DECEMBER 2021: Bruce Kelly takes us trackside to Stampede Pass, marking 25 years since BNSF Railway reversed their decision to abandon this strategic main line. We won’t need a bigger boat when Dale Woodland takes us back to the mid-1970s to hunt down the elusive Delaware & Hudson Baldwin RF-16 “Sharks!” Michael Burkhart tracks down Amtrak’s 50th anniversary tribute units, and William Hopkins takes us back to the last days of steam in our nation’s capitol. All this and more in the December issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

December 2021

Volume 40, No. 12


Endless Encore on Stampede Pass

by Bruce Kelly — Stampede Pass reopened 25 years ago, bringing back a vital route for western freight traffic for BNSF.

Shark Hunt

by Dale W. Woodland — Hunting for Delaware & Hudson’s rare Baldwin RF-16s.

The Irvin S. Cobb at Vine Grove

by Ron Flanary — A painting inspired by a memory of a Kentucky hometown.

Amtrak 50th Anniversary Units

by Michael T. Burkhart — Seeking out celebratory diesels now in service.

Riding the Rails of Lincoln

by Kurt R. Bell — Recreating 1860s railroading on a Pennsylvania farm.

The Power of Cando

by Steve C. Bradley — An ever-expanding Canadian rail service empire.

Last Steam in D.C.

by William E. Hopkins — Last gasp for steam in the nation’s capitol in the 1950s.


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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