October 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.

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.


  • Running slow to get ahead
    • Class I railroads change mainline speeds to be more efficient, but does it really save money?
  • Railroads mixed on ‘Pokemon,’ ageless smartphone game
    • Game play made trespassers out of pedestrians in rail yards
  • Class I railroad woes hurt crews, locomotives
    • Celebrations are few and far between for railroads and suppliers; grain traffic offers glimmer of hope
  • Indiana museum’s rough road
    • Bad reports, complaints, keep organization from running trains
  • Clinton, Trump vow to spend big on transportation
    • Leading contenders for the White House call for improvements to the national rail network, from high speed rail to freight congestion, but remain divided on how much money to spend
  • Elliott says STB can be efficient as independent group
    • Chairman: expect updates to outdated language, practices
  • Ackman’s Pershing Capital dumps CP stock in August
    • Activist investor to stay on railroad board until mid-2017
Coal is slowly declining, but railroads aren’t
Don’t listen to the ‘experts.’ Despite what they claim, the good times aren’t over
How to get back growth
Is there more carload business available? You bet, if railroads really want it
Tier 1 through 4 spotting features
A carbody bulge here, a radiator flare there, and you’ll be picking out the different models in no time
What you didn’t know about railroad frogs
Critical steel connectors keep cars on track and moving the right direction
  • ‘Zephyr’ gets its groove back
    • Long-distance train’s Service Excellence Committee uses Amtrak research to improve
  • Free coffee with this mug!
    • A long-discontinued trinket still pays dividends
  • Quad Cities service not dead
    • Proposed passenger route gets matching grant


From the Editor

Take time to visit sacred places | I wrote a blog post at www.TrainsMag.com about visiting places near and dear to us railroad people. I used two examples: One is a landmark made popular in the 1920s, and the other is a photogenic curve. One has changed; the other seemingly remains the same as it ever was.


How UP got its steam back | Steam returns to Western NC

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Old Saybrook’s four railroads | This Connecticut town offers a close look at the modernized Northeast Corridor

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Drovers’ caboose | CSX train symbols | Modern streetcars


BNSF Railway's Willow Springs Intermodal Yard 

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