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Train Tracks A Quarterly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks “All Aboard!” Starts with A The enormous library at the elementary school in Lexington, South Carolina was packed from side-to-side and front-to-back with several hundred students.  They were all sitting “criss-cross applesauce” with looks of eager anticipation.  Along both sides of the room were rows of teachers keeping watch over this congregation of chattering youngsters.  In short order, the school librarian stepped in front of the crowd, brought everyone to order, and introduced me

Train Tracks A Quarterly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks A New (Ad)venture!       I remember my first train trip. It was the early 1950s and my grandmother and I were traveling from Los Angeles to San Diego on the Santa Fe Railway. She was in her finest dress, white gloves, proper hat, and polished black pumps. I was decked out in a new suit, starched white shirt, muted blue tie, and handkerchief in my coat pocket. The conductor yelled, “All Aboard!” and we strolled

“Do the right thing.  It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” Mark Twain Mark Twain loved trains!  He crisscrossed the United States on trains and used them to traverse the European continent.  Trains offered him time for contemplation, conversation, and a more-than-occasional cigar.  And, they provided scenery far different from his Connecticut home - vistas full of adventure, intrigue, and, of course, stories. It’s certain Mr. Twain would have loved the Northern Central Railway.  A journey back in time, an excursion

In December 2019, the Northern Central Railway of York (recently rebranded from Steam Into History) (NCR) welcomed our newest addition, a vintage Pennsylvania railroad locomotive! Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) #7249 began its life serving PRR in 1959, and most recently served a scenic railroad in New York state. The train engine was built by Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors. It is a model GP9 four-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive. This vintage Pennsylvania railroad locomotive was built specifically for the Pennsylvania Railroad

The fourth and final coach for the Northern Central Railway will be hitting the rails in the fall of 2020. The creation of this coach for the train set has been three years in the making, and highlights the many changes and challenges in modern tourist railroading. To fully understand these challenges, we need to step back and look at the evolution of the passenger equipment used on the Northern Central Railway (NCR) since we launched in 2013 as Steam