January 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

  • Is there still an urge to merge?
    • Canadian Pacific and CSX talks reignite the lingering question about consolidations
  • More mergers on the horizon?
    • Financial analyst and consultant Tony Hatch discusses the industry outlook for 2015
  • A tough month for Arkansas & Missouri
    • The railfan-favorite railroad in the Ozarks rebounds from a major derailment and serious collision
  • The true meaning of 'late'
    • Amtrak's long-distance fleet gets walloped on congested freight corridors
  • Englewood eases congestion
    • Chicago's new Englewood Flyover opens, reducing delays
  • CSX keeps the faith in New England
    • The railroad looks to grow business at the eastern end of its system, even as it trims trackage
  • Metro-North safety probe revealed
    • NTSF cites commuter railroad's 'ineffective safety management'

Norfolk Southern is prepared to recover
A detailed plan for Chicago-Toledo bottleneck is on paper; why isn't NS advertising it
What 'new age' of railroads
Traffic levels aren't yet setting records, as the industry buckles from stress
Closing a chapter in history
An era ends as Electro-Motive Diesel's domestic engine line faces Tier 4 environmental standards
Nuts, trailers, and drones
Trains' roundup of the innovations displayed at rail conferences in fall 2014

  • 'Hoosier State' on thin ice
    • Missteps by Indiana threaten the Indianapolis-Chicago train's survival past Jan. 31, 2015
  • Ridership down, revenue up
    • Numbers reflect new Amtrak methodology, late-running trains

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

Is double track even enough? I've been observing the Union Pacific's busy double-track main line across Iowa this year, and it is a truly impressive artery of commerce. Trains zip by effortlessly on their way between Chicago and Omaha. But are two parallel mains enough for this era of prosperity?

Ask Trains

Galvanic corrosion; Before the Nicholson Cutoff; Where steel ties are used

Preservation

What's going on in steam in 2015?

Hot Spots

North East corners rail watching The Pennsylvania city with a curious name hosts both hot train-watching action and cool history
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