AUGUST 2019: In this issue, Mike Schafer concludes his epic July 1969 exploration across the American West with future Railfan & Railroad editor Jim Boyd. We take you trackside to Maine Central’s Rumford Branch come alive with new traffic from reactivated paper mills. Steve Schmollinger takes us to busy Tower 60 crossing just north of Fort Worth, Texas. Plus, the winners from our 2019 Centerspread Contest! All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!

How The West Was Done: Part 2

How The West Was Done: Part 2

Mike Schafer concludes the tale of his epic July 1969 exploration across the American West with future Railfan & Railroad founding editor Jim Boyd.


Rumford Branch Revival

Rumford Branch Revival

Now operated by Pan Am Railways, the fortunes of the old Maine Central Railroad have always been tied to the paper production industry.


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.


Half A World Behind Each Back: 150 Years Later

Half A World Behind Each Back: 150 Years Later

From time to time, we need to step back and look at just how far we have come in the last 150 years. This was the year to do that. A century and a half ago, the nation was joined coast to coast by a railroad at an isolated location known as Promontory Summit.


Union Pacific’s Locomotive Ambitions

Union Pacific’s Locomotive Ambitions

This quest for the largest locomotives reveals something essential about UP, a tendency toward a rugged ambition that was shaped by the West itself, and as old as the company.


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