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April 10, 2016
Passing the same North Jersey landmarks that the fictional Tony Soprano made famous in the opening credits of the cable series “The Sopranos,” Conrail’s never-ending procession of trains would work their way through the crown jewel of their near-monopoly of rail service in the New York metropolitan region.
March 4, 2016
What Ironton lacks as an industrial complex it makes up for by being a picturesque residential river town, and what the DT&I lacks as a heavy duty main line it makes up for by being a very photogenic hill country branch.
March 1, 2016
Smallest of the major builders of steam locomotives and last to enter the diesel-electric field, Lima Locomotive Works built a mere 174 units in its short career as Lima-Hamilton Corporation.
February 9, 2015
The sun was just peeking over the tops the White Mountains as four adventurous young men from Long Island completed a grueling seven hour journey. We weren’t sure what to expect, but as we took in the sights, sounds, and smells of steam railroading, we knew we were about to take part in something special.
January 1, 2015
The East Broad Top seemed immobile in time while the rest of the railroad world around it was changing. Geeps and Alcos were still far away from Orbisonia, and the coal trains down from Robertsdale still carried a combine and looked like the mixeds of a few years before. The yard and shop facility at Orbisonia looked like it hadn’t changed a bit in fifty years.
July 15, 2014
What happens when an artifact has deteriorated to the point where it is no longer appropriate for public display or regular use? Sometimes the answers are not readily apparent, and all railroad restoration and conservation efforts are not the same.
June 9, 2014
Cotton Belt 4-8-4 No. 819 is the classic example of a steam locomotive all dressed up with no place to go. Thanks to a combined effort of historical society volunteers and railroad employees, the 819 was slowly brought back to life and returned to excursion service in 1986.
May 15, 2014
The 1950s were the era of the streamlined diesel, with the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors producing perhaps the most famous face of the era — the bulldog nose found on its E- and F-series units. Though many have been saved, it’s a bit noteworthy when one of these survivors succumbs to the scrapper’s torch.
April 10, 2014
My overall aim for this exhibit is to show the beauty of the twelve miles of track the Valley Railroad operates in Connecticut. I’d also like to show my appreciation for one of the railroads that brings me back to my youth – depicting not only the trains that ply the rails between Saybrook and Haddam, but also some of the people who make these rides possible.
March 15, 2014
In 1942, photographer Jack Delano was tasked by the federal government to capture images of the rail community to rally support for the war effort. The result was three thousand images, many of which highlight Chicago’s primacy to the North American rail network.