Problem solved!  Thanks so much to my blog readers.  You guys are great!

The pub. in question was the December 1976 issue of “Railroad Modeler” magazine.  Never in a million years would I have found that on my own.


In the late 1970’s an excellent article on the Los Angeles Junction Ry. appeared in one of the rail magazines.  I’m pulling my hair out trying to track down the magazine and date.  Memory can play tricks on you, certainly after forty years.  However, I don’t think I’m losing my mind because the article inspired me to build a loco. based on the article, and I still have the unit.


My guess is that it was probably 1977 or 1978 but could have been 1976.  My hunch is that it was in one of the Carstens mags from that time period.  Going through the magazine site I was able to look at every issue of RMC and Trains during that period and didn’t see it.  I spent many (way too many) hours tracking down about half of the Railfan & Railfan mags from that period.  Nothing.  Otto Vondrak is checking his issues but so far nothing.  If I had to guess it was in fact Railfan & Railroad but there are no directories going that far back.

Was there another popular railfan mag. on the racks during that time period?  I don’t recall one.  Any help would be appreciated.  The winner will get a one-month free subscription to this blog….