DECEMBER 2019: Emily Moser explores the history of Detroit’s Michigan Central Station, and its close relationship with the design and development of New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Adam Twombly takes us on a tour of Providence & Worcester operations in central Connecticut, while Carl Graves looks back at Burlington Northern action along the Upper Mississippi. Ride Budd RDC’s in Portland commuter service, and see how Chicago’s Metra supports an important children’s charity at Christmastime. All this and more in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad!

M-497: Built for Speed

M-497: Built for Speed

Despite trains like the Metroliner and later Acela reaching regular speeds of 150 m.p.h., no one has broken the American record set on a straightaway in Ohio 50 years ago by New York Central M-497.


Budd Cars for Portland

Budd Cars for Portland

The venerable Budd Rail Diesel Car soliders on in regular commuter service in Portland, Oregon. What led TriMet to choose this robust, classic design over more modern offerings?


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.


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?


The Train that Takes Us Home

The Train that Takes Us Home

There has always been a strong link between trains and the holiday season. A train ticket just seems to go along with hot cocoa, holly leaves, and falling snow. But why?


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