L&N SD40 Returns to Tennessee
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by Justin Franz
3d ago
By Eric Berger An EMD SD40 built as Louisville & Nashville 1230 in April 1969, has come home to Tennessee after nearly three decades. The unit arrived at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum from its previous assignment at a now-closed First Energy facility in Stratton, Ohio. That company authorized the continued appearance of its name and logo on the engine until it is repainted. Don’t expect to find this museum piece among the displays of engines and rolling stock at the museum just yet. Instead, the 55-year-old stalwart will go into service on non-profit TVRM’s for-profit subsidiary, Ty ..read more
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From Maine Coast to Midcoast
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by wrp_admin
3d ago
by Justin Franz/photos as noted Change is the only constant. It’s an oft-repeated expression in life and railroading. So often it borders on cliché. But it is an apt turn of phrase to describe the last four decades on Maine’s scenic Rockland Branch, a former Maine Central Railroad route between Rockland and Brunswick. Over the last 40 years, this scenic line has had seven different operators, the longest lasting just 11 years. Among railroad enthusiasts, the Rockland Branch is considered one of the most iconic sections of the former MEC, perhaps only outshined by the famed Mountain Division. F ..read more
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Genesee & Wyoming at 125
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by wrp_admin
3d ago
by Otto M. Vondrak/photos as noted A survey team drilling for oil discovered large salt deposits around New York’s Wyoming County in 1878. Geologist Carroll Coker surmised that large pockets of salt could be found in neighboring Livingston County along the shores of the Genesee River, a worthwhile investment for any financier. Genesee & Wyoming Valley Railroad was incorporated in 1891 to haul out mined rock salt to interchange with other railroads in the region. Business grew, and the line was later reorganized as Genesee & Wyoming Railway and purchased by Edward L. Fuller in 1899 (his ..read more
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Exports and Expats
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by wrp_admin
3d ago
American builders have long supplied equipment to railways overseas. The most famous example is likely Baldwin, that in 1897 supplied 20 2-8-2 steam locomotives to the Japanese Ministry of Railways. Ever since, this wheel arrangement has been named “Mikado,” an outdated title for the Japanese emperor. Less well-known are American diesel exports. Typically, there are two types — engines purpose-designed for export and domestic designs offered, with varying modifications, to global markets. General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division (EMD) was particularly prolific at the former type. Consider the G ..read more
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Virginia, Norfolk Southern in Talks to Buy Manassas Line
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by Justin Franz
4d ago
By Railfan & Railroad Staff The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority announced last week that it is in preliminary discussions with Norfolk Southern to purchase the Manassas Line and to pursue an option to extend passenger rail service to the New River Valley via the N-Line. While negotiations are in the early stages, VPRA and NS have established a mutually beneficial framework for both passenger and freight rail services. Currently, Virginia Railway Express offers eight roundtrips on the Manassas Line with stops at Broad Run, Manassas, Manassas Park, Burke Centre, Rolling Road, Backlick Road ..read more
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Limited-Edition Railfan & Railroad 50th Anniversary Boxcar Kit
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by wrp_admin
4d ago
“Here comes the second one!” What’s inside this classic 40-foot boxcar? Maybe another carload of paper, or perhaps a new shipment of books. Continuing a proud tradition of commemorative cars, we’re excited to announce our special limited-edition boxcar celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Railfan & Railroad! Relive the golden era of model railroading with a simple-to-build ScaleTrains Kit Classics PS-1 40-foot Boxcar produced in HO scale exclusively for Railfan & Railroad. All you need for assembly is a Phillips screwdriver and a few minutes of your time. All cars feature crisply molded ..read more
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Railfan & Railroad 50th Anniversary Celebration
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by wrp_admin
4d ago
Save the date November 8-10 2024! We’re turning 50 this year, and you’re invited to the party! The first issue of Railfan rolled off the presses and into mailboxes in late 1974. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the magazine, and we’re celebrating in style! Our host will be SMS Lines in southern New Jersey, located just 30 minutes from Philadelphia’s airport and train stations. For one combined ticket price, you’ll enjoy a classic Jim Boyd-style Friday night photo session, a Saturday steam-powered photo freight and diesel-powered passenger train on Woodstown Central Railroad, an evening ..read more
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Union Pacific Announces ‘Heartland of America Tour’
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by Justin Franz
5d ago
By Railfan & Railroad Staff Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 “Big Boy” 4014 – the world’s largest operating steam locomotive – will head east and south this fall as part of the “Heartland of America Tour.” The locomotive and train will depart its home base of Cheyenne, Wyo., on August 29.  The tour announced this week will hit Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. The eight-week tour concludes in late October. It follows a month-long tour to California set to begin at the end of this month. In total, locomotive 4014 will visit 14 states in 2024.  ..read more
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Suspension of Amtrak’s ‘Adirondack’ Service Extended
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by Justin Franz
1w ago
By Railfan & Railroad Staff A temporary suspension of Amtrak’s Adirondack between Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Montreal, has been extended into the fall, the Adirondack Explorer reports.  Last summer, the Adirondack was plagued with slow orders due to heat restrictions on tracks owned by Canadian National in Quebec. This spring, CN began an extensive work program to correct that and as a result, Adirondack service north of Saratoga Springs was suspended until the end of this month. But now it appears that the suspension has been extended to September, meaning passengers will be unable ..read more
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SEPTA’s PCC Streetcars Return to Service
Railfan & Railroad Magazine
by Justin Franz
1w ago
By Railfan & Railroad Staff After a four-year hiatus, Philadelphia’s iconic Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars will again hit the streets this week. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, or SEPTA, recently completed a multi-year restoration of six of the decades-old trolleys, one of the last fleets in the nation to be used in regular service.  The streetcars are expected to start running on SEPTA’s Route 15 on Sunday. The cars were taken off the streets in 2020 after a number of mechanical issues were discovered with them. Until the entire fleet is reb ..read more
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