Railfan & Railroad October 2019


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Anthracite Country Alcosby Dale W. Woodland — Reading Company employed a robust fleet of Alco power going all the way back to the 1920s. From early box cabs to the modern Century series, we recall the colorful Alco fleet that once hauled coal from the mines of eastern Pennsylvania.

Winner by a Nose: Alco’s FA and PAby Brian Lazarus — Looking to compete in the postwar streamliner era, Alco turned to partner General Electric to style its series of FA and PA locomotives.

The Elusive Hammerheadby Gordon Lloyd Jr. — Alco produced a high-hood variant of its popular road switcher for only three railroads. Now, only one example survives in captivity.

Kentucky Heritage Highballby Tyler Hardin — Thanks to generous cooperation from CSX and R.J. Corman, Chesapeake & Ohio 2716 was safely moved to its new home.

Fall Rush Through Flatheadby Bruce E. Kelly — This Montana bypass combines a busy main line, stunning scenery, and one of the longest tunnels in North America.


Capitol Lines/commentary from Washington: Don Phillips

Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

High Iron/railroaders share their stories: Tom Carver

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/Jackson Glozer

Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Jim Rowland

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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