June 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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NEWS

Crude by rail under scrutiny
  • Crude by rail fires up lawmakers
    • Proposed rules in US, Canada would tighten CBR regulations
  • Do liquids affect train handling?
    • Engineers say crude-oil trains run like any other
  • Tank cars: center of the controversy
    • New standards aim to make hazmat transport even safer
  • Can drones make crude by rail safe?
    • BNSF obtains, UP requests FAA clearance for drone use
  • Crude oil raises security concerns
    • Terrorism not suspected in string of CBR derailments

Other News:
  • California dreamin' of grade separations
    • Proposal would build overpass at site of fatal Metrolink grade-crossing collision
  • NTSB lays blame in 'Midnight Rider' tragedy
    • 'Unathorized entry' named as probable cause in 2014 death of movie crew member
  • 'Southwest Chief' continues to roll over Raton
    • Amtrak, BNSF Railway, and three states forge agreement to maintain existing route
  • Chicago's Rondout Tower bows out
  • STB goes up for reauthorization
    • Senators sponsor competing reauthorization legislation
Amtrak's Safe-2-Safer is not too safe
Despite introduction of safety program, injuries have risen rapidly for five years
Showdown in the Hoosier State
Federal regulators took a step too far and too fast and got smacked down
Trends and the top dogs
The latest among the Super Seven Class I freight railroads' rosters and their top locomotive buys
Loosening friction's grip
Railroads use friction modifiers, lubricants to reduce wear and save on fuel costs
New hurdle for state trains?
Federal Railroad Administration's demand that Indiana becomes a railroad rings hollow

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

When will the spending end? A shareholder with stock in major North American railroads visited me recently, and after chatting a few minutes, he leaned forward in his chair and asked a simple question: "When do you think the railroads will have built enough capacity to handle their needs?"

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