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JANUARY 2015: Emily Moser takes us on a tour of General Electric's new Fort Worth facility, while Ron Ziel takes us back to the days of steam with his review of the unique Camelback design. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kansas City Union Station, see the results of our 2015 Centerspread Contest, and enjoy our new expanded Railnews section! All this and more in the January 2015 issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine!
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Railfan & Railroad - January 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 1

This Month's Features

Inside Fort Worth/Emily Moser
General Electric turns to its fans on Instagram to showcase a rare look inside its brand-new locomotive manufacturing facility in Fort Worth.

2015 Centerspread Contest Winners
Our annual photography contest attracted many interesting and creative entries for the coveted centerspread position.

The Engineer Roasted and the Fireman Froze/Ron Ziel
Center-cab “Camelback” steam locomotives were one of the most unusual designs in North America, and some of the most enduring.

100 Years of Kansas City Union Station/Steve Jessup
Bolstered by the arrival of the Kansas City Museum in 1999, Union Station celebrates its centennial as a vibrant part of the city’s culture.

 

Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups

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 & RailroadChristopher Ruger of General Electric poses with a new ES44C4 locomotive as it awaits its turn in the paint booth at GE’s plant in Fort Worth, Texas. The plant can produce six locomotives a week, with each locomotive taking about 40 days to assemble. Emily Moser visited the plant as part of GE’s InstaWalk social media campaign and shares a behind-the-scenes look beginning on page 30. EMILY MOSER PHOTO

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