Railfan & Railroad January 2023


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Durango Flangersby Jerry Day — Up in the mountains of Colorado, Durango & Silverton flangers keep the narrow gauge lines open much like they have for the last hundred years.

Tacoma Rail Mountain Finaleby Nate Shedd — The end has come for this mountainous 132-mile former Milwaukee Road branch line operated by Tacoma Rail.

CSX Santa Train Returnsby Michael T. Burkhart — An 80-year tradition returns to Clinchfield country after a two year hiatus, spreading holiday cheer throughout the region.

New Era for Jackson & Lansingby Drayton Blackgrove — This former Conrail secondary line in Michigan has seen a resurgence under new management looking to grow.

Waning Days of Wickerlinersby Charles Freericks — Finding comfort aboard Edison-era ex-Lackawanna cars as they rolled off their final miles in 1980s suburban New Jersey.

Port Bienville Railroadby Mike Appleby — This busy short line celebrates 50 years of growth serving an important coastal Mississippi port facility.


Camera Bag/tips and techniques: Elrond Lawrence

Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

High Iron/railroaders share their stories: George Dutka

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/Steve Barry

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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