JUNE 2024: Milwaukee Road’s bold and pioneering effort to electrify its main line across the mountains and prairies couldn’t compete with the economic realities of railroading in the 1970s. Dick Dorn was there to document the last days of this operation in stunning black & white. Gordon Lloyd, Jr., wraps up his two-part series on Fairbanks-Morse diesel switchers, while Stephen Host takes us on a tour of the family-run Alexander Railroad in North Carolina. All this and more in the June issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

June 2024

Volume 43, No. 6


Features

Alexander Railroad

by STEPHEN HOST — Given up for dead by Southern Railway nearly 80 years ago, this North Carolina short line has experienced tremendous growth, thanks in part to three generations of family management.

Milwaukee Electrics: 50 Years Gone

by DICK DORN — Milwaukee Road’s bold and pioneering effort to electrify its main line across the mountains and prairies couldn’t compete with the economic realities of railroading in the 1970s.

Unexpected Fairbanks-Morse: Part 2

by GORDON LLOYD JR — Wrapping up our two-part examination of Fairbanks-Morse diesels from coal mines to steel mills, from freight yards to experimental passenger trains, and even some foreign operations.

The Soot of Rome: Cumbres & Toltec

by RICK MALO —For more than 50 years, a new generation of railroaders has been keeping the traditions of the Rio Grande narrow gauge alive in Colorado and New Mexico on Cumbres & Toltec Scenic

The Role of Technology: 2023 CRP&A Winners

Special Feature — The theme of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s Creative Photography Awards explored how technology has shaped how railroads operate, look, and perform over time.


Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers: Justin Franz

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

Destinations/detours and distractions along the right of way

Observation Car/railroad culture, dining, and art

High Iron/railroaders share their stories

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man

Markers/editorial commentary and musings

Parting Shot


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