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MARCH 2017: Eric Miller takes us on a tour of Norfolk Southern's storied Pocahontas District, proving that there is life after coal. Bruce Kelly takes us back to Oregon's Willamette Valley, while David Barnett explores the development of Pennsylvania Railroad's famous streamlined T-1 duplex. All this and more in the March issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Railfan & Railroad - March 2017

VOLUME 36, No. 3

This Month's Features

Willamette Valley Railroading

by Bruce Kelly — Oregon’s Willamette Valley retains much of the legacy of the network of Southern Pacific lines that continue to serve this region.

2016 CRPA Photo Contest Winners

The theme of this year’s contest was to create evocative images of railroading, and also included a new mobile device category.

Pokey Adventures

by Eric Miller — Intermodal traffic fills the void left by reduced coal on the former Norfolk & Western mainline winding its way through West Virginia.

Almost the Ultimate

by David Barnett — As America entered World War II, the Pennylvania Railroad bet the future of steam power on the development of its powerful 4-4-4-4 T-1 Duplex.

Run for Your Life

by Ron Flanary — As the Family Lines were folded into Seaboard System in preparation for the CSX merger, the Louisville & Nashville continued to fly the flag proudly.


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

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

Preservation/old stuff: Otto Vondrak

Markers/editorial commentary

Parting Shot

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadDespite a drop in coal traffic, Norfolk Southern’s “Pokey” District still sees plenty of traffic. Westbound light pusher J59, en route to push loaded coal Train 83J, pops out of Welch Tunnel on October 29, 2016. The Pokey is considered to be the heart of the old Norfolk & Western. Eric Miller brings us trackside beginning on page 44. PHOTO BY ERIC MILLER

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