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JULY 2017: Some loved it, some hated it. Either way, Chessie System's audacious steam program of 1977 was a welcome respite from the doom and gloom surrounding the industry. Kevin EuDaly looks back at the resurrection and ultimate defeat of Reading 2101 as the ambassador for Chessie System's steam program. We also visit sunny Florida's First Coast Railroad, and take a ride on VIA's remote services to Churchill, Manitoba. Steve Schmollinger takes on a swing through Saginaw, Texas. All this and more in the July issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - July 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 7

This Month's Features

Chessie 2101

Kevin EuDaly - A simple idea to mark the 150th anniversary of the Baltimore & Ohio in 1977 grew into a full-fledged Eastern steam excursion program

First Coast Railroad

T.J. Mahan - Formed in 2005, this Genesee & Wyoming shortline operates some of Florida’s oldest coastal rail routes near the Georgia border

Endangered Species

Denis Connell - Polar bears and beluga whales are not the only endangered species you’ll encounter riding VIA’s remote services to Churchill, Manitoba

Swinging Through Saginaw

Steve Schmollinger - This busy Texas junction just north of Fort Worth hosts BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Amtrak, and occasional Kansas City Southern traffic


Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin 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

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

Preservation/old stuff: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadOn August 14, 1977, the Chessie Steam Special behind ex-Reading 4-8-4 2101 roars out of Midland, Ohio, on its way from Cincinnati to Chillicothe, Ohio. Forty years ago this historic locomotive and its train steamed across Chessie System, providing entertainment to countless thousands. Kevin EuDaly looks back at the colorful consist that celebrated 150 years of the Baltimore & Ohio starting on page 28. PHOTO BY KEVIN EUDALY

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