SEPTEMBER 2019: Associate editor Otto Vondrak remembers the final years of former New Haven FL9s running on home rails in Connecticut, while Alexander Mitchell takes us on a tour of the modern Grand Canyon Railway. Elrond Lawrence takes us to the debut of the restored Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei diesel-hyrdraulic locomotive at Niles Canyon Railway, and we share the results of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s annual creative photo contest. All this and more in the September issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Covered Wagons to the Future: FL9s in Connecticut

Covered Wagons to the Future: FL9s in Connecticut

We knew it was coming to an end; we just didn’t know how quickly. A sense of urgency accompanied each trip to New Haven territory. Every frame fired off felt like a small victory. The anachronism was surreal, these ancient covered wagons following a path to the future.


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.


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.


Can Union-Management Disputes Go Too Far?

Can Union-Management Disputes Go Too Far?

Railroad unions play a vital role in keeping rail transportation safe, but unions have many different roles and sometimes those roles can be at odds with each other.


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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