JANUARY 2018: Thanks to the cooperation of Southern Appalachian Railroad Museum and CSX Transportation, classic Clinchfield Railroad diesels made a triumphant return to lead the 75th annual Santa Train this past November. James Schlinger captures the world after dark on California’s snowy mountain passes, while John Leopard takes us on a tour of RJ Corman’s Cleveland Line, and Nikos Kavoori discovers a fleet of vintage GEs at work in West Tennessee. All this and more in the December issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

January 2018

Volume 37, No. 1


Cold California Nights

by James Schlinger — Since the first lines over the mountains were established in the 1860s, railroaders face a relentless battle with severe winter weather.

The Clinchfield Rides Again

by Steve Barry — Pinch yourselves: A restored cab unit and repainted SD45 stand-in help lead the 75th annual Santa Train on the old Clinchfield Railroad.

R.J. Corman’s Cleveland Line

by John Leopard — This former Baltimore & Ohio line features classic signals, rural and city scenes, and colorful diesel power serving northeastern Ohio.

Vintage GEs in West Tennessee

by Nikos Kavoori — Former Illinois Central and Gulf, Mobile & Ohio lines are host to a healthy roster of General Electric Dash-7 series locomotives.



Departures/commentary: Alexander B. Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews

Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

On the Menu/dining, travel, and art: James D. Porterfield

Scan Man/the world of railroad radio: Vincent Reh

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Classifieds/the railfan marketplace

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