OCTOBER 2018: Our special All-Alco Issue kicks off with Jim Rowland’s look behind the scenes at General Electric’s brief venture into rebuilding Alcos at the old Erie Railroad shops in Hornell, N.Y. Just months after Conrail’s formation in 1976, Greg Dzomibia takes us on a tour of the Alcos of Conway Yard, while Craig Rutherford explains how many railroads extended the lives of their road switchers by swapping Alco prime movers for EMD. We recognize a Rutland survivor and pay tribute to photographer Jim Shaughnessy. All this and more in the Octobert issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

October 2018

Volume 37, No. 10


Canadian Alcos Today

by Stephen Host — While the main Alco plant in Schenectady closed in 1969, Canadian affiliate Montreal Locomotive Works continued manufacturing new products until 1985. We track down the active units across the Great White North.

EMD Guts for Alco Glory

by R. Craig Rutherford — Many railroads replaced troublesome Alco 244 prime movers with engines from EMD to extend the life of their road-switchers.

A Rutland Survivor

by Steve Barry — The sole survivor of Rutland Railway’s Alco fleet soldiers on pulling Vermont Railway excursions around the Green Mountain State.

Conrail Alcos of Conway

by Gregory E. Dziomba — Just a few months after the Conrail takeover, Conway Yard was a haven for big Alco road power.

When Alcos Came From GE: Part 1

by Jim Rowland — For a brief time, General Electric took over the old Erie Railroad shops at Hornell to rebuild retired Alcos for new owners.

Remembering Jim Shaughnessy

by Otto M. Vondrak — A master of composition and historian of the Northeastern railroad scene, we remember photographer Jim Shaughnessy.


Departures/commentary: Steve Barry

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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