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July 22, 2015

From our banker comes the news that checks not drawn on USA accounts will be assessed a $25 fee. Though we doubt the validity of their claim that the Federal Reserve Bank charges them $25 for each check presented, there is no doubt in my mind that they will charge us.

So starting today Andover will not accept any checks not drawn on USA accounts. Canadian subscribers can use credit cards to purchase subscriptions. Call (815) 538-3060 (10 am-7 pm Chicago time) and we'll process your order over the phone.

December 18, 2014

We can’t help but notice how many fellas dilly-dally when it comes time to renew their RTR subscription. For the last ten years we have opened the mail, entered the TARDY subscription, gritted our teeth, and sent out the current magazine via first class mail. These days, it just costs too much.

The 80 page magazines are too heavy to send out via first class mail at the discounted subscription price. So, subscriptions will start with the next issue mailed from the printer. If you miss an issue or two and then renew, your make-up copies will be sold as Back Issues at $22 each postpaid.

Time to renew your subscription? Call us and get it done BEFORE RTR V9 Nos. 3&4 GOES TO THE PRINTER! After the magazine ships to the printer your window of opportunity closes.

If you don't know when your expiration date is--ask us and we'll look it up. So drop a dime, call (815) 538-3060 (10am-7pm Chicago time) and get your subscription renewed! You can use your Visa or MasterCard.

Increased International Shipping Rates
April 15, 2013

Due to recent postage increases, we have been forced to increase the cost of shipping magazines out-of-country. Please note price increases for Remember the Rock international subscriptions. Please contact us directly for all other international orders. It is regretful, that we've been forced to do this, but necessary to cover those costs. -- Customer Support

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Out and About: Federal; Adirondack Club; Kentucky Derby Special: Adirondack Club , Northern Sky, Northern Dreams, Puget Sound, and the Dagny Taggart; Reno Fun Train: Sunset Harbor, Scenic View, Sky View, Plaza Santa Fe, Royal Gorge, and Overland Trail; Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Charter: Acoma, Palm Leaf, Silver Rapids and Silver Solarium. Redwood Empire, and Silver Lariat

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The 2015 High Iron Travel Rail Excursion: BNSF Circle Trip Clark Johnson The extensive BNSF rail network provides many opportunities for rare-mileage trips. In May 2015, High Iron ran a five-car special that included the Sunset Harbor, Colorado Pine, Cimarron River and Sky View. Business car Caritas, brought up the markers. Follow along with this day-by-day report.

ORIGINAL VARNISH: Roamer: Behind every car is a good story waiting to be told by Steve Esposito. As bedtime stories go, this is a long one, gang. Donít rush through it as itís worth saving for a rainy day when you have some spare time. Most PVs in AAPRCO were built for use as revenue passenger equipment, or as business cars. The Roamer was designed and built as a private car and for a good part of its life was used as such. So to my way of thinking, the story of this car has to be framed around the story of the owners. What follows is as complete a story of the private owners as I could develop. For weeks Iíve haunted the gossip pages inside of dusty magazines, as well as industry journals.

Hello, I'm Betty Jo Adams! While the Spirit of St. Louis was rolling through Indiana, a stop was made at Princeton to pick up Betty Jo Adams who gave a presentation that afternoon the 2015 convention train. She reminisced about growing up in Princeton and her family's affiliation with the Southern Railway. She weaves a story that starts with the first railroad to enter Princeton and ends it with her volunteer work at the Princeton Depot Museum.

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Private Varnish, Volume 36 #1 - 146

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

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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 wasnít enough firsts, it was Fred and Mozelleís first AAPRCO convention! Youíll 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!

ShopTalk News and Doings from AAPRCO Trade Member shops. Gateway Rail Services installed a new potable-water system on the Suitsme. A new sound system was installed on the Oliver Hazzard Perry. At 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.

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