Like most short lines, the Blacklands Railroad runs diesel locomotives retired from Class I railroads. BLR’s three Electro-Motive engines from the General Purpose series have varied backgrounds that include duties far from their current home in East Texas. The Blacklands’ most identifiable locomotive is No. 201 with its red paint scheme and BLR herald, a yellow swoosh and lettering in a gray circle. According to Railroad Picture Archives, an online collection of railroad photos, the GP8 was built as a GP7 in June 1952 with a high, short hood and originated on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. The engine was sold to the Illinois Central Gulf and rebuilt as a GP8. No. 201 later operated on the Garden City & Western and is owned by Pioneer Equipment Co. (PREX). The GP9 No. 4601, which BLR owns, is a former Grand Truck Western Railroad unit that was rebuilt at the Battle…
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Door to Door
Intermodal shipping has been on a 30-year growth pattern for North American railroads and in the last 10 years has led nearly all rail commodity categories. Far from main lines, almost 80 vessel calls are made at U.S. ports by massive ships loaded with everything from toys to onions to toilet seats each day. Approximately 1,200 ocean-going liner vessels, mostly container ships, make more than 28,000 calls at ports in the United States annually, according to the World Shipping Council.
Making More Than Memories
For many years the tourist train industry thrived off the idea of riding a rocking train over hill and dale or through the majestic Rockies. The encounter was more about looking out the window of a vintage coach as scenery and trailing smoke passed by. Today, tourist railroads operate in just about every state in the continental U.S., as well as Alaska and Hawaii. They are in business to not just offer a train ride but to entertain. A two- or three-hour excursion is likely to include dining and bar service, maybe even a one-act play.
Coverage begins on building the N-scale Whitehurst & Pine Ridge Railroad, a free-lanced short line serving the Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern between Dallas and Kansas City during the merger era…
Complementing coverage on the intermodal and container industry, a Corpus Christi, TX, modular railroad group goes for that ‘wow’ look while modeling port-to-rail operations…
A Michigan short line railroad gets crafty and finds a way to bring malt barley closer to a local brewery…
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BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Adding a little clutter to right of ways adds realism without overdoing it on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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