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JANUARY 2017: Denis Connell rides the last working mixed train in North America to the remote reaches of Manitoba, while photographer David Honan takes us on a tour of the vast scenic expanses of eastern Washington state and Watco's PV Hooper Lines. We take a look back at classic Georgia Mixed trains and take a ride on the revived Fort Collins Trolley. All this and more in the January issue of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - January 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 1

This Month's Features

Inland Empire/David Honan
These rural operations in Washington State’s Palouse region feature vistas of agricultural bounty as the backdrop for branchline trains

Down at the Depot/James D. Porterfield
At one time almost every town in America had an active train station, providing the inspiration for 15 artists to create in various media

Mixed Train to Pukatawagan/Denis E. Connell
The last working mixed train in North America is operated by the Keewatin Central Railway to serve the remote populations of Manitoba

The Georgia Mixeds/Martin K. O’Toole
In the late 1960s and early 1960s, former editor Jim Boyd explored the quaint world of Georgia Railroad’s rural mixed train operation

Fort Collins Trolley/Michael T. Burkhart
This summer weekend attraction features a restored orginal Birney car operating along the original right-of-way in Fort Collins, Colorado


Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

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/Jonathan Lee

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadThe Palouse River & Coulee City train startles a flock of birds into flight at the elevator complex in Willada, Wash. David Honan takes us on a tour of these former Union Pacific branchlines serving Washington’s agricultural breadbasket starting on page 28. PHOTO BY DAVID HONAN

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