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APRIL 2012 RAILFAN VOL. 31 No. 4/RAILROAD vol. 134 no. 1


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TAKE ME OUT: Minnesota Twins fans make their way towards Target Field after leaving the first Northstar commuter rail Baseball Extra on April 12, 2010. With the construction of new “fan friendly” downtown ball parks and rail systems, baseball fans around the country are discovering the convenience of taking the “train to the game.” NICK BENSON PHOTO


This Month’s Features


8 In Focus: The Man in the Cockpit/Seward Tuthill Forty years ago, Amtrak took on the impossible task to make the “trains worth traveling again.” Have they managed to succeed?


26 Containers in Corn Country/Howard Ande What’s inside those containers? The answer may surprise you as we examine an emerging trend in American exports.


30 Take Me Out to the Ball Game/Otto M. Vondrak Like the venerable Eastern stadiums, new major league baseball parks around the country are also served by rail and transit.


44 On the Cover


A northbound empty BNSF grain train crosses the Willow Creek Trestle on the Oregon Trunk line in Madras, Ore., at dusk on May 11, 2011. For three years photographer Scott Lothes called the Northwest his home. He explores the dramatic world of railroading in Oregon and Washington after dark starting on page 36. SCOTT LOTHES PHOTO


36 Northwest by Night/Scott Lothes Increased train traffic after dark adds to the drama of the rugged landscapes of Oregon and Washington.


44 Action on Christiansburg Hill/Steve Barry Enjoy a taste of mountain railroading on Norfolk Southern’s old Norfolk & Western line through Montgomery Tunnel in Virginia.


Departments


4 Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead 6 Timetable/events submitted by our readers


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10 On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield 13 Lineside Legacy/preservation: Jeff Terry 16 Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon 20 Railnews/top news stories and photos 48 Railroadiana/new products, books and videos 50 Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk 54 Markers/editorial commentary 57 Advertising Index/the railfan marketplace 58 Final Frame


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