August 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.


  • CSX hump yards are targets
    • Five active yards remain but not for long
  • Frac (sand) is back
    • Railroads will haul record amounts this year and in 2018 to meet the demand
  • Trials set in fatal wrecks
    • Deaths and criminal charges link Quebec and Philadelphia cases
  • Six questions about the circus train
    • Ringling Bros. rail transportation manager tells Trains how the circus moved
  • Where did all the circus cars go?
    • Some will be rebuilt, some will be parted out, some will be preserved as they are
  • Who said passenger trains can make money?
    • Only freight trains and barges are profitable; all forms of passenger travel lose money
  • Guess who really wrecked CSX?
    • Its shocking loss of carload traffic cries out for remedies. And they appear to be at hand
  • Considering Italy’s 10-year rail plan
    • A bold initiative aimed to make an intensely traveled railroad even busier and more efficient
  • Need variety? Check out the commuter lines
  • Keeping trains moving
    • North American railroads fall between the extremes of rigid schedules and waiting for cars
  • When Amtrak equipment absolutely, positively must be rebuilt ... There’s Beech Grove


From the Editor

Arrivals & departures of note | “Arrivals & Departures” was a column head in this magazine for years, in short fashion, marking the comings and goings of railroading. In this issue, we salute an institution that has died, the circus train (page 48), and we celebrate the restoration of a steam locomotive (page 32).


Western steam in rebuild mode | Utah’s Heber Valley nears completion on a noteworthy locomotive

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Norfolk Southern’s northern hub | Northern Ohio’s newest railfan park provides a close look at NS, W&LE operations

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