Railfan & Railroad July 2024


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Genesee & Wyoming at 125 • by OTTO VONDRAK  — What began as a lucrative salt mining enterprise in western New York has expanded in the last 40 years into the largest short line operator in the world.

Trowbridge Tower  • by JACK BARBIER — Trackside memories of railfanning at Grand Trunk Western’s Trowbridge Tower, where Chesapeake & Ohio crossed the busy main line between Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan. 

From Maine Coast to Midcoast • by JUSTIN FRANZ — Decades of change as several operators try to find success on the state-owned former Maine Central Rockland Branch, culminating in Finger Lakes Railway’s Midcoast Railservice.

Big Day on a Little Railroad  • by DAVID R. BUSSE —A chance encounter with Louisville, New Albany & Corydon Railroad resulted in recording the venerable short line operating  a special excursion for a local nursery school.

Sand, Steel, and The Sahara • by BRICE DOUGLAS — In Africa, the adventurous railfan can see, photograph, and even ride behind EMD exports hauling heavy ore trains across the Sahara Desert.


Departures Commentary/Alexander Benjamin Craghead 
 Exports and Expats

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/Kevin EuDaly 
 Always Never Say Die

High Iron  Railroaders share their stories/Matt Walker 
  Bait and Switch and Other Tales

Camera Bag Photography tips and techniques/Jeffrey Smith 
  Storage Strategies for Digital Photos: 2

Destinations  Detours and distractions/Joseph Zadeh 
  Northern Ohio: A Railfan Destination

Markers  Additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot Zach Kedge

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