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Southern Pacific Railroad 2025 Calendar

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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. Southern Pacific Railroad 2025 calendar features engines and trains that reach back to the era of SP steam, and forward to the diesels of the 1970s.

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:
≈ Southern Pacific 9 is a narrow gauge Ten-Wheeler (4-6-0) built in 1909 for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railroad. By 1928 it belonged to Southern Pacific. It was the final steam locomotive to haul revenue freight on the Slim Princess line between Laws and Keeler, CA, last seeing service in August 1959. It is being turned on the Armstrong turntable at Laws, CA in July 1959.

≈ Southern Pacific 9192-7562-9208 (an SD40T-2 Tunnel Motor, an SD45, and another Tunnel Motor) all in the ill-fated SPSF paint scheme, are leaving Spruce, CO southbound with D&RGW Train #128 on February 12, 1988. Santa Fe painted 306 locomotives in the red and yellow “merger” paint scheme; Southern Pacific only painted 96. The railroads had announced their intention to merge and requested Interstate Commerce Commission approval on March 23, 1984. ICC formally rejected the merger on July 25, 1986, stating restraint of trade. It turned out that beside lots of money being wasted, so was a lot of red and yellow paint.

≈ Southern Pacific locomotives 4427 and 4426, both Class GS-3 (4-8-4’s) built by the Lima Locomotive Works in 1937, are coming through Ilmon, CA, located 30 rail miles north of Tehachapi in March 1954. The train is northbound, and it could be the San Joaquin Daylight.

≈ Southern Pacific 4165, a Class AC-7 Cab Forward (4-8-8-2) built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1937, is leading a freight out of West Oakland, CA in March 1958. It would be retired just a few months after this trip. The AC-6, AC-7, AC-8, AC-10. AC-11 and AC-12. were all nearly identical. Only one was saved, the last one, 4294. It is displayed in spectacular fashion at the California Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

≈ Train #1, the Sunset Limited is at the San Antonio, TX depot on May 12, 1959. Power for this day’s train was Southern Pacific’s only E8A, 6018, an E9A in the Halloween paint scheme, and an E7B in gray paint. The Sunset Limited originated in New Orleans, LA, and the train’s final destination was Los Angeles, CA.

≈ Texas and New Orleans 179, one of eight AS-616 road switchers built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and delivered in 1952, is switching at Fort Worth, TX on June 16, 1966. The Texas and New Orleans was a wholly owned subsidiary road of the Southern Pacific. These were dependable locomotives—the last of them was retired in 1969.

≈ Southern Pacific 631, one of three locomotives purchased for the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, is a Class P-13 Pacific (4-6-2) built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1928. It is seen here on First #5, the Argonaut, arriving at San Antonio, TX on July 9, 1944. This was the first section of this train, and at least one other section was following. The heavy passenger load was prompted by the demands of World War Two. 631 would remain in service until 1955, when it was replaced by new motive power purchases.

≈ Of all the trains that operated through the Tehachapi Mountains, the “Oil Cans” (train symbol BKDOU) was probably the most interesting. It was loaded at Saco, CA, north of Bakersfield, CA, and crossed the Tehachapi Range on its way to Dolores, CA, south of Long Beach, where it was unloaded. The consist was five locomotives, then four sets of 12 tank cars each, six helper engines, then two more 12-car sets. In total, the train carried 1,848,600 gallons of oil and weighed a total of 10,608 tons. Oil Cans ran from 1983 into 1997, when oil pipelines took over. In this image, five SP Tunnel Motors (SD-40T-2’s) lead the “Cans” through Woodford, CA, on August 13, 1990.There are six helper engines working 48 cars behind the leaders.

≈ On September 15, 1979, Southern Pacific 3200, an EMD SD45 with an SD40-2 trailing, is crossing the Benicia- Martinez Bridge. This 1.7-mile-long bridge, which was completed in 1962, towers almost 100 feet above the Carquinez Strait. It appears that the photographer took this picture from one of the “step ins” for pedestrians on the bridge.

≈ Here is Southern Pacific Class AC-9 3806 in fresh paint. SP purchased a dozen of these coal-burning “stack ahead” Yellowstone Type (2-8-8-4) locomotives from the Lima Locomotive Works in 1939. They were used extensively between Tucumcari, NM and El Paso, TX. In 1950, they were converted to oil and moved to the Modoc Line, running mostly between Sparks, NV and Alturas, CA. By the end of 1956, all were off the roster.

≈ In March 1978, Southern Pacific received four locomotives manufactured by Morrison-Knudsen at Boise, Idaho. These were TE70-4S locomotives, nicknamed “popsicles” because of their vibrant colors, a big change from Southern Pacific gray. Three of them are seen here on a freight near Colca, OR, on June 9, 1980. They were unreliable and did not seem to fit in well with the Southern Pacific. After nearly a decade trying, SP gave up, and the TE70-4Ss were scrapped.

≈ Southern Pacific 2745, one of 58 Class C-8 Consolidations (2-8-0) built in 1904 by the Schenectady Locomotive Company, is handling switching duties at Crescent Lake, OR on August 8, 1955. Two of the engines from this class were saved and are on display at Alturas and at Watsonville, CA, but 2745 was not one of them.

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Sierra Nevada 2025 Calendar

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Naturalist John Muir described the excitement of being in the Sierra Nevada by saying, “We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell of us.” Muir called the mountains “the grandest of all special temples of Nature.” The Sierra Nevada 2025 calendar reveals Muir’s “special temples of nature” in photographs of those remarkable mountain landscapes that continues to inspire us today.

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

Locations featured in this edition include:
≈ On the east side of the Sierra Nevada, a frosty morning around Crowley Lake

≈ Thawing lake reflections at Bishop Creek Canyon

≈ The spring melt sends water rushing through Rock Creek Canyon

≈ Indian paintbrush blooming in McGee Creek Canyon

≈ Golden Trout Wilderness in the Southern Sierra Nevada

≈ Moonrise and glowing tufa at Mono Lake

≈ Fourth Recess Lake in the John Muir Wilderness

≈ Summer storm gathering over Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness

≈ Gnarled bristlecone pine is among the oldest living things on the earth

≈ Fall leaves and a pink sunset reflection light up McGee Creek

≈ Golden aspen and the first signs of winter, Inyo National Forest

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Seashells 2025 Calendar

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We have seashells by the seashore and to see them is to understand why Sally might be successful selling them. The old children’s rhyme may be a tongue-twister, but the shells are colorful and appealing. The Seashells 2025 wall calendar is like seeing the Amalfi coast in miniature, with bright, distinctive dwellings glowing in the sunshine along a wave-washed shore.

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

Seashells featured in this edition include:

Many wonderful examples of nature’s unique ability to design with color, imaginative shapes, and sizes

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Santa Fe Railway 2025 Calendar

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Chartered just before the Civil War, during the next three decades the tracks of the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe reached from Chicago to Los Angeles. Santa Fe Railway trains provided the country’s most appealing passenger service and for shippers, the most innovative intermodal freight service in America. The Santa Fe Railway 2025 calendar features classic steam and diesel locomotives working on the ATSF.

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:
≈ Santa Fe 38C (two F-7A’s and three F-7B’s) lead Train #2, the eastbound San Francisco Chief into Chillicothe, IL in January 1970.

≈ Santa Fe 81, an E-8m, is on a southbound Chief connection train, making a station stop at Pueblo, CO, in February 1966. 81 was rebuilt from an early E Unit in 1953, and for several years was in longhaul passenger train service, such as the Super Chief and others. As seen here, running as Train #201, It mostly completed its career on the 183-mile-long Chief Connection from Denver to La Junta, Colorado. It was retired in 1970.

≈ In what is most likely a motive power move, Santa Fe 142 leads seven other Super Fleet Warbonnet engines on westbound Train #199 from Willow Springs, IL to Richmond, CA, seen here rushing past the station at Chillicothe, IL on February 23, 1993. The power consist is a GP-60M, B40-8W, a GP-60B and five more GP-60M’s. Motive power moves occur regularly; this is a way to balance power across the system. The five GP-60M’s would possibly be dropped at Kansas City.

Santa Fe 404, a General Electric U30CG, is leaving Ottawa, Kansas eastbound with the Tulsan in April 1966. The Tulsan was established in the late 1930s. It was a daily train each way for the 256-mile run between Kansas City, MO to Tulsa, OK, with connections to Chicago, IL. Facing declining revenue, the railroad petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission to remove the Tulsan from service in 1968, but the request was rejected. The Tulsan continued to operate until all passenger train service on the Santa Fe, and almost all other railroads, was taken over by Amtrak on May 1, 1971.

≈ Santa Fe 3, an E-1A and E-1B, delivered in January 1938, leads westbound Train #21, the El Capitan with an eight-car consist working upgrade through Raton Pass, NM on May 12, 1940.

≈ Santa Fe 145 leads a westbound freight out of Amarillo, TX in June 1962. The power consist is all EMD Model FT’s. There are two A Units, one on each end and three B Units in the middle. These units, some approaching 18 to 20 years old, still have some useful miles in them, but within a few years, they will all be retired.

≈ Santa Fe 502, a B40-8W, in concert with a GP60M, is leading a hot westbound intermodal train through the forest two miles east of Bellemont, AZ on July 30, 1994. This stand of Ponderosa Pine west of Flagstaff, AZ, in the Coconino National Forest, is the largest anywhere in the world.

≈ It is August 16, 1968, and Santa Fe 358 and 403, a U28-CG and a U30-CG, both built by General Electric, are the power for this day’s Chief. As soon as they get clearance, the Chief will depart Chicago’s La Salle Street Station for Los Angeles, 2,223 miles away.

≈ Santa Fe 3751, a Class 3751 Heavy Mountain (4-8-4), is on an eastbound passenger special three miles east of Seligman, AZ on September 1, 1992. Built in 1927 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, it was the first Heavy Mountain on the Santa Fe Roster and the first ever built by Baldwin. It was rebuilt in 1938 and finished its career as an oil burner. It was retired in 1957 and in 1958 was donated for display. In 1986 3751 was sold to the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society which committed to restoring it. Work completed, 3751 ran again under its own steam in 1991.

≈ Santa Fe 904 East is emerging from the smoky confines of Tunnel #5 in the Tehachapi Mountains at Cliff, CA on August 15, 1995. This is the hot eastbound Train #991 from Richmond, CA to Willow Springs, IL. The power for today’s train is all Super Fleet. 904 is a C40-8W. Trailing units are a B40-8W and three GP60M’s. It passed the photographers at 5:39 PM, running late.

≈ Santa Fe 2602 and 2604, two of six DT6-6-2000 center-cab transfer engines built in 1949 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, are lugging a freight through the yard at Ottawa, KS in November 1959. These two Baldwin center-cab engines were designed for transfer work, but occasionally a couple of these dinosaurs would escape the yard on a freight. All were off the roster by February 1962.

≈ Santa Fe 87 is on the point of Train #12, the Chicagoan. The all lightweight, eastbound train from Dallas, TX to Chicago, IL, is making a station stop at Lawrence, KS on December 21, 1955. The power for this train is all EMD: an E-8m, an E-8B and an F-7B. It is about 11:15AM, and within a few minutes they will be on their way.

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San Francisco Cable Cars 2025 Calendar

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San Francisco is a city of hills. Horses powered the first public transportation to traverse them, but the demands were brutal. In 1869 Andrew Hallidie devised a system of steam powered cables to move the first cable cars. Horses were saved and San Francisco became a city of the future. The San Francisco  Cable Car 2025 calendar pictures the system in operation between the 1940s and the 1960s. Wait for the bell!
• Large blocks for notes
• Superbly printed throughout
• Reproduced on quality 100-pound paper
• Deluxe 11 by 14-inch size

Locomotives and trains featured include:

√ Cable Car 516, a Powell and Hyde Streets car, is on the Hyde Street Turntable on September 22, 1959.

√ Cable Car 523 is at Washington and Steiner Streets on August 25, 1958.

√ Cable Car 60, a Van Ness, California and Market Street car, is at California and Market Streets on August 23, 1962.

√ Cable Car 501, a Powell and Mason Street car, is at Bay and Taylor Streets on April 26, 1968.

√ Cable Car 523 is a Hyde and Jackson Street car turning a corner from Jackson onto Hyde Street on May 15, 1954.

√ Cable Car 57, a Van Ness, California and Market Street car is backing into a car barn off Jackson Street in July 1959.

√ Cable Car 522, a Washington and Jackson Street car has only a few passengers running on Steiner Street on May 25, 1956.

√ Cable Car 2 is at the Pacific Union Club in August 1949. What a collection of period automobiles!

√ Cable Car 61 is a Van Ness Avenue and Market Street car, seen in May 1954.

√ Cable Car 4 is on a steep incline on California Street near Hyde Street in October 1956.

√ Cable Car 14 is a Presidio Avenue and Market Streets car photographed on November 5, 1941.

√ Two cable cars: on the left is Car 30, a California and Market Street car, and on the right is Van Ness and Market Street Car 38. They are on California at Stockton Street in October 1956. The red Plymouth station wagon looks brand new.

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Sailing to the Mark 2025 Wall Calendar

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How to sail faster than your competitors? How to round the mark first and find a breeze to keep you ahead? On salt water and fresh all around America, sailors are planning strategies to overcome the limits of their waterlines and finesse the right of way to tack ahead of the competition. Andrew Sims and JH Peterson capture the excitement of competitive sailing around the world and bring great races together in Sailing to the Mark 2025 calendar.

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

Races and locations featured in this edition include:
≈ Going for the mark, a collection of E Scows competes in Sarasota, FL during 2023 races marking the 100th anniversary of the one-design sailing dingy. A meeting of the Inland Lake Yachting Association in 1923 led to creation of the class. The original was designed by Arnold Meyer Sr.

≈ Tell the crew of a 49er sailing dingy to take a hike, and they will happily agree. The 4.99 meter (16 feet four inch) high performance skiff is managed by a crew of two, each attached to a trapeze that encourages hanging out on the wings. Teams from around the world race here on Florida’s Biscayne Bay, competing to earn points toward possible Olympic selection.

≈ Sailing for Olympic points in Miami, Fl, Nacra 17 catamarans offer wet and wild sailing competition. The boats use curved dagger boards that create vertical lift and, as the International Sailing Federation committee evaluating the design noted, present an “exciting challenge.”

Sunfish are so pervasive that we might be forgiven for believing the design had sprung fullblown from the head of Poseidon. In fact, Al Bryan and Cort Heyniger crafted the original plywood version in 1951 by adding a “cockpit” to their successful Sailfish design. The 1959 transformation into fiberglass made the Sunfish so appealing to a vast audience of sailors that North American Championship racing began in 1963.

≈ Sailing in the classic division of the International 12-Metre World Association races in 2021 are four American boats. Built in 1958, Columbia, US 16, successfully defended the America’s Cup in a 4-0 win over Sceptre. Built in 1964, American Eagle, US 21, was outpaced in Cup trials by Constellation. Launched in 1928 Onowa, US 6, saw only a lackluster racing career. Also built in 1958, Weatherly, US 17, lost in the trials, was rebuilt, and defended the Cup successfully in 1962 against Gretel, four races to one.

≈ The New York Yacht Club hosts America’s most venerable regatta, first run on the Hudson River in 1845. As the outline of the Verrazano Bridge on the horizon suggests, today’s racers now hoist their sails off Newport, RI. The June regatta offers three days of racing for One-design, ORC and PHRF classes, as well as for classic yachts and multihulls. These ORC boats are sailing the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.

≈ Modern versus traditional, Kodiak and Marilee compete here for the Shipyard Cup in Boothbay, ME. Built Down Under to a design by Reichel/Pugh in California, 66-foot Kodiak (sailing as Blue Yankee) won first overall in the 2002 racing division of the Newport-Bermuda Race. NYYC 13, Marilee is one of only four Nathaniel Herreshoff NY40, One-designs still sailing. Launched in 1926, Marilee demonstrated her notable pedigree winning the cup in 2021.

≈ Directing traffic? No time! This is Thursday night racing at the Wayazata Yacht Club on Lake Minnetonka, MN. The WYC manages one of the largest sailboat racing programs in America. On a Thursday evening as many as 130 keel boats like these J22s may be racing on the lake. Through the course of a year, the WYC hosts some 65 events.

≈ Blasting along in choppy water off San Francisco, CA, these J/105s are running with spinnakers flying. Designed for speed and stability, J/105s sail in 15-to 20-knot winds without reefing. Popular across the country, there are 15 American fleets sailing some 650 copies of the J/105.

≈ The Laser may be a one-design dingy, but it is important to know that there are three Laser flavors. Sail size ILCA 7 is standard or Olympic, ILCA 6 is radial, and ILCA 4 is 4.7 meters. No matter your flavor, sailing a Laser is clearly an athletic event as those who have extended their torsos over the rail can confirm after even one tack here on Florida’s Sarasota Bay.

≈ These big Pac 52 boats are sailing in Rolex competition on San Francisco Bay. The 52 was established as a new class to compete in racing on the west coast and in the biennial Transpac Race between Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI. The traditional approach to protecting sails from mold and sun damage was to soak canvas in tree bark tannins that dyed them red. Today’s high-tech solution is to use black carbon fiber.

≈ Heading for the first mark, these DN iceboats are sailing on Lake Christina, MN. Measuring 12 feet long and weighing only 120 pounds, no hull-speed limitations apply. The average DN equipped with an aluminum mast can sail three times the speed of the wind, while a boat equipped with a carbon fiber mast could sail four times the wind speed.

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Rock Island Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar

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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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Railroading! 2025 Wall Calendar

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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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Pennsylvania Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar

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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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New York Central Railroad 2025 Wall Calendar

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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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New England Seasons 2025 Wall Calendar

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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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Navy 2025 Calendar

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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!

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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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