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The Blue Ridge Chapter, National Railway Historical Society presents:




August 11, 2012 Saturday,

Children 12/under free w/paying adult TRAIN EXHIBITS, SLIDE SHOW

Admission: $6/person, Family admission: $10.



Model train items & Railroad Memorabilia with Vendors from around the Region. Sales tables available to the general public,


advance registration/payment required. 8 foot tables: $33.00 each, 6 foot tables: $25.00 each, Table Size Subject To Availability

“WHITE ELEPHANT” TABLE Available to train show attendees: The Blue Ridge Chapter N.R.H.S. will sellyour model trains and Railroad Memorabilia for a 20% commission, MAKE MONEY WHILE YOU BROWSE THE SHOW.


EXPOSITION/CONTEST Contests open to public, Information: contact Fred Mayer (434-384-2773)

For more train show information and to rent Vendor Tables contact:

Barry Moorefield (434-821-2174 before 9 p.m.),

John Tanner (434-525-1318),

Norris Deyerle, (434-237-4912),

P.O. Box 11731, Lynchburg, Va. 24506-1731 Website:

Blue Ridge Chapter, N.R.H.S., 50 AUGUST 2012 • RAILFAN.COM




Sonrisa Publications offers a new 60-page booklet which depicts the route of Amtrak’s Empire Builder between Seattle, Portland, and Chicago in great detail. It is designed for quick reference in the field or on the train and is sized to fit easily in a pocket or camera bag. Cleanly drawn by David Cooley at a scale of five miles to the inch and very readable, the 46 maps are organized from west to east. Each one shows about 50 miles of track and denotes passenger stops along with railroad locations and features includ- ing sidings, tunnels, snowsheds, and defect detectors. Connecting railroads, abandoned lines, primary roads, and watercourses are also shown, and GPS coordinates are given for Amtrak stops and other places. The booklet contains comprehensive information on radio frequencies for each line segment and includes a station index along with in- formation on connecting Amtrak services. This 4¹/₄″×11″ spiral bound softcover is print- ed on ivory colored paper to minimize glare and sells for $20.00 plus sales tax and $2.00 shipping ($4.00 to Canada) from Sonrisa Publications Dept. RF, P.O. Box 334, Ray- mond, WA 98577; Southern California Locals, compiled by

Charles Freericks and published by Cre- ative Space, is a field guide to local freight train operations in Southern California, centered on Los Angeles. The 68-page, 8¹/₂″×11″ softcover is organized by railroad, then regionally by yard, and provides the symbols of over 500 local freights along with their working names, on duty times, and usual working limits. Trains originating at nine yards on BNSF are covered, along with 20 yards on Union Pacific and two on Am- trak. Other railroads include Ferromex at Mexicali, Los Angeles Junction at Vernon, and Pacific Harbor Line at Wilmington. RailAmerica roads include Arizona & Cali- fornia at Cadiz, Ventura County at Oxnard, San Diego & Imperial Valley at San Diego, and the San Joaquin Valley at Bakersfield, Fresno, and Exeter, along with Watco’s Pa- cific Sun, Ventura Foods, and TXI Riverside Cement operations. Five military installa- tions are covered along with 18 industries and short lines including Fillmore & West- ern, Santa Maria Valley, U.S. Gypsum Plas- ter City, Mojave Northern, and Trona. Mis- cellaneous information includes rail tractor operations, places where locomotives may be photographed between assignments, muse- ums and tourist railroads, passenger rail- roads, and the locations of wigwag signals. The author stresses that local freight opera- tions can change from day to day and says the book should be used as a general guide. It sells for $9.99 plus shipping from the pub- lisher, Creative Space, at www.create, from, and at select hobby shops. Lost Railroads of Western New York Vol. 2

by Stephan M. Koenig is available from South Platte Press and covers the Niagara branch of the Lehigh Valley Railroad be- tween Depew and Niagara Falls, N.Y. Con- rail abandoned the bulk of the LV west of Sayre, Penn., in 1976, but some trackage re-

mains in service near Niagara Falls. The book relates the rail history of Niagara Falls, originally named Suspension Bridge after the Great Western Railway of Canada span across the Niagara River to Niagara Falls, Ontario. The city was once busy with inter- change between the New York Central, Erie, Lehigh Valley, Canadian National, Chesa- peake & Ohio, Niagara Junction, and Toron- to, Hamiliton & Buffalo, but today’s interna- tional freight traffic uses another bridge located upriver between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y. Other than CSX local freights, the Amtrak Maple Leaf is the re- maining vestige of rail service and stops at the former LV freight house while still cross- ing the border at Niagara Falls. Chapters on Niagara Junction, Tonawanda Junction and Tonawanda, and Niagara Falls and Suspen- sion Bridge tell the story. In addition to a good selection of b&w photos, maps detail the Niagara Branch, Niagara Junction, the Westinghouse plant, Signal Station EL3, Second Street Station, Suspension Bridge, and Suspension Bridge Yard. The photos show equipment, facilities, and trains in the steam and diesel eras, and compare loca- tions at different points in time. This 112- page, 11″×8¹/₄″ softcover with full-color cov- ers sells for $24.95 plus $5.00 shipping from South Platte Press, Dept. RF, P.O. Box 163, David City, NE 68632; www.southplatte press. com; 402/367-3354. NE residents add sales tax.


Growing Up With the Milwaukee Road By Mike Schafer. Published by White River Junction Productions, P.O. Box 129, Lee, IL 60530-0129;; photo slide show compact disc, PC and Mac compatible; $20.00 postpaid.

Growing Up With the Milwaukee Road is the first in the “Slides With Mike Schafer” series from White Riv- er Junction Produc- tions. Mike is one of the most prolific shoot- ers in North America, best known for his doc- umentation of the rail scene of the 1960s and

1970s, especially in the midwest. This 70-im- age slide show presents some of his best work on the Milwaukee Road, starting in his former home town of Rockford, Ill., and radiating north, east, and west from there. A handful of introductory text slides (in-

cluding one with an Official Guide map) sets the scene, then we’re into the first “chap- ter” —“home” territory around Rockford and Davis Junction. Each subsequent “slide” has a caption either below or along side it, so it’s kind of a slide show/book hybrid. F-M H16- 44s, the Rockford Jaycee’s Snow Train, F- units, FP45s and GP35s are all subjects of the following images. The second chapter moves further away from Rockford, into northern Illinois and beyond the Cheddar Curtain into Wisconsin. We get E-units crossing the Rock River, passenger trains in

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