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Railfan & Railroad Magazine, Volume 40 Issue 1, January 2021

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JANUARY 2021: Long a Denver tradition, the Rio Grande Ski Train survived into the 21st century and was briefly revived by Amtrak in 2015. Steve Patterson takes us along for a ride on this legendary seasonal train the heart of the Colorado Rockies. Steve Bradley takes us north of the border to reminisce about the F-unit era on the Algoma Central, while Gordon Lloyd, Jr., recounts the history of traction and the revival of PCCs in El Paso, Texas. All this and more in the January issue of Railfan & Railroad!

Remembering the Rio Grande Ski Train by Steve Patterson: A Denver tradition for generations, the Rio Grande Ski Train enjoyed a long run into the 21st century and a brief revival under Amtrak.

Portfolio: No Rules by Samuel Phillips: A young photographer explores trackside vistas night and day in search of unique images and experiences.

Port Inland Railroad by C.N. Southwell: This obscure Michigan short line operation runs a lot of trains! Spoiler: There's access only from one public grade crossing.

Engineer for an Hour by Ron Flanary: A 1966 visit to Cincinnati led to the opportunity of a lifetime for a young railfan to pilot a Louisville & Nashville E7.

El Paso PCCs by Gordon Lloyd Jr.: Surviving as an international cross-border route until 1974, the current operation revived in 2019 remains within city limits.

Remembering Algoma F-Units by Steve C. Bradley: For nearly 16 years, a fleet of 11 former VIA Rail F-units pulled passenger trains on Ontario's Algoma Central.

Camera Bag/tips and techniques: Adrienne Evans
Departures/commentary: Alexander Benjamin Craghead
LocoNotes/diesel spotters: Kenneth M. Ardinger
Markers/additional thoughts from your editors
On The Menu/railroad dining, art, and culture: James D. Porterfield
Parting Shot/Eugene Armer
Preservation Topics/this stuff is old, man: Ryan Reed
Railnews/top news stories and photos from our readers
Railroadiana/new product, book, and video reviews
Through My Lens/trackside memories: Kevin EuDaly
Transit Currents/transit news: Bob Gallegos



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