APRIL 2018: West Railroad Street runs on the north and south side of the tracks in Canton as the Keokuk Junction Railway heads west on a clear March 8, 2017. Join photographer Steve Smedley as we follow the vintage F-units along the KJR. Dale Woodland takes us trackside in Pennsylvania Dutch country searching for behemoth General C39s running off their last miles in shortline service. We present our annual Along The Line gallery and the results of the CRPA annual creative photography awards. All this and more in the April issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

April 2018

Volume 37, No. 4


Thanks, Steve

by Ron Flanary — Reflecting on a friendship spanning more than three decades, it’s the love of mainline steam that cemented the bond.

Center for Railroad Photography & Art 2017 Gruber Creative Photo Awards

This year’s contest yielded winners in two creative categories, including “By the Light of Night” and “Vision from the Past.”

Central Illinois Covered Wagons

by Steve Smedley — While streamlined F-units left the mainlines more than a generation ago, classic cabs earn their keep on the Keokuk Junction Railway.

Along the Line 2017

Our annual presentation of colorful coast-to-coast trackside railroad action from the past year, as shared by our readers.

Dutch Country Dinosaurs

by Dale W. Woodland — Bumped from the Class Is, unique General Electric C39-8s roam former Reading branchlines in Pennsylvania Dutch Country.


Departures/commentary: Alexander B. Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews

Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

On the Menu/dining, travel, and art: James D. Porterfield

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Mitch Markovitz

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Classifieds/the railfan marketplace

Parting Shot

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