MAY 2021: We celebrate 50 years of Amtrak in a special issue dedicated to our national passenger carrier! Gary Pancavage takes us behind the scenes to explain the gargantuan effort to keep the Acela high-speed trains running smoothly, while Justin Franz brings us details on the deployment of Siemens SC-44 Charger diesels across the country. We take a fond look back at Amtrak’s Pioneer with Ryan Reed, and enjoy an exclusive in-depth interview with Amtrak President Stephen Gardner. All this and more in the May issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Northern Pacific 0-6-0 to Run This Weekend in Washington

Northern Pacific 0-6-0 to Run This Weekend in Washington

The Northwest Railway Museum will have 0-6-0 924 leading Mother’s Day Excursions this weekend in Snoqualmie.


Siemens: Charging into the Future

Siemens: Charging into the Future

The Siemens SC-64 Charger is quickly becoming the new face of American passenger railroading in the 21st century.


Life of a Pioneer

Life of a Pioneer

From 1997 until 1997, Amtrak’s Pioneer replaced an important missing link for those traveling between Seattle and Salt Lake City and beyond.


Photo Line: Early Amtrak with Jim Boyd

Photo Line: Early Amtrak with Jim Boyd

In the 1970s, former Railfan & Railroad Editor Jim Boyd was trackside capturing the early days of American’s national passenger railroad.


Along the Line 2020

Along the Line 2020

Every year, Railfan & Railroad asks its readers and contributors to share a few of their favorite images from the last 12 months.


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?


It Could Have Been Different

It Could Have Been Different

Looking at the the Pilbara in Australia, we step through a looking glass and see an alternate reality, almost as if Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range had been built Down Under.


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