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The BN Expediter – January 2023

January 2023 – Volume 31 Number 1

The January 2023 issue (32 pages) contains:

  • Presidents Message, by Benjamin Hucker
    An introduction of our new president and an update on the status and plans for the future of the organization.
  • Big Sandy Followup, by Michael Ridout
    Photos and discussion of often overlooked small items along the right of way of the Big Sandy Subdivision, including date nails, tie stamps, and a fragment of GN/BN dining car China.
  • The FOBNR Freight Car(s)
    The HO scale FBNX car visited Dave Waraxa’s Kootenai River Sub, and the two N scale FBNX cars visited Pat Lana’s Crandic Lines. Includes photos and descriptions of their visits to several locations on their layouts.
  • Don Maze: Oral History, Part 1 – Stockyard Clerk to Trainmaster
    An interview with Don about his background and employment on the CB&Q, and then BN, from 1964 through 1982.
  • EMD/BN Demonstration Train for Chinese Railroaders
    A telegram authorizing a special movement of Train 75 from Wenatchee to Seattle to demonstrate to several Chinese railroad managers the operation of new EMD SD40-2 locomotives over Stevens Pass.
  • BN’s First Cherry Blossom Special, by Dennis Shogren
    A first hand account of riding the passenger special in 1971 from Seattle to Cashmere, Washington, and back, including photos of the locomotives and cars on the train.
  • BN Trucks, by Dennis Pehoski
    A photo essay of 15 maintenance-of-way trucks in green, orange and gold. Includes photos by Doug Buell, Arden Kruass, and Robert Johnson from Dennis’s collection.
  • BN in Minot, North Dakota, in 1977/78, by Carl Lehman
    Several photos of BN action in and around Minot, with extended captions elaborating on the significance of each photo.

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