April 2014

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.


  • Iron ore posed for revival
  • Freight grows on the Strasburg Rail Road
  • Fortress acquires Montreal, Maine & Atlantic
  • Amtrak, California look for HSR equipment
  • Obituaries: Wallace W. Abbey, journalist
On Amtrak, a good crew can make even the tardiest trip a joy
Deteriorating equipment, breakdowns have not discouraged Amtrak employees - yet
The great locomotive camera caper
Inward-facing cameras in locomotives won't save lives, no matter what the politicians say
Cowls in freight service: six-axle cowl units continue in service with Canadian National at the head of the pack
  • Track Inspection 101
  • Agency looks to speed PTC reviews on historic lands
  • FRA seeks rail rule comments by May
  • Electrical engineers scarce
Hold or cancel? How Amtrak decides


From the Editor

Talking about crude oil in tank cars requires perspective

Ask Trains

Three-phase locomotives; a moth-balled commuter line; and original uses of GP60Ms


Big Boy exits stage left. After 52 years on display in Southern California, No. 4014 heads for a second life


'Old State Line' railfan oasis: Sykesville, Md.
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


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