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AUGUST 2012 RAILFAN VOL. 31 No. 8/RAILROAD vol. 134 no. 5


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CAB UNIT REPRISE: For only eight brief months, the Detroit-Atlana RoadRailer service was hauled by classic covered wagons. Here CSX 118 and 119 hustle train R-211 through Winchester, Kentucky, on June 5, 1988. PHOTO BY BRADLEY MCCLELLAND


This Month’s Features


26 Grand Canyon Limited/Ken Rattenne Climb aboard as we join the crew of Santa Fe 3751 for a behind the scenes look at a special six day, 1300-mile round trip excursion from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon.


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30 The Texas Tarantula/John Leopard With its colorful matched locomotives, busy schedules, and interesting territory, the Fort Worth & Western makes an attractive target for photographers in the Lone Star State.


38 Rain, Rain . . . /Steve Barry A photo charter on Connecticut’s Valley Railroad using their recently rebuilt Chinese Mikado offered some photographers a unique window to experience traditional New England branch line railroading.


38 On the Cover


This month we take a look at short line railroading in the Lone Star State. Fort Worth & Western’s FWDU (Fort Worth-Dublin turn) with SD40-2 2018, a former Union Pacific unit, passes the approach signal at Highway 281 east of Stephenville, Texas, on February 6, 2011. The cover story begins on page 30. PHOTO BY JOHN LEOPARD


42 RoadRailer F-unit Finale/Bradley McClelland For just eight months in 1988, CSX Transporation assigned their fleet of classic cabs to their short-lived RoadRailer trains. We look back at this brief reprise of covered wagons in regular freight service.


Departments


4 Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead 6 Timetable/railfan events submitted by our readers 7 On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield


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11 Lineside Legacy/preservation: Howard Pincus 14 Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon 20 Railnews/top news stories and photos 48 Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk 50 Railroadiana/new products, books and videos 54 Markers/editorial commentary 57 Advertising Index/the railfan marketplace 58 Final Frame


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