March 2016

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

  • Eight bottlenecks railroads want to fix
    • Even in times when freight traffic is off, certain places hamper how many trains may pass
  • Proxy fight could be a heavyweight battle
    • Canadian Pacific is set to put all it has into a bid for Norfolk Southern. Here’s what to watch
  • FAST Act full of numbers, but not enough
    • New US transportation bill passed in late 2015 sets rail policy with dollar amounts for the first time
  • Presidential politics (minus railroads)
    • Amtrak, railroads get little mention despite calls for ‘rebuilding’ America from multiple candidates
  • Railroads’ capital needs to be set early this year
    • Economic downturn poses big questions for top bosses
Looking for Amtrak’s new boss
After eight years of blunder, Boardman’s replacement should be a real leader
Florida East Coast’s million-dollar baby
While the big railroads study liquefied natural gas, FEC made it happen
Tunnel (motors) from the past
More than 500 still ply the rails, and now there’s a new twist

Denver’s Burnham Shops to close
UP will offer property for sale
X-rays see through tie problems
Railroad supplier, university team to develop new technology, almost from scratch, in two years

Mobile ticketing gets boost
Commuter-rail operator, credit-card companies spend on tech firm

System logs in-cab cell calls
New devices detect calls, text, and data near locomotives
Food strategies seek sweet spot
Must Amtrak preclude revenue growth as it tinkers with equipment and limits on-board staffing?

Gulf Coast options outlined
Service revival along ‘Sunset Limited’ route gets a boost

DEPARTMENTS

From the Editor

About Amtrak’s new boss | Joe Boardman’s replacement as Amtrak CEO needs the strategic planning skills of mastermind Jim McClelland, the political savvy of the great W. Graham Claytor Jr., and the legendary Harry Murphy’s love of trains. The question is this: Is anyone with all of those qualifications out there?

Preservation

No. 9 is alive! | Famed 2-foot-gauge Maine legend is back in steam after 82 years of inactivity

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