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Private Varnish, CG25 - 2013 Private Car Charter Guide
The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners (AAPRCO) is a non-profit group of car owners, potential owners, as well as persons and organizations interested in the operation of private railroad passenger cars. Many Association members make their cars available for charter to share the enjoyment of their use and to assist in the cost of upgrading and maintaining them. The Private Car Charter Guide, is your entree into the luxurious and secluded world of private railroad car travel. This annual Guide is the fourth issue of our Private Varnish magazine.

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Private Varnish, Volume 33 #3 - 139
Join the crew of the Dover Harbor for an exotic feast in the lounge of the venerable Pullman. Chefs Fran Phillips and Hans Plugge planned an eight-course dinner, with the perfect wine for each course and pulled it off within the confines of the 14 square foot galley! Lots of photography of everything from the Pullman inspired menu from entrees, to desserts, with some cool in-process shots thrown in for all us food channel wannabe chefs. Then sit back and savor the first two days travel aboard AAPRCO's 2013 Convention Train, the Napa Valley Limited. From Seattle, Washington to Bend, Oregon, the route is extensively covered in a delightful photo essay by Bob McLean. Lots of spectacular photography taken from the train and some standouts from the zillion or so shot by fans on the ground. Signature PV geographical map and consist too.

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April 15, 2013

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From the Publisher
December 2013

Hi Gang!

RTR Vol. 8 Nos. 3 & 4 our first 80-page, double issue should be in your mailbox or at your hobby dealer. You Rock hounds are probably wondering how RTR can get any better. Well, like your favorite cheeseburger, 80 pages is the magazine equivalent of two all-beef patties and a second slice of cheese. If you consider that RTR has no advertising, 80 pages is the real meal deal!

Playing Poker with Pullman - Part 2, by Bill Pollard
Starting in 1958, Rock Island Lines did the unthinkable, severing a long-standing relationship with the Pullman Company by taking over operation of most sleep car routes. Noted Rock Island RR historian Bill Pollard traces the cause of the Rock Island and the Pullman Company's fractured relationship. Part 2 includes tables of sleeping car lines operated by the Rock Island and Pullman after Nov. 1, 1958 and a sidebar about the virtues of Waukesha or Electro-Mechanical generation. Lots of period advertising.

Rockin' Through Morris by Mark Llanuza
A Saturday outing in 1978 nets Llanuza and Smedley multiple 35mm rolls of E units as they charge from Blue Island to Bureau Junction, Illinois. Who'da thought that 30-plus years later, one of the photos would morph into a painting by Mark Robinson? This photo essay is chock full of action shots out on the high iron, not to mention some good stories, and a great painting!

Classic Rock by Richard Wilhelm
The author finds himself at the scene of an accident at Peoria roundhouse. Never before seen photos along with a discussion of the event and cab signaling on the Illinois Division. Interior E-unit cab view shows all controls and in-cab signals.

Classic Rock
Rocky Pacifico, RTR's intrepid detective, enlists the aid of our readers! The mystery of the man in the cab is solved just in time for a painting to be identified.

Classic Rock
At Rush Springs, Oklahoma. Dean Schirf remembers trainloads of Black Diamonds rolling by his boyhood home of Chickasha. Not to be confused with coal, these were carloads of watermelons! Photography circa 1946

Rock Island Modeler: Ready to Run Review of Accurail: 50-ton AAR hopper car by Bob Massey
Bob takes a look at a nice model for a great price. Model photography and a prototype photo and diagram sheet illustrate the article. Bob included a sidebar on easy weathering with brushed-on acrylics.

Steam Power at El Reno, circa 1946 by Tony Bishop
After an envelope full of vintage photos from the Stan Hall collection arrives at AJP's office, Tony Bishop filled in the details based on his remembrances of steam power after the war. We ran these super sharp photos big so that our readers could enjoy the details. Lots of info in the captions for steam and diesel fans alike.

Kitbashing Kansas Clyde! by Richard R. Gill
Dick Gill takes a humorous look at the bane of all modelers: the project that didn't turn out. It's happened to me...really!

Washington, Iowa, by Steve Esposito
One hundred years of railroad activity sees Washington served by the Rock Island, Milwaukee Road, and the CB&Q. Vintage photography from Charles Franzen and Andrew Brown. Map, circa 1926, shows all pertinent trackage and streets including the ex-narrow gauge Q line. Lots of historical facts and figures, now it's up to our readers to model it!

Pranks in Pratt by Ramon Villarreal
The author details his days working on the Bull Gang at the Pratt, Kansas, and roundhouse with tales of the pranks pulled on him and others during days and nights on the job. Lots of fun. Photography from the late 20s of Pratt Depot and roundhouse.

Rock Island Modeler: Paint and Weather Katos' SD40-2 by Ross Dando
Ross gives a detailed description of his modeling techniques for painting and weathering the Rock's porch units. This comprehensive how-to includes model photography by Forrest Grigg.

Hope everybody is enjoying the temperate fall weather before Old Man Winter drives us all indoors. The grass is still green and the leaves are dropping under protest. Heard it snowed at Crater Lake in September though!

Steve Esposito, Publisher

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