March 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.


  • Tank car safety: what is the right mix?
  • Perishables trains making fresh headway at CSX Transportation
  • Q&A: How Rails-to-Trails offers new activity for routes cast aside by the rail industry
  • BNSF Railway completes new Missouri River bridge in Plattsmouth, Neb.
  • Vermont Railway System unveils 50th anniversary paint scheme
  • Genesee & Wyoming purchases western portions of the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern
The USA is a passenger-train joke: Amtrak is deteriorating even as more people want to ride
Positive train control: Oh, what a mess
  • Five years ago, if I'd told you what would transpire, you wouldn't have believed me
Inside Norfolk Southern's cab units: among the most technologically advanced streamliners around
Michigan readies line for 110 mph: how one state meets the challenges for upgrading to fast running
See a gallery of Michigan line improvements here


From the Editor

Finding the right solutions: inward facing cameras, positive train control, are the quick fixes or long-term answers?

Ask Trains

The scoop on auxiliary tenders; about locomotive formulas that railroads use to build a consist; a real, rare caboose


Alaska veteran to steam again: Consolidation No. 557 restoration focuses on key components


Tom Danneman's top 10 retreats: It's more about quality of location than quantity of trains for Trains art director
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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