April 2017

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.


  • Don’t bet against Hunter
    • After turnarounds at IC, CN, and CP, investors are eager for E. Hunter Harrison to work at CSX
  • Iowa Pacific: down, but not out
    • President Ellis says he’s working on new passenger ventures despite exit from ‘Hoosier State’ contract
  • Ladies and Gentlemen ...
    • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train ends after 145 years
  • What it was like on board
    • Circus trainmasters share their thoughts about living with the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’
  • Circus cars are sound, but heavily altered inside
    • Expert warns potential buyers that circus cars were gutted for work
  • Strates Shows may pick up pace for 2017 schedule
    • Last rail-based carnival is unfazed by Ringling’s demise
  • The circus fades into history
    • Hurry, while you still can, for a last glimpse before it’s gone
  • Who will be our next Ike?
    • High speed passenger rail needs a True Believer. Could that be Donald J. Trump?
  • The American grade-crossing problem
    • Finding new solutions in the name of safety
  • Cloudy days for builders
    • When will the sun shine again for GE and Progress Rail?
  • BNSF aims high
    • Railroad at center of national research program speaks exclusively with Trains
  • Brightline readies for launch
    • Unveiling shows what’s ahead for Miami-West Palm Beach service
Check out a photo gallery of preparations for the new passenger service!


From the Editor

All in the well-trained family | Inspiration for our stories about railroad families (pages 24 and 34) comes from three sources: a reader whose family railroad history dates back 147 years and counts no less than 15 family members in railroading, a PBS program, and someone you know well — you.


When a steam tourist railway shuts down | Sandaoling, the last Alamo for steam

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