OCTOBER 2019: Dale Woodland takes us on an exploration of Reading Company’s Alco fleet, while Gordon Lloyd, Jr., takes us on a hunt for the elusive “Hammerhead” high-hood RS-3. Brian Lazarus recalls Alco’s early partnership with General Electric and styling the PA and FA streamlined cab units, while Bruce Kelly takes us trackside on BNSF Railway’s scenic Libby Bypass in Montana. All this and more in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Anthracite Country Alcos

Anthracite Country Alcos

Reading Company had a wide variety of locomotives from Alco, rostering 118 units of nine different models. These locomotives were purchased between 1926 and 1967, and ranged in size from 300 to 3,000 hp.


Covered Wagons to the Future: FL9s in Connecticut

Covered Wagons to the Future: FL9s in Connecticut

We knew it was coming to an end; we just didn’t know how quickly. A sense of urgency accompanied each trip to New Haven territory. Every frame fired off felt like a small victory. The anachronism was surreal, these ancient covered wagons following a path to the future.


Preview of CRPA Conversations 2019 at Lake Forest

Preview of CRPA Conversations 2019 at Lake Forest

This annual photo and art conference hosted at Lake Forest College September 13-15, 2019, is an enriching experience open to everyone.


Farewell to Pennsy Position Light Signals

Farewell to Pennsy Position Light Signals

Editor Steve Barry heads to the famed West Slope to bid farewell to iconic Pennsylvania Railroad position light signals along the Norfolk Southern main line.


In Railroading, Anything Can Happen

In Railroading, Anything Can Happen

It’s been difficult to predict what the future of freight traffic holds for America’s railroads. So many factors are involved, including economic, regulatory, and engineering.


Cab Units: A Work of Art?

Cab Units: A Work of Art?

In the 1930s, railways across the continent began to apply sleek bodies to their steam locomotives, and some even took a gamble on new diesel technology.


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