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May 8, 2018
I can’t believe it’s been 45 years since my infamous railfanning trip out west. A lot has happened in the last four-plus decades, but this was one of the most unique railfan events that I have had the good fortune to experience.
May 8, 2018
One of the places that I have had the greatest time chasing and photographing trains has been eastern North Carolina, especially in the mid to late 1970s and into the 1980s, when you could find Seaboard Coast Line, Southern, Amtrak, and a number of colorful shortlines.
December 11, 2017
Although the Missouri Pacific was never a high priority for us, we managed to photograph, either together or separately, operations of this railroad in six of the nine states in which it had a major presence before or within a few years after its merger with the Union Pacific in late 1982.
June 7, 2017
The colorful Arkansas & Ozarks Railway picked up where the Missouri & Arkansas Railway left off, beginning operation under Salzberg management in 1950. Just ten years later, the line would be shut down and abandoned due to severe flooding and mounting losses.
March 8, 2017
Many railfans are drawn to railroad operations that use antiquated equipment and pass through scenic countryside, qualities which the original Ma & Pa had in spades. Being close to major eastern population centers, the Ma & Pa was accessible and became an early favorite among railroad enthusiasts.
January 3, 2017
The Baltimore & Ohio in the Chessie System era remained a busy conduit for freight, especially across the M&K Division in West Virginia. Join photographer Dave Ori for a colorful look back.
October 18, 2016
An article in the April 1960 Railroad Magazine sure caught my attention and prompted youthful thoughts of a possible adventure. According to the story, thirty-one steam locomotives were still very busy on the 39-mile Sydney & Louisburg Railway hauling coal at the northeast end of Nova Scotia in Canada.
August 18, 2016
It may be hard to believe but there once was a time when the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad was a single 14.5 mile railroad in western New York state, not the owner-operator of more than 120 railroads that has spread fleets of orange colored locomotives to three continents.
April 26, 2016
If it weren’t for the paper industry, you probably would never have heard of the Maine Central Railroad. Railfans found the railroad to be a great target for their cameras. The motive power was well-maintained and painted in a very attractive scheme.
March 7, 2016
Most of the Soo Line’s trackage runs through the rural landscape of the lightly populated upper Midwest. That belies the importance of this rather quiet railroad that never really acquired the celebrity status of other carriers.