Railfan & Railroad October 2023
Alcos, Ore, and More • by Justin Franz — Join Associate Editor Justin Franz on a tour of eastern Quebec in the late 1990s and early 2000s for a look at Alco and MLWpowered railroads like Quebec Cartier and Chaleur Bay Railway, plus VIA Rail passenger trains on the scenic branch to Gaspé.
Bridge Line Alcos • by Otto M. Vondrak — When Delaware & Hudson first made the jump to diesel power in 1944, it turned to the Alco plant conveniently located on its main line in Schenectady, N.Y. To mark the 200th anniversary of the founding of D&H, we look back at its diverse Alco diesel fleet.
Shenandoah Valley • by John Leopard — An ex-Norfolk & Western RS-11 was an unlikely candidate for a Virginia short line previously dependent on EMD power. Join John Leopard for a look at how this well-traveled Alco road switcher made it from Virginia to New England and back.
Export Alcos Today • by Vic Lines — Alco-designed locomotives can still be found at work around the world, but for how much longer? Vic Lines takes us to South America and Asia for a look at these international survivors. While some might not look like Alcos, they certainly sound like them.
Departures/Commentary: Persistence and Nostalgia — by Alexander Benjamin Craghead
LocoNotes/Diesel spotters — compiled by Kenneth M. Ardinger
Markers/Additional thoughts from your editors
On The Menu/Railroad dining, art, and culture: Where Are We? — by James D. Porterfield
Parting Shot — by Dennis A. Livesey
Preservation Topics/Railway preservation: Observations From Across the Pond — by Robin Coombes
Railnews/Top news stories and reader-submitted photos
Railroadiana/New product, book, and video reviews
The High Iron/Railroaders share their stories: Private Car Confidential — by Lou Capwell
Through My Lens/Trackside memories: A Matter of Fate — by Kevin EuDaly
Timetable/Railroad event listings submitted by our readers
Transit Currents/Transit news — compiled by Bob Gallegos