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NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2014: Celebrate 40 years of Railfan & Railroad magazine with our special combined November-December issue! We take a look back with several current and former staffers to explore how the world of railroading has evolved since 1974. George Fletcher shows us the Conrail he grew up with, while Bruce Kelly details the intricate history of the branch lines that once service Coeur D'Alene. Howard Pincus recounts how his first submission to R&R came full circle forty years later. All this and more in the special combined November-December issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - Nov.-Dec. 2014

RAILFAN vol. 33, no. 11-12/RAILROAD vol. 136, no. 10-11

This Month's Features

24 The Conrail we Remember/George Fletcher
“Big Blue” and Railfan were born only a couple years apart, and grew up in the same neighborhood together.

30 One Night in Danbury/Howard Pincus
How a chance encounter with a Budd RDC became the first accepted submission to Railfan & Railroad.

32 Forty Years of Railfan/Staff
It seems the only constant in the railfanning world is change as we review some interesting events from the last forty years.

38 No Trains to Coeur d’Alene/Bruce Kelly
Until recently, Idaho’s former big timber city was once served by four branch lines of Northern Pacific, Great Northern, Union Pacific, and Milwaukee heritage.


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Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups: Otto M. Vondrak

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

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railnews/top news stories and photos

Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk

Markers/editorial commentary

Advertising Index/the railfan marketplace

Final Frame


On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadWith beautiful fall foliage peaking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Conway Scenic put two units on their “Notch Train” on September 27, 2014. The train is seen southbound at the Willey Brook Bridge with Conway Scenic (ex- Maine Central) GP38 252 and ex-Norfolk & Western GP35 high-hood 216 on the former Maine Central Mountain Division. The Conway Scenic Raiload is also celebrating their 40th anniversary! KEVIN BURKHOLDER PHOTO

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