US railways - filling in the gaps

Last Tuesday we had another USA familiarisation session, this time with Allan showing slides on a trip to the States when digital cameras where unheard of and you had to think before pressing the shutter, to conserve film for what was actually worth photographing.

The talk concentrated on main-line railroads, showing just how long a freight train can be, and just what proper sleeping car consists should consist of. For the record, the latter includes an observation car, a baggage car, the all-important restaurant car and a transition car to allow high- and low-level cars to run in the same set. Just shows what you can do with a decent loading gauge.