AUGUST 2022: The fires have been dropped for the last time in China, as the last of the big main line steam service comes to an end in the mining districts around Sandaoling. Meanwhile, one of the Chinese QJ 2-10-2s owned by Iowa Interstate moves to Heritage of Midwest America’s backshops in Silvis, Ill., for planned inspection and service. Dan Kwarciany takes us to northern Wisconsin to explore decades of change on the network of Canadian National branch lines, while Steve Carter takes us on a tour of the rebuilt Lakewood Sub moving freight and passengers around Tacoma. All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!

This Month

August 2022

Volume 41, No. 8


Tacoma’s Lakewood Sub

by Steve Carter — This BNSF secondary was transformed into a robust main line to accommodate additional passenger trains in and around Tacoma.

2022 Center Spread Contest

by our readers — Our readers submitted hundreds of creative entries, but only one can occupy the coveted center spread position.

Last Gasp for Chinese Steam

by Ben Kletzer — The coal mines of Sandaoling were home to the last holdouts for regular service steam in China, and around the world.

Iowa’s QJ Moves to Silvis

by Cate Kratville-Wrinn — Iowa Interstate’s Chinese 2-10-2 6988 moves to Railroading Heritage of Midwest America’s backshops in Silvis, Ill.

Change on the Valley Sub

by Dan Kwarciany — Former Chicago & North Western lines in northern Wisconsin operated by Canadian National will now go to a new short line.


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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