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Trains magazine covers the broad spectrum of railroading with authoritative content, dazzling photography, and a mix of content designed to appeal to everyone from the casual enthusiast to the seasoned professional railroader.

offers something for everyone who has a spark for railroading: Railroad news, insight, and commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service, transit, locomotives, technology, preservation, fan opportunities, and more. You'll also see images and read stories from railroading's glorious past, and explore the bright future of railroading. It's all in the pages of Trains magazine.
2014 Trains Photo Contest Winners
We asked for your images that show a sequence of events. See our choices and learn the theme for next year's contest.

See the new contest rules here!

If you'd like to view the images online and comment, go here or check them out on Trains' Facebook Wall.
The second Cascade Crossing
By Robert W. Scott
After 108 years, the second crossing of the Cascade Range still feels the rumble of tonnage over its rails
The Orient line reborn
By Fred W. Frailey
Three times failed, twice up for abandonment. Who would have predicted this outcome?
Map of the Month: Toledo's circular railroad
By Bill Metzger
The Toledo Terminal Railroad was the only complete loop
Getting nowhere fast
By Paul Baumgartner
Inadequate power and a heavy train in the middle of a Michigan winter equals disaster
Carbuilding challenge
'Buy America' requirements give car builders oomph, but is it enough?
Pause in time
By Travis Dewitz
Towns along the Norfolk Southern in McDowell County in West Virginia appear to be stuck in time
In my own words: Fire, lies, and signals
By John A. Mango
How a quiet graveyard shift at the tower turned to chaos on the Erie Railroad
News and Photos
  • Untangling the Chicago cluster
  • Boeing fuselages in Clark Fork River
  • Foxx, DOT place limits on DOT-111 tank cars
  • Q&A with Iowa Pacific's Ed Ellis
Don Phillips
Transportation: serious but fun
There's a reason employees seldom leave for dull jobs, even if their current ones can be tough
Fred W. Frailey
Joseph Szabo versus BNSF Railway
The FRA administrator and a politically savvy railroad are on a collision course
  • From DC to AC
    • Are we on the verge of massive GE rebuilding programs at BNSF and Norfolk Southern?
  • Citirail expands lease fleet
  • Greenville & Western Railway increase roster
  • Motive Power introduces high-visibility cab
Water: railroads' mortal enemy
Washouts, rust, corrosion, and 'ballast-pumping'
  • Probing the 'Chief' alternatives (See a FREE photo gallery here!)
    • Track maintenance issues are delaying the Southwest Chief while state seek funding solutions
  • Taking long distance local
    • Campaign to involve communities and politicians stresses the role that overnight trains play
From the Editor
Our annual photo contest theme, "Sequence," drew interesting interpretations as you'll see on pages 38 to 45. It also resulted in false starts and downright flubs. But the whole experience reminds me that railroad photography is in a new golden era.
Ask Trains
Multiple-identity E8, Safety tracks on Saluda, NS's "barcode" unit
A Santa Fe legend rolls on, the car Acoma
Matt Van Hattem's top 10 railfan spots; Trains' Rochelle webcam returns
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