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Southern Pacific Railroad 2024 Wall Calendar


Southern Pacific Railroad began with a simple idea: to connect San Francisco and San Diego, California, by rail. A century later, Southern Pacific had become one of the largest railroads in America, with lines that stretched from coast to coast (connecting to New York via Morgan Line steamships) and from the south to the northwest. In 1959, SP moved more ton-miles of freight than any other U.S. railroad. Engines featured here reach back to the era of SP steam, and forward to the diesels of the 1970s.

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 trains featured in this edition include:
√ Southern Pacific 4202 and 4440 are double-heading an outbound passenger special at Mission Tower, Los Angeles, California in January 1955. 4202 is a Class AC-8 (4-8-8-2) articulated, and 4440 is a Class GS-4 Northern (4-8-4) built in 1941 by the Lima Locomotive Works.
√ Southern Pacific 6047, an E9A and an E7B with Rock Island E8A and two E7B’s —all EMD locomotives— are leading Train #3, the Golden State Limited through Alhambra, California on February 24, 1967.
√ Southern Pacific 4468, a Class GS-6 Northern (4-8-4) built in 1943 by the Lima Locomotive Works has suffered a failure and has been cut off from its train.
√ Southern Pacific 8288 is leading a southbound consist of “oil cans” up Tehachapi Pass, seen here coming through Woodford, California at 2:17 p.m. on April 2, 1988.
√ Southern Pacific 9120, a Krause Maffei Model ML-4000 diesel hydraulic, assisted by 6450, an FP-7 and an F7B, is on the point of a railfan special at Oakland, California on April 30, 1967.
√ Southern Pacific 3205 is one of ten SDP-45’s purchased in 1967 to bolster SP’s passenger locomotive fleet which had aged substantially.
√ Southern Pacific F7A 6391 in a classic “black widow” paint scheme with an F7A-F7B-F7A are arriving at Los Angeles, California with Train #58, the Owl on July 31, 1960.
√ Southern Pacific 4743 is leading northbound commuter train #136 near Burlingame, California on August 1, 1955.
√ Southern Pacific 6024, a Class PA2, one of 23 painted in “daylight” colors, with another PA2 (6022), has been assigned to handle Train #28, the San Francisco Overland on September 3, 1953.
√ Southern Pacific 4449 and 4447 are double-headed on a passenger special near Palmdale, California on October 17, 1954. Both locomotives are Class GS-4 Northerns (4-8-4).
√ Southern Pacific 1824, one of three Class M-5 Moguls (2-6-0) built by the Sacramento Shops in 1917, has been called to pick up loaded lettuce cars at El Centro, California on November 27, 1954.
√ In late December 1974 near Mojave, California, Southern Pacific Tunnel Motor (SD40T-2, built by EMD) leads four other eastbound units on an early morning freight from Bakersfield.

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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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Baltimore and Ohio 2025 Wall Calendar


Running the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad meant big trains operating through challenging terrain, but the railroad made it work with smart engineering and impressive steam. This edition of the calendar features a range of engines and named trains from engine 5040, a Class P-1d Pacific (4-6-2), 6219, a  Big Six (2-10-2), 7156, a Class EL-5a (2-8-8-0), 6168, a Class S-1 Santa Fe type (2-10-2), and much more. Ride the B & O all through 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 named trains featured in this edition include:
~ Engine 5583, a Class T-3b Mountain (4-8-2) leading a freight westbound up Sand Patch at Bracken, PA on January 14, 1956.

~ A pair of F-7A’s, two of 159 purchased from EMD between 1948 and 1952, lead a westbound freight at Green Spring, WV on February 27, 1953.

~ Baltimore and Ohio 5040, a Class P-1d Pacific (4-6-2), is in charge of Train #22, the eastbound Washingtonian on March 26, 1952.

~ Big Six (2-10-2) 6219 is bringing a westbound freight around the horseshoe curve at Mance, PA on April 21, 1954.

~ At the Grafton, WV engine terminal, on May 27, 1954, 4462, a Class Q-4b Mikado (2-8-2) is in the foreground, and F-7A 277 is on the turntable. There are about 20 steam locomotives and eight diesels in this view.

~ B&O 7156, a Class EL-5a 2-8-8-0, is passing 4308, a Class Q-1t 2-8-2 Mikado built in 1913, on June 15, 1952 at Cumberland, MD. 7156 has a westbound freight in tow.

~ Baltimore and Ohio 4404, a Class Q-4 Mikado 2-8-2, and a Class S-1a Santa Fe 2-10-2 are on a westbound coal train on Sand Patch Grade in July 1951.

~ A Model S-2 switcher built for B&O by the American Locomotive Company in 1943, is waiting a call at Chicago, IL on August 20, 1961.

~ Baltimore and Ohio 6576, one of 174 Class GP-9’s built by EMD, is on a local freight in Bethesda, MD on September 4, 1973.

~ A Class S-1 Santa Fe type (2-10-2) 6168 is a point helper for 7105 (Class EL-1a, 2-8- 8-0) working a westbound empty reefer train up Sand Patch on October 10, 1949.

~ B&O 7626, a Class EM-1 Yellowstone (2-8-8-4) leads a westbound freight along the Potomac River at Hansrote, WV in November 1952.

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Colorado Narrow Gauge 2025 Wall Calendar


A rail-fan favorite, Colorado Narrow Gauge pictures the trains of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. Established in 1870, the Rio Grande eventually operated 2,783 miles of track connecting Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Serving mountain communities, farms, and mines from the 1800s into the mid-1900s, the Rio Grande ran trains through mountain gorges, and across the highest rail mainline in America to deliver on the D&RG’s early motto, “Through the Rockies, not around them.”

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

Narrow gauge trains featured in this edition include:

• Engine 495, a Class K-37 (2-8-2) brought a standard gauge train to Antonito, CO using a standard gauge idler car on both ends of the southbound freight, an all-standard-gauge consist, but with a narrow-gauge caboose in May 1957.

• D&RGW 478 and 498 (a Class K-28 and a Class K-37) are leading a westbound freight at Arboles, CO, passing a unique water tank on June 14, 1968.

• Locomotive 489, a Class K-36 (2-8-2) and 268, a Class C-16 Consolidation (2-8-0) are at Gunnison, Colorado in June 1955.

• D&RGW 492 and 483 are being prepared for a “hill turn” to Cumbres and back in April 1949, a nearly every day occurrence.

• Many have seen Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge 493 in the last three years. Here is an image of 493 on a northbound D&RGW freight coming through Aztec, NM on May 31, 1958. The San Juan Basin oil boom was well underway at this time.

• Resplendent in its “bumblebee” paint scheme engine 4973, is loading sheep at Silverton, CO on June 24, 1950. The stock pens at Silverton were on the wye.

• D&RGW 483 and 493 (a Class K-36 and K-37) are on a double-headed westbound freight crossing the Conejos River one mile north of Antonito, CO on July 23, 1968.

• D&RGW 488 is pumping up the air and 484 has been placed mid-train on this warm August 1962 day at Antonito, CO. A substantial batch of empty Gramps Tank Cars are being returned to Chama, where they will be reloaded for another trip to the Gramps Refinery, located just east of the Alamosa roundhouse.

• Locomotives 492 and 495 are bringing a westbound freight down the two percent grade three miles west of Falfa, CO on September 14, 1956. In 1956, there was no problem with double-heading downgrade here. That all changed in September 1958, when slack action between engines 483 and 494 caused a derailment.

• D&RGW 492 is on an eastbound livestock train at Los Pinos, CO in October 1964. There is a 180-degree reverse curve here.

• Engine 483 is leading an eastbound “Kolor Karavan” passenger special through Monero Canyon, NM on September 3, 1962.

• Rio Grande 494, a Class K-37 Mikado (2-8-2) is leading an eastbound livestock train down Cumbres Pass about two miles west of Los Pinos, CO on October 6, 1961.

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Great Trains 2025 Wall Calendar


In Great Trains Gil Bennett’s paintings capture the power and romance of riding the high iron. Modern steam is represented by a Pennsylvania 4-8-2, Rio Grande’s 4-8-4 and huge 2-8-8-2, plus Union Pacific’s 4-6-6-4. Famous passenger trains are pictured, too: Shasta Daylight, The Mail and Express, Puritan, and Portland Rose. These dramatic paintings are accompanied by historical captions describing each image..

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Locomotives and trains featured in this edition include:
≈  Steam in the Valley, Sumpter Valley Railroad, 1943

When the Uintah Railway abandoned its lines in Utah and Colorado, it put its locomotives and rolling stock up for sale. The Sumpter Valley bought their two articulated 2-6-6-2s, numbers 50 and 51. Converted to burn oil, a tender was added and the boiler saddle tanks removed. The locomotives served well hauling tonnage until the road closed in 1947.

Dusk. Union Pacific Railroad, 1974

This was the last helper grade on the Union Pacific as the rails climbed to a point between the Salt Lake and Utah valleys at 4,812 ft. Four SD 45s pull hard on the 9,000-ton train, as three GP 9’s shove hard on the rear, to keep the train at a steady 15 mph.

Kenosha Sunrise, Colorado & Southern Railway, 1935

Two diminutive locomotives, number 8 a 2-6-0 and number 69, a 2-8-0, take a short train up the 4% grade to the 9,576-foot summit of Kenosha Pass. The morning light rests on the 14,264 ft. Mt. Evans and will soon light the valleys and parks on this cold March day. The Colorado & Southern ran from Laurel, Montana to Dallas, Texas and had a narrow-gauge empire that ran from Denver to Baldwin, Colorado.

Morning train to Atchee, Uintah Railway, 1936

The Uintah Railway ran in the high valleys and washes of the Colorado Plateau of western Colorado and Eastern Utah, climbing grades up to 7.5% with tight curves. To battle those grades, the railway ordered two 2-6-6-2T locomotives from Baldwin. Baldwin built number 50 with the idea the steepest grade was only 5%, so the engine shops at Atchee added another steam dome so steam could be gathered from the boiler on the 7.5% grades. When Baldwin built number 51, it came with two steam domes. Here we see number 51 climbing up West Salt Wash Canyon. It has just crossed trestle 22-B heading to Atchee, with three water cars, seven box cars, three stock cars and a combine for passengers.

The Stanford in the Shadow of Mt. Shasta, Southern Pacific Railroad, 1955

In 1955, the SP took observation car 140, named the Sunset, and converted it to a business car, naming it the Stanford, after Leland. The car served the presidents of the Southern Pacific and later Union Pacific until 2022. The car has been refurbished and is in the collection of Railroading Heritage of Midwest America. Here we see Stanford on the rear of the Shasta Daylight as it heads north to Portland. A big AC-5 is running its last miles as it slowly moves up the siding while the passenger train passes. Today, this painting hangs in the car.

A Rose on the River, Union Pacific Railroad, 1946

A late running Portland Rose heads down the Columbia River Gorge on a summer morning. Due in Portland, Oregon at 7:00 a.m., the big 4-6-6-4 hustles down the track at 75 m.p.h. trying to make up for the lost time. The gorge is busy this morning as a barge motors upriver and a Spokane, Portland & Seattle Z-8 4-6-6-4 heads to Wishram, Washington on the other bank.

The Sun is out in Skagway, White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, 2023

White Pass & Yukon 3007 heads up the grades of White Pass. The train started at sea level at Skagway, Alaska and will climb to the 4,501-foot elevation at the top of the pass. The train is twothirds of the way to the top. The majestic Seven Brothers Peaks stand as sentinels in the Saw Tooth Range as a summer storm approaches. The locomotive is an E3000CC-DC narrow gauge diesel electric, sporting 3,300 horsepower, in the Black Mamba paint scheme.

Pennsy’s Perfection, Pennsylvania Railroad, 1956

Just north of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, M1 6783, digs into the rails to get her train moving on its way to Erie, PA. The big engine has been pulled from the deadline in Enola and patched up just enough to help move tonnage along the Pennsylvania’s Buffalo line. The locomotive may be old, but it was Pennsy’s finest; just a good locomotive that could pull hard, ride well and run fast.

Autumn Thunder, Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, 1946

In 1927, the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad took delivery of the L-131 and L-132 class Mallet-type 2-8-8-2 locomotives that held the moniker “world’s largest” for several years. ALCO built the huge locomotives to combat the stiff grades along the D&RGW system. The most challenging pair were Soldier Summit, UT, with a 2.4% grade, and Tennessee Pass, CO, with a 3.3% grade. This is L-132 3612 as it grinds up Tennessee Pass at a steady 12 m.p.h., while back in the train, another 2-8-8-2 and a 4-8-2 shove hard to lift the train up to the 10,221-foot summit.

The War Horse, Denver & Rio Grande Western, 1943

On a cool late afternoon, a MAIN train heads up the Soldier Summit grade. In charge is 1706, one of Rio Grande’s M-64 4-8-4s. It’s war time and motive power is tight and traffic heavy. The Rio Grande didn’t have any scheduled passenger trains through this area until later in the evening, however MAIN, or troop trains, could show up on the line at any time as they hustled the American boys off to war.

Hot Mail, Pennsylvania Railroad, 1956

Late November snow has coated Pennsylvania and the east. Train 85, The Mail and Express, is running on schedule as it skirts the Juniata
River. Up front, 8607, a new RSD7 heads two Pennsylvania passenger units and a long train of mail and express cars.

Rush of the Puritan, New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, 1944

It’s a snowy winter afternoon as New Haven locomotives 0716 and 0719 speed north to Boston with the Puritan. During the first year of World War II, the New Haven Railroad received twenty DL-109 diesel electric locomotives from ALCO. The 2,000h.p. units (A1A-A1A) were built for service on passenger as well as freight trains and arrived at the perfect time to help the power-short railroad.



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Gulf Mobile & Ohio 2025 Wall Calendar


In 1940 a tangle of southern lines incorporated to form the Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad. Success followed and the new road saw three decades of growth. First among large railroads to adopt diesel power, the GM&O merged with Illinois Central in 1972. The south to north connection culminated in Canadian National’s purchase of IC in 1998. The Gulf Mobile & Ohio 2025 calendar looks at the line’s trains and engines in the years preceding the IC merger. All aboard the Rebel Route, eh!

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:

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 17, an 0-6-0 Switcher, is working at Mobile, AL on January 9, 1944.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 1116, an Alco RS-1, looks good in a solid red paint scheme at Jackson, MS on August 16, 1969. The locomotive was built and delivered by the American Locomotive Company in February 1947.

≈ In 1962, Gulf, Mobile and Ohio management realized that their motive power situation was beginning to look grim. GM&O began buying locomotives, all from EMD. They started with 31 GP-30’s in 1963 and 1964, 48 GP-35’s in 1964 and 1965, 20 GP-38’s in 1969, 13 GP-38AC’s in 1971, and 15 GP-38-2’s in 1972. This is engine 727, a new GP-38AC.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 1116, an Alco Model RS-1, delivered in March 1947, is sitting at Springfield, IL on May 8, 1954.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio ‘s Little Rebel Engine 352, is seen here at East St. Louis, IL in the summer of 1948. Originally painted in the light red and silver colors of the Alton Railroad, it is sporting the red and maroon of the GM&O with which Alton merged in 1947.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 4360, an ex-Chicago and Alton Mikado (2-8-2) is being serviced at Venice IL in June 1948. At this time, 4360 was working in transfer freight service, complete with a new coat of paint.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Motorcar 2509 with combine trailer 2553 running westbound as Train #9 is making a station stop at Mexico, MO in July 1957. 2509 was built by EMC-St. Louis in 1928.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 101-A (F-7A) leads Train #1, the southbound Alton Limited pulling ahead of a Burlington southbound mail train just out of Chicago’s Union Station on June 22, 1963.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 5296, an ex-Chicago and Alton Pacific (4-6-2) built by Alco-Brooks Locomotive Works in 1913, presents a striking appearance at Brighton, IL, located 60 miles south of Springfield in the summer of 1948. 5296 was on Train #12, the last GM&O passenger train ever hauled by a steam locomotive.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 807-B leads four other F-3A’s on a very long westbound freight arriving at Roodhouse, IL on September 4, 1972. Roodhouse, with a population of about 2,000, is located on the Kansas City Line, 111 miles west of Bloomington, IL.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 103A (two E-7A’s) is backing Train #1, the Alton Limited into St. Louis, MO Union Station on August 22, 1950. The two E-7A’s shown here were delivered by EMD in March 1945.

≈ Gulf, Mobile and Ohio 722, a Model FA-1 built by Alco in August 1946, sits at Venice, IL on July 13, 1961. GM&O purchased a fleet of FA-1 ’s, a total of 55 of them. Among the 55 was the first demonstrator of this class built.


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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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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.”

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 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.

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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! 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!

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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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