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Not one but two big steamers
Story and Photos by Glen Brewer

The flyer I received in the mail was simply too much to ignore. Sunday, September 6, 1959, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy would operate a steam excursion using not one, but two big steam locomotives, and one of them was to be a 2-10-4, Texas type. By late 1959, these wonderful machines were becoming increasingly hard to find. I simply couldn’t resist. Full Story

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Photos and Story by Glen Brewer

One year later I was back. Now on my way east, I detoured once again to Durango on my way from LA to a new job in Dallas. Not much had changed since 1965, but a great deal has changed since. On this trip, I was not fortunate in finding freight activity. Otherwise, the visit was much like the previous year done in reverse. Once again, I toured the yard in Durango, rode the train to Silverton, and hurried on my way via Chama. But I added a detour to Monero along the way just to check the place out. Full Story

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Photos and Story by Glen Brewer

By 1965, only 299 miles of D&RGW narrow gauge remained: Alamosa to Durango with branches to Silverton and Farmington, New Mexico. This was the last remnant of a once extensive three-foot gauge system stretching from Denver to Santa Fe and Ogden, Utah as well as to Durango and Silverton. During a journey to California, I made the trip by way of Chama, New Mexico and Durango, Colorado. The San Juan Extension was still intact, but the pipe business was done, and except for the increasingly popular Silverton Train, clearly business was once again on the decline. I fully expected all would be gone very soon. Full Story

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KCS 73D – The F unit that turned into an obsession.

 Most people, at some time in their lives are faced with a challenge, a quest or monkey on their back. It is something that they just need to do. One such monkey jumped on my back in October of 2008 and remained there for six months. Full Story

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In search of the eponymous Brewer, Illinois

Photographic adventures of a young railfan

Glen Brewer

When I was a young boy, and of course typically not very interested in such things, my father mention to me one evening that there was a place in Illinois named for our family. He knew our branch of the Brewer family had pioneered near Danville at a very early date. Father went on to tell me that this place was located somewhere near the north side of Danville along the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. He didn’t think it was actually a town….  (more)

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Is this any way to run a railroad museum?

A non-railfan’s plans for revitalizing the Colorado Railroad Museumn

Glen Brewer

I always assumed that the executive director of one of the nation’s major railroad museums would be a railfan. Certainly, Bob Richardson, the founder and the long time director of the Colorado Railroad Museum, was the consummate fan. But things have changed at the CRRM… (more)

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That other narrow gauge

Three-foot gauge steam in Eastern Oregon

Glen Brewer

The Sumpter Valley Railway of eastern Oregon was closely associated with the Oregon Lumber Company. David S. Eccles of Ogden, Utah created both companies. The line is probably best remembered for operating the two largest locomotives ever to run on a three-foot gauge railway in North America. … (more)

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Boxcab Daze

Martin Burwash

When locomotive 10217A emerged from General Electric’s shops in Erie, Pennsylvania, men from the United States were preparing to march through the streets of their hometowns, bound for Europe to fight “Kaiser Bill”. The world hoped it would be “the war to end all wars”. The year was 1916… (more)

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Milwaukee Road’s Columbia River Bridge

DWHonan

On an early spring morning last year, I visited Beverly and the Milwaukee Road’s Columbia River crossing. Standing on the bank with the cold water slowly sliding past my toes, I gazed up at the bridge and imagined I could hear a westbound train approaching, charging hard in advance of the climb to Boylston… (more)

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Steam in the Piney Woods

Texas State Railroad

Bradley Linda

A Saturday in mid-November 2006 began like many fall days in Texas- beautifully sunny, crisp and cool in the middle 40’s. Milling around the Rusk, Texas depot of the Texas State Railroad, the quiet stillness of the East Texas pine forests was broken by the unmistakable sound of a steam locomotive whistle nearby. We watched as 2-8-0 #300 showed herself as she came around the wye to pull into the station, the cool air and slow motion allowed the steam to swirl around the locomotive…  (more)

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