MAY 2018: The Santa Fe made a bold move in the 1990s bringing back their classic “warbonnet” paint scheme as a demonstration of their commitment to high-speed freight. Join photographer Steve Schmollinger as we look back at this transformative period on the railroad. Samuel Phillips invites us to Norfolk Southern’s Shenandoah Line to experience the drama of Appalachian mountain railroading, while Bruce Kelly brings us an update on capacity expansion on BNSF Railway’s “Funnel” in northern Idaho. All this and more in the May issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Widening the BNSF Funnel, Again

Widening the BNSF Funnel, Again

BNSF Railway has just completed a double-tracking project on the busy “Funnel” freight route between Spokane and Sandpoint. Bruce Kelly explains the upgrades to this critical route.


Reign of the Santa Fe Super Fleet

Reign of the Santa Fe Super Fleet

When designer Leland Knickerbocker created the “warbonnet” paint scheme for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, it was a stroke of marketing genius. Even more, it became one of the most easily identifiable schemes in history.


2018 Centerspread Contest

2018 Centerspread Contest

The Railfan & Railroad Centerspread Contest will provide one skilled photographer the opportunity for their photo grace the center spread of the August 2018 issue. The contest deadline is June 8, 2018.


Thanks, Steve: 30 Years of Friendship

Thanks, Steve: 30 Years of Friendship

The engineer on Union Pacific Extra 3985 East briefly surveys something in the distant landscape before returning his gaze to the track ahead. We’re a few miles east of Laramie, Wyo., climbing the west slope of Sherman Hill — the route of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.


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