Railfan & Railroad March 2019


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Burlington Northern’s Alco Accumulationby Gordon Lloyd — When Burlington Northern was formed in 1970, it inherited a modest fleet of Alco locomotives from the Northern Pacific and Spokane, Portland & Seattle. The Alcos found their way to two pockets on the system—the Pacific Northwest and Minnesota.

Trona Todayby Zachary Larsen — Toiling in the desert of the Searles Valley in California, the modern Trona Railway hauls heavy trains of minerals to the main line.

Along the Line 2018Photos from our readers — Last year saw a lot of variety in the North American railroad scene and our contributors were trackside to capture the action.

Follow the Beetby George and Kathy Melvin — Huron & Eastern’s sugar beet train operation was a colorful addition to the railroading scene in Michigan’s Thumb.


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/commentary from Washington: Don Phillips

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 memories: Kevin EuDaly

Camera Bag/photography techniques: Dennis A. Livesey

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

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Otto M. Vondrak

Markers/additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot/Kit Courter

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