Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s
Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s
Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s
Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s

Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s

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Classic Trains Magazine Special Issue Steam Glory Speed Power Locos UP 4-8-4s
Steam Glory Classic Trains Special Issue  114 Pages
6 No News from the Patent Office Steam's lasting legacy
8 Monarchs of the West  William W. Kratville From Omaha to the West Coast, UP trusted trains to its fleet of 800-series 4-8-4's, and even contemplated a "Super 800"
18 Those Gorgeous Green 4-8-2's  Ed King A fine USRA design handled Southern Railway varnish until the end-and looked great doing it
20 Fast-Freight Articulateds  Neil Carlson
A dozen railroads from coast to coast had success with locomotives that combined speed, power, and flexibility
32 Down the PeninsulaBarryAnderson Firing a mountain type on Southern Pacific's hot overnight freight out of San Francisco
36 Bowen's Beauties  Kevin J. Holland
Colorful "semi-streamlining" adorned 86 Canadian Pacific passenger locomotives of three types
46 The Pinnacle of Service Jack O. Elwood a young Santa Fe fireman, working a fine 4-8-4 on the Chief was as good as it got in 1943
52 Photo Section An all-color, 14 photo gallery of big steam on the SP, Frisco, GN, Burlington, B&M, B&O, Milwaukee, NYC, IC, and more.
64 Three Cylinders  J. W. Swanberg When New Haven's Alco FA diesels needed a boost on rainy days, steam was there to help
68 Berkshire Launch Pad  Tony Koester and Dick Yager Along Chicago's Lake Calumet, the Nickel Plate Road built a most modern locomotive servicing area
78 N&W's Mountain Machines  Ed King
The right tool for the job: Norfolk & Western's 2-8-8-2 Mallets were compact, efficient, and phenomenally powerful
90 Chessie's Twin Steam Queens Karl Zimmermann Chesapeake & Ohio's two big boats of 1952. were the last word in Lake Michigan carferries, and one still sails today
100 Yellowstone Finale  William D. Middleton
Riding a Missabe Road 2-8-8-4 in command of 190 cars of iron ore just before diesels took over
104 Supernovas of Steam  J. Parker Lamb Flashes of technology marked the final phase of steam design

WELCOME TO STEAM GLORY, the second annual special edition of CLASSIC TRAINS magazine. The world of steam locomotives is vast, spanning 125 years of history and encompassing everything from backwoods teakettles to sleek mainline racers-far too broad, that is, for any single publication. For STEAM GLORY, we narrowed the focus to the magnificent final decades of steam, when the great locomotives were at their fastest, most powerful best.
In this issue, you'll find profiles of three famous families of steam: Union Pacific's versatile 4-8-4's [page 8], Canadian Pacific's semi-streamlined passenger beauties [36], and Norfolk & Western's phenomenally powerful 2-8-8-2 Mallets [78]. Another article looks at fast-freight articulateds, the swift giants that became symbols of the high tide of steam development [20]. And there's a glimpse of the "extreme machines" that sought to push steam technology to even greater heights 11041.
Moving beyond the locomotives themselves, we have studies of the Nickel Plate Road's modern steam servicing facilities [681; Chesapeake & Ohio's Badger and Spartan, the last steam-powered Great Lakes carferries [90]; and a fireman's view of a 1943 trip on Santa Fe's Chief 1461.
The "Going Out in Glory" series [pages 18, 32, 64, and 100] recalls some of the bittersweet times when, on the eve of the diesel's total victory, steam could still relive its heyday of speed, power, and dignity.
Perhaps the most eloquent of all admirers of steam was longtime TRAINS magazine Editor David P. Morgan. Referring to the steam locomotive in the April 1954 issue, he wrote, ''... if anyone has bolted together a mechanism with just 50 percent its solid spiritual satisfaction, he hasn't filed for a patent yet." As far as we're concerned, no such patent has been filed in the 50 years since, either..

Speed Power and Great Locomotives, Union Pacifics 4-8-4s, ride the cab of Santa Fes Chief, all color photo gallery, Extreme machines of the Pennsy, streamlined beauties

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