December 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.


Intermodal rail traffic rebounds
As volumes climb, railroads fight to maintain traffic flows amid network congestion
U.S. House seeks Amtrak 'reform'
Proposed passenger rail legislation demands transparency, freezes funding
The best of times, the worst of times
As we look back over the last 70 years, we can see that life is balanced
What's the matter with Florida
People there are all worked up about passenger trains they want to never appear
No more tiers
General Electric has more than 1,000 Tier 4 locomotives on the books; EMD works on a new engine
Wheels and brakeshoes
A primer on freight cars' underloved parts
Amtrak's winter wake-up
Traction motor replacement and maintenance changes aim to avoid a repeat of Chicago meltdown


From the Editor

As 2014 winds down, train-watchers and industry professionals are in awe (and maybe shock, too) of the freight traffic boom that has main lines packed. The big systems have achieved business levels last seen before the great recession. But with this surge has come problems.

Ask Trains

Replacing a knuckle; 1990s B units; Anti-climbers on subways


Green light for a rare paint scheme; One Skytop reborn, another could follow

Hot Spots

Railroad radio tech update; Change and uncertainty at the NRHS



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