APRIL 2019: David Hawkins takes flight over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, exploring passenger, freight and transit operations from the air. John Leopard takes us on a tour of the colorful West Virginia short line South Branch Valley Railroad, while Jim Porterfield explores the artistry of American postage stamps in “Portraits of Railroading.” All this and more in the April issue of Railfan & Railroad!

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.


A Visit to the Wilmington & Western

A Visit to the Wilmington & Western

Operating on a former Baltimore & Ohio branch line since 1966, the Wilmington & Western Railroad provides Delaware’s only regularly scheduled steam operations through the scenic Red Clay Valley.


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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