APRIL 2019: David Hawkins takes flight over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, exploring passenger, freight and transit operations from the air. John Leopard takes us on a tour of the colorful West Virginia short line South Branch Valley Railroad, while Jim Porterfield explores the artistry of American postage stamps in “Portraits of Railroading.” All this and more in the April issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

April 2019

Volume 38, No. 4


South Branch Valley

by John Leopard — Saved by the state of West Virginia in 1978, this former Baltimore & Ohio branch line hosts a handful of passenger excursions mixed in with regular freight operations. The railroad’s traditional paint schemes and scenic route will draw you to the Mountain State.

Flying High Above the Metroplex

by David Hawkins — This article captures a fascinating mix of freight, passenger, and transit in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Wilmington & Western

by Steve Barry — Delaware’s venerable steam railroad has been taking passengers through the historic Red Clay Valley since 1966.

Portraits of Railroading

by James D. Porterfield — Reviewing the creative and varied artwork of railroad-themed postage stamps over the years.

Hawaiian Railway Society

by Michael T. Burkhart — This group of volunteers keeps Oahu’s narrow gauge heritage alive with a popular diesel-powered tourist operation near Ewa Beach.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

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

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

The Scan Man/the world of railroad radio: Vincent Reh

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot/Kit Courter

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