Roaring down the 1.56% grade of BNSF’s Lee Ranch Subdivision in Western New Mexico, three GE’s hold back a heavy El Segundo Mine to Springerville, AZ coal train. At the time of the image being taken, the lead unit was a mere 39 days old. DC and C4 power were very common on El Segundo trains as they simply used Transcon power instead of dedicated coal motors like most Powder River Basin trains use.
Harvey Koehn invites members of the SFRH&MS to attend.
Chapter member Bob Walz will present this month’s program. His program is a History of the Santa Fe and the Grain Industry, how their interaction changed both the railroad and the industry. He will look at the flow of grain from the farm to the country elevator to the terminal elevator to the mill, and then flour out of the mill. We will see snapshots of operations of trains moving grain and flour. The meeting and program will be at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1101 N. River Blvd. These activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Come to the Riverside Café, 739 W. 13th, prior to the meeting for the informal dinner. This begins at 5:30.
There will be four book door prizes prior to the main program. You must be present to win. Charter member Lee Clerico donated these books. There may be some other prize offerings too, still to be determined. Please if you won a door prize at the May meeting would you kindly decline at this meeting to give others an opportunity to win something this time.
The four book offerings are·
Focus: The Railroad in Transition, Robert S. Carper, author.
Railroads Across America - - A Celebration of 150 Years of Railroading, Michael J. Del Vecchio, author.
.The History of North American Railroads, J. B. Hollingsworth, author.
World Railways - - An Illustrated History of the Iron Horse, John Westwood, author.
One of my favorite locations in all of West Virginia is Spruce, West Virginia. Hard to believe there was once a town here, a helper pocket, 2 bay engine house and more. Now nothing is left, not even the Western Maryland. Today in 2014 the West Virginia Central still runs over this scenic and historic route. After a day of runby’s, the West Virginia Central photo freight makes a last run by through the town of Spruce, West Virginia. A HUGE special thanks goes to John and Mark Smith of the WVC for being kind enough to provide us in attendance of 2014’s Cass Railfan Weekend a nice surprise. (via RailPictures.Net Photo: WVC 6641 West Virginia Central Railroad EMD GP9 at Spruce, West Virginia by Ian M. Hapsias)