DECEMBER 2018: Bruce Kelly takes us to northern Idaho where the St. Maries River Railroad continues the traditions established by its Milwaukee Road predecessor as it hauls finished wood products to market, while John Leopard follows the former Chesapeake & Ohio line through Appalachia now operated by CSX as the James River Sub. Carl Graves takes us back to the 1990s when brand new General Electric AC4400CW’s rejuvenated the Southern Pacific diesel roster, and Steve Barry takes us on a week-long swing through Oregon’s heritage steam programs. All this and more in the December issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

December 2018

Volume 37, No. 12


St. Maries River Keeps on Rollin’

by Bruce E. Kelly — One of the last lumber lines of the Pacific Northwest, the St. Maries River Railroad continues the traditions established by its Milwaukee Road predecessor as it hauls finished wood products from the northern Idaho mill to the outside world.

When They Were New

by Carl Graves — Brand-new General Electric AC4400CWs were the shot in the arm Southern Pacific needed to modernize its diesel fleet in the 1990s.

Oregon Steam

by Steve Barry — We turn back the clock during a weeklong photo charter spectacular spanning three steam heritage operations in Oregon.

The Historic CSX James River Sub

by John Leopard — This former Chesapeake & Ohio coal route follows the river valley as it winds through the Allegheny Mountains of Virginia.

Remembering John Gruber

by Otto M. Vondrak — John Gruber’s work in the early 1960s was only a small part of his legacy that influenced generations of photographer.


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

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: James D. Porterfield

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot

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