NOVEMBER 2019: SHIP AHOY! Steve Arnold takes us aboard Santa Fe’s forgotten carfloat operation across San Francisco Bay, while Paul Strubeck recounts the consolidation of New York Harbor’s extensive carfloat operations after Conrail. Jeff Mast and Lou Gerard take us across Lake Michigan by car ferry, while publisher Kevin EuDaly recalls the isolated Seattle & North Coast operation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. All this and more in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad!
As freight traffic moved away from the city in the 1970s and gentrification took over downtown in the 1980s, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe’s base at China Basin remained the sole holdout of a once busy freight handling operation.
Reading Company had a wide variety of locomotives from Alco, rostering 118 units of nine different models. These locomotives were purchased between 1926 and 1967, and ranged in size from 300 to 3,000 hp.