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SEPTEMBER 2017: America's busiest passenger station almost reached the breaking point this past summer, how did Penn Station get to this point? Morrison-Knudsen's unique MK5000's were a revolutionary diesel that couldn't find a market in the competitive 1990s, until the units were rebuilt and found a new home on the Utah Railway. Our readers bid a fond farewell to the Ringling Brothers circus train. All this and more in the September issue of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - September 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 9

This Month's Features

Penn Station Panic

by George W. Hamlin — America’s busiest passenger station nearly reached the breaking point this past summer, but how did we get here and what can be done?

2017 Centerspread Contest

With so many colorful and creative choices, selecting a winner for the coveted centerspread position was difficult.

Photo Line: When the Circus Leaves Town

A proud American tradition came to a sudden end this year, and our readers were trackside to capture the final run of the RBBX circus train.

Utah’s MK50-3s

by Joshua Bernhard — Morrison-Knudsen’s entry into the competitive diesel locomotive market was short-lived, but the unique engines soldiered on in Utah for many years.

Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin 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: Rick Rowlands

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadOne of Utah Railway’s unique MK50-3s leads an eastbound train up the grade over Soldier Summit at Detour, Utah, on the morning of June 1, 2015. Joshua Bernhard explores the fascinating history behind these unusual diesels that called the Utah Railway home for many years, starting on page 50. PHOTO BY BRIAN PLANT

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