APRIL 2018: West Railroad Street runs on the north and south side of the tracks in Canton as the Keokuk Junction Railway heads west on a clear March 8, 2017. Join photographer Steve Smedley as we follow the vintage F-units along the KJR. Dale Woodland takes us trackside in Pennsylvania Dutch country searching for behemoth General C39s running off their last miles in shortline service. We present our annual Along The Line gallery and the results of the CRPA annual creative photography awards. All this and more in the April issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Just 30 minutes south of San Diego lies the sprawling city of Tijuana in the Mexican state of Baja California. While not necessarily known as a railroading mecca, Tijuana is actually home to one of North America’s most colorful and friendly railroads. The Baja California Railroad has been bringing modern rail service to the industries in the most northwestern corner of Mexico.
The New York Central merged with the Pennsylvania Railroad on February 1, 1968 to create the mighty Penn Central. The new company hoped to integrate the two railroads immediately and quickly realize some of the merger’s expected cost-savings. Instead, Penn Central was in operational chaos almost from the start.
The December 1977 issue of Railfan contained a detailed feature story by author Casey Cavanaugh that explained the development and history of the unique dual-mode locomotives which were designed to either run off diesel or take power from the New York Central’s 600-volt third rail leading into Grand Central Terminal.