JULY 2019: The Railfan & Railroad Steam Team heads out to Utah for the debut of Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4014 and the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Big Boy Returns

Big Boy Returns

Union Pacific did the impossible when it pulled Big Boy 4-8-8-4 no. 4014 from a museum display in 2014 and embarked on an ambitious five year rebuild and restoration to return the largest operating steam locomotive in the world.


My Time in Attica

My Time in Attica

In June 1989, I made the first of what became yearly pilgrimages to Attica, where Conrail and D&H roamed, where pushers still shoved tonnage up the 1.15 percent hill east of town, and not far from where a quaint little tourist line still chuffed through the countryside with the word “Attica” in its name.


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.


BNSF in the Columbia River Gorge

BNSF in the Columbia River Gorge

With its variety of weather and home to heavy main line railroad action, the Columbia River Gorge is a railfan’s dream. It is, indeed, a special place.


The World is Full of Heroes and Villians

The World is Full of Heroes and Villians

Let me stress quickly that this isn’t a column about aviation, but it is a column about aviation safety as it relates to railroads. There are huge differences in attitudes about safety between the two modes, but there are also some ways in which attitudes are almost exactly the same.


Playing “What If?”

Playing “What If?”

As a historian, one of my favorite mental games is to imagine alternative timelines, to play a game of “What if?”


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