and 16B lead an early Hiawatha train near Morton Grove, IL in June 1947.

≈ Milwaukee Road General Electric Motors E-32 A, B and D are assigned helpers at Beverly, WA, to assist a freight out of the Columbia River Gorge; Engine 1638, an EMD Model SW-1200, is on a local freight running along the Columbia River with several cars bound for the Hanford Nuclear Site on December 31, 1958.

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Mount Rainier National Park 2025 Wall Calendar


Mount Rainier National Park in western Washington State preserves some of the best of nature’s scenic treasures. Described as an Arctic island in a temperate sea of coniferous forest, Mount Rainier is the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range and the largest single-peak glacial system in the contiguous United States. The Mount Rainier National Park calendar captures the park in all of its seasonal beauty through words and photographs by Ronald G. Warfield.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Mount Rainier locations featured in this edition include:
• Mount Rainier basks in a warm magic-hour glow of strong side lighting as shadows stretch across the slopes of Alta Vista. The Mountain is “out” as winter revelers flock to Edith Creek Basin to ski, snowshoe, or snowboard.

• The jagged flourish of Pinnacle Peak projects above snow-flocked subalpine fir and mountain hemlock. In winter, when clouds often obscure views of Mount Rainier, skiers and snowshoers orient on the Pinnacle and other serrated peaks of the Tatoosh Range.

• This altocumulus stacked lenticular cloud portended a storm which brought more than nine feet of snowfall and 100-mile per hour winds to Paradise. This was not a day to climb.

• As the 320-foot plummet of Comet Falls splashes into spray, rainbows embellish the mist. Day-hikers ascending the 1400-foot rise
on the 1.6-mile Van Trump Park trail before noon enjoy a cool rest break in the spectral mist.

• Scenery-packed Spray Park attracts lovers of flower-filled meadows who prefer to avoid crowds of other flower enthusiasts. Slowmelting snow banks conceal the subalpine meadow through June. Patience is rewarded in July when avalanche lilies fill every nook and cranny, as this becomes the supreme subalpine meadow in Mount Rainier National Park.

• Beginning in late June, yellow glacier lilies ring melting snow banks. As the snow banks disappear, white avalanche lilies carpet every open space in the subalpine meadow. Flower enthusiasts, hiking on the Skyline Trail a short distance from the Paradise Inn, easily imagine that an avalanche of fine snow has fallen over Edith Creek Basin. Energy stored in bulbs over several growing seasons allows the lilies to emerge from the snow cover and explode into bloom.

• A dense old-growth forest of Alaska yellow cedar, mountain hemlock, and subalpine fir once shrouded the flat-topped Bench on the northern flank of the Tatoosh Range. A fire in 1886 left only the cedars that stand as silvery snags among the recovering forest. Beargrass, formerly sheltered beneath the forest cover, now dominates the foreground view of Mount Rainier. Some beargrass clumps bloom every summer in this sun-drenched meadow along the trail to Bench and Snow lakes.

• Masses of purple subalpine lupine spread an intoxicatingly fragrant carpet over the sea of wildflowers on the Lakes Trail on Mazama Ridge. Upon viewing this scene, naturalist John Muir declared that the flower-filled meadows of Paradise Valley were the most extravagantly beautiful subalpine garden he had ever found.

• Only a few weeks after luxuriant summer flowers wane, the subalpine meadows reignite in a blaze of autumn glory. The crowds of summer flower devotees have vanished, but autumn at Mount Rainier National Park excites color connoisseurs to compare brilliant local scenes with the best displays in North America.

• Mountain hemlocks, silhouetted by autumn evening light, frame a tranquil scene reflected in an ephemeral pool in the Tatoosh Range. In one gigantic visual gulp, this balcony view provides just the right perspective for us to comprehend Mount Rainier, at 14,411 feet in elevation, the tallest volcano in the Cascade Range.

• A warm glow highlights snow-flocked mountain hemlock and subalpine fir and bathes the slope of Mazama Ridge with the final rays of the setting sun at the end of a perfect day. After storms have deluged Paradise with more than a third of the average annual 652 inches of snowfall, the rime and snow-flocked trees bow like white-cloaked monks facing away from prevailing winds.

• Mount Rainier looms over a monochrome wonderland of white. Standing at Glacier Vista after moist Pacific storms have dropped a prodigious amount of snow on Paradise, it is difficult to imagine that glaciers worldwide are retreating. Of the 25 major glaciers on Mount Rainier, the Nisqually is the sixth largest by area and one of the six that flow from The Mountain’s summit.

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Muscle Car Classics 2025 Calendar


It’s the second glance that hooks you. At first that Camaro, Challenger, or GTO may look stock, but then the scoops, stripes and thrum of exhaust tell the real story about what’s lurking beneath the hood. Muscle Car Classics 2025 calendar was written and photographed by Dan Lyons, who has six books and more than 200 calendars to his credit.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Cars featured in this edition include:
√ 1964 Pontiac GTO

√ 1970 Buick Gran Sport Convertible

√ 1966 Dodge Charger

√ 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda

√ 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

√ 1969 Ford Shelby GT350

√ 1966 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 Coupe

√ 1968 Mercury Cougar XR7 GTE, Dan Gurney Edition

√ 1969 AMC AMX

√ 1968 Ford Shelby GT500 KR Convertible

√ 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS

√ 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Convertible

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Navy 2025 Calendar


The Navy calendar is a tribute to the men and women who have fought to protect our nation, to deter aggression, and to maintain freedom of the seas. Navy and Marine Corps action over the past 250 years is represented here in full-color paintings. Significant events in naval history are listed in every month. Sales of the calendar benefit the Naval Order Foundation of the United States. Anchors aweigh!

This 250th anniversary edition features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Images featured include:
USS Nautilus by Albert K. Murray

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear-powered warship Nautilus signaling the attainment of the long-anticipated goal of “underway with nuclear power.” Nautilus is called the first “true submarine” because it was capable of operating for long periods without frequent contact with the surface and air of the above world. Nautilus is open for visitation at Groton, Connecticut.

The Beach at Dust by Mitchell Jamieson

This month marks the eightieth anniversary of the assault on Iwo Jima by the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. This 1945 watercolor depicts a tragic section of beach below Suribachi becoming unearthly and ghostlike in the fading light. The beach is deserted except for the wrecks, which litter its entire length, rusted and partially buried in the sand.

USS Petrel (PG 2) by Frank Miller

Helicopter by Phillip Jenkins

This month marks the end of the war in Vietnam with the Communist seizure of Saigon in April 1975. During the Vietnam War to U.S. Navy engaged in brown-water operations in the Mekong Delta and other coastal waters using Swift boats and other watercraft. To provide overhead support, the Navy created a light attack helicopter squadron HA(L)-3 known as the Seawolves which flew UH-1B Huey helicopters acquired from the Army.

Fleet of Iron Clad Monitors, Unknown Artist

Following the successful debut of John Ericsson’s Monitor against CSS Virginia, at Hampton Roads on March 3, 1862, the U.S. Navy built a fleet of Monitors. Unfortunately, their low freeboard made them very unseaworthy in heavy seas as shown by the loss of Monitor off Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

Constitution Escaping from the British Fleet by Anton Otto Fischer
On June 18, 1812 Captain Isaac Hull encountered a British Squadron and unable to sail due to the lack of wind, he ordered the crew to put boats over the side to tow the ship out of range. The British ships copied the tactic and pursued for 57 hours before giving up the chase.

The Scourge Gun Crew, 1812 by Erick Marshall Murray
During the War of 1812, there were no legal restrictions placed on the Navy regarding the enlistment of African Americans due to a chronic shortage of manpower. An estimated 16 percent of all enlisted sailors were black. They signed up largely hoping to gain their freedom.

At Sea by Michael Daley
To celebrate the Coast Guard birthday month of August (August 4) the Coast Guard Cutter Manning is depicted escorting a convoy out of Gibraltar during World War I. Note the “dazzle” camouflage.

Following Signing Of Surrender Documents by Standish Backus
This month celebrates the 80th anniversary of the end of World War II as the Japanese sign the instruments of surrender on the foredeck of the battleship USS Missouri on September 2, 1945.

Bonhomme Richard versus Serapis by Anton Otto Fischer
To celebrate the 250th Birthday of the United States Navy established this month in 1775 by the Continental Congress, the close-quarters encounter on September 23, 1779 off Flamborough Head between Bonhomme Richard – captained by John Paul Jones – and HMS Serapis. Despite heavy damage which eventually led to the loss of Bonhomme Richard, Jones will rally his sailors to capture Serapis and attain victory.

New Providence Raid, March 1776 by V. Zveg
This month marks the 250th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, established in 1775 when Congress voted to create two battalions of Continental Marines. Some 200 of these Marines are seen here landing at New Providence Island, Bahamas on March 3, 1776, for the purpose of capturing gunpowder and
other military stores. The initial objective, Fort Montagu, is in the left distance. Close offshore are the vessels used to transport the landing force to the beach. The island was taken without firing a shot and the British governor was taken prisoner.

A Fine Evening on the USS Mustin by Morgan Wilbur
Named in honor of generations of Mustins who served in the U.S. Navy through most of the 20th
century, the guided missile destroyer Mustin (DDG-89) continues to serve with the Pacific Fleet.

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New England Seasons 2025 Wall Calendar


New England Seasons 2025 calendar invites you to share a year in our classic corner of America: a blanket of snow covers the Joslyn round barn in Vermont, the first shots of the American Revolution are commemorated in Massachusetts, brilliant autumn color blankets the shores of Lake Umbagog in the White Mountains, and Cape Neddick Light points the way to a New Year! Be part of every season in 24 full-color images.

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New England places featured in this edition include:

Snow blankets the fields and mountains In Waitsfield, VT where Clem Joslyn built his round barn in 1910. The Joslyn farm was active until 1969 when the cows were retired. The farm was finally sold in 1986. After several years of renovation, Round Barn Farm is now a busy bed and
breakfast and wedding venue.

◊ Winter wind is whipping up the snow on the fields and barns of Hartford, VT. Hartford is a true river town. The White River and the Connecticut River flow together here and the Ottauquechee River also runs along the the town’s border.

◊ The part of Willard Brook that is under the ice is flowing beneath the double arch stone bridge in Townsend, MA. The brook has lent its name to
the Willard Brook State Forest that occupies 2,597 acres in Townsend, MA. Visitors there can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including, hiking, and
cross-country skiing.

◊ Out for the winter, mooring bouys are awaiting the return of spring at Nauset Marina in East Orleans, MA. Boaters at the marina on Meeting House Pond can travel eight miles through a series of bays to reach Chatham Harbor at the south end of Cape Cod which opens to the Atlantic Ocean. From there, as the expression goes, the world is your oyster.

◊ Swollen with spring run-off, the Coginchaug River sweeps over Big Falls in Wadsworth Falls State Park, in Middlefield, CT. The 285-acre park was originally part of the estate of Clarence Wadsworth and was donated to the people of Connecticut after his death in 1941. Today the park offers hiking, fishing, swimming, and picnicking.

◊ Cherry blossoms bloom around the gazebo at Wickham Park in Manchester, CT. The park was a gift from Clarence Horace Wickham. The
park’s original landscape was designed by Olmsted Associates of Brookline, MA and has grown from 130 acres to 280 acres through additional gifts. Among other inventions, Mr. Wickham is credited with devising the first window envelope.

◊ On April 19, 1775, the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were exchanged between British troops and minutemen at Lexington Green and militia gathered at the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA. Each year the encounter is reenacted by costumed “troops” on what is now designated
as Patriots’ Day. The reconstructed bridge and the area surrounding it are part of the National Minute Man Historical Park.

◊ Shelburne and Shelburne Falls in northwestern Massachusetts are home to a variety of farms that offer fresh produce and flowers for sale. Even
before the fruit arrives these farms can be fine places to visit and enjoy other fare, as well as the visual pleasure of seeing the orchards in bloom.

◊ The lilacs are blooming at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI. The 460-acre park was originally a showcase farm established by Samuel P. Colt, a lawyer,
banker and industrialist in 1905. A grandson of the DeWolf family that had made Bristol a successful seaport, Colt turned a collection of local banks into the Industrial Trust Co., then the largest financial institution in Rhode Island. He also assembled a group of rubber companies into what became United States Rubber Co., a predecessor to Uniroyal.

◊ The fishing gear on the dock suggests that Galilee, RI is serious about its trade. Located on Point Judith and part of Narragansett, Galilee is home to the state’s largest fishing fleet, though most visitors probably know it as the point of departure and arrival for the Block Island ferry.

◊ If you love lobster Stonington ME is a good place to find it. Located on the southern part of Deer Isle in eastern Penobscot Bay, Stonington is home to the largest lobster port in New England. Originally called Green’s Landing, beginning in the 1870s demand for granite quarried there filled the town with stone cutters and their families, leading to incorporation of the town as Stonington in 1897.

◊ Mount Desert Island is widely known as the home of Acadia National Park, but on the other side of Somes Sound is Somesville, ME. The oldest village on the island was established by the Abraham and Hannah Somes family, which in 1761, along with the Richardson family, were the first European settlers on the island. The Somesville Selectmen’s Building and Museum dates to 1780, while the Thaddeus Shepley Somes Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1981.

◊ The Thimble Islands on the horizon can only be reached by boat, and that would likely bring you to Stony Creek, a village in Branford, CT. The
harbor at Stony Creek is busy with pleasure boats, but real work happens at Stony Creek Quarry, where granite has been cut for notable buildings including the base for the Statue of Liberty. The village is also home to the all-male Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps, founded in 1886. Not to be out played, you’ll find the all-female Totoket Ancient Fife & Drum Corps there, as well.

◊ The waters of Long Island Sound wash the shore at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park in Connecticut where Five Mile Pont Light was constructed in 1847 to mark the entrance of New Haven Harbor. The 80-foot octagonal tower was built of brownstone and served as a guide to navigation until it was superseded by the offshore Southwest Ledge Light in 1877.

◊ This rocky shore in Narragansett, RI leads to Point Judith Light located at the entrances to Narragansett Bay as well as Block Island Sound, serving as an invaluable guide to navigation for busy boat traffic. The original light was an octagonal, 35-foot tower built in 1810. The current light is a 51-foot-tall granite tower built in 1856. The light’s Fourth Order Fresnel lens has a range of 16 nautical miles and was automated in 1954.

◊ Sailing into the center of a city is always appealing and if you want to be in the center of Newport, RI, that is the option Safe Harbor Newport Shipyard & Marina offers. The marina hosts a variety of yachting competitions ranging from the Rolex TP 52 World Championship to the Newport Yacht Rendezvous that raises funds to support the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County.

◊ The fall foliage in White Mountain National Forest is glowing at first light in Woodstock, NH. Covering 750,000 acres in New Hampshire and Maine, the forest offers 1,200 miles of hiking trails, 23 campgrounds and a variety of skiing options. Among the park’s superlatives are its mountain peaks. The park boasts 48 major peaks that exceed 4,000 feet in height.

◊ Still surrounded by green, a lone red maple makes a colorful early fall statement in Twin Mountain, NH.

◊ Last light turns on the fall colors along the shoreline of Lake Umbagog at Umbaagog Lake State Park in Errol, NH. The park extends along the southern shore of the lake and is adjacent to Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. The 1,360-acre park offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as 33 wilderness campsites located around the lake that are accessible only by boat. Umbagog is the only state park east of Michigan rated as a Bortle 1 location for night-sky darkness, which makes it an ideal location for viewing the stars.

◊ Waterloo Bridge carries Newmarket Road across the Warner River in Warner, NH. The bridge is a Town lattice truss design that in 1860 replaced an older bridge at the same location. It was listed on the National register of Historic Places in 1976 and is one of only a few remaining bridges from the 19th century in the state.

◊ The view from the top of Equinox Mountain suggests that New England offers an endless expanse of wilderness. At 3,000 feet, the mountain is the tallest in the Taconic Range of peaks that span 150 miles along the border between New York and New England. Largely undeveloped, the western side of the mountain is home to a Catholic order of monks called Carthusians, which occupies the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration monastery there.

◊ It may be fall, but the flags are still flying from the gazebo at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Ludlow, VT. The town of about 2,100 was devastated by a flood in July of 2023 that overwhelmed the business district and destroyed the water treatment facility. Ludlow has largely recovered from the flood and is welcoming skiers who visit the town to face the challenges of Okemo Mountain.

◊ Arrayed in seasonal decorations, Cape Neddick Light stands onNubble Island about 110 yards off the shore of Cape Neddick in York, ME. Also known as Nubble Light, it was constructed in 1879 of cast iron plate lined with brick. The light has a focal height of 88 feet, with a range of 13 nautical miles, and is one of the last lighthouses in Maine to retain its Fourth order Fresnel lens. The light was electrified in 1938.

◊ Winter in Booth Bay Harbor, ME offers frigid prospects for sailors, at least until spring. Located on a peninsula in the Gulf of Maine, the town’s protected harbor has been a safe haven from storms for sailors since the 19th century. Ice is another matter entirely.

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New York Central Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar


The New York Central 2025 calendar pictures a host of locomotives, both steam and diesel, as well as named trains. There are GP40s from 1966, a Class J-3a Hudson (4-6-4) from 1937, a Class S-1b Niagara (4-8-4) from 1946, engines 3812 and 3709 (RF-16A-B) “sharks,” EMD E-8A’s from 1951, one of only 20 Station. Motors, a Class P-2b, by General Electric in 1955, an EMD SW-1 switcher from 1949, F-7A’s, in concert with a Fairbanks-Morse CFA16-4 (a C-Liner) from 1952, engines 4053 and 4108, an EMD E-8A and an E-7B, painted in experimental (and short-lived) jade green, and more. Ride through 2025 on Central’s “water level route.”

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and trains featured in this edition include:
 New York Central 3011 and two other GP-40’s are on a freight near Cold Spring, NY in March 1966. Central bought 105 of them between December 1965 through November of 1967. They were built by EMD and designed for freight.

 New York Central 5408, a Class J-3a Hudson (4-6-4) is arriving at Lafayette, IN on February 5, 1956. Central owned 275 Hudsons in three classes. Engine 5408 was one of 50 Class J-3 engines, referred to as Super Hudsons, all built by the American Locomotive Company in 1937 and 1938. Almost all Hudsons, were used in mail and passenger train service.

 New York Central 6011, a Class S-1b Niagara (4-8-4) built in January 1946 by the American Locomotive Company, is leading a westbound passenger train through South Chicago, IL on March 21, 1953.

 New York Central 3812 and 3709 (RF-16A-B) leads a freight through Maudville, OH on January 25, 1966. These units were built and put in service in 1952. Central owned 18 cab units and eight boosters (B Units). The cabs were referred to as “sharks” because of their appearance. All were 1,600 horsepower units.

 New York Central 7900, an 0-8-0 switcher, is at the small Scotia, NY engine terminal in May 1959. Scotia is located a few miles northwest of Schenectady, NY.

 New York Central 4064 (two EMD E8A’s) are the power for combined Trains #19 and #11 on June 17, 1956. The westbound Lake Shore and the Southwestern Limited have stopped at the Springfield, MA depot, to load express and mail. New York Central purchased 50 of these 2,250-horsepower passenger units from EMD between 1951 and 1953. They were excellent locomotives; some of them survived into the Penn Central era.

 In 1923 New York adopted the Kaufman Act which mandated the electrification of all railroads in New York City. The New York Central ran steam to Croton-Harmon, NY then changed to electric power for the 32.7 mile run to Grand Central Station. Motor 236, a Class P-2b, one of 20 built by General Electric in 1955, waits a call. Locomotive exchange continued for several years after the end of steam locomotive operations.

 New York Central 597, an EMD SW-1, is on a local freight, making a set out at Kalamazoo, MI in August 1964. The Central had 103 of these small 600-horsepower switchers. They were very durable and were ideal for smaller terminals. 597 was built in 1949, and it is still handling what it was supposed to do, no major rebuilds, no reengining,

 New York Central 4015 (E-7A-E8B-E7A) is on the New England States operating on the Boston and Albany, a New York Central subsidiary, in September 1962. The New England States was scheduled to operate as a daily train except Sundays between Boston and Chicago. Westbound it was Train #27, scheduled to leave South Station, Boston, MA at 2:30PM, with arrival in Chicago at 7:45AM the next morning. Eastbound Train #28 would leave Chicago at 2:30PM and arrive in Boston at 9:20AM the next morning. Today, Amtrak operates a train on about the same schedule. That is the Lake Shore Limited.

 New York Central 1760 and two F-7A’s, in concert with a Fairbanks-Morse CFA16-4 (a C-Liner) are starting to pull on an eastbound freight at East Saint Louis, IL in November 1962. Central had a 242-unit fleet of F-7A’s purchased between 1951 and 1953. Many of those engines continued to work well into the 1969-1976 Penn Central era. Some even served Conrail, showing up in Conrail blue paint in the early 1980s for a service life totaling more than 30 years. In contrast, Central only bought 12 C-liners in 1952, and all were retired twelve years later. Dependability makes a difference.

 New York Central Class J-3a Hudson (4-6-4) 5446 has been pressed into service without full streamlining at Chicago, IL on November 13, 1941. This locomotive was most likely involved in a collision and suffered a damaged front end. But for now, it is back in service and still being kept close to possible repair facilities in Chicago. It well could be in this condition for a while, as the debacle at Pearl Harbor is only 24 days away.

 New York Central 4053 and 4108, an EMD E-8A and an E-7B, are sitting at the Michigan Central depot in Detroit, MI on December 5, 1961. The Central was looking into a color change away from the gray used on their passenger locomotives, and this one, called Jade Green, was selected and applied to these two units plus E-8A 4083. This color was apparently not to NYC’s liking, as the units went back to gray paint and there were no more experiments, The Jade Green colors were, however, used by a subsidiary railroad, the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie, on freight cars and cabooses.

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Pennsylvania Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar


The Pennsylvania Railroad 2025 calendar recalls the unique engines and trains of “The Standard Railroad of the World.” Locomotives range from a 1914 Class L1s Mikado (2-8-2), a 1918 Class K-4s Pacific (4-6-2), an exotic Pennsy FF-2 Motor, the classic GG-1, and many more.

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and trains featured in this edition include:
◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 3678, a Class K-4s Pacific (4-6-2) built in 1918 at Pennsy’s Juniata Shops, is running light at the New York and Long Branch Railroad’s Bay Head Junction, NJ engine terminal on December 1, 1956. Pennsy had 425 of these superb locomotives, designed primarily for passenger service.

◊ February 20, 1966 was new vehicle delivery day. Electromotive Division has just delivered three brand-new six-axle SD-40’s to the Pennsy. They were built in LaGrange, Illinois and delivered to Chicago. These engines, in fact all of the SD-40’s, would be assigned to Enola, Pennsylvania for maintenance; this placed all of them in the pool for main line operations.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 6306, a Class L1s Mikado (2-8-2) is on the point of a southbound freight rolling through Hagerstown, Pennsylvania, on March 21, 1956. The first “Mike” was designed and built by Pennsy’s Juniata Shops in 1914, and four more test locomotives followed. Once the pattern was set, the Juniata Shops, in concert with the Lima and Baldwin Locomotive Works, began construction of 574 identical Class L1s locomotives. When the work was completed in 1919, Baldwin had built 205 units, Juanita constructed 344 units, and Lima made 25 units.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad engine 5706, one of two EMD E8-A’s, is leading combined Trains #6 and #74, The Allegheny (a daily New York City to St. Louis train), seen here making a station stop at Dennison, OH on April 13, 1954.

◊ When the Great Northern Railway discontinued all its electric operations in 1956, the Pennsylvania Railroad purchased eight of its Class Y-1 motors. They were reclassified as Pennsy FF-2 Motors, and then they were renumbered from #1 to #7, with one motor, rebuilt after a wreck, held for parts to keep the others running. Here is Class FF-2 Motor #3, pans up, awaiting a call, crewman getting on board at Columbia, Pennsylvania, on July 22, 1950.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 6923, a Class M-1 Mountain (4-8-2) is helping a Class K-4 Pacific with a westbound passenger train at Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1949. 6923 was one of 200 M-1 locomotives built in 1926 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and served for more than 30 years in fast freight and passenger service. Pennsy owned 301 M-1s and they operated system-wide.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 9838, a freshly painted EMD FP-7, is on a westbound passenger train at Altoona, PA waiting for a helper to be added for an assist over Horseshoe Curve to the top of the hill at Gallitzin, PA on July 20, 1957. 9838, one of 40 FP-7’s on the Pennsy roster, measures four feet longer than the F7 freight model to allow for the inclusion of a steam boiler needed on passenger train service.

◊ Pennsylvania railroad Class H10 Consolidation (2-8-0) 8686 is heading out of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, crossing the Susquehanna River with a local freight in tow on August 22, 1956.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 7183 is on an Enola-bound freight, crossing the Rockville Bridge at Marysville, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1964. Rockville Bridge, which was built in 1902, is 3,820 feet long and has forty-eight 70-foot spans crossing the Susquehanna River.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad 1600, a Class E6s Atlantic (4-4-2), is leading three-car commuter train #685 on its last westbound run at Norristown, PA on October 4, 1953. Pennsy had 83 of these little speedsters, and most were used on the more level terrain of the eastern end of the system, typically in commuter service as is 1600 is in this view.

◊ Here is a Pennsy four-track main line. Three E8’s, led by 4282, are on a westbound passenger train leaving Harrisburg for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The two tracks on the left were only for freight movements, while the two closest to the photographer were for passenger trains.

◊ Pennsylvania Railroad Class GG-1 Motor 4928 is running light through the South Philadelphia Yard on December 2, 1967. That day, the Pennsylvania Railroad ran a special train carrying midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game being played at the city’s Municipal Stadium. 4928 is likely going to be serviced for the return trip.

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Railroading! 2024 Wall Calendar


Cross the continent and share the drama of “high iron” on Class I railroads like BNSF and CSX, CN, CP, KCS, and UP. High-stepping regional giant Pacific Harbor line shows it muscle, while Amtrak blasts through snow in the east and runs through sunshine in the west. Railroading! includes descriptive commentary about the featured railroads, rolling stock, and 24 full-color photographs. All aboard!

This 2024 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and railroads featured in this edition include:
√ High above Lake Champlain at a location called Red Rock in Willsboro, New York, Canadian Pacific Train 228 is running from Montreal, Canada to Saratoga Springs, New York.
√Running through Whitehall, New York, Train 228 passes a pair of EMD GP20C-ECO engines on Train G53, a local running between Crown Point and turning at Saratoga Springs.
√ Originally built by Northern Pacific, this line follows the Clark Fork of the Columbia River in Montana that became Burlington Northern in 1970 before being spun off to regional railroad Montana Rail Link in October 1987.
√ A BNSF eastbound grain empty rumbles across Bridge 55 at Trout Creek, Montana powered by a trio of General Electric locomotives: 6060 an ES44AC; 4277 and 4202 both ES44C4s.
√ Led by shiny 3054, EMD SD70ACe-T4, a Union Pacific stack train departs Green River, Wyoming, after a crew change and begins its westbound trip on UP’s Evanston Subdivision.
√ A Union Pacific coal train designated CEYPS (Energy Mine to Public Service in Denver) curves past milepost 22 just west of the siding at Eisele (Clay), Colorado.
√ Kansas City Southern Train YPA108 led by 2840 and 3151, EMD GP22ECO’s, hauls a consist of empty coke hoppers past a division of the Motiva refinery in Port Neches, Texas.
√ Union Pacific 1375 has for several months been assigned to the local that originates in Anaheim. The engine has special appeal because it is one of only three GP40P-2s built by EMD (in this case former Southern Pacific 7602, originally SP 3199).
√ Union Pacific local LOA32, an 11-car train behind 1375 and 1083, a GP60 (ex-UP 1953, née-SSW 9651) makes its way on January 12, 2022 down Metrolink’s Orange Sub.
√ Amtrak’s westbound California Zephyr traces the Colorado River in spectacular Ruby Canyon just east of Utaline, Colorado.
√ Amtrak 160, a GE P42DC, was painted in a variant of Amtrak’s Phase III paint scheme that was applied to just 20 GE Dash 8-32BWH (P32BWH) locomotives delivered in 1991.
√ Santa Fe 5704, an SD45-2 recently restored to its Bicentennial glory, sits at Kansas City, Missouri’s Union Station.
√ A Canadian National taconite pellet train arrives at United Taconite’s Fairlane processing plant near Forbes, Minnesota.
√ A solid set of General Motors-powered units are seen at Adolph, Minnesota, leading a taconite train to the Lake Superior ore docks in Duluth. Leader 5349, an SD40-2W, features the early safety-cab design pioneered by Canadian National in the 1970s.
√ A pair of CSX Electro-Motive SD70ACe-T4 units leads a train of covered hoppers at Mulberry, Florida, deep in the railroad’s busy “Bone Valley” phosphate mining region.
√ Three sturdy 3,000 horsepower EMD GP40-2 road-switchers are leading a freight train at Springfield, Massachusetts, in August 2020.
√ Skirting the banks of the Columbia River, BNSF Railway intermodal train S-LPCSEA1-20 heads from Chicago’s Logistics Park to Seattle, Washington.
√ Kicking up some autumn leaves as it rounds the big curve in White Salmon, Washington, is BNSF Railway train C-SXMRBG3-53.
√ Pacific Harbor Line 66, a MotivePower MP20C-3, lugs a long string of loaded intermodal cars, as Train YPNY13-27, from Terminal Island as it begins its movement across the Badger Bridge.
√ Pacific Harbor Line 20, on train YPSW24-05, the Reyes switcher, backs down PHL’s Wilmington Lead in the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
√ Amtrak’s Vermonter blasts through the snow at a crossing in Charlestown, New Hampshire on December 25, 2022.
√ The southbound Amtrak Vermonter Train 55 is rolling through the village of South Royalton, Vermont. Engine 184 is a 4,250 hp GE Genesis P42DC painted in Phase IV heritage livery to celebrate Amtrak’s 40th anniversary in 2011.

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Railroading! 2025 Wall Calendar


Share the excitement of trains across America today in the Railroading! 2025 wall calendar. Run with the northern lights in snowy Alaska, climb Wyoming’s 6,100-foot Peru Hill with Union Pacific, and celebrate the electric motive power on the Deseret Railway. There is classic steam, as well as Amtrak’s Coast Starlight in the west and the Vermonter in the east. With great descriptions and 24 full-color photographs, it’s “All aboard” for 2025!

This 2025 monthly wall calendar features: Large blocks for notes | Superb printing quality | Heavy 100-pound paper | Deluxe 11- by 14-inch size

Locomotives and railroads featured in this edition include:
√ Sunlight has broken out after an overnight snowfall as a Connecticut Southern Railroad freight train crosses the Connecticut River at Enfield, CT, running over Amtrak’s busy Springfield Line. The lead General Electric B39-8 locomotive carries the bright orange and yellow paint scheme of Connecticut Southern’s owner, worldwide shortline holding company Genesee & Wyoming. The 78-mile CSOR was created in 1996 to serve customers between Springfield, MA and New Haven, CT, as well as on branch lines in the Hartford area.

√ A passenger shortline Grand Canyon Railway train  prepares to depart Grand Canyon Village on a bright winter afternoon. The railroad restored passenger service on the long dormant 64-mile line between Williams, AZ, and the Grand Canyon in 1989. It carries 150,000 people to and from the South Rim of the canyon each year, reducing automobile traffic on the main highway to the national park. Most trains are powered by diesel locomotives such as these former Amtrak F40PHs, although steam makes appearances on select dates.

√ The aurora borealis glows in the early morning sky as Alaska Railroad Train 130S rolls southbound near Summit, mile 312.5, on the railroad’s Mountain Subdivision. The train is led by a pair of 4,000 h.p., EMD-built SD70MAC locomotives with HTC-R radial or steerable trucks. Each pair of three-axle trucks is computer controlled and pivot in their frames through curves to reduce friction and wear on wheels and rails. Begun in 1903, Alaska’s first railroad now carries passengers and freight on 482 miles of track between Seward and Fairbanks with freight service by water to Seattle, WA.

√ On its final run, Ontario Northland snowplow ONT 560 is clearing track westbound toward Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. Built in 1949 by National Steel Car, 560 is being pushed by engine 1805, a 2,000 h.p. GMD (Canadian-built) GP38-2. The Ontario Northland Railway is operated by the government of Ontario, Canada and runs freight and passenger service between Toronto and Moosonee.

√ A trio of vintage Canadian National EMD locomotives  is working to unload a Mesabe Range taconite pellet train at CN’s Duluth Ore Dock 6. The dock is more than 1,300 feet long, has a capacity of 68,000 tons, and provides ground storage for up to 2.6 million tons of pellet, along with a shiploader conveyor system to load ore carriers with iron ore, iron ore pellets, coal, or limestone. Located on Lake Superior in Minnesota, the Port of Duluth is the farthest inland,
freshwater seaport in America with 20 privately owned bulk cargo docks along 49 miles of harbor frontage.

√ Through a cloud of steam, a pair of ex-Duluth Missabe & Iron Range SD40T-2s bracket a Canadian National SD40-2W preparing to move a pellet train at United Taconite’s Fairlane Facility near Eveleth, MN. CN operates 10 to 11 trains per week, each with 140 cars holding up to 80 tons, or 11,200 tons per train. Trains deliver pellets to the Port of Duluth, a distance of 62 miles.

√ Running northbound beneath snow-capped Mt. Rainier, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight is passing through Boeing interlocking in South Seattle, WA, about to reach Seattle’s King Street Station, its destination. Led by a pair of Siemens ALC-44 Charger locomotives, the daily train operates between Los Angeles, CA through Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle. Over the course of 35 hours, Starlight passengers see some of the most dramatic scenery along the Pacific Coast.

√ The yard at King Street Station in Seattle, WA  is home to Amtrak and Sounder trains. Opened in 1906, the station originally served the Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways. In 1971 it became Amtrak’s only station in Seattle. Commuter rail service opened in 2000, and today Sounder commuter rail trains operated by BNSF carry 7,000 riders each week between Seattle and Everett in the north, and Lakewood in the south. Amtrak 313 is a Siemens ALC-44 Charger. Sounder 332 is a Bombardier BiLevel cab car.

√ A JetBlue Airbus A320 appears to have taken off from the cab of Florida East Coast 821 as it leads Train 101, passing beneath a Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport runway. Locomotive 821, a GE ES44C4 built in 2014, is a dual-fuel engine. FEC runs its fleet of 24 ES44C4s on liquefied
natural gas. Each pair of locomotives is joined by an LNG tender between them.

R.J. Corman is in the railroad business as both a holding company for 19 shortline railroads operating 1,350 miles of track in 11 states, as well as providing contracted services ranging from signaling and construction, to switching, distribution and transloading. Headquartered in Kentucky, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023. Painted in anniversary colors, engines 2023 and 1973, EMD SD70Ms, lead a Kentucky Derby special on CSX rails in May of 2023.

√ It’s 7:11 p.m. on June 21, 2023, as the Deseret Power Railway coal empty returning from the Bonanza power plant in Utah approaches milepost 17 and Midway, CO. These E60C-2 electric locomotives are energized by a 50,000-volt overhead wire on catenary supports along a 35-mile line from the Deserado Mine loadout in Colorado and the Bonanza Power Plant. The railroad was originally built in 1982-1983 and called the Deseret-Western. The first two
locomotives on this train are the line’s original E60C-2 locomotives. They were acquired from GE after Nationales de Mexico cancelled an order for the 6,000-h.p. motors. The third locomotive in the photo (DPR-4) is one of five former NdeM E60C-2s originally purchased in the mid-2000s. This electric-powered coal-hauling operation is the last of its kind in America.

√ Also hauling Colorado coal is Union Pacific on its former Denver & Rio Grande Western routes reaching large mines in the northern and western parts of the state. The antitheses of Deseret Power’s single-train shuttle, these coal routes carry trainloads of black diamonds to scores of distant markets. On December 1, 2002, a pair of Southern Pacific GE AC4400CW locomotives leads an eastbound UP coal train at mile 22.6 on the scenic Moffat Tunnel Subdivision between Plainview and Clay, CO. The train is dropping downgrade at the mouth of Coal Creek Canyon and is about to cross Blue Mountain Drive grade crossing. In recent years, coal tonnage has dropped dramatically in response to power plant closings and conversions to natural gas.

√ Amid a near-constant stream of S-, Q-, and Z-symbolled intermodal trains, something different: a unit train of loaded ethanol tank cars snaking through a colorful Santa Ana Canyon in Yorba Linda, CA. BNSF train U-MRRWAT7-04A has 90 loaded tank cars with a combined weight of 12,129 tons. Freshly repainted BNSF 7740 (GE built ES44DC), along with BNSF 5775 (ES44AC) and BNSF 7959 (ES44C4) are on the train’s head end. At the rear, Canadian Pacific 9750 (AC4400C) and BNSF 7721 (ES44DC) are providing more horsepower.

√ On yet another rainy day in Fullerton, CA, BNSF Train S-LBENSA1-19L (intermodal stacks; Long Beach, CA to the Norfolk Southern Ashland Ave. Yard, IL) holds on Track 2 to allow a hotter intermodal eastbound to overtake it, along with a Metrolink Perris Valley Line train after that. This may be two trains combined, as it has eight locomotives (BNSF 7343, 5455, GECX 4884, BNSF 6088, 7386, 7463, GECX 4883, and BNSF 4437) hauling 146 loaded cars (each “well” counts as a car) stretching for 13,010-feet, nearly 2.5 miles. The old Santa Fe station, now serving Amtrak and Metrolink, is on the right.

Valley Railroad’s Essex Steam Train prepares to depart the station in Essex, CT to take passengers to a riverboat for a ride on the Connecticut River. Powering this six-car train is VALE 3025, a 2-8-2 Mikado, built in 1989 by China’s Tangshan Locomotive and Rolling Stock Works for Pennsylvania’s Knox & Kane Railroad. Badly damaged in a shop fire, it was sold in 2008 to the Valley Railroad. The Valley rebuilt it with a new cab and largely rebuilt tender, to more closely resemble a New York, New Haven & Hartford Mikado, numbering it NH 3025.

√ It is 6:38 pm and the Los Angeles Union Station Train Festival in September 2023 (left) has been closed for 38 minutes. The sun is due to set at 7:07 pm, and rumor says that Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway 3751, a Santa Fe-type 4-8-4 is about to return to the Amtrak facility a few miles south. Steam locomotive afficionados are growing anxious. Will this 1927-built Baldwin locomotive move while there is still any sun? The golden light of the gloaming is creating fantastic photo opportunities.

BNSF train S-LBELPK1-14L originated in the port of Long Beach, CA and is bound for Logistics Park in Kansas City KS on July 14, 2023. It may be a BNSF Railway train, but three of its four locomotives are foreign (one, literally): Norfolk Southern 4036, an AC44C6M, and Kansas City Southern de México 4541, an AC4400CW on the headend, and, on the rear, BNSF 5026, a Dash 9-44CW, and Norfolk Southern 4176, an AC44C6M.

BNSF Railway Guaranteed Service Intermodal Train Q-ATGLAC6-23A is at Yorba Linda, CA, on June 27, 2023, heading from Atlanta, GA, to Los Angeles. The consist isn’t very long today, warranting only two diesels. But with a Norfolk Southern 8910 up front, an ES44AC, teamed with BNSF 1021, a Dash 9-44CW in its original livery from 1996, the train is worth a second look.

√ Autumn foliage is peaking in Windsor, CT, as Amtrak’s Vermonter runs south on its daily 598-mile trip between St. Albans, VT, and Washington, D.C. Leading the train is engine 145, a P42DC, wearing a special Amtrak Phase III paint scheme commemorating the railroad’s 40th anniversary in 2011. Amtrak’s fleet of 207 P42s, built by General Electric between 1996 and 2001, have handled most short- and long-distance trains throughout the 21,400-mile system for more than two decades. They are gradually being replaced by new Siemens Charger locomotives.

√ America’s only high-speed passenger rail is provided by Amtrak’s Acela trains on the electrified route between Boston, MA and Washington D.C. With 150 m.p.h. maximum speeds in parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Jersey, the Acelas have been serving the Northeast Corridor since 2000. A
Washington-bound train streaks through Old Saybrook, CT, on a sunny autumn afternoon. New-generation Acela trains are scheduled to replace these first high-speed sets in 2025.

√ In the afternoon on June 22, 2023, a thunderstorm advances eastward as a Union Pacific stack train quickly works westbound toward the top of Wyoming’s Peru Hill through the signals at milepost 823 on the railroad’s Evanston Subdivision. Following a crew change on a departing westbound train, Peru Hill’s grade begins at West Green River after crossing the bridge spanning Green River where the rails climb to an elevation of 6,100 feet in less than eight miles to reach Peru at mile 824.9. Today’s big locomotives with high horsepower and tractive effort make for a good show of railroading against gravity on UP’s Peru Hill.

√ There’s nary a storm to be seen (left) on the clear blue morning of September 12,  2007, as an eastbound Union Pacific manifest freight passes under the signal bridge at Hermosa, WY, while climbing upgrade over Sherman Hill. To conquer the grade that once relied on helper locomotives for eastbound trains, UP built a new main line from Laramie to Hermosa in 1901, reducing the eastward grade to 0.8 percent from the steeper 1.55 percent original grade. This new route was eventually double-tracked and called Track 1 and 2, while the old route is Track 3 and still used today, mostly for westbound trains. Eastbound at Hermosa, the three main lines funnel into two, for the twin bores of Hermosa Tunnels.

√ Morant’s Curve in Alberta, Canada was named to honor Canadian Pacific Railway photographer Nicholas Morant. The Curve is best for photographing eastbound trains, so, naturally, we got westbound Canadian Pacific Kansas City Train 301, a grain train headed for Vancouver, BC. At least this train had a rear-facing Distributed Power Unit! CPKC Train 301 featured an interesting assortment of locomotives: Canadian Pacific 8576, an AC4400CW, and Union Pacific 8942, an SD70Ace, on the point, with CP8750, an ES40AC, and Norfolk Southern 4330, an AC44C6M (ex-NS 9101, Dash 8-40CW) as the mid-train Distributed Power Units, and CP 8600, an AC4400CW, for the rear DPU. The mountains in the background, part of the Bow Range of the Rockies, also mark the Continental Divide.

√ At half-past noon, Canadian Pacific Kansas City Intermodal Train 113 (Hochelaga, Québec, to Coquitlam, British Columbia), slows and enters the siding at Field, British Columbia, for a crew change. Besides being on the western side of the Continental Divide (and, therefore, in BC), Field, at an elevation of 4,121-feet is also the western end of CPKC’s Laggan Sub and the eastern end of its Mountain Sub, hence the crew change. From this point, the railroad will run along the Kicking Horse River (which flows to the Pacific Ocean) rather than the Bow River (which flows to the Atlantic). Canadian Pacific 9379, an ES44AC, and 8020, an AC4400CWM, as the mid-train Distributed Power Unit is crawling to a stop in the shadow of Mount Stephen.

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Rock Island Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar


Beginning in 1852, Rock Island was built from Chicago north to Minneapolis, west to Denver, and south to Galveston on more than 10,000 miles of track. Locomotives pictured range from a 1910 steam-era Pacific (4-6-2), to a unique 1941 ALCO-built DL-109, early diesels, as well as named trains like the Jet Rocket, and more. As the song says, “Get your ticket at the station for the Rock Island Line.”
• Large blocks for notes
• Superbly printed throughout
• Reproduced on quality 100-pound paper
• Deluxe 11 by 14-inch size

Locomotives and trains featured include:
√ On March 12, 1953, Rock Island 634, an EMD Class E-7A, is the power for the Chicago-Colorado Springs section of the Rocky Mountain Rocket. It will soon depart eastbound from the Colorado Springs depot and head for Limon, CO. It will be combined there with its Chicago-Denver segment and return to Chicago as Train #8, the eastbound Rocky Mountain Rocket.

√ Rock Island 121 and 488 (F-7A and an RS-3) are on a freight at Chillicothe, IL on March 5, 1960. The FA’s, F’s, GP-7’s and GP-9 ‘s were all delivered in black and red paint. When a second application of paint was made, the Rock Island chose to use a maroon color; it was easier, quicker and cheaper to apply.

√ Rock Island 918, a Class P-33 Pacific (4-6-2) is on a southbound commuter train a mile south of La Salle Street Station, Chicago, IL in June 1947. 918 was built by the Brooks Locomotive Works, part of an order for 50 locomotives of this class in 1910, all oil burners, all used systemwide. By 1951 all were off the roster, replaced with diesels. Two of the three locomotives the Rock donated for display were P-33’s, 905 and 938. All of their other steam engines, except 887 (donated to Peoria, IL) went to the scrappers.

√ Rock Island had two Model AB-6 units supplied by EMD, delivered in June 1940.They were essentially B units with front windows. After many years of service on the Rocky Mountain Rocket, they were placed in the Chicago commuter pool, operating between Chicago and Blue Island, IL or Chicago and Joliet. Pictured here, 750 has just arrived at Blue Island on June 28, 1965. Both AB-6 units were retired after long careers; 751 went first in November 1973, and 750 in January 1974.

Rock Island 1206, a GP7, is leading the westbound Peoria Rocket into the Peoria, IL depot on June 21, 1959. The passenger units normally used on this train may have developed a problem, because GP-7’s were not regularly used on the Peoria Rocket trains.

Rock Island 801, a Lima-built, 800-horsepower switcher, is working the yard at Blue Island, IL on July 8, 1959. Rock Island had only two of them, 801 and 802, both received in September 1950. They were traded in to EMD for new power in March 1965. This was one of the errors of management that forced Rock Island out of business in 1980. They bought switchers piecemeal, rather than in groups. More parts inventories and more problems, some of them costly, hurt their bottom line.

√ Rock Island 136, an EMD re-engined Alco FA along with a GP40 assisting is coming through Newport, MN in early June 1968. This engine was delivered new to Rock Island as 152 in September of 1948. In June 1956, it was given an EMD power train and was renumbered 136. After a service life of almost 21 years, in January 1969 EMD took 136 as a trade-in.

√ Rock Island 621, a DL-109 built by the American Locomotive Company, is leading Train #11, the westbound Peoria Rocket making a station stop at Englewood, IL in August 1966. 621 was delivered to the Rock Island in October 1941—it was the line’s only DL-109. Due to diminishing performance it was re-engined with an EMD prime mover. This extended its life considerably, but it was finally set aside in January 1968.

√ Rock Island 602 (TA), a 1,200-horsepower passenger train locomotive built by EMD in 1937, sits at the Des Moines, IA engine terminal in the summer of 1953. Engines 601 through 606, the only locomotives of this type ever built, were used on smaller trains from Kansas City to Omaha, Kansas City to Dallas, and Memphis to Amarillo. As consists grew in size, the under powered engines became a liability. All were junked in 1958.

Rock Island 647 (E8A and E7B) are in charge of Train #507, the Twin Star Rocket, making a 7:50AM southbound station stop at Lawrence, KS on September 2, 1956. The Twin Star Rocket operated between Minneapolis, MN and Houston, TX, a rail distance of 1,364 miles.

√ Rock Island 401 and 400 were Model H15-44, 1,500-horsepower road switchers built by Fairbanks-Morse and delivered in their distinctive black and red paint in December 1948. These were the only two H15-44s Rock Island owned—lucky for them, sort of. Both locomotives had to have their prime movers replaced with EMD engines. They traded both of them in to General Electric in 1966. Here they are working in the Chicago area on July 15, 1961.

Rock Island 4422 and two other GP-18m’s are leading Train #138 in a pastoral winter scene at Calvin, OK on December 22, 1979. The rusty and dirt-streaked locomotives say it all. The Rock Island will pass into the history books on April 1, 1980.

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