May 2012

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.


  • Midwest trains reach 110 mph
  • Where do the Big Six railroads plan to spend money?
  • Three crew die in VIA Rail derailment
Railroads are spending big for the future, and waging a savvy political battle in Washington
Canadian Pacific is inefficiently and ineffectively run. Hunter Harrison will shake things up
2012 brings more chances to ride in private railcars
Research into crash energy management shows promise in making rail travel safer than ever
Norfolk Southern will field 18 heritage units


From the Editor

The magic of steam locomotives

Ask Trains

• Pennsy K4s No. 1361 status
• Why long hood vs. short?
• Spacing of steam 'chuffs'


By John P. Hankey
North American Railway Foundation supports preservation causes


By Drew Halverson
Trackside Guide: Birmingham, Ala.



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