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JUNE 2017: Norfolk Southern restored a former Erie Lackawanna SD45 to its original colors and then assigned it to the Oak Island local that serves the former Conrail Chemical Coast line. Mike Burkhart follows this unusual operation in New Jersey, while associate editor Otto Vondrak follows up on the history of a Great Northern branchline last visited by Jim Boyd in 1967. Steve Jessup guides us through three generations of railroad operation on the former Southern Pacific Siskiyou Line now operated by Genesee & Wyoming as the Central Oregon & Pacific. All this and more in the June issue of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - June 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 6

This Month's Features

Back to the Future

by Michael T. Burkhart — Norfolk Southern has restored an Erie Lackawanna SD45-2 back to its original colors and assigned it to Conrail Shared Assets in New Jersey.

Hutch Redux

by Jim Boyd and Otto M. Vondrak — In October 1967, Jim Boyd visited Great Northern’s Hutchinson Branch and discovered an unusual Minnesota branchline operation.

Orbisonia Memories

by Steve Barry — Shuttered since 2011, we turn back the clock and enjoy some photo excursions of days past along Pennsylvania’s legendary East Broad Top.

Three Generations on the Siskiyou Line

by Steve Jessup — Southern Pacific’s Siskiyou Line has transformed into a successful shortline operation under RailAmerica and Genesee & Wyoming.

 


Departments

Departures/commentary: Otto Vondrak

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

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadNorfolk Southern SD45-2 1700 in as-delivered Erie Lackawanna paint leads Conrail Shared Assets Train OI-16 at Port Reading, N.J. The big locomotive was painted into the classic scheme by NS in late 2015 and can often be found leading the daily Newark-to-Sayreville freight in northern New Jersey. Michael T. Burkhart gives chase of this local on the old Conrail Chemical Coast starting on page 28. PHOTO BY MICHAEL T. BURKHART

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