May 2014

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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.
Secrets of a steam star
By G. Mark Ray
The untold history of excursion favorite Southern Railway No. 4501
Watch sister locomotive No. 630 steaming on this FREE video!
Narrow gauge reverie
By Jerry Dziedzic
A ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad 2-8-2 No. 463 helps me reflect on its history
Hiding in plain view
By Dave Crosby
Just past the log flume and the roller coaster, theme parks are home to railroad treasures
Read an online-only feature on Disney's storied railroads here!
Map of the Month: New York state's tourist railroads
By Bill Metzger
Fabulous scenery, vintage motive power, and classic depots abound in New York state
Paying the bills
By H. Howard Noble
A day in the life of 1960s tourist and freight, Michigan-based short line, Cadillac & Lake City Railway
See former C&LC No. 25 switching in Indiana!
High speed, high stakes
By Matt Van Hattem
New private passenger services are giving Europe's state railroads a run for their money. Who's really better?
737s ride the rails
By Tom Danneman
BNSF Railway hauls Boeing 737 fuselages to Boeing's plant in Washington for finishing. Here's what became of three of them
In My Own Words: Wangling a ride through the Rockies
By James Stitzel with Kendal Stitzel
I rode the caboose on a narrow gauge freight in Colorado in 1945
Ride this train!
Your 2014 railroad fun guide to tourist trains and railroad museums
News & Photos
  • Does oil go against the grain?
  • Obituary: James R. Young
Don Phillips
There is no substitute for an experienced, cautious engineer
An Amtrak crew grew so suspicious that they stopped their train and avoided disaster
Fred W. Frailey
Let's rescue the Northeast Corridor
Amtrak spins wheels in search of money to rebuilt its fast railroad. Yet the answer is in front of us
By Chris Guss
  • 'F' still stands for freight
  • BNSF Railway liquefied natural gas locomotives head for test tracks
By Steve Sweeney
  • Going with the flow
  • Integrating sensors, brakes on freight cars
By Bob Johnston
Ride Alaska's DMU cab car
From the Editor
Welcome back 4501
West Coast passenger paradise: Martinez, Calif.
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An ancient scale test car; Trains, Vol. 1, No. 0; Big Boy braking power
New life for Milwaukee skytops
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