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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A Majestic View
The view of the Grand Pacific Northwestern Railroad is spectacular, but that doesn’t begin to describe Bob Bandy’s labor of love that has spanned two decades. But the 2,600-square-foot museum-quality layout in Bandy’s Colorado Springs-area basement isn’t just for show. The former commercial artist, while inspired by John Allen’s famous Gorre & Dephetid, created the GPNR as a history lesson for young enthusiasts, a feat to motivate the next generation of model railroaders.
A Ride on the Rose
The Portland Rose was the premier train between Portland and Chicago when it replaced the Portland Limited in 1930. It yielded that position in 1937 when the streamliner City of Portland began operating on the same route, but UP maintained high standards on the Rose all the way through the advent of Amtrak in 1971, making the Rose one of the longest lived name trains.
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