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MARCH 2015: Robert Scott takes us to the Tualatin Mountains outside Portland, Ore., to follow the Cornelius Pass route operated by Portland & Western. Thomas Nanos explores the Grafton & Upton Railroad, one of the oldest shortlines in New England and its newest success story. Pick up the March 2015 issue of Railfan & Railroad today!
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Railfan & Railroad - March 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 3

This Month's Features

32 2014 Gruber Creative Photography Awards
This year 90 photographers took part in the contest, and every one of the submitted images lived up to the central theme of “Lasting Impressions.”

38 Cornelius Pass/Robert W. Scott
Portland & Western’s scenic Cornelius Pass line was once an important route for Spokane, Portland & Seattle freight trains through Oregon.

46 A New England Survivor/Thomas Nanos
Nearly given up for dead, the Grafton & Upton Railroad’s recent dramatic turnaround makes for busy shortline railroading in eastern Massachusetts.

Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos

Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

LocoNotes/diesel location and disposition data: Ken Ardinger

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Camera Bag/photography tips and technique: Jaime Serensits

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

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups

Scan Man/railroad radio: Vincent Reh

Markers/editorial commentary

Final Frame/your parting shot

 

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadPortland & Western’s busy Cornelius Pass can trace its roots back to the United Railways district of the old Oregon Electric interurban. This scenic line, inherited from Burlington Northern, features a tunnel, a tall wooden trestle, and dramatic grades as it crosses the Tualatin Mountains between Portland and Banks, Ore. Take a tour of this unusual freight route starting on page 38. PHOTO BY ROBERT W. SCOTT

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