NOVEMBER 2020: Photographer C.N. Southwell spent six weeks trackside along the Reading & Northern in the heart of Pennsylvania anthracite country during the spring of 2020. While so much of the world has changed, Reading & Northern remains a bastion of traditional railroading as it serves small towns built on the mining industry a century ago. Barton Jennings takes us on a tour of U.S. Sugar’s sugar cane lines in south Florida, while Jeff Simley recounts 24 hours on Rio Grande’s busy Tennessee Pass line in 1996. All this and more in the November issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

November 2020

Volume 39, No. 11


Reading & Northern Coal Country

by C.N. Southwell — Six weeks spent exploring the Reading & Northern lines in Pennsylvania’s anthracite region was an eye-opening experience.

Portraits of Railroading: Night Trains

Compiled by James D. Porterfield — Twelve artists in various mediums illustrate the intrigue, adventure, and drama of railroading at night.

Sugar Rush in South Florida

by Barton Jennings — Based in Clewiston, Fla., U.S. Sugar Corp. operates a unique 300-mile network hauling sugarcane to the mills.

Designing BNSF’s 25th Anniversary Units

by Stephen M. Priest — A peek behind the scenes as this special anniversary project took shape from drawing board to reality.

24 Hours on Tennessee Pass

by Jeff Simley — In the 1990s, more than 20 Southern Pacific trains a day 64 crossed Colorado’s famed Tennessee Pass.


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

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/Dave Blazejewski

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