JANUARY 2019: The Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western has grown since it took over its first former Soo Line branch in 1990, now serving more than 500 miles of track in three states. Robert Scott takes us on a tour of this unique operation with its fleet of unusual wide-cab EMDs. Jeff Mast looks back to the rise and fall of Detroit’s SEMTA commuter rail service in the 1970s and 1980s, while Michael Sullivan shares his creative work documenting the modern railroads serving suburban New Jersey. Olev Taremae reviews the “baby-boat” General Electric U18B, which found few buyers in the railway market, but a huge following among fans. All this and more in the January issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

January 2019

Volume 38, No. 1


Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western

by Robert W. Scott — Since taking on 360 miles of former Soo Line tracks spun off by Canadian Pacific in 1990, the Dakota, Missouri Valley & Western Railroad has provided an essential service hauling agricultural goods and general freight in the High Plains.

Eastern U18Bs

by Olev Taremae — The mid-sized General Electric “Baby Boat” diesels found few buyers in the railway market, but a huge following with fans.

Portfolio: Jersey Boy

by Michael Sullivan — Michael Sullivan finds beauty in the gritty world of urban railroading in the shadow of the Big Apple.

Motor City Commuter

by Jeff Mast — Suburban politics and funding conflicts spelled the end of Detroit’s popular 26-mile commuter line to Pontiac in 1983.


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

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: David C. Lester

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot/Stephen Host

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