you like freight trains, you will enjoy the lead article of this issue.
NYCS veteran Carl Liba describes in detail the operation of sixteen of
NYC’s hottest freights in 1960, including schedules, terminals,
intermediate stops, blockings, setouts and pick-ups, and timings for
each. Fourteen photos illustrate the piece.
April 15 will mark the 150th
anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and we
thought it appropriate to tell the story of the operation of the fallen
president’s funeral train in New York State, from New York City to
Buffalo, over the then not-yet-consolidated Hudson River and New York
Central railroads on April 25, 26, and 27. Railroad historian and
NYCSHS member Richard Palmer spent over two years researching the topic
and digging up illustrations, and the article provides a wonderful
glimpse into how parts of our favorite railroad were operated a century
and a half ago.
a spell-binding narrative, former NYCSHS director Richard Borsos tells
us how his railroader’s instinct led him to avert a rear-end disaster on
Michigan Central’s Joliet Branch on a densely foggy night, and he
illustrates the event with three photos taken the following morning of
the tricky rerailing of wayward H-10b 2337. Richard was fireman on the
diesel photo essay by member Chuck Bohi, a fiery reminiscence by the
late Jim Stuart, a look at an N-Trak NYC-themed layout in Arizona, and
the usual columns round out this big, 48-page issue. Enjoy!