Private Varnish, 146 (Mar 2016)

Regular price $7.50

    40 pages

      Santa Fe No. 56, Palm Leaf, Silver Splendor, Overland Trail, Pacific Sunset, Burrard, Chico, Swift Stream, and Puget Sound.


      The Egg and the Engineers  by Borden Black.
      The story begins with a hard coupling during the fall of 2013. Join the author on the platform of the Dearing as two Amtrak engineers compete with each other to see who can make the softest coupling. Judging was done by a jumbo egg perched on the coupler. Photos include the 2015 New River Excursion Train where this potentially egg-scrambling event took place.

      38th Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri  by Fred Stout
      New car owners, Fred and Mozelle Stout finished their Silver Star and immediately left town on their first charter and first trip. If that wasn’t enough firsts, it was Fred and Mozelle’s first AAPRCO convention! You’ll find a story about the rebuilding of their car in a PV later this year. Plenty of convention train shots including overhead views accomplished using a drone-mounted camera. Photos of convention side trips, too!

      Secret No More  by Mary Desjean.
      Back before the snow flew, Stan Garner sent in a bit about the part his Pony Express played during the 2015 Comic-Con event in San Diego, California's Union Station. The Pony Express morphed into the dining room (complete with chandeliers) where the Patrón Secret Dining Society dinner was enjoyed. The author's mouth-watering foodie photography is combined with her humorous take on an exotic evening.

    • ShopTALK: News and Doings from AAPRCO Trade Member shops.

      Gateway Rail Services: installed a new potable-water system on the Suits Me. A new sound system was installed on the Oliver Hazzard Perry.

      Willetts Railcar Services: NS Research Car No. 32 was given a fresh coat of roof paint and some electrical cabinet modifications. Sister car No. 36 arrived with tracking problems that needed correcting. The Stamped Pass got a new 80KW generator. The Prairie View, Dearing, and the J. Pinckney Henderson were all in for COT&S and PC-1 inspections. Includes a nice interior photo of Southern Railway Coach No. 1081, completed just in time for the NCT Museum's holiday events.

    • PV MARKET: Classified and Trade Member Listing

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