FEBRUARY 2021: We explore the railways of the True North, our neighboring nation of Canada. Ryan Gaynor heads into Northern Ontario where the railways are often the only lifeline to remote communities. Experience winter in Canada through the engaging photography of Greg McDonnell, while George Pitarys looks back at the colorful passenger services once offered throughout the Canadian Maritimes. Matthew Robson takes us on a tour of the busy Southern Railway of British Columbia, while A.J. Shewan takes us to the heartland of Alberta and the Canadian National locals that serve the industrial complex around Fort Saskatchewan. Learn how model manufacturer Rapido Trains is working to preserve the history of VIA’s passenger trains. All this and more in the February issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Town Considers Objecting to Tennessee Pass Reopening

Town Considers Objecting to Tennessee Pass Reopening

The town of Avon has decided to pay some of the legal fees for a review of Union Pacific’s plan to lease the Tennessee Pass line.


Southern Railway of British Columbia

Southern Railway of British Columbia

Based in New Westminster, B.C., the railway is owned by Washington Companies (which also owns Montana Rail Link) and operates on nearly 125 miles of track, stretching through the Lower Mainland and scenic Fraser Valley.


Portrait of the North: Ontario Railroading

Portrait of the North: Ontario Railroading

In fall 2020, I embarked on a road trip across northern Ontario in an effort to capture photographs and discover how that storied railroading heritage has endured in some of the most rugged and challenging landscapes in the country. This is a portrait of the North, as seen through the railways that built a nation.


Photo Line: R.J. Corman Takes Over Pennsylvania Short Lines

Photo Line: R.J. Corman Takes Over Pennsylvania Short Lines

Lehigh Railway, Owego & Harford Railway, and Luzerne & Susquehanna Railway were taken over by RJ Corman last year.


An Autumn Steam Spectacular!

An Autumn Steam Spectacular!

In October 2003, Steve Barry went on a coast-to-coast steam safari to shoot eight railroads in 11 days in six states.


How Bad Are Things in Railroading Right Now?

How Bad Are Things in Railroading Right Now?

In the freight railroad business it’s often difficult to determine what’s really going on. For instance, freight business is down all over the country in the last year. But is this something serious or just a temporary blip?


Remembering Innovation

Remembering Innovation

Built by visionaries, railways once revolutionized ground transportation. Stripped of the cash-cow of coal, they are now forced to choose between two futures. One is to continue on the path of contraction, constantly fighting to maintain profits by miserly attention to reducing expenses. The alternative? To return to their roots, and re-embrace innovation.


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