Railfan & Railroad February 2024


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Woodland Rail • by Lucas Leighton — Venture east to where America’s day begins for a look at changing times in Downeast Maine as a former Maine Central branch line finds new life under New Brunswick Southern.

One Day in Atlanta • by Ron Flanary — A young railfan’s first visit to Atlanta in 1966 revealed a fascinating world of railroading with appearances by Southern Railway, Louisville & Nashville, Atlanta & West Point, and more.

A Tale of Two Idahos • by Steve Jessup — Travel west for a look at the two personalities of railroading in the Gem State, from the arid southern region to the mountainous and forested northern panhandle.

Chasing Steam by Motorbike in Thailand • by Brice Douglas — Sometimes losing a camera isn’t the worst thing in the world as Brice Douglas found in Thailand, where state-sponsored steam excursions run through a busy city.

Shenandoah Junction • by Michael Murray — This busy West Virginia junction plays to competing Class Is CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern 24 hours a day, seven days a week — with a little Amtrak action for good measure.


Departures — Commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead

Railnews — Top news stories and photos from our readers

Transit Currents — Transit news: Bob Gallegos

Railroadiana — New product, book, and video reviews

Timetable — Railroad event listings submitted by our readers

LocoNotes — Diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger

Through My Lens — Trackside memories: Kevin EuDaly

Collector Corner  Railroad antiques and ephemera: Justin Franz

Preservation Topics — Railway preservation: Otto M. Vondrak

The Observation Car  Culture, art, film, and food: Rick Malo

Markers  Additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot — Otto M. Vondrak

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