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SUMMARY: As of 03/01/21, all editions of RAILROAD HISTORY, Nos.127-223 are available except No.218.

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Reprint of May 1998 of the July 1952 single subject issue: The Story of the Florida RR's,1834 -1903, by George W. Pettengill Jr., with details on ACL, SBD & L&N predecessors, and additions and corrections from Bulletin No.88. On mat paper, there are 118 pages and 25 photographs. See OOP No.86 for more details. Order direct for $15.00 from the R&LHS Southeast Chapter: http://www.rlhssec.org/



The Portland (Maine) Company (locomotive builder); Mt. Clare Station (Baltimore); List of Sources for Major Published Locomotive Rosters. $7.50/$6.00


Thomas H. Paul & Son (locomotive builder); Official Railroad Nicknames; Wooten and the Reading Shops; Locomotive Roster: The Panhandle (Pennsylvania Railroad). $7.50/$6.00



Holmes Hinkley and the Boston Locomotive Works; Roster: Hinkley Locomotive Construction


New Haven Ten-wheelers (includes roster); Mississippi Southern Railroad; Louisiana & Arkansas Railway (includes steam locomotive roster)


Dundee-built Locomotives on Canada’s First Railways; Early Narrow Gauge Locomotives in the West; the Chicago Great Western Railroad


Electric Railway Freight; Locomotive Roster: Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City Railway.


THE RAILROAD HISTORY INDEX compiled by Thomas T. Taber III. Covers issues 1-151. Arranged by Authors, RR's & RR History in the USA, Canadian Ry's, Ry's Worldwide covering 133 pages. Then the Book Reviews section is found on 22 more pages. John H. White,Jr. provides an introduction to both the R&LHS and this book.


Three Components of the Chicago & North Western (includes history and locomotive rosters):
        The Omaha Road (Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha)
        The Minneapolis & St. Louis
        The Chicago Great Western


“The Well Known Narrow Gauge Railway Champion”: Col. Edward Hulbert; Locomotive Roster: Mobile & Ohio Railroad


“Gerald M. Best: Autobiography of a Railfan”; Locomotive Rosters: Gulf Mobile & Northern Railroad (Steam), Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad (Diesel)


Early Railroad Empire Builders (1850-1873); “Crookedest Railroad in the World” - Who Says So?; Locomotive Roster: National Railway of Mexico (steam)


Overland Route; Working for the Santa Fe (1909-1911); Saga of the Southern Pacific’s Martinez-Benicia (California) Bridge; Locomotive Roster: Spokane International Railroad



Biography & Translation of Letters (1839) of Franz Anton Ritter von Gerstner; Earnest Elmo Calkins and the Creation of “Phoebe Snow”; ICC Railroad Valuation Records; Spirit Lake, Iowa


The Railroad in American Literature; Traveling Detroit to Chicago in 1888; The Transportation Act of 1940; The B&O Presidency of Daniel Willard; Biography: Richard Eaton, Canadian Mechanical Engineer


Railroad Safety (1910-1939); Derailment of the Milwaukee Road’s Olympian at Custer Creek (1938); Great Northern Railway’s Motor Buses; Oklahoma Central Railway; “Some Surprising Survivors” (Stations, Bridges, Etc.)


Rogers Locomotives: A Brief History and Construction List (136 pages) by Peter Moshein and Robert R. Rothfus. Steam Vs. Diesel Locomotives by Robert Aldag. Editorial: Railroad History --- What's the Object?


Virginia’s First Railroad: Falling Creek; Detroit & Pontiac Railroad; Alaska’s Copper River & Northwestern Railway


Santa Fe’s Reading Rooms; Passenger Service on the Chicago & North Western; Chicago Chapter’s First Excursion; Biography: Thatcher Perkins


Motive Power Struggle: Pennsylvania Railroad vs. General Motors; Boston’s South Terminal Station: Electric Traction History; Firing and Running New Haven Steam Locomotives (1926-1939; Frank P. Donovan’s Delmarva Branch Line Odyssey


Railroads in the American Context; Locomotive Safety (1900-1945); A Wartime Triangle Trip; Photo Essay: Destruction of New York’s Pennsylvania Station; Biography: Thomas T. Taber


Biography: Edward Budd (part 1); Blind Tires on Steam Locomotives; Technology and Law on the Dakota Frontier; California to Illinois by Train in 1937; Locomotive Roster: Akron, Canton & Youngstown Railroad


Biography: Edward Budd (part 2); Railways in the Netherlands (1830-1914); System and Shop Practices of the Baldwin Locomotive Works; Women Telegraphers


H. W. Pontin and His Rail Photo Service; Motor Trains of the German National Railways; Dr. Borst’s X-12: the Atomic Locomotive; Morristown & Erie Railroad in the 1940s; Interview: George Krambles; Locomotive Roster: New York, Ontario & Western Railway


Andre Chapelon and French Locomotives (20th century); Testing a New York Central “Mohawk”; Chicago Great Western Railroad and the John A. Cole Milling Co.; Great Northern Railway and Dryland Farming; Technological Revolution at Grand Central Terminal


Energy Conservation on Steam Railroads (1889-1943); Fish Cars in Nebraska; John Edgar Thompson on the Pennsylvania Railroad; Robert E. Woodruff; Boston & Albany Railroad Locomotive Renumbering (1912); Locomotive Roster: Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad


America’s Chapel Cars; Dan Paine: Milwaukee Road Engineer on the Iowa & Minnesota Division; Badnall’s Undulating Railway; New York Central Railroad’s Montreal Secondary


The Railroad as an Aesthetic Object; Images of the Pacific Electric; Immigrant Contract Labor on the Milwaukee Road; Tay Bridge; Biography: Ludwig Hamberger (German National Railways)


Note: More detailed descriptions of issues 181-185 may be seen in the Railroad History section of this website.


Toy Trains; Progress and Slavery on the South’s Railroads; Dummy Steam Locomotives; Railroads and Catenary; Liquidating the Rock Island; New Jersey & New York Railroad No. 10, “Woodridge”



Special single subject issue: The Diesel Revolution RAILROAD HISTORY Millennium Special. 160 pages by well known authors with 13 chapters with titles such as: Business Strategies and Diesel Development; Railroads and the War; Culture Clash: Diesel vs. Tradition; Covered Wagons and Geeps; Diesel Railcar: A Look Ahead. A true USA locomotive buffet.


“Race to Chicago” (railroad building across Michigan); “Century Gone” (railroading highlights in the 20 century); Semaphore Blades by Night; Sahara’s Lost Railroads; Photo Essay: Illinois Central Gulf Employees by Ben Halpern


History of Train Wrecks; German Diesel-Hydraulic Locomotives in the US; Virginian Railway Mallets; Photo Essay: Pennsylvania Railroad by William Herman Rau; Preservation Topic: Buffalo’s Central Terminal Employees by Ben Halpern


Railroad Deregulation: Demise of the Interstate Commerce Commission; Abandoned Rail Corridors; “Boomer Tales” Freeman Hubbard and Railroad Fiction; Dining Car Menu Art; Bravery at the World Trade Center; Preservation Topic: Town of Pullman; Locomotive Roster: Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad

Note: Illustrated summaries of issues 186 and later may be seen in the Railroad History section of this website.


Rails Across the Hudson: Getting across the barrier, then and now; On the Waterfront: New York Harbor railroading in the 1950s and 1960s; Hitler's Locomotives: Part 1; German Railroaders and the Holocaust; Strategic Short Line: All about South Carolina's Columbia, Newberry & Laurens.


Railroaders: Lives and Stories; Hitler's Locomotives: Part 2; American Variety: Comparing engine classes here and abroad; The amiable New York & Greenwood Lake.


Too Big to Fail?: The political and regulatory mindset that led to Penn Central; Forgetting St. Louis and Other Map Mischief: The oddities and deception of railroad mapmaking; David P. Morgan bio: Part 1; Overwhelmed with Good Fortune: Sir Henry Tyler vs. the Vanderbilts in a gilded age battle for Chicago.


Railroads and Slavery; Defeating Division 699: The 1916 railway strike in Washington, DC; Santa Fe's Poster Genius; Loss at Kinzua: History of Kinzua Viaduct; David P. Morgan bio Part Two.


The Curve: Horseshoe Curve exerts staying power as an engineering feat and train-watching paradise; Cuba and Railroads: Part 1: Main Lines, 1837-2003; O. Winston Link; Requiem for a Runaway: In search of the remains of a Mallet that disappeared off Rollins Pass in 1924.


History of the Dome Car; Cuba and Railroads: Part 2: Fifty Years Too Soon; Aftermath of an Ohio interurbans cutting of coal rates; Railroad Soldiers: Thumbnail history of U. S. Military Railways; The Bridge that Never Was: Japan's WWII Burma-Siam railway.


"Railroading through Receivership" (Georgia & Florida); "Famous Long Ago" (forgotten RR history authors); Alco's Pioneer High Hoods; "Battle Over Coal" (Penn State coal traffic); Railroaders in the Great War; "Wild West Baldwins" (steam in Finland)


Canada's Silver Age (psgr services on CN, CPR & VIA 1945-2005, with maps). Equipping the Fleets (rolling stock used in previous article). In a Land of Few Roads (Hudson Bay service in northern Manitoba). Border Jumpers (covers USA/Canada psgr rail border crossing circa 1951). Singing Brakeman (Jimmie Rodgers). A Stroll Through Mount Clare Shops in 1872 (B&O in Baltimore). Flying The Flag (Pakistan 1993). Railroaders in Bronze and Stone (a sampling of USA monuments).


Submerged Ambitions (the Cairo, Illinois, story). Fast Trains and Faster (1890's golden era and streamliner revival). Speed Over a Century (how Amtrak compares). Fact or Fable (NYCS No.999). Giants and Dwarfs (Richard Kindig's Colorado & Wyoming photographs). Lumbering Mikes (McCloud River RR). Loggers and Short Lines (roster of 90-ton Baldwin Mikado-types). The Great American Railway of Asia (South Manchuria Ry, now in northeastern China). Hot Times on the High Iron (a boomer engineman on the internet).


Railroad Corporate Cultures compares 1960's E-L management with that of the B&O. Beyer-Garratts of Zimbabwe in 1988, and still steaming in 2008. The Dining Car and Railroad China is nicely illustrated on a dozen pages. Midwest Metamorphosis quantifies declining psgr train service at the busiest stations. British Iron on American RR's looks at the role tariffs played. Artist of the Rail features Phil Hastings on 13 pages.


Electrification over the Sierra Nevada. Middleton examines the what if & why not? Bill Howes tells how the B&O maintained high diner standards despite escalating costs. Art in the Age of Steam is show and tell on 12 pages. The Lackawanna used radio in 1914 to battle a blizzard. Stourbridge Lion was the first locomotive steamed on rails in the Americas? Maybe. 27 years of research suggests maybe not. William Jennings Bryan and the 1896 Campaign is the whistle-stop pioneer story. 35 pages of book reviews. 2008 R&LHS Awards. Memorials to Charles Smith, James Larson, David Sweetland & others.


The Winding Path to No.200 by J.Parker Lamb is a summation of R&LHS history. A Chronology of R&LHS and the Bulletin/Railroad History by Dan Cupper follows. Both articles accompanied by covers in color. Reaching 200 by Bill Middleton tells of trains that first achieved 200 KMH or 200 MPH. Lincoln for the Defense: Railroads, Steamboats and the Rock Island Bridge by David Pfeiffer. Amtrak's F40PH by Kevin Holland tells the entire story. Roll Call of 200s by Dan Cupper lists as many locos numbered 200 as could be found in North America, 303 of them, and includes photos of many. 19 pages of book reviews.


R&LHS honors one of its own: John H. White Jr. is the dean of railroad historians, former transportation curator at the Smithsonian Institution, author of several authoritative reference works, and former editor of Railroad History. His career is traced, and why all of us are in his debt. The Warshaw Collection: an introduction to a little-known Smithsonian treasure trove. More archival gold, north of the U.S. border. The Bosporus crossing: noteworthy railroad architecture where Europe meets Asia. Railroads and the Nebraska state capitol. Medical railroading during the Korean War.


Tragedy and Recovery: This year’s earthquake and tsunami put Japanese engineering to the test. Car Repair Billing in the Information Age: How a PRR initiative ushered in a new era of railroad accounting. When German Prisoners of War Rode the Pennsy: Moving POWs to, and from, their U.S. camps during World War II. C&NW’s Origins in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Ore and timber were powerful lures for 19th-century builders.


Inspection Locomotives: whether seating 4 or 94, these fascinating steam critters were an important part of railroading from earliest days until the diesel era. Almost always custom constructed, and usually home shop built and elegant, this is the definitive work on these curious and diverse machines. Shelburne,Mass.: The R&LHS corporate clerk explains the relationship between the so-called greatest rail engineering feat of the 19th century and Society World Headquarters. Stillborn Interurban: Iowa's Des Moines & Red Oak Railway. Zephyr Memories: A conversation with the train's D&RGW's manager Leonard Bernstein.


The Pennsylvania Railroad and the beginnings of the modern corporation: How a determined executive turned the PRR into something far greater than its founders envisioned. This is an excerpt from Albert Churella's long-awaited two-volume history of the PRR, published with permission from the University of Pennsylvania Press. Also: Chateau Laurier, Canadian National Railway's hotel in the federal capital of Ottawa. It was a statement that CNR was a national force with which to be reckoned. Finally, the military significance of Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension, an overlooked dimension of an oft-told saga.


“Still Controversial: The Pacific Railroad at 150,” is a discussion among four eminent historians who offer widely divergent interpretations on the enduring meaning of transcontinental railroading. In this special event, organized by R&LHS, Maury Klein, Richard Orsi, T. J. Stiles, and Richard White share the results of their lifetime research.
John Gruber gives us a retrospective on Andrew J. Russell, photographer of the Civil War and of the Union Pacific Railroad construction. Gruber shows that Russell’s work was a business development tool for UP and continues to be a useful historical resource--topics that scholars often ignore.
Two articles cover Herman Haupt and the U.S. Military Railroads, but from different angles. Steven R. Ditmeyer recounts the critical role of Northern railroads in the Gettysburg campaign, and David Pfeiffer parts the curtain on primary source materials related to Haupt and the USMRR at the National Archives.
In the second and final excerpt from Albert Churella’s monumental history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, he shows how PRR tried and nearly succeeded in building a truly transcontinental empire.
Jack Harpster profiles William Butler Ogden, the driving force in Chicago’s first railroad.


Geoff Doughty writes how the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad of the 1950s and '60s faced a declining traffic base, diminished political influence, increasing costs, and the demands of both organized labor and the investment community. At the same time, public policymakers were coming to grips with the fact that the New Haven was an indispensible asset. This is the story of how the railroad and public officials came to devise new responses in the face of a dire threat. Photographer Frank Barry documents the last days of Mexican steam and he writes about his adventures in another culture. His photos are often arrestingly beautiful, and his experiences are delightfully amusing, like something from "Innocents Abroad." Everything you ever wanted to know about railroad watches. Modern archaeology along the original New York & Erie Railroad. The rebirth of Nevada Northern 2-8-0 locomotive No. 93, a star of the 2014 R&LHS convention.


If there’s a theme, it could be this: There are a lot of stories behind the stories we know so well. Start with the checkered history of railroad regulation. By kind permission of Harvard University Press, we present a chapter from Robert Gallamore’s new book, American Railroads: Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century. Elsewhere, we look at photographer Jack Delano’s trip west on the Santa Fe Railway in 1943. John Gruber has ferreted out the human stories behind the pictures. The Irish provided the muscle that built many of the nation’s railroads, and they lived hard lives. William Watson of Immaculata University reports on the excavation of a mass grave dating from the 1830s. Preston Cook presents the story of Electro-Motive’s 25th anniversary, and Richard Luckin considers the elite passenger trains that had their own china. This issue is full of new stories, and of new takes on old stories.


In issue 212, we mark two milestone anniversaries: 150 years since the end of the Civil War, and 70 years since the end of World War II: Alexandria, Virginia, Shops of the U.S. Military Railroads. A close look at an important Civil War railroad facility. John H. White, Jr.; The Last Train Ride: Repatriating the remains of America's World War II dead. James I. Murrie and Naomi Jeffey Petersen; Gordon Parks' Images of Washington Union Station. A wartime crossroads viewed through perceptive eyes. Tony Reevy; Demise Postponed. Iowa's electric interurban railways and World War II. Don L. Hofsommer; Milwaukee Road's Electrification. The origins and evolution of catenary on the Pacific Coast Extension. Adam T. Michalski


Selling the Diesel: The history of locomotive sales and marketing practices in the diesel era, Preston Cook; Ponce de Leon, A Flagler Hotel: Reflections on a repurposed 19th-century Florida landmark, Richard W. Luckin; The North Missouri, Bridging the Missouri River: and other achievements, H. Roger Grant; Meeting an Emergency: How the Pennsylvania Railroad coped with conflagration at Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, Eric A. Sibul Ph.D; From Golden Spike to Silver Screen: The improbable story of a Central Pacific Railroad business car, Peter A. Hansen; Chicago: Colorful, creative posters and a 1920s multimedia campaign. John Gruber and J.J. Sedelmaier.


Ralph Rotten and the Chicago Great Western, How to merge a regional carrier into a larger railroad, James L. Larson; Gabriel Kolko, Revisited Railroads and Regulation, 50 years after its publication, William D. Burt; Railways in South America’s Largest City São Paulo, Brazil, in 1974, J. Parker Lamb; The Knoxville Convention, Recalling an 1836 effort to link Charleston, S.C., with the Ohio River, H. Roger Grant; and Who Was Philip Duffy? Examining the life of an Irish- American railroad contractor, J. Francis Watson.


NJ Honors Fallen Servicemen with Diesel Dedications, Recalling a moving tribute, Joel Rosenbaum and Tom Gallo; The End of the Line, The abandonment of passenger services in Santa Cruz County, California, Derek R. Whaley; American Railroads and Sponsored Films, A wide-angle view, 1940-1955, Norris Pope; Toward a Bright and Shiny Future, Railroad public relations in an era of transition, Ian Gray Hubris and the Cowcatcher, Ohio’s inventive storyteller, John H. White, Jr.; Hard-working, Dedicated Section Crews, Latino railroaders on the Rio Grande narrow gauge, John Gruber.


The Prince Plan, A largely forgotten proposal for railroad consolidation, H. Roger Grant; Penn Central Reconsidered, Reflections on the infamous 1968 merger, Robert Holzweiss; The Bad Old Days, Working for Penn Central wasn’t easy, J. W. Swanberg; Altoona and the Penn Central Image, Dark paint and red ink, Dan Cupper; The Railroad Safety Appliance Acts, The impact of federal regulation on the Denver & Rio Grande, Stan Rhine.


Mother Hubbards' Bone of Contention - The Camelback ICC Ban That Never Was; Mother Hubbard Miscellany - Survivors and Less Fortunates; Inside EMD Part 2 - Traction Motors and Electrical Controls;The Other Rio Grande - The 1872, 42 inch gauge, Isolated Line of Texas; C.H. Caruthers - 1847 - 1920 - A Pioneer of American Locomotive History and Illustration; Memorials for Jim Shaughnessy, John Gruber, and R. Lyle Key


Coverage of Golden Spike 150, including "What the Transcontinental Railroad Wrought," by Maury Klein, and a first-hand account of riding the line shortly after it was completed. Also a listing of all the railroads with the word "pacific" in its name, an excerpt of Bill Withuhn's book co-published by the R&LHS, American Steam Locomotives, and the third and last part of "Inside EMD," by Preston Cook, which covers diesel locomotive assembly. Here is a draft of the cover of the issue, with the last operational UP Centennial locomotive.


We close out the sesquicentennial year of transcontinental railroading with a pair of features about the years after 1869. Maury Klein summarizes his revisionist take on Jay Gould, while Don Hofsommer examines the efforts of the northern lines to colonize their territories. Other railroads weren’t as celebrated: Gregg Turner looks at the New York & Boston Air Line in “Failure of a Route.” Richard Koenig offers a photo essay on the disappearing semaphores of BNSF’s Raton Subdivision. Jack White has more to say about the locomotive Mississippi (see RRH #218).


Beginning with the earliest days of U.S. railroading, Ray State and Albert Rutherford discuss locomotive manufacturing at the West Point Foundry Association. Fast forward to the end of the 20th century and James W. and David E. Hanscom explain the 1997 merger study undertaken for CSX Transportation on the eve of the Conrail split. Chris Baer examines the competition between the Twentieth Century Limited and Broadway Limited with intriguing reference to a 1921 report written by a Pennsylvania Railroad employee who spied on the Century. Finally, Christopher Manthey explains the legal reasoning in a 1901 Huron County, Ohio, court ruling involving railroad safety on the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad ­ the Nickel Plate Road. Also included in the issue is an account (with cover photo) of the recent sale of the historic narrow-gauge East Broad Top Railroad in Pennsylvania.


(Current issue) The Richest Little Railroad in the World,” a short history and loco roster of the Virginian; “Twisting Metal,” slave labor and the railroads of North Carolina; “Cutting and Pasting,” a 1950s plan to combine the passenger services of three railroads; the “Golden Gate Special,” America’s first transcontinental luxury passenger train; “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time,” when railroads were banks; and “Death by Gunfire,” the tragic tale of the deaths of four Chesapeake & Ohio employees. A "short take" reports on the cylinders of the Big Boy being reamed out by a quarter inch during its restoration to service