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MAY 2015: Venerable Alco stronghold Livonia, Avon & Lakeville celebrates 50 years of serving western New York this month. Otto Vondrak Otto Vondrak reviews the steady growth and expansion of the LA&L and its affiliates. George Pitarys takes trackside to the Cimarron Valley Railroad, and our annual Along The Line photo spread recaps a year of rail fan action. All this and more in the May edition of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - May 2015

´╗┐VOLUME 34, No. 5

This Month's Features

30 Fifty Years: Livonia, Avon & Lakeville/Otto M. Vondrak
Classic Alcos are the draw for railfans, but smart management and personalized service have kept customers calling for 50 years.

40 Photo Line: Along the Line 2014
Our readers take us on a spectacular coast to coast tour of what they saw trackside throughout 2014.

48 Cimarron Valley/George Pitarys
This Kansas-based shortline ties prairie communities together with vintage EMD GP30s riding on former Santa Fe rails.

60 In Focus: Rondout Tower Closes
A former Milwaukee Road tower in the Chicago suburbs closes as Canadian Pacific centralizes dispatcher control in Minneapolis.


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

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadLivonia, Avon & Lakeville No. 425 is in the lead of the returning southbound road train as it passes the restored depot at Industry, N.Y., home to the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Started with a single 44-tonner in 1965, the railroad now operates a fleet of Alco diesels moving over 16,000 carloads annually. Otto Vondrak reviews the steady growth and expansion of the LA&L over the last 50 years starting on page 30. PHOTO BY STEVE SLOAN

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