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October 2017: Garland McKee takes us along on a Western Alco Roundup, one of the largest Alco operators in the east is profiled by Charlie Wood, and we visit one of the last narrow gauge freight lines in America that also happens to employ Alco/MLW diesels. All this and more in the October issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - October 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 10

This Month's Features

Portraits of the Rails

by James D. Porterfield — Several artists show how railroading interacts in our daily lives, moving through the environment among us.

Western Alcos

by Garland McKee — Schenectady’s (and Montreal’s) machines still roam the wild west, but the numbers are dwindling for this rare breed.

Plaster City Alcos

by Charles Freericks — Originally built for the White Pass & Yukon, rare narrow gauge DL-535Es can be found in the California desert.

Genesee Valley Transportation

by Charlie Wood — Genesee Valley Transportation is a shortline success story operating a fleet of Alcos on five railroads in two states.

Santa Fe Searchlights

by Steve Barry — With federal mandates for Positive Train Control looming, Chico’s Road is home to one of the last stands of mainline searchlight signals.


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: Rick Rowlands

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadFour Alco Centuries in Genesee Valley Transportation corporate colors power a Delaware-Lackawanna train westbound at Pocono Summit on October 14, 2016. GVT and its five Alco-powered railroads are keeping Schenectady products in service long after the units vanished from Class I railroads. Charlie Wood tours the GVT’s Alco Empire beginning on page 46. PHOTO BY GARLAND McKEE

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