May 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

  • Railroads turn in strong 2014 financials
    • Winter reduced service levels, but strong earnings endured
  • Orange-and-black for the UK?
    • Genesee & Wyoming acquires British freight rail operator
  • Railroads return to prime-time news
    • Three crude-by-rail derailments prompt increased scrutiny across North America rail network
  • A discussion with Jim McClellan
    • An architect of Conrail's creation, and its demise, talks about mergers, LNG, and lessons from 2014
  • Commuter safety under scrutiny
    • Two grade-crossing collisions draw national attention to coaches designed for crashes

Of oil trains, explosions, and bad reporting
Not even a huge casualty total would shut down rail shipments of crude
Maybe the oil barons are right
I have bad news, and I have bad news. Which do you want to hear first?
An end to the end-cab switcher?
Their numbers dwindle on Class I railroads, but some hang on
  • Couplers through time
    • After link and pin, North America settled on knuckles for the long-haul
  • Smart thinking: jumper cables
    • Michigan Tech students create solution for crossing-gate failures
  • Illinois gets federal grant
    • Researchers, students to work on concrete-tie design, function
  • Hitting the sweet spot
    • Auto Train succeeds with attention to fares, service, expectations
  • Illinois, Oklahoma trains threatened
    • Higher rail expenditures cause some states to balk in a tough budget climate

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

212,000 grade crossings: Serious grade-crossing accidents in which drivers put their vehicles in the path of passenger trains prompt me to think that it's time for the U.S. to adopt a significantly more aggressive approach to closing more of the thousands of grade crossings across the nation.

Preservation

Pennsy T1 comeback? Ten questions and answers for the T1 trust

Hot Spots

Lively New London: This unremarked Ohio town hosts CSX, CP, and short line trains

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