Railfan & Railroad May 2019


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Blue Beasts of the Berkshiresby Gary R. Schermerhorn — Conrail assigned its fleet of high-horsepower General Electric diesels to tackle the tough grades over the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. We take a look back at the grand show put on by Big Blue in the years leading up to the CSX merger in 1999.

Leaving Bostonby Dan P. Lowe — More than 180 years of continuous through service came to an end when CSX pulled back from its Boston terminal at the end of 2018.

Boston’s Last Freight Trainby David A. Blazejewski — While Pan Am Railway’s BO-1 goes on duty in the shadow of Boston’s skyline, the customers served are outside the city limits.

NC&StL 576 on the Moveby Ralcon Wagner — CSX teamed up with Nashville Steam Preservation Society to give NC&StL 576 a splashy send-off before moving to its new home.

Lancaster & Chesterby Michael D. Harding — Serving South Carolina industry for more than 100 years, Lancaster & Chester is a laid-back and colorful country short line.


Capitol Lines/commentary from Washington: Don Phillips

Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

Markers/additional thoughts from your editors

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

Parting Shot/Lance Shott

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Mitch Markovitz

Rail Technology/how it works: David C. Lester

Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers

Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews

Through My Lens/trackside memories: Kevin EuDaly

Timetable/railroad event listings submitted by our readers

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

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