August 2011

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.


  • Railroads: the post-cell phone era
  • Q&A with BNSF's executive vice president and chief marketing officer John Lanigan
  • Flooding truncates the route of Amtrak's City of New Orleans and Empire Builder
Freight railroads continue achieving success, even amid strange controversies swirling around them
What if high speed rail isn't really dead?
  • Why some railroads trade locomotive speed for tractive effort
  • Where are they now: Amtrak's F69PHACs
The Federal Railroad Administration works to make at-grade crossings smarter and safer
Amtrak exhibit train coming to a town near you
Long Island Rail Road advances the largest transportation construction project in the country


From the Editor

Reflecting on the simple joy of watching a train pass

Ask Trains

• Pennsy Tubular Train • GATX reporting marks • Isolating locomotives


Observe Baldwins and the Northeast's SMS Rail Lines' other fascinating diesel locomotives in action

Bonus Content: See maps of SMS Rail Lines' other operations


The great recession puts a strain on well-known publicly funded railroad museums



Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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