We recently had the opportunity to ride the Reading, Blue Mountain,
and Northern Railroad, a most interesting and beautiful regional.
We have never viewed a more railfan friendly RR web site! Schedules,
maps, photo tips, everything. Their mission statement is quite unique
as well. Enjoy.
Coming from New England we love to watch railroads in the snow, but
it's not often we get to see snowplows in action. Mostly diesels
push the white stff out of the way now, and occasionally a snow jet comes
by to clean out the turnouts. but if you like old fashioned snowplows,
you'll have to check this site. They tout themselves as the largest
gallery of railroad snow removal equipment anywhere- we believe it's true.
We're always happy to point out a friend's website, and CC and Joe Suo
are putting together a wonderful collection of railroad art for your use
as cards and notes, or just to enjoy for themselves. The site is
new, but please contact AVD for a copy of their catalog and you can see
for yourself. We're also thrilled that CC and Joe are planning to
publish one of Henri
Bibeau's whimsical drawings very soon.
While we've never had the good fortune to visit the west, we've certainly
seen enough western rail photographs to make us hope to plan a trip one
day. In the meantime, Jolly's Utah Depot will take us there via our
computer. Many interesting pages and links.
While editing the Eastern Rail News column the other day, Jimmy remarked
how it seems every month at least one person is hit by a train in southern
New England. Model railroading just doesn't prepare you for the size
of the real ones they can't stop very fast and they're a lot bigger than
you are. So please be careful, don't trespass, and stay off the
tracks. Expect a train to arrive at any time from any direction.
We've all been caught by surprise more than once.
We've been members of the Amherst Railway Society for a number of years,
and always enjoy the guest speakers at the monthly meetings. In addition,
the Society organizes the Big Railroad Hobby Show held each February in
West Springfield, Mass. The show, arguably one of the five largest in the
entire country and certainly the largest in the northeast, is unusual in
that profits are donated to railroad related organizations and societies.
Their new web site is starting to come together. If you're in western Massachusetts,
please plan to attend the show or visit one of our meetings.
We'd heard about the Wellsville, Addison, And Galena Railroad in passing,
but never knew much about it until we found this nifty web site.
Shows what a dedicated historical society can do with a little effort in
presenting their favorite railroad to the public. While a short line
would be an easier effort than a transcontinental railroad, the same format
could be used by any interested group. Some nice photos of some very
Mike Gardner is a friend and an accomplished photographer.
This site showcases his color work with beautifully scanned images by Robert
Palmer. Mikes photos show what is possible when one approaches a railroad
track with imagination and patience. They clearly demonstrates why
he has become one of the Northeast's well-known rail transportation photographers.
A very high quality fan ‘zine devoted to the happenings of prototype
railroads of the Northeast. The full content is available only thorough
paid subscription, but some items are free and you do get what you pay
for. Jimmy was the founding editor of the "Minuteman Dispatch" column
for Eastern Rail News until college made it necessary to resign.
Railpace Newsmagaine is the premier railfan magazine of the Northeast.
Their most attractive homepage contains unusual and interesting links to
both official and unofficial Northeastern railroad homepages. Railpace
describes themselves as the only fan magazine that devotes space to young
readers, and the Teen Scene Column is very capably run by our friend Aaron
Keller. Technology has advanced so that railfans of a very young
age can make excellent photographs, and interests have a way of crossing
Brian F. Case has provided us with a nice searchable list of railroad
links and a delightful free set of virtual railroad postcards.