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APRIL 2015: Photographer Steve Schmollinger takes us on a tour of the Midwest, and uncovers an unexpected diversity of trains and operations. Justin Franz reports on what could be the finale for classic EMD SD45s on Montana Rail Link, while Emily Moser explores the derelict railroad facilities within the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. All this and more in the April edition of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - April 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 4

This Month's Features

30 A Flared Finale?/Justin Franz
The final call for classic Montana Rail Link SD45s could be at hand
as units returning from lease are quickly stored, sold, or scrapped.

36 Chornobyl’s Radioactive Railroad/Emily Moser
A rare look inside Ukraine’s Chornobyl Exclusion Zone shows how
railroad infrastructure continues to play an important part in recovery.

46 Portfolio: Postcards from the Midwest/Steve Schmollinger
If you’re convinced the Midwest is nothing more than a flat, featureless landscape filled with lookalike train operations, think again.

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

Markers/editorial commentary

Final Frame/your parting shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadThe SD45 was introduced by EMD nearly 50 years ago, and only a small number of these groundbreaking locomotives remain in service today. On May 25, 2014, a trio of Montana Rail Link SD45-2s leads a BNSF manifest over Quartz Creek near Superior, Mont. After a brief reprieve in service leased to BNSF, it seems the SD45 era is drawing to a close on MRL. Join Justin Franz for an update starting on page 30. PHOTO BY JUSTIN FRANZ

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