Mountain Railroads, the latest special issue from Classic Trains, explores railroading's battle with gravity and geography - getting heavy trains up steep grades and safely descending them. The 124-page special edition features new and rare photos, detailed maps, and classic articles from Trains magazine, including:
Horseshoe Curve - A visit to the Pennsylvania Railroad's Allegheny Mountain landmark in 1940.
Cajon Pass - To reach Los Angeles, Santa Fe and Union Pacific trains faced a climb of 1.6 percent, then a descent of 3.5 percent!
2-10-4 to Revelstoke - Ride the cab with David P. Morgan over Canadian Pacific's crossing of the Continental Divide.
Snowbound Streamliner - Hundreds of people were marooned for three days when SP's City of San Francisco got stuck on Donner Pass.
Saluda Grade - Generations of crews battled the short but fierce grade of the Southern Railway's line south of Asheville, N.C.