AUGUST 2018: A portion of the legendary Rio Grande narrow gauge empire lives on thanks to the efforts of Colorado’s Durango & Silverton. Jerry Day explores the history of “Sports Model” K-28 2-8-2 no. 476 and its restoration to service. Photographer C.N. Southwell takes us on a tour of the old Sacramento Northern electric line preserved by the volunteers of the Western Railway Museum in California, while Michael Harding explains Norfolk Southern’s two routes to Toledo, Ohio. All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

August 2018

Volume 37, No. 8


Electric Heritage in Northern California

by C.N. Southwell — The volunteers at the Western Railway Museum picked up where the old Sacramento Northern left off, working hard to preserve Northern California’s electric railway heritage. With a diverse collection of restored equipment running through a scenic valley in a temperate climate, there’s much to attract the visiting railfan.

2018 Centerspread Contest

Out of hundreds of quality entries, only one can take the coveted centerspread location. See the results of our 2018 contest.

Two Ways to Toledo

by Michael D. Harding — Since the Conrail split in 1999, Norfolk Southern now has two ways to route westbound freight between Bellevue and Toledo.

1,000 Miles to Alamosa

by Jeff Terry — Seeking out postwar steam, the Thompson brothers made several trips from Minnesota to visit Colorado narrow gauge in the 1960s.

476: A Legend Reborn

by Jerry B. Day — Cold for almost 20 years, the Durango & Silverton rebuilds a legendary “sport model” K-28 narrow gauge steam locomotive.


Departures/commentary: Steve Barry

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

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

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: James D. Porterfield

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Classifieds/the railfan marketplace

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