AUGUST 2019: In this issue, Mike Schafer concludes his epic July 1969 exploration across the American West with future Railfan & Railroad editor Jim Boyd. We take you trackside to Maine Central’s Rumford Branch come alive with new traffic from reactivated paper mills. Steve Schmollinger takes us to busy Tower 60 crossing just north of Fort Worth, Texas. Plus, the winners from our 2019 Centerspread Contest! All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!
From time to time, we need to step back and look at just how far we have come in the last 150 years. This was the year to do that. A century and a half ago, the nation was joined coast to coast by a railroad at an isolated location known as Promontory Summit.