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It’s springtime in 1948 and two freshly painted cabooses are being moved out of the Reading Shops at Erie Avenue. An Alco S4 slowly pushes, while the boss inspects the work as they pass. These Bachmann, eight-wheel cabooses were repainted, then decaled with actual Reading caboose numbers and markings. The “cabeese” run on Bob Whipple’s West Berlin Garden Railroad in West Berlin, New Jersey. Bob Whipple photo
The K&S locomotive yard is a quiet place at this late hour, as a single engineer prepares to move his charge to the ready line. By sunup tomorrow he’ll be in Laramie. The track and rolling stock are from LGB. This 1:22.5-scale scene is a part of the railroad belonging to Gene and Sharon Heflin in Springfield, Illinois. John Evans photo
Over in Grande Prairie, a Winter Valley GP9 is switching the United Grain Growers elevator on David Winter’s railroad while a father and young girl round up the perfect pumpkin for Mom. The WV paint scheme was applied to their first diesel many years ago and has stood the test of time. David Winter photo
On the upper loop of Bill Cheplick’s railroad, the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton engine in 1776 Bicentennial colors is heading toward McClouth Steel plant in Trenton, Michigan. The U-25B diesel is going back to the Flat Rock, Michigan, train yard while the RS3 heads to Ford’s stamping plant in Woodhaven, Michigan. The Bicentennial locomotive is a USA Trains SD40-2, the U-25B diesel is Aristo-Craft, and the DT&I RS3 with the starburst logo and Grand Trunk colors is also from Aristo-Craft. All engines and rolling stock were custom airbrushed and weathered by Bill. Bill Cheplick photo
It’s a cold, sunny winter morning on Dominique Ney’s Alaska Railroad. The line’s GP 38-2 No. 2002 hauls a heavy coal train near Denali Park Station. The photo was taken with a handheld Nokia camera set on automatic, in the morning sun. Dominique Ney photo
Tram locomotive No. 286 waits to leave Cockshutt Mortimer with a goods train bound for the canal interchange at Gooey, on Mel Turbutt’s Wetton Gooey Light Railway, which is set on the border between England and Wales. The railway linking Gooey station and the canal runs right through the middle of the town, hence the use of tram engines. Mel Turbutt photo
A pair of USA Trains Black Widow SD70macs (custom painted by Goldcoast Station) are pulling a Daylight passenger train down “Little Tehachapi” Loop on Steve Hughes’ outdoor railroad. The photo was taken after an unusual snow in the Spokane, Washington area. Steve Hughes photo