FEBRUARY 2018: On February 1 ,1968, the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad merged to form the Penn Central, which ended just two years later in a financial disaster that threatened to take down the American rail system and everything with it. Historian Jerry Jordak explains the legacy left behind by PC, leading us to today’s modern railroad industry. Robert Scott takes us to Eastern Washington for a trip around the Columbia Basin Railroad, while Marcus Stevens updates us on the expanding operations of the Ontario Southland Railroad. All this and more in the February issue of Railfan & Railroad!
For 75 years the Santa Train has been bringing cheer to the mountains of southeast Kentucky, southwest Virginia, and northeast Tennessee. Started by the Clinchfield Railroad in 1943, the 75th annual run featured authentically restored Clinchfield Railroad diesels on the point.
It’s been a rough few years for fans of vintage General Electric locomotives. The southeastern U.S. was once home to several operators of GE Dash 7s and U-series diesels, but one by one they have fallen.
Operating as a daytime accommodation on a schedule opposite the Southern Crescent, the Piedmont became famous in its later days for carrying intermodal piggyback cars behind the coaches making it a paradox of sleek streamliner and peddler mixed freight.
During Conrail’s first year, anything that was capable of moving was pressed into duty, including the sole survivor of the Ironton fleet. Emerging from the Eddystone plant in July 1949, No. 751 served faithfully for 27 years before it joined the Conrail roster.