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JUNE 2016: Denver's light rail system has grown over the last 20 years and now the Mile High City will be riding its first ever commuter rail trains. Bryan Bechtold shows us around this exciting new transit system. Joel Jensen looks at hard work on the modern narrow gauge, Ron Flanary takes us along on a 1969 railfan chase, and Steve Barry bids farewell to WM 734. All this and more in the June issue of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - June 2016

VOLUME 35, No. 6

This Month's Features

28 My Little Black Book/Ron Flanary
Looking back on the events of May 13, 1969, through the pages of an old notebook and photos of Louisville & Nashville freight action

34 Boomtown Transit/Bryan Bechtold
As part of the new FasTracks program, Denver’s Regional Transportation District is building out new rail transit systems to serve the Mile High City

44 Hard Work/Joel Jensen
If you don’t think keeping a steam railroad running through the mountains is hard work, then you don’t know the Durango & Silverton

52 Farewell to 734/Steve Barry
Coming up for its federally-mandated rebuild, we look back at 20 years of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s popular excursion locomotive

66 DIGITAL EXTRA: Chasing the Blues/Steve Barry
Norfolk Southern’s colorful rebuilds are in captive service on a power plant run in Virginia

Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos

LocoNotes/diesel location and disposition data: Ken Ardinger

Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Timetable/railroad events submitted by our readers

Camera Bag/photography tips and technique: Steve Barry

On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield

Preservation/old stuff: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot/John Biehn

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadAfter crossing Interstate 70, Airport Boulevard, and Union Pacific’s “Kansas Pacific” line, an RTD A line train begins descending to ground level to parallel the “KP” and Smith Road into Denver. Starting on page 34, Bryan Bechtold explores the rapidly expanding rail transit system serving Denver, including the first ever dedicated commuter trains.
PHOTO BY BRYAN BECHTOLD

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