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AUGUST 2017: Detroit's new QLINE streetcar made its debut this spring, tying together the recent surge in Motor City's downtown revival. Editor Steve Barry takes us on a tour of Tennessee's active steam operations, while Jeff Terry recounts the history of repatriated Russian Decapods. Jerry Jordak takes us on a tour of the Wheeling & Lake Erie's suburban Solon Branch. All this and more in the August issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - August 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 8

This Month's Features

Detroit QLINE

by James Greene — Once down at its knees, downtown Detroit is enjoying a period of new growth and investment, including a new light rail transit line.

From Russian Orphan to American Citizen

by Jeff Terry — Originally built by the hundreds for export to Russia by Baldwin and Alco, only a handful of these unique steam locomotives survive today.

Wheeling Through Solon

by Jerry W. Jordak — Wheeling & Lake Erie’s solitary Solon Branch provides plenty of branchline freight action just a stone’s throw away from Cleveland.

Steamy Tennessee

by Steve Barry — A double-header, a photo freight, and a narrow gauge Mikado are all part of the active steam scene in the Volunteer State

The Journey

by Nicholas D’Amato — Illustrating a timeless scene, sometimes the anticipation of the journey is the most exciting part of the trip.


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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