2017-4: Surprise! This is neither a J-class, nor a 4-8-4… It’s a Norfolk & Western K-class Mountain locomotive. While the famous streamlined J-class Northerns were constructed by the N&W, the 4-8-2’s were built by Alco and Baldwin and had the shrouding applied at the Roanoke Shops to match their cousins. On February 22, 1952, one of these newly-designated K-2a’s is pulling a short southbound passenger train across the spectacular viaduct at Compton, Va. Photo by C. Able, from the collection of Cliff Scholes, courtesy of David P. Oroszi.

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4th Quarter 2017 – Issue No. 12


Northwest Adventure

by Steve Jessup — Railfanning the Northwest with a focus on Washington State.

Streamlined Steam

It’s a space ship! No, it’s a steam locomotive!

The Coat of Many Colors

by Mike Bednar — Conrail & Delaware & Hudson’s colorful early years.


Antiques RailRoadshow — Legacy paint scheme sightings

Car Corner — Unique freight and passenger cars

E.O.T. — A humorous or unusual railroad photograph

Quiz — Test your knowledge

Write-of-Way — Our readers respond!


Close, But No Cigar! — A photograph that is almost perfect, except for…

Links to the Past — Moments long gone, live on through the lens of a camera

Odds & Endcabs — These are not your typical cookie-cutter locomotives and rolling stock

People — Lively additions to spice up rail photos

Sign Language — Interesting signage found along the right of way

The Scenic Route — Beautiful scenes from around the railroad world

Time Machine — Timeless views of your favorite railroads from long ago or yesterday

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