JULY 2020: New Mexico’s Escalante Western Railway enjoyed a 35-year run conveying coal from mine mouth to power plant. As operations wound down this past April, photographers Joel Wendt, Dennis Stern, and Phillip Brahams explored this unique operation. We swing through eastern Oregon to explore the Union Pacific line through the Burnt River Canyon, while Steve Schmollinger takes us on a tour of busy Temple, Texas. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!

VIDEO: Siemens Chargers Tested on Long Distance Trains

VIDEO: Siemens Chargers Tested on Long Distance Trains

Amtrak has been using SC-44 locomotives on the Empire Builder, Coast Starlight and California Zephyr.


Air Line Blues: Ontario Southland Bows Out of the Cayuga Spur

Air Line Blues: Ontario Southland Bows Out of the Cayuga Spur

Time has run out for the 25.5-mile St. Thomas–Courtland Cayuga Spur, one of the last remnants of Canada Air Line completed by Great Western Railway in 1873.


Escalante Western Farewell

Escalante Western Farewell

Operarting for 35 years in relative obscurity, New Mexico’s Escalante-Western Railway ceased operations at the end of April after delivering one final load of coal to the Tri-State Escalante Generating Station in Prewitt.


Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later

Steamtown’s Grand Opening 25 Years Later

In July 1995, the grand opening of Steamtown National Historic Site became one of the biggest steam events of the 1990s in the Northeastern United States.


The Images of Ron Hill and David Mainey

The Images of Ron Hill and David Mainey

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art gives a sneak peek at its two new collections.


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?


SD40-2: The Workingman’s Hero

SD40-2: The Workingman’s Hero

From its 1973 introduction to the end of its run in 1989, EMD turned out almost 4,000 SD40-2s, one of the largest production runs in North American railway history.


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