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JULY 2015 VOLUME 34, NO. 7


30 CONNELLSVILLE TO CUMBERLAND: A westbound CSX train has just exited the “Narrows” and waits to enter the yard at Cumberland, Md. The freight has just descended Sand Patch Grade, one of the oldest and steepest main line grades in the East. PHOTO BY STAN TRZONIEC 30 Sand Patch/Stan Trzoniec CSX continues to conquer the Alleghenies on a route steeped in history 38


38 Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee/Jeff Terry South Dakota’s Prairie Village is home to a colorful ex-Army 0-6-0


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Simpson Finale/Robert W. Scott SPECIAL: America’s last dedicated logging railroad has shut down


A Match Made in Jersey/David Baer and Richard Jahn Matched sets of vintage diesels ruled South Jersey in the 1990s


Fired Up 611!/by Chase Gunnoe SPECIAL: After a year-long restoration, N&W 611 has returned home


DIGITAL EXTRA: Electrifying/by Steve Barry Liberty Liners and Bullets headline Members Day at Rockhill Trolley Museum


One of the legendary mountain grades in the east is the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline over the Allegheny Mountains. Heading west from Cumberland, Md., the grade tops out at Sand Patch, Pa. This route remains a vital link for CSX Transportation as well as Amtrak’s Capitol Limited. Stan Trzoniec takes us to southwest Pennsylvania for a tour of this rugged


railroad beginning on page 30. PHOTO BY STAN TRZONIEC


4 Departures/commentary: Alexander B. Craghead 6 Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers


18 LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger 20 Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk 23 Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon 26 Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews 28 Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers 54 Camera Bag/photography technique: Greg Monroe 56 On the Menu/dining, travel, and art: James D. Porterfield 60 Preservation Topics/heritage and legacy 62 Markers/editorial commentary and adventures 65 Classifieds/the railfan marketplace 70 Parting Shot/Jeffrey S. Smith


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