March 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.


  • One shot shows (almost) all you need to know about Brightline
    • Sunlight helps the first-of-its-kind trainset strike the right pose the moment it hits home rails
  • One word: Plastics
    • A boom in US shale gas means a creative use for intermodal containers along the Gulf Coast
  • Feds to step in after Class I labor negotiations break down
    • National Mediation Board to handle union railroad discussions
  • Different kind of unit tank train
    • The US military still moves heavy vehicles by train; the latest deployment was in November
  • Change at the top
    • Amtrak’s Moorman rearranges responsibilities in carrier’s latest reorganization
  • A 98-year wait is over
    • New York City opens Second Avenue Subway on New Year’s Eve; planners proposed it in 1919
  • The ‘forgettable’ year for freight railroading
    • Norfolk Southern came out on top in 2016 by losing the least amount of traffic
  • Good, and not-so-good, news
    • Moorman plans a short stay at Amtrak, but will seek a similar successor
  • What made us railfans
    • A spark lit before I entered kindergarten smoldered for several years. Then look out
  • Striving for speed in the real world
    • What will come of Massachusetts’ ‘high speed rail’ study?
  • Where diesels go to the doctor
    • Class I railroads perform heavy repairs at a handful of specialized repair centers across the nation
  • There’s a (transit) app for that
    • The latest apps help commuters choose routes, pay fares; CTA’s earned innovation honors
  • ‘Old’ PCCs are more modern than you think
    • Brookville disguises rear-facing cameras, GPS trackers, and fireproofing seals in classic shell
  • Moorman faces the music
    • New Amtrak chief says Northeast infrastructure is priority, but other issues loom


From the Editor

How do I live without you? | Twenty years ago, a hit country song asked that question. It’s an appropriate theme song for North American railroading’s traumatic post-coal traffic days. It also goes well with this special issue looking where the industry goes now after the failure of its bedrock traffic source.


No. 1309 moves toward completion | Change comes to preservation’s trade group

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