SEPTEMBER 2019: Associate editor Otto Vondrak remembers the final years of former New Haven FL9s running on home rails in Connecticut, while Alexander Mitchell takes us on a tour of the modern Grand Canyon Railway. Elrond Lawrence takes us to the debut of the restored Southern Pacific Krauss-Maffei diesel-hyrdraulic locomotive at Niles Canyon Railway, and we share the results of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s annual creative photo contest. All this and more in the September issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

September 2019

Volume 38, No. 9


Buchanan Branch

by Billy Hager — This overlooked Norfolk Southern branch line straddles the border of Virginia and Kentucky, serving coal loadouts in the heart of Appalachia.

Images of Railroaders

The results of this year’s Creative Photography Award contest sponsored by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

Grand Canyon Railway

by Alexander D. Mitchell IV — Over the last 30 years, Grand Canyon Railway has evolved from a tourist attraction to a bona fide all-weather transportation service.

Achtung! Southern Pacific 9010 Restored

by Elrond Lawrence — Niles Canyon Railway debuts the restored Southern Pacific 9010, the only surviving Kraus-Maffei ML4000 diesel-hydraulic locomotive.

Covered Wagons to the Future

by Otto M. Vondrak — Recording the final years of ex-New Haven FL9s in revenue service on home rails on Metro-North’s branch lines in Connecticut.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

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

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Don Phillips

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

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

ScanMan/the world of railroad radio: Vincent Reh

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot/John Kittredge

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