AUGUST 2019: In this issue, Mike Schafer concludes his epic July 1969 exploration across the American West with future Railfan & Railroad editor Jim Boyd. We take you trackside to Maine Central’s Rumford Branch come alive with new traffic from reactivated paper mills. Steve Schmollinger takes us to busy Tower 60 crossing just north of Fort Worth, Texas. Plus, the winners from our 2019 Centerspread Contest! All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

August 2019

Volume 38, No. 8


Tower 60

by Steve Schmollinger — This busy crossing just north of Fort Worth hosts BNSF Railway and Union Pacific, as well as short line Fort Worth & Western. Amtrak and Grapevine Railroad passenger trains add to the interesting mix of traffic, making this a great spot for relaxed train watching.

2019 Centerspread Contest Winners

With so many exciting photos to choose from, only one can occupy the coveted centerspread position.

Rumford Branch Revival

by George and Kathy Melvin — Pan Am Railways responds as reactivated paper mills along the Maine Central Rumford Branch demand service.

How the West was Done: Part 2

by Mike Schafer — Our young adventurers wrap up their whirlwind tour of Western railroading during the summer of 1969.

Amtrak Returns to Roanoke

by Eric Miller — This latest extension of the popular Northeast Regional service brings Amtrak back to the Star City for the first time since 1979.


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

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot

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