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MAY 2017: Thirty years ago, a lowly Southern Pacific branch was transformed into the Napa Valley Wine Train. Adam Pizante takes us on a tour of this Alco-powered California tourist line. Olev Taremae explores the connection between railroads and the beer, wine and liquor industry, while Alexander Mitchell reviews some popular brewpubs that have made old train stations their homes. End-cab switchers in rural Pennsylvania are the attraction in Michael Burkhart's story about the North Shore Railroad, while vintage Geeps make the grade in Steve Barry's review of Winchester & Western's New Jersey Operations. All this and more in the May issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - May 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 5

This Month's Features

Thirty Years in Jersey

by Steve Barry — The Winchester & Western’s New Jersey Division has been serving local customers on South Jersey branch lines since the 1980s.

Rule G Slashers

by Olev Taremae — The beer, wine, and liquor industries provide colorful sources of traffic and rolling stock for our nation’s railroads.

Napa Valley Railroad

by Adam Pizante — Thirty years ago, a lowly Southern Pacific branchline was reborn as one of the premiere wine and dinner train experiences in the country.

Rails and Ales

by Alexander D. Mitchell IV — With craft brewing expanding across the country, we explore a few railroad stations and roundhouses that have found new lives as popular brewpubs.

Pennsylvania’s North Shore

by Michael T. Burkhart — End-cab switchers on former Lackawanna tracks roll along the Susquehanna River through the beautiful Keystone State countryside.


Departures/commentary: Steve Barry

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 & RailroadAfter leaving downtown Napa, California, a few short minutes ago, the Napa Valley Wine Train dinner run is beginning it round-trip to St. Helena and back to Napa on a warm evening in May 2009. The classy train is a wine and food lovers’ heaven, and its popularity has grown by leaps and bounds since it started running some two-and-a-half decades ago. Adam Pizante visits this classy operation beginning on page 28. PHOTO BY ADAM PIZANTE

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