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FEBRUARY 2015: Join Marcus Stevens as he chases his first snow plow train across the frozen lands of southern Ontario, then follow Michael Bargmann as he takes us on a tour of Union Pacific's Altoona Sub. Brian Solomon shows us the beauty and drama of the Boston & Albany, while Michael Burkhart looks for the ghosts of Texas traction. All this and more in the February 2015 issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine!

Railfan & Railroad - February 2015

VOLUME 34, No. 2

This Month's Features

32 Clearing the Southland/Marcus W. Stevens
Snow plow trains can be elusive due to the whims of weather and scheduling, but a 2014 trip to southern Ontario provided plenty of action.

38 Portfolio: Boston & Albany/Brian Solomon
See why this New England railroad with a long history and a dramatic mountain crossing has inspired photographers for generations.

46 Union Pacific’s Altoona Sub/Michael Bargmann
The former Chicago & North Western line across Wisconsin is part of the shortest route between Chicago and the Twin Cities.

56 In Focus: Texas Transportation Co./Michael Burkhart
The ghosts of the last electric railroad in Texas remain around San Antonio’s historic Pearl Brewery site.



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: Jaime Serensits

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

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups

Scan Man/railroad radio: Vincent Reh

Markers/editorial commentary

Final Frame/your parting shot


On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadSituated between two Great Lakes, southern Ontario is often in the direct path of major snow storms, which means plow extras are just another part of the landscape. Ontario Southland Railway’s 1907-built former Canadian Paficic wedge plow makes the first of two passes east of Gladstone, Ont., on on January 27, 2014. Join Marcus Stevens as he follows the colorful OSR plow train starting on page 32. PHOTO BY MARCUS W. STEVENS

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