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DECEMBER 2016: John C. Benson takes us to Australia for a very special gathering of streamlined diesels that share heritage with their American EMD and Alco cousins. A time-capsule of 1990s Santa Fe railroading still exists in the shadows of modern development all around Pasadena, Calif. Join photographer Elrond Lawrence for a special trackside exploration. Tom Nanos peeks inside the P&W paint shop to see how they finish modern diesels. All this and more in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - December 2016

VOLUME 35, No. 12

This Month's Features

Streamliners 2016 • by John C. Benson
Thanks to the cooperation of many railway operators, 19 cab units gathered in Goulburn to celebrate 65 years of Australian streamliners.

Requiem for Big Emma • by Ron Flanary
Fifty-seven years after the last one was scrapped, a Chesapeake & Ohio Kanawah is briefly transformed into a Lousville & Nashville “Big Emma”.

BNSF Pasadena Local • by Elrond Lawrence
Nine miles of former Santa Fe mainline between San Bernadino and Los Angeles remain a time capsule of 1990s railroading.

Wet Paint: The P&W Paint Shop • by Tom Nanos
A modern paint shop transforms Florida East Coast blue-and-gold into Providence & Worcester orange-and-brown.

Gotthard Base Tunnel • by Don Heimberger
After 17 years of construction, Switzerland’s 34-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel is ready to conquer The Alps and connect the European rail system.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos

LocoNotes/diesel location and disposition data: Ken Ardinger

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Timetable/railroad events submitted by our readers

Camera Bag/photography tips and technique

On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield

Preservation/old stuff: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot/Charlie Wood

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadDecorated in a special paint scheme commemorating the event, Southern Shorthaul Railroad’s Clyde GM No. B31 is surrounded by a spectacular fireworks display at the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre as the finale to the Streamliners 2016 event. John Benson takes us to the other side of the world starting on page 28. PHOTO BY JOHN C. BENSON

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