April 2015

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.

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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.

NEWS

  • Class I railroad capital spending grows
    • Railroads continue to spend, pushing capacity expansion projects forward
  • STB proposes rail reporting changes
  • Heart of Texas bounces back
    • Short line comes back swinging with new bridge, expansion plan
  • Rick Corman's company is still growing
    • After the loss of its found, R.J. Corman Railroad Group continues to expand, innovate

Rail issues, like life, can be complicated
A conversation about one-person train crews with a railroad official stirs deep thought
Fathers of the railroad revival
Would the Barrigers and Perlmans applaud today's railroads? Would they even fit it?
Layers of locomotive coatings
The fine art of wrapping 4,400-hp inside a metal jacket
Reflections in fiber optics
Companies say light carrying cables on railroad rights-of-way detect rock slides, broken rails
California trains go local
Pacific Surfliner and San Joaquin corridors transition to new operating groups in 2015

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

Of the (rail)roads less traveled… I was at a grade crossing on the edge of Scranton, Pa., as a brace of Delaware-Lackawanna Alcos lurched forward with a hefty freight and began climbing the Poconos. The sight, the sounds, and the effort they made were impressive enough to leave me with a smile that lasted hours.

Preservation

Saving the second generation | A roundhouse is in its future

Hot Spots

Maine's magnificent two-footers | Rail photography, art on display in April

Ask Trains

Brake types defined | Chicago line origin
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