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FOUR FOR THE NRHS

PROSPECTS of four intriguing steam and electric trips sponsored by Wisconsin Chapter hosts lured more than 500 persons to Chicago over Labor Day for the 1961 annual convention of the National Railway Historical Society. And the excursionists weren't disappointed. On Saturday Grand Trunk Western's now-inactive 4-8-4 No. 6323 took conventioners to South Bend, Ind., and delighted riders by returning on time. Some 560 persons rode behind Burlington 4-8-4 5632 to Dubuque, Ia., on Sunday on a trip which combined steam, domes, and scenery. Electric railroading was featured Monday with two trips- a morning excursion on the South Shore Railroad to Michigan City, Ind., on a train hauled part way by motor 705, and an all-M.U. afternoon junket on the North Shore Line to North Chicago Junction. For trips, food, lodging, banquet, and incidentals, conventioners spent $30,000 in the three days they gathered a fact which surely endeared them to the Windy City in equal proportion to the pleasure NRHS members derived from Chicago's railroads.

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Jim Boyd.

Charles Kraatz.

CB&Q 5632 charges uphill near Oregon, Ill., on way to Dubuque.

REGULAR CSS&SB train passes special west of Michigan City.

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Review of The Fading Giant from the

San Francisco Chronicle

THE VOICE OF THE WEST

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OST DISCS OF THIS KIND ARE WORTHLESS CURIOSITIES; here, however, is a record of railroad sounds that might well go into archives of American history and folk lore. The recordings were taken late in 1957 and early in 1958 on the Norfolk and Western, just before that line put away its steam locomotives in favor of Diesels. They were made in mountain country where there are many tunnels, bridges, cliffs, and cuts to add variety to the sounds of the engines, and many grades that caused them to labor. The first side immortalizes a 400-mile round trip by a huge Class J streamliner. The second side contains the sounds of an ancient switch engine at work and of other old-timers climbing the mountains in remote and lonely places. Last of all is a tone picture that would have been an insufferable tear-jerker if it had been imitated in a musical composition, but it is most legitimate and affecting as a slice of aural reality: The last Class J to pull the New Orleans-Washington express stops at and departs from the village of Rural Retreat, Va., on Christmas Eve, 1957, while Mrs. J. H. Dodson plays "Silent Night" and other carols on the chimes of the Lutheran Church.

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A trip in September showed that the Boulogne-Lyon service maintains its popularity. Over 100 autos were carried on the double-deck cars and passenger accommodation of four couchette cars and seven Wagons-Lits sleepers. This lengthy cavalcade departed from Boulogne in the charge of a Canadian-built 2-8-2 and arrived at Lyon with a B-B 1500 v. D.C. electric at the head end (plus two diners, cut in en route). Timekeeping was precise, and loading and unloading operations were quickly and efficiently carried

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CEMENT SPECIALS: Wherever possible, British Railways is co-operating with industrial firms in order to secure suitable freight traffic. An example of this is the weekly movement of cement from the Cement Marketing Company's works in Kent (in southern England) to a new Scottish distribution depot at Uddingston. There are eight "cement-expresses" a week, each weighing 1050 tons with 800 tons payload and diesel hauled. Each locomotive hauls 30 lightweight bulk rail tankers. These four-wheeled cars each carry 27 tons of cement which can be discharged into underrail reception hoppers in only 5 minutes. Turnaround of a complete train at Uddingston is 4 hours.

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BEYOND THE PACIFIC

WILLIAM K. VIEKMAN

WE'VE DISCOVERED A RAILROAD: Okinawa's last railway, we are told, operated until the American invasion in 1945. It ran between the capital city of Naha and Koza, about 12 miles, on 3' 6"-gauge track. Today barely a trace of this line remains because it was literally blasted off the face of the earth. The main island, then, is without a rail carrier. However, the story does not terminate there. To the southeast is Minami Daito Jima (literally, South Great Eastern Island), a 3 x 4-mile speck in the vast Pacific. But that speck has a railroad! The Daito (Great Eastern) Sugar Company operates a 6-mile, 2'-gauge

"ALONG THE UNION PACIFIC"

is a superb color motion picture of exciting wintertime STEAM railroading on the U.P. Made in 1956 on Wasatch, Sherman Hill, etc. this film shows colorful scenes of steam in action as only a movie can. 200 ft. 16mm COLOR, reel & can ONLY $39.95!! 8mm color just $19.95. Postpaid in the U. S. Satisfaction guaranteed.

STAN KISTLER

P. O. Box 4068

Pasadena, California

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Railroad Record Club

LIKEL

Authentic Steam and Electric Railway Recordings Sampler record with over 20 excerpts from 8 different records $4.00 (refunded on first order) or sampler included free with standard Soo Line-I. C. introductory record at $4.00. Both postpaid. 10 Inch 33% 1. p. m. Send for free literature. Railroad Record Club, Hawkins, Wisconsin

FIRST FROM THE EAST! 16 Day RAIL SAFARIS By Private Train

NORTHWEST and CANADA Sept. 16-Oct. 1, 1962

AND SOUTHWEST - CALIFORNIA Oct. 5 to 20, 1962

Take Either or Both Trips Luxury equipment. Limited membership. Fascinating itineraries. Write for folder. ROBERT T. STEVENS, JR., INC. LEESBURG, VIRGINIA

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loop around the interior of the island. At the capital city of Ikenosawa a 1-mile stub connects the loop line with the island's port facilities. Built some time before World War II, the Great Eastern carries passengers from port to capital, but is otherwise taken up with the transporting of sugar cane. The roster contains both steam and diesel locomotives (the former are prewar coal-burning iron horses). Minami Daito Jima must be one of the smallest of all Pacific islands to claim a freight and passenger railroad of its own. Railfans take note: there is not a single bus on the entire island. The Great Eastern reigns supreme!

THREE-CYLINDER PACIFIC SAVED: The C53class 4-6-2's of the Japanese National Railways were built between 1928 and 1931. The first unit left the builder's plant only a year after the JNR had decided to construct steel coaches. These were the glory years, and the C53's, totaling 97 locomotives at the zenith of their existence, were seen stepping high with name trains between major Japanese cities. In 1934 C5343 was streamlined after the fashion of steam engines in the western world. However, citing reasons for dissatisfaction familiar to American railroaders of the late '30's, JNR dropped the experiment. Today only C5345 and C5357 remain on the roster, the former at Osaka and the latter standing by at Hamamatsu (between Tokyo and Osaka). The future looked black indeed. Then the JNR issued an order: refurbish the C5345 and place her in the national railway's Osaka Museum. The three-cylinder Pacific will continue to be admired by the crowds who rode behind her.

SOME TIDBITS: The U. S. Army has brought to Okinawa a two-car mobile substation "train" to bolster the island's power system. Built by Westinghouse in 1955, the units generate 5000 kw. of electricity and rest on a 300-foot "railroad." . . . The last steam engines built by Hitachi of Japan were 2-8-2's outshopped in 1959-1960 for Bolivia where they operate in freight service high in the Andes Mountains. The 2-8-2's are similar in design to the D51class Mikes of the Japanese National Railways.... The New Zealand Railways is taking a hard look at its rural branch operations, the realm of the 2-6-0 with mixed train.

WILLIAM S. YOUNG

runs between its namesake cities in 1950, substituted buses, and bought a 70-ton GE diesel to carry on its freight business. Since then the suburbs have kept on growing, the highways leading to them have become more crowded, and Baltimore, like other cities, has been talking rapid transit. B&A's Easter thinks his line, as the rail backbone of the suburbs south of Baltimore, would be a natural part of any publicly financed rapid transit plan. Meanwhile he is going to try to assess present demand for rail service by borrowing an RDC from Budd for a limited trial. Easter envisions B&A trains operating as far as Baltimore & Ohio's nowclosed Mount Royal Station in Baltimore, where a central airlines terminal would be established from which passengers could go by B&A to Friendship International Airport. The short line's own buses are now carrying more instead of fewer riders for the first time in a decade, a hopeful sign to transit planners.

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SHORT LINES nearby Williams Grove.

PASSENGERS WANTED: James M. Easter II, the young president of Maryland's Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad, is a brave man: he wants to go back into the rail passenger business. The 28-mile B&A, which was one of the East's best-known interurbans, gave up electric passenger

SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER: When Edaville's F. Nelson Blount was unable to get his standard-gauge Monadnock, Steamtown & Northern Railroad into immediate operation over Boston & Maine tracks out of Bellows Falls, Vt., he made alternate arrangement with a New Hampshire short line. For about a month last summer, Blount's ex-Canadian National 4-6-4T No. 47 pulled a string of old B&M coaches between Bradford and Sunapee, N. H., over Claremont & Concord Railway. Then along came an I.C.C. inspector who discovered that No. 47 was not properly certificated to run on common-carrier trackage and ordered her out of service. Monadnock employees picketed the state house at Concord; New Hampshire authorities sought means to protect the new tourist attraction; and the I.C.C., feeling the heat of opinion, even issued a press release on the matter. Commission Chairman Everett Hutchinson said he hoped the engine could be cleared for operation soon. Word is that No. 47, or another standard-gauge engine from the Edaville collection, will be running somewhere in New Hampshire come next summer.

FIND: Even some experts on Pennsylvania motive power were surprised when a group of steam fans recently turned up a veteran Pennsy B4a at an abandoned steel plant in Harrisburg, Pa. The lowslung 0-6-0, one of many built around the century's turn and later widely resold by equipment dealers, last served as Phoenix Steel Company No. 5. Williams Grove Steam Engine Association bought the old B4a and an 0-4-0T from the plant's dismantlers for preservation at

MERGER MITES: Two "big-little" roads have entered the N&W-NKP-Wabash merger picture. The 171-mile Akron, Canton & Youngstown, fearing "encirclement," wants to be included. And N&W has offered to buy the 132-mile Pittsburgh & West Virginia, which has been supporting the merger.

NOT MERGED: Washington's 32-mile Pacific Coast Railroad [page 15, November 1961 TRAINS] is still running as an independent. Talked-up merger with parent Great Northern is contemplated only if the Hill Lines merger takes place I

Let yourself go! Let yourself go to the Mardi Gras! Here is the most colorful of all celebrations ... more than a week of gala day and night street parades culminating on Mardi Gras Day, March 6th. Be there this year.

But no matter what your reason may be for visiting New Orleans, your journey there and back will be more enjoyable if you travel the "Main Line of Mid-America." When you head for New Orleans, choose the allPullman Overnighter Panama Limited or the all-coach Dayliner City of New Orleans.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL

Main Line of Mid-America

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