MAY 2019: Gary Schermerhorn takes us back to the 1990s when General Electric locomotives battled over the Berkshire Mountains on Conrail’s former Boston & Albany route, while Dave Blazejewski follows “Boston’s Last Freight Train” operated by Pan Am Railways serving customers in the shadow of the city’s skyline. Dan Lowe documents the slow retreat of CSX from Boston, while Michael Harding takes us on a tour of the laid-back Lancaster & Chester short line. All this and more in the May issue of Railfan & Railroad!

CSX: Leaving Boston

CSX: Leaving Boston

More than 180 years of continuous rail freight service linking Boston with western connections via the Berkshire Mountains have drawn to a close with CSX’s slow retreat from the city over the last few years.


The South Branch Valley Railroad

The South Branch Valley Railroad

The South Branch Valley Railroad was launched by the state of West Virginia in 1978 to preserve freight service for agricultural customers on this scenic Baltimore & Ohio branch 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.


Afternoon on the Finger Lakes Railway

Afternoon on the Finger Lakes Railway

With good scenery and a rich New York Central history, a chase of train GS-2 is a perfect way to spend a Sunday on the Finger Lakes Railway.


Morgan Was the Greatest Railroad Writer Ever

Morgan Was the Greatest Railroad Writer Ever

Morgan wrote with such grace that he created a whole generation of prolific railfan writers. Ask anyone now at his old magazine; they believe it would have gone out of business decades ago without Morgan’s talent.


The Wonder of Infrastructure

The Wonder of Infrastructure

For every mile of track in a famous part of a mountain pass, for every mile of record-breaking tunnel or perilously high bridge, there are tens of thousands of miles of structures that are lesser known, unsung, yet just as worth visiting.


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