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the water tank (page 55). The standard log train that is used for


railfan weekends is now out of service (the brakes need to be modernized), so the fea- tured attraction on Saturday was Western Maryland No. 6, the largest Shay ever con- structed, pulling a mixed batch of freight cars. Passengers rode behind a pair of small- er Shays in tourist cars. Several good photo runbys were held, including a very smokey ascent up the 11 per cent grade on the ap- proach to Bald Knob. The Saturday evening photo session was


held at the Cass depot, with two Shays and an authentic Chesapeake & Ohio pump car (the C&O ran through Cass at one time). Highlighting the event was when a mother and son wandered by with the kid decked out in full “little conductor” dress. Needless to say, we quickly recruited him to be part of the scene (page 54). Sunday morning I had to bid a farewell to


the gang, as I needed to get north. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the town of Cass becoming a part of the West Virginia state park system, so I definitely have the dates for next year’s railfan weekend (May 17-19, 2013) reserved.


Want To Be a Rail Writer? If you want to improve your skills as a rail travel writer and photographer, you might consider heading to La Plata, Mo., in Octo- ber. American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation’s Silver Rails Gallery is spon- soring a workshop at the Depot Inn & Suites in La Plata from October 21-24. Rail travel writers/photographers Carl Morrison and Henry Kisor will be leading the event, and


yours truly will be there as a guest speaker. Participants will learn skills in photography and writing about train travel, how to shoot photos on-board and at trackside, gather in- formation and interview crew and passen- gers, and tailor stories to specific audiences and publications (that’s where I come in — I’ll be speaking about the railfan-specific media). Workshop classes are held Sunday through Wednesday mornings, with the af- ternoon free to get out with your camera and notebook. Tuition is $250 for all five days, and the


Depot Inn & Suites is providing rooms for $75 per night (including a continental breakfast). Lunches and dinners are on your own, and you should bring a digital camera and laptop computer as participants will be encouraged to show and discuss their work during the classroom sessions. For more information go to www.train web.com/events/workshop2012.html.


Aloha! Ah, yes! The hot sun. Cold drinks. Sandy beaches. Flowery shirts. Must be — Cincin- nati? (Except for that sandy beach thing...) If you are attending Summerail at CUT on August 11, 2012, you are encouraged to wear a Hawaiian shirt, the official apparel of Summerail. We’ll be passing out $5.00 coupons good for purchases at the Carstens Book Store to anyone who wears their brightest shirt to the event. Even organizer Dave Oroszi and emcee Ron Flanary will be decked out in Hawaii’s finest. See you on the balmy shores of the Ohio!


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Go to www.greatesthobby.com and get links to hobby resources and reference materials, lists of train shows and events, and information about planning and building your first model railroad layout. We’ll even help you find a shop or club in your area willing to coach you one-on-one. It’s everything you need to know to start enjoying your new hobby. Getting started in the World’s Greatest Hobby has never been easier!


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Railfan & Railroad Advertising Index for August 2012 A


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A&R Productions .....................................................6 C


Carstens Publications....................................6,17,48 Chahalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum.................19 Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum .................18 Conway Scenic Railroad........................................18


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Daylight Prints........................................................55 Depot Square Publishing.........................................8 Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad .....................19


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Elkhorn Inn.............................................................18 Erie Lackawanna Historical Society..................16,51


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Four Ways West Publishing...................................15 Golden Spike Enterprises......................................14 Golden Spike Tower ..............................................10


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Herron Rail Services..............................................11 Highball Productions................................................5


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Illinois Railway Museum ........................................18 Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast ......................................18 Izaak Walton Inn....................................................13


Kentucky Railway Museum....................................18 Kingsley Inn ...........................................................19


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Lumberjack Steam Train........................................18 Lynchburg Railday.................................................50


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Medina Railroad Museum......................................18 Melvin Photos ........................................................12 Merrill Publishing Associates.................................15 Monticello Railway Museum ..................................19 Morning Sun Books .................................................6 Museum, Tourist Line and Dinner Train Directory........................................................18-19


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Napa Valley Wine Train.........................................18 National Narrow Gauge Convention 2012.............52 National Railway Historical Society .......................53 Nevada Northern Railroad & Museum.........Cover IV New River Train Excursions ..................................18 North Shore Scenic Railroad ...................................7


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Plets Express.........................................................14 R


Railcom..................................................................15


Railroadbooks.biz ..................................................15 Revelation Video......................................................9 Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum ...18 Ron’s Books.................................................Cover III RonRail Pictures....................................................12 Royal Gorge Route Railroad..................................19


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S&S Tours ...............................................................7 Greg Scholl Video Productions..............................13 Seashore Trolley Museum.....................................49 Signature Press .......................................................5 Southern Pacific Historical Society..........................7 Sunshine Networks................................................56


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TRP...............................................................Cover II TTX Company.......................................................6,8 Three Rivers Rambler............................................18 Trackside Prints.....................................................14


Trainorders.com.....................................................55 TrainsShipsPlanes.................................................12 TrainWeb ...............................................................52 Transit Gloria Mundi ..............................................49


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Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway...............................12 Whitewater Valley Railroad....................................19


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Yard Goat Images..................................................16 York–Durham Heritage Railway ............................19


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