June 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.


  • FEC’s Mexican chapter begins
    • Industry observers taken aback by Florida East Coast Railway's purchase by Grupo Mexico
  • Western Group makes bid for Texas State
    • Potential new operator pledges to keep workers
  • World’s largest railcar maker to open Chicago shop
    • CRRC Sifang America will build CTA cars for the city
  • Confessions of a foamer professional
    • GE Transportation’s Mike Patton is both railfan and general manager in Fort Worth
  • Some groups do steam fantrips right
    • Here are the trips I won't miss this year, and some I will skip

  • Guys, we need to talk about your stuff
    • What happens when you downsize — or after you-know-what?
  • What I miss in modern Class I railroading
    • Looking back on the distinctive qualities of Southern Pacific in the early 1990s
  • Hidden in plain sight
    • CP’s retro F unit is packed with tech on the inside
  • Diamonds are (closer to) forever
    • Transportation Technology Center researchers show off what they've been working on
  • Mixed train outpost
    • Manitoba’s Keewatin Railway provides an all-weather steel lifeline to the north


From the Editor

A place for shortline history | I stood in amazement in front of the diminutive 2-6-0 under a roof in the rural northern Wisconsin town of Tomahawk. The 1924 Alco Mogul, once a workhorse for the Marinette, Tomahawk & Western, stood proudly in the village park, a local landmark and a rarity in preservation.


UP 4014 restoration moves forward | With 4-8-4 No. 844 on the road, the Cheyenne shop's priority is the Big Boy and a 2019 target

Hot Spots

Texas Metroplex hot spot | North suburban Saginaw provides heavy mainline action near Fort Worth

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