JULY 2021: When Santa Fe and Southern Pacific announced their bombshell merger plans and started painting locomotives in the new SPSF Railway image in 1985, everyone assumed it was a done deal. Elrond Lawrence was trackside for this turbulent time in Western railroading, recording the most famous merger that never was. Marcus Stevens takes us on a tour of Canadian National’s busy Dundas Sub in southern Ontario, while we take a swing through Michigan to chase vintage Ann Arbor GP35s on the Great Lakes Central. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!
Beginning in fall 1985, Southern Pacific and Santa Fe quickly rolled out their bright new SPSF merger image, never thinking their proposal would be denied. For trackside railfans, it meant an uncertain future for two giants of the West.