MARCH 2019: A set of former Southern Pacific SD40T-2s hauls a train of loaded hoppers along the Trona Railway. Zachary Larsen takes us trackside to this unusual California short line, while Gordon Lloyd, Jr., examines Burlington Northern’s Alco fleet of the 1970s. We look back at Huron & Eastern’s short-lived sugar beet operation in Michigan’s Thumb. All this and our special “Along the Line” 2018 photo gallery in the March issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Trona Railway Today

Trona Railway Today

Seven days a week, Searles Valley Minerals crews mine the lakebed for valuable mineral compounds that are hauled out by the venerable Trona Railway Company.


Montana Rail Link’s Gas Local

Montana Rail Link’s Gas Local

For two decades, Montana Rail Link’s twice-daily Gas Local has moved petroleum products across western Montana between Missoula and Thompson Falls for ConocoPhillips.


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.


Afternoon on the Finger Lakes Railway

Afternoon on the Finger Lakes Railway

With good scenery and a rich New York Central history, a chase of train GS-2 is a perfect way to spend a Sunday on the Finger Lakes Railway.


The Railroad Industry’s Premier Conference

The Railroad Industry’s Premier Conference

The annual RailTrends conference in New York City is the top railroad industry get-together of the year, and the 2018 version was excellent.


Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

Railways often seem to be an anachronism, an industry defined by its resistance to innovation. Especially to outsiders, it feels like a thing of the past, defined by bulky equipment, rusty metal, and slow speeds.


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