APRIL 2021: Steve Jessup takes us trackside to Southern Pacific’s Sunset Route in Arizona to witness the endless parade of merchandise freight hauled by high-horsepower diesels in the 1990s. Photographer Frank Keller’s Portfolio tracks his career from the mountains of Colorado to the stark landscapes of Alaska. Witness steam’s last stand at Sandaoling coal mine in China, and the waning operation of a scenic branch line in Ontario. All this and more in the April issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

April 2021

Volume 40, No. 4


Southern Pacific’s Sprint to the Finish

by Steve Jessup — With the Southern Pacific era coming to a close as the Union Pacific merger loomed on the horizon in the mid-1990s, real main line action could be found on the Sunset Route in Arizona.


by Frank Keller — From Colorado to Alaska (with stops in between), Frank Keller has captured the stark beauty of railroading in the mountains.

Claymont Steel

by Michael T. Burkhart — With the former steel mill site set for redevelopment, another piece of Delaware’s industrial history fades away.

The Griffins Line

by Adam Twombly — This former New Haven branch line twists through the back streets and suburbs of Hartford, Connecticut.

Sandaoling Steam Finale

by Matthew Watson — Steam makes its last stand at the Sandaoling coal mine where beefy 2-8-2s with familiar American lines serve out their days.

Reflections of the Credit Valley

by Stephen Host — Without political support from the town, the scenic 60 Orangeville-Brampton Railway reaches the end of the line.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers: Eric Berger

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews

Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

Through My Lens/trackside adventures and memories: Kevin EuDaly

Rail Technology/how it works: David C. Lester

Camera Bag/photography tips and techniques

On The Menu/railroad dining, art, and culture: James D. Porterfield

High Iron/railroaders share their stories

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot

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