JULY 2018: Outbound limestone loads roll to a stop at the Norfolk Southern interchange at Furnace Avenue in Rockwood, Tenn., on September 25, 2017. Tall trestles and a fleet of unique high-hood General Electric B23-7s are the attraction on this former Tennessee Central route, now operated by Lhoist Minerals. Justin Ross takes us on a tour of CSX and Norfolk Southern railroading around Richmond, Virginia, while Jeff Terry explains how four generations of railroaders unknowingly ensured the survival and restoration of Duluth & Northeastern No. 28. While the steel industry has retreated, Pittsburgh’s Union Railroad remains a vital connection for U.S. Steel.  All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

July 2018

Volume 37, No. 7


Rails Around Richmond

by Justin Ross — Virginia’s state capital is home to busy CSX and Norfolk Southern lines, with a splash of Amtrak service thrown in for good measure. The city and its railroads are defined by the James River, resulting in soaring concrete arch bridges and rugged steel viaducts. From skylines to shorelines, from the air or on the ground, there’s no shortage of great locations.

Twilight for Toasters

by Michael T. Burkhart — America’s last active fleet of of AEM-7 electric locomotives winds down their final miles in Philadelphia suburban service.

Tennessee Rocks!

by Garland McKee — Tall bridges and a fleet of attractive General Electric B-boats are the attraction on this scenic former Tennessee Central route.

Duluth Steam Revival

by Jeff Terry — Four generations of railroaders unknowingly ensured the survival and eventual restoration of Duluth & Northeastern No. 28.

Winds of Change on the Union Railroad

by David Baer — The history of the Union Railroad has been tied to Pittsburgh’s steel industry for generations. What changes lie ahead?



Departures/commentary: Steve Barry

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: George Hamlin

Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews

Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Orion Newall-Vuillemot

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Classifieds/the railfan marketplace

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