Railfan & Railroad September 2023


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TriMet’s Trailblazersby Kyle Weismann-Yee — When Portland’s MAX light rail opened in 1986, Bombardier’s light rail vehicles were there to shoulder the load.

ALC-42s Taking Chargeby Justin Franz — Siemens’ ALC-42 is the new face of Amtrak longdistance trains, even with its teething problems.

Green Line: Boston’s Link to the Futureby Tim Doherty — Rooted in the growth of Boston and its streetcar suburbs, the MBTA Green Line is an important link in the urban rapid transit system.

Canceled Commutersby Photo Line — After serving their communities for decades, some commuter trains in Detroit, New York, and Pittsburgh didn’t make the cut.

Cincinnati Connectorby David Rohdenburg — Shrouded in political controversy and delay, Cincinnati’s streetcar loop connects vibrant parts of the Queen City.

Staten Island Railwayby John Levai — Baltimore & Ohio’s unique rapid transit legacy serves the citizens of New York City’s “forgotten” borough day in and day out.


Departures/Commentary: Transit’s Legacy and Character — by Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews/Top news stories and reader-submitted photos

Transit Currents/Transit news: compiled by Bob Gallegos

Railroadiana/New product, book, and video reviews

Timetable/Railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes/Diesel spotters/compiled by Kenneth M. Ardinger

Through My Lens/Trackside memories: The Operator’s Desk — by Kevin EuDaly

Destinations/Diversions and detours: A Prairie Centennial in Fort Steele — by Justin Franz

Camera Bag/Photo tips and techniques: Project photography and layering — by Justin Franz

On The Menu/Railroad art and culture: All Aboard the Schooltrain — by James D. Porterfield

Markers/Additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot/by Gary Pancavage

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