FEBRUARY 2021: We explore the railways of the True North, our neighboring nation of Canada. Ryan Gaynor heads into Northern Ontario where the railways are often the only lifeline to remote communities. Experience winter in Canada through the engaging photography of Greg McDonnell, while George Pitarys looks back at the colorful passenger services once offered throughout the Canadian Maritimes. Matthew Robson takes us on a tour of the busy Southern Railway of British Columbia, while A.J. Shewan takes us to the heartland of Alberta and the Canadian National locals that serve the industrial complex around Fort Saskatchewan. Learn how model manufacturer Rapido Trains is working to preserve the history of VIA’s passenger trains. All this and more in the February issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

February 2021

Volume 40, No. 2


Portrait of the North

Ryan Gaynor – Northern Ontario is home to some of the most rugged and challenging landscapes, and also some of the most vital railway operations in the country.

Canadian Cold Front

Greg McDonnell – While Canadian winters may be cold and unforgiving, railroaders thrive as they get the job done

Alberta’s Heartland

A.J. Shewan – Veteran six-axle SD40-2(W)s still work the industrial complexes around Fort Saskatchewan

Maritime Memories

George S. Pitarys – Classic passenger trains in the eastern Maritimes by Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, and VIA Rail

Southern Railway of British Columbia

Matthew Robson – By land and by sea, this bustling short line serves the industries of southern British Columbia

Rapido’s Trains

Chris Fox – Model manufacturer Rapido Trains is serious about preserving a historic collection of retired VIA Rail passenger equipment


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

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

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

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

Rail Technology/how it works: David C. Lester

Camera Bag/photography tips and techniques

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

High Iron/railroaders share their stories

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot/Stephen Host

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