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DECEMBER 2015: Jeff Mast fires up the time machine for a tour of Colorado's preserved narrow gauge lines, while Jake Miille takes us to California Gold Rush country to visit the Sierra Northern lines. Jim Tiroch introduces us to the lonely Navajo Mine Railroad. All this and more in the December issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - December 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 12

This Month's Features

30 Navajo Mine Railroad/Jim Tiroch
This unusual and interesting electric operation in the remote Four Corners region of New Mexico is often overlooked by railfans

34 Crooked Hill, 1944/artwork by Ron Flanary
The artist captures a dramatic scene of the Louisville & Nashville in full stride hauling wartime traffic in support of Allied victory in Europe

36 Sierra Northern/Jake Miille
Northern California is home to the colorful Sierra Northern, combining the operations of the old Sierra Railway and Yolo Shortline

44 Rocky Mountain Time Machine/Jeff Mast
The preserved narrow gauge railways of Colorado and New Mexico provide the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a bygone era

66 DIGITAL: Lock 10: Autum Scenes on the Erie Canal/Steve Barry
This busy location along a stretch of the Erie Canal in upstate New York provides heavy CSX and Amtrak action in a picturesque setting


Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos

LocoNotes/diesel location and disposition data: Ken Ardinger

Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk

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: Justin Franz

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

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

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot/Dale Skyllingstad

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadOn only its fourth revenue run up to Sonora, Calif., Sierra Northern RP20BD No. 52 leads the “Fassler Flyer” local freight out Cooperstown on March 18, 2014. Jake Miille takes us on a tour of this colorful nothern California shortline operation serving Gold Rush country starting on page 36. PHOTO BY JAKE MIILLE

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