Railfan & Railroad August 2024


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50 Years of Conway Scenic • by Rick Kfoury — What began in 1974 as a seven-mile operation on the former Boston & Maine Conway Branch has since expanded to include the old Maine Central Mountain Division to Crawford Notch and beyond, with a roster of historic New England diesel locomotives. 

Final Spike Steam Tour • by Justin Franz — Returned to active service to commemorate the CPKC Railway merger, Canadian Pacific H1b 4-6-4 2816 embarked on an ambitious three-nation tour from Calgary to Mexico City and return in the spring and early summer of 2024.

Sunset on Silicon Valley’s Industrial Era • by Eric Cortinas and Andrew Cox — With San Jose’s transformation into the “Silicon Valley” in the 1970s, the dense network of freight customers once served by Southern Pacific and Western Pacific has dwindled down to just a few dozen switched out by various Union Pacific local crews.


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

Through My Lens — trackside memories: Kevin EuDaly

Collector Corner Collecting railroad antiques: Martin E. Hansen
 Collecting Locomotive Builder Plates Today

Preservation Topics Railway preservation: Jason Paul Sailer
 Maintaining Archives at Smaller Organizations

Destinations  Detours and distractions: Justin Franz
 Tourist Rails in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Markers  Additional thoughts from your editors

Parting Shot Adam Weidenbach

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