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JULY 2015: Back in the 1990s, you never knew what was going to turn up on South Jersey's branch lines. David Baer and Rich Jahn showcase John Petko's photography of this interesting period of vintage diesel operation. Stan Trzoniec takes us to legendary Sand Patch Grade to witness the drama of modern railroad conquering the Alleghenies. All this and more in the July edition of Railfan & Railroad!
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Railfan & Railroad - July 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 7

This Month's Features

30 Sand Patch/Stan Trzoniec
CSX continues to conquer the Alleghenies on a route steeped in history, yet remains a vital link in the modern Eastern freight network

38 Prairie Village, Herman & Milwaukee/Jeff Terry
South Dakota’s Prairie Village is home to a colorful ex-Army 0-6-0

44 Simpson Finale/Robert W. Scott
SPECIAL: America’s last dedicated logging railroad has shut down

46 A Match Made in Jersey/David Baer and Richard Jahn
During the 1990s, shortlines in South Jersey were home to sets of
matched vintage diesels that changed as quickly as the operators

52 Fired Up 611!/by Chase Gunnoe
SPECIAL: After a year-long restoration, N&W 611 has returned home

66 DIGITAL EXTRA: Electrifying/Steve Barry
Members' Night at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in Pennsylvania turned into a tributed to some unique equipment from the old Red Arrow Lines

Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Railnews/top news stories and photos

Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

LocoNotes/diesel location and disposition data: Ken Ardinger

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Camera Bag/photography tips and technique: Greg Monroe

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

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadOne of the legendary mountain grades in the east is the former Baltimore & Ohio mainline over the Allegheny Mountains. Heading west from Cumberland, Md., the grade tops out at Sand Patch, Pa. This route remains a vital link for CSX Transportation as well as Amtrak’s Capitol Limited. Stan Trzoniec takes us to southwest Pennsylvania for a tour of this rugged railroad beginning on page 30. PHOTO BY STAN TRZONIEC

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