Railfan & Railroad March 2024


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Santa Fe’s Silent Sentinels • by Ted Benson — Photographer Ted Benson travels to the Land of Enchantment for a look at the last semaphore blades in service on a Class I railroad in America.

Railfanning Sioux Falls • by Dan Kwarciany — Standard cab EMDs rule in Sioux Falls, S.D., moving freight for BNSF Railway, Dakota & Iowa Railroad, and Ellis & Eastern Railroad.

2023 Along the Line • Special — From steam to diesel, main line to branch line, 2023 was another exciting year to be trackside. Join us for our annual look back at railroading in North America and beyond.

Central Electrics Land in Danbury  • by Otto M. Vondrak — For decades, two historic New York Central electrics have had an uncertain fate at a power plant in New York. Now, these iconic motors have been saved by the Danbury Railway Museum.


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 The Last Slide

Business & Technology  Analysis of railroading/David C. Lester A New Frontier: Railcar Telematics

Camera Bag — Photography tips and techniques/Justin Franz A (Holiday) Trainload of Thoughts

The Observation Car  Culture, art, film, and food /Justin Franz Whistle-Stop Politics

Markers  Additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot — Robert Spinuzzi

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