March 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

  • Getting the mail back on track
    • New Inspector General report urges Postal Service to look at moving mail by rail
  • The phoenix of New England
    • Railroad property at center of disaster ready for 'turnaround'
  • New track boosts Sunset, Transcon
    • BNSF Railway and Union Pacific quietly add capacity to longtime thoroughfares
  • Q & A with former Federal Railroad Administration boss Gil Carmichael
    •  The 'father of intermodalism' still has plenty to say on infrastructure investment
  • Michigan station's fall debut
    • Three new facilities put America's motoring state back on the rails
Railroads have come back
It is a surprise, but the system has recovered faster than expected, and more improvements are ahead
A railroader for all seasons
A phenomenal businessman, Tom Hoback acquired his love of railroads early
  • Keeping it cool
    • Big, high-horsepower locomotives generate a lot of power and a lot of heat. Radiators take care of it
  • Transition time at Amtrak
    • From three models to one by the end of 2016
  • Freight cars' major metals
    • Steel, aluminum, and materials used in freight rolling stock and their effectiveness
  • Track tamping in pieces
    • Let's look at the key components of Plasser American's GRM 3000
  • Giving passengers the business
    • Premium-priced service and seating takes many forms across Amtrak's system
  • 'Auto Train' goes LED
    • Reducing head-end-power draw allows potential consist expansion

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

The electric units effortlessly pulled the container train into the Bellinzona, Switzerland, station, the engineer eager for a green signal. More trains were on his heels. I was there to ride across Gotthard Pass (pages 34-37), which freights like this will bypass starting in 2016.

Ask Trains

Poling on railroads | Intermodal car stencils | Running "backward"

Preservation

Big dreams for narrow gauge Southern Pacific steam engine; Jack Showalter, 1928-2014

Hot Spots

Drew Halverson's top 10 hot spots
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