OCTOBER 2021: Although General Electric power has made inroads, Alcos still can be found working around the Twin Cities. Nick Benson takes us on a tour of the Minnesota Commercial Railway. C.N. Southwell looks back at a fun private photo charter on the San Francisco Bay Railroad, while Garland McKee takes us back to when Alcos ruled on the Louisville & Nashville. Jim Rowland educates us on Rembrandt’s fine art (as it applied to Alcos), and Gordon Lloyd reviews Alco’s attempt at building a versatile centercab switcher. All this and more in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

October 2021

Volume 40, No. 10


Centercab Century

by Gordon Lloyd Jr. — Alco thought its C-415 answered the need for a powerful next-generation yard switcher, but there were few takers for the unique centercab design.

Alco Barbecue by the Bay

by C.N. Southwell — An amazing series of events led to an exclusive day of shooting Alco switchers on the San Francisco Bay Railroad.

Dixie Line Alcos

by Garland McKee — Eastern Kentucky in the 1970s was a hotbed of Alco action on the coal branches of Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

“Rembrandt’s” Alco

by Jim Rowland — While they weren’t scheduled for Conrail paint, at least one ex-Lehigh & Hudson River C-420 met the artist’s brush.

Minnesota Commercial

by Nick Benson — Although General Electric power has made inroads, Alcos still can be found working around the Twin Cities.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers: Eric Berger

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

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

Rail Technology/how it works: David C. Lester

Camera Bag/photography tips and techniques

On The Menu/railroad dining, art, and culture: James D. Porterfield

High Iron/railroaders share their stories

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot

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