Summer 2021


In this Issue

Spirit of ’76: Circling America by Rail

A USA Rail Pass was a ticket to a 9,400-mile adventure

A Ticket from Tomahawk

A 1947 trip from Alberta to Texas involved trains, a Greyhound bus, a DC-3, and a horse-drawn truck

The 'South Wind' Doesn’t Stop Here

A day trip to Louisville turns dicey for two young railfans

Getting There Was Fun, Indeed!

A 1965 journey from Iowa to Washington, D.C., and back involved five trains, four railroads, and rare mileage

Sputnik East, Mixed Train West

Rides on the Gasp Peninsula in 1962 made lasting impression for a teenage railfan

Photo Special: Passenger Power in the Age of Steam

From 4-4-0 to 4-6-2 to 4-8-8-2, the locomotives that moved us took many forms

New England Adventure, 1966

A ride on the last NH/CV Washingtonian capped a summer of exploration and independence

What’s in a Photo?

Grand Rapids–Detroit train 4 at Trowbridge, Mich., in 1940

Teenage Trackman

A job on an NYC track gang was a great way to spend the last summer before college

Archive Treasures: Montana Calling

With a Leica and a Porsche, Ron Hill chased the Great Northern in the 1960s

Best of Everything

Battling snow, finding efficiencies, and building morale on C&NW’s Wisconsin Division

Welcome The most exciting sound

Head End A potpourri railroad history, then and now

Fast Mail Letters from readers on our Spring 2021 issue

True Color One fine day on Sand Patch

Mileposts Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe

The Way It Was Tales from railfans and railroaders

Car Stop Winnipeg trolleys

Bumping Post PRR’s Pittsburgh station