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September 2014

Sept 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.
Heritage on parade every day
By Jim Wrinn
Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific, Amtrak, Pan Am, and Iowa Interstate have made lasting impressions
Map of the Month: Pennsylvania's Steel City gateway
By Bill Metzger
Your guide to the Pennsy's main line into Pittsburgh, mapping decades of rail history
Persistent paint scheme
By George W. Hamlin
Who would have thought, in 1969, we'd be seeing locomotives in the New Haven's McGinnis colors in 2013
Where nature smiles
By Tom Danneman
If the scenery on the rest of the route was as beautiful as this spot near Trout Creek, Mont., I'd be smiling for more than 300 miles
Reaping whats sown
By David Honan
A state agency, a short line, and its customers partner to save an endangered branch line and grow an important new shipping resource
The houses railroads built
By Elfrieda Abbe
Railroad barons and their Gilded Age mansions
In My Own Words: Railroads as a test of character
By Peter Cox
A Canadian National brakeman tells about working passenger trains in the 1960s
News & Photos
  • Competition at what price?
    • Railroads and shippers seek a fair solution to the competitive switching puzzle
  • Canadian crude oil shipments rise
Don Phillips
In 1950, many railroads were called 'Class I'
But, in truth, only 36 of those 128 lines were more than a little critter
Fred W. Frailey
Why you may yet read by candlelight
When it comes to crude by rail, facts are innocent victims of political agendas
Rebuilding big GEs
Norfolk Southern gives new life to late-1980s and early-1990s units
In Austria, handmade high-tech
Behind the scenes at Plasser & Theurer's main assembly plant
Pets on trains get a short leash
Sundown for the 'Sunset'?
From the Editor
Matched consist bliss
Ask Trains
Blue bearing caps, What is "HERZOG?", Guardrails for bridges
How do you lead Steamtown? New superintendent shares her thoughts about the museum in the Lackawanna shop at Scranton, Pa.
Indiana's forgotten hot spot
Griffith provides modern rail action in a suburban setting with plenty of history
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