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DECEMBER 2011 RAILFAN VOL. 30 No. 12/RAILROAD vol. 133 no. 9


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HEADING NORTH: East Broad Top 2-8-2 No. 15 leads a short mixed freight consist north of Orbisonia, Pa., on Oct. 7, 2011. The freight was operated as part of the narrow gauge railroad’s annual Fall Spectacular. STEVE BARRY


This Month’s Features


32 2011 Center Spread Contest Each year, we solicit exciting trackside scenes from our readers to publish as a coveted two-page spread in our magazine.


38 Here Comes Santa Claus/Eric Miller Along the former Clinchfield route, the Santa Train is an Appalachian tradition enjoyed by both young and old alike.


44 Making Dreams in Steam/Steve Barry Pennsylvania’s narrow gauge East Broad Top provides a window into the past of steam-era short line railroading.


48 On the Cover


Soo Line 4-6-2 No, 2719 is dressed in black for a photo charter on the North Shore Scenic between Duluth and Two Harbors, Minn., on Sept. 8, 2011. White trim has been covered by water-based paint to give the locomotive an “in-service” look. Steve Glischinski takes us to the Lake Superior Railroad Museum as the clock is turned back beginning on page 54. PHOTO BY STEVE GLISCHINSKI.


48 Fairbanks-Morse: 2/Preston Cook The opposed-piston diesel enjoyed considerable success in wartime service, but what about the demands of railroading?


54 Lake Superior Railfan Weekend/Steve Glischinski Five days of estored steam and diesel action were the highlight of the 2011 Lake Superior Railroad Museum Railfan Weekend.


Departments


4 Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead 6 On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield


12 Railroadiana/new products, books and videos 19 Lineside Legacy/preservation: Jeff Terry 22 Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon 26 Railnews/top news stories and photos 58 Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk 62 Markers/editorial commentary 65 Advertising Index/the railfan marketplace 66 Final Frame


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