Previews

Previews from the pages of the all new Railroads Illustrated Annual! Get inspired by 100 pages of creative railroad photography from yesterday and today.

Southern Ontario’s F-Unit Revival

January 11, 2016

Southern Ontario’s F-Unit Revival

In 2012, news quickly spread that Ontario Southland Railway had picked up a former VIA Rail FP9 and planned to put it in service. As if the news couldn’t get any better, word came a year later that another pair of long-retired FP9s had arrived on the property. OSR’s shops have done a lot of painstaking work to get the “three amigos” operational again, including searching for many hard-to-locate parts.

Seaboard System: Not a Temporary Railroad

October 30, 2015

Seaboard System: Not a Temporary Railroad

My discontent with Seaboard System came from the fact it erased some familiar railroad names that had been a part of my younger life, particularly Louisville & Nashville and the Clinchfield…

Buckeye State Tunnel Motors

October 30, 2015

Buckeye State Tunnel Motors

Ohio is also home to five short line/regional railroad companies that operate a locomotive of the type popularly known as “tunnel motors.” EMD modified the cooling systems of its popular SD45–2s and SD40-2s for better engine cooling in tunnels where hot exhaust fumes linger near the tunnel’s ceiling…

Romancing the Rathole

October 30, 2015

Romancing the Rathole

I first visited these rails in the spring of 1991 as part of a railfan group’s day trip. I was immediately struck by the magnificence of the massive cuts, bisected and traversed by impossibly tall bridges that carried backwoods country roads across them…

Early BNSF

October 30, 2015

Early BNSF

In May 1996, BNSF painted SD60M 9297 in a bimodal experimental paint configuration, where the schemes were different on either side of the engine. The purpose of this painting was to gather feedback from employees and perhaps shareholders as well as management on BNSF’s new but formative corporate image…