February 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.


  • All aboard the Trump Train
    • What does Donald Trump’s election mean for the railroad industry?
  • Huge promises, huge challenges
    • Trump will have to work hard to encourage infrastructure improvements and make policy changes
  • Service counts when tangling with trucks
    • NS strategist says a list of changes could make carloads competitive once more; boxcars remain big
  • Where fuel prices fit in
    • High prices benefit railroads; low prices support trucks in an already over-supplied truck market
  • A world of hurt for railroads
    • Five notable crashes in four countries mark November 2016 as a milestone for transportation tragedy
  • Denial is pointless
    • Coal and crude oil loads contribute to a fossil fuel fizzle on Class I railroads
  • Metra wins!
    • Commuter railroad delivers during historic Chicago Cubs World Series celebration
  • UPDATE: Slim gauge box-cabs run no more
    • Rains in 2015 washed out a Chilean desert nitrate railroad featured in Trains’ October 2009 issue
  • What will Trump mean for railroads?
    • Many of the president-elect’s plans remain uncertain, but early signs for rail are promising
  • Get ready for driverless trucks
    • Without profound changes in how railroads are run, they could become irrelevant
  • An eye for operations
    • Studying foreign railroads can enhance one’s appreciation of the American system
  • Different paths, same destination
    • Exploring the various ways to achieve Tier 4
  • Getting locomotive lights out of the dark
    • US, Canadian rules on lighting are clear cut but flexible
  • Choppy path to more speed
    • Work on Chicago-St. Louis ‘Lincoln Service’ route shows successes, challenges

Check out a photo gallery featuring Amtrak's newest stop: Arcadia Valley, Mo.


From the Editor

Tunneling toward tomorrow | Tunnels are an important part of railroad infrastructure, and that’s why this issue focuses on three with unique stories: One that’s the longest and newest in the world, one that’s in the heart of the U.S. capital, and one that has no business being so far south — heck, almost Florida.

Ask Trains

Train acceleration basics | An odd CSX backup move | SP “staff catchers”


Can you help us boost an Alco PA? | 2016 Preservation Award winner, Museum of the American Railroad, will restore this classic

Hot Spots

Ground zero in Galesburg | BNSF’s western Illinois hub unites Burlington Northern, Santa Fe legacies
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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