July 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.


  • King without crown
    • Recent traffic increases show new stability, but are not enough to return ‘King Coal’ to high esteem
  • Rail industry cautiously watches White House moves
    • AAR: As many as 50,000 US jobs tied to international trade and trade policy
  • Women’s small railroading role
    • Leadership at Class I railroads remains largely male-driven
  • CP celebrates Saskatchewan mine
    • Railroad builds 19-mile branch to Canada’s first new potash mine in 40 years
  • Railroads keep a weather eye on forecasts
    • Alerts from AccuWeather are one tool dispatchers use to make sure train crews stay safe
  • CP, Illinois battle for Bensenville
    • The Surface Transportation Board will decide if a state can take railroad land for a highway
  • Texas short lines ready to prosper
    • Lone Star State railroad association chief says rail access is an economic booster in rural areas
  • I miss you, David, but thank you
    • The late Trains Editor Morgan was the finest railroad writer – ever
  • Have you kissed a train lately?
    • Don’t take for granted those train trips you’ve thought about but not done
  • Hard lessons from Britain’s Beeching era
    • Decades ago, a politically motivated ‘reshaping’ of British Railways had unanticipated consequences
  • Freight locomotive trucks
    • Getting traction to the rail on new six-axle power
  • 3-D printing on the rails
    • GE sets its sights on integrating the latest technology into one of the oldest industries
  • Gulf Coast plan revealed
    • Working group members continue to debate service restoration requirements


From the Editor

How can that be old? | Steve Glischinski’s cover story (pages 48-55) about stalking old General Electric units in Tennessee caused a stir around our offices. It will probably cause more than a few of you to check the calendar, too. How can those GE units be “old”? Weren’t they just built? How can this be?


‘Texas’ returns! | “Great Locomotive Chase” veteran takes on an 1886 appearance

Hot Spots

Seattle’s secret spot | South suburban Auburn and Kent provide a relaxed look at Puget Sound railroading

Ask Trains

Spilled grain | Freight-car-wheel flat spots Whistle-sequence origin
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


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