More Trains of the 1940s

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More Trains of the 1940s explores the decade of railroading’s finest hour and its finest trains. As a railroad enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the compelling stories and detailed information that this special issue offers about this dynamic era.
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More Trains of the 1940s features rare color photos of steam and diesel locomotives from one of the most dynamic periods in American history. See what it took to bring victory during World War II and how the postwar economic boom led the railroads to look ahead with confidence.

Inside this 108-page special issue:

• Wartime Memories - A retired Army railroader remembers trains at home and in Europe during World War II.
• ACF’s First Postwar Streamliners - All about Louisville & Nashville’s new Georgian and Humming Bird.
• The Locomotive in 1949 - David P. Morgan reviews final year of a pivotal decade in the steam-vs.-diesel battle.
• And much more!

More Trains of the 1940s is now available in a convenient digital format so you can enjoy your favorite hobby on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone and select Android devices version 2.2 or higher. Powered by Zinio™, digital editions are compatible with PC, Macintosh®, Android™ via Google Play™ app, iOS™ via App StoreSM, and Win8 devices.


More Trains of the 1940s—book review

Looking back, it was a special time on American rails in the 1940s— thousands of handsome, well-kept steam locomotives were the backbone of the nation, along with bustling freight and passenger business. Railroads were kept especially busy with moving goods and troops on trains during America's war years 1941-1945. As we look back today on this period in railroading, we remember everything from the stylish 2,000-horsepower DL109s on the New Haven, the Burlington Route's sleek and highly-polished silver Nebraska Zephyr, the Pennsylvania’s mammoth 4-8-2 M-1 steam locomotives, and even the rare Akron, Canton & Youngstown RR mixed freight-passenger trains.

These and many more remembrances flood back as you experience this 106-page treasury of black and white photos and well-written, classic articles from this time period. The lead article features GE designer Raymond Paten known for his design of the popular Alco PA and FA (freight) locomotives, along with several pages of color photos of these well-received diesels. An absorbing 10-page article follows with illustrations detailing the Milwaukee Railroad shops, engine terminal and car-building facilities located in Milwaukee. Philadelphia’s three major railroads are also featured—the Pennsylvania, Reading and B&O—the article re-printed from a 1948 Trains magazine story.

A cab and caboose ride on the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, New York Central’s Boston & Albany tortuous mountain operating problems, and Southern Pacific’s War-Baby 4460-series steamers are also featured, along with a 2,500-mile no-reservations-required railfan trip during the war years over 14 various U.S. rail lines. A 1940’s In Photos section, an ACF’s postwar streamliners feature describing the Georgian and Hummingbird from a 1947 Trains magazine article— and an engrossing story about the meandering St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain RR in Vermont help round out the bill of fare. This publication transports readers back in time during an important period on our nation’s rails.

—Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co.

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