NOVEMBER 2019: SHIP AHOY! Steve Arnold takes us aboard Santa Fe’s forgotten carfloat operation across San Francisco Bay, while Paul Strubeck recounts the consolidation of New York Harbor’s extensive carfloat operations after Conrail. Jeff Mast and Lou Gerard take us across Lake Michigan by car ferry, while publisher Kevin EuDaly recalls the isolated Seattle & North Coast operation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. All this and more in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Santa Fe on the Bay

Santa Fe on the Bay

As freight traffic moved away from the city in the 1970s and gentrification took over downtown in the 1980s, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe’s base at China Basin remained the sole holdout of a once busy freight handling operation.


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.


Classic Cab Units Down Under

Classic Cab Units Down Under

While all but vanished from American main lines, streamlined EMD diesels remain in daily use across portions of Genesee & Wyoming’s Australian operations.


Tribute to Siskiyou Semaphores

Tribute to Siskiyou Semaphores

Southern Pacific installed Union Switch & Signal semaphores on the Siskiyou Line in Oregon around 1912, and the last working set was removed in 2007.


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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