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Train watching in the 1960s

By | May 3, 2017

The cover shows a photo of a diesel freight train

What would it have been like to spend one day at a perfect train-watching spot in the 1950s and 1960s? This 30-page download takes you back in time, with contributors sharing their experiences from memorable trips across the United States. This free guide provides plenty of pictures, too, with classic railroad photos from a bygone era.

We’ll take you inside “One Day At”:

  • North Philadelphia in 1965, where a variety of Pennsylvania Railroad trains with every type of equipment passed through
  • Bolton, Vt., in 1953, where local freights met on the Central Vermont
  • St. Louis Station in 1965, where 56 trains from 10 different railroads passed through each day
  • Hermosa, Wyo., in 1975, where Union Pacific intermodal, Amtrak Zephyr, and a flurry of general merchandise trains made their way up the steep grade of Sherman Hill
  • Zacatecas, Mexico in 1960, where the steam locomotives of the Mexican National Railways were still abundant

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22 thoughts on “Train watching in the 1960s

  1. IIRC Frisco discontinued the METEOR (overnite STL-OKC) and its daytime counterpart the WILL ROGERS in September 1965 and replaced them with the OKLAHOMAN which lasted until May of 1967.

  2. Thanks to Classic Trains for providing this poor man a chance to read some quality train articles. Great information and pictures!

  3. Ok, guys, really funny. Get me all excited: “new material! New downloads from Kalmbach! Oh, Bob McGonigal, you’re my friend!” Meanwhile Bob McG. is sitting over there “Bwaaahahaha… new emails! hehehe… suckers!” Well, I’ve got news for you, Bob. The email I gave you is for the IRS!

    Ok, maybe it’s not. Maybe it’s the email I registered under. I wish you’d use it to send us the link.

  4. Uh, hello, Kalmbach? There is no link for me to download this brochure or article collection or whatever it is!

  5. Like everyone else is saying – There is no link to download it!! or is it hidden on the page somewhere and we not looking hard enough?

  6. Perhaps I left it too long to try to download the article :Train watching in the 1960s”as I could not find the download.

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