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SEPTEMBER 2015: Norfolk & Western No. 611 made its triumphant return to home rails this summer and Railfan & Railroad was there to capture the action! We also take a look back at the colorful Wyoming Colorado Rairoad, Steve Jessup takes us on a tour of Union PAcific's busy crossroads in Little Rock, Arkansas, and associate editor Otto Vondrak chases Nickel Plate 765 across New York State. All this and more in the September edition of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - September 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 9

This Month's Features

30 Union Pacific’s Arkansas Crossroads/James Doughty and Steve Jessup
Union Pacific has transformed the landscape of Class 1 railroading in Arkansas, and the hub of Little Rock is just too big to be ignored.

38 Homecoming Queen: 611/Steve Barry
It’s a homecoming some twenty years in the making, but Norfolk & Western No. 611 has finally steamed home to Roanoke.

44 Last Call for WYCO/Travis Douthit
The summer of ‘96 was the end of the line for the colorful Wyoming Colorado Railroad operations on the old UP Coalmont branch.

52 Nickel Plate 765’s Return to the Tier/Otto M. Vondrak
Steam returns in grand fashion to New York State’s scenic Southern Tier Line for the first time in thirty years.


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: Nick Benson

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

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot/Marcus Stewart

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadNorfolk & Western J-Class No. 611 is bound for Lynchburg as it speeds through Lowry, Va., on July 4, 2015. The streamlined 4-8-4 made a triumphant return to home rails over the July 4 weekend, powering trips over Norfolk Southern eastward up Blue Ridge Grade and westward up Christiansburg Hill. Steve Barry heads to the heart of the Norfolk & Western to see the 611’s homecoming starting on page 38. PHOTO BY STEVE BARRY

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