November 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.


  • Changes snarl CSX
    • Despite aiming for improvement, customers complain about railroad’s revamp; regulators respond
  • Chicago bypass route stopped
    • Regulatory panel calls corporation’s application “incomplete”
  • Harvey hits Houston hard
    • August hurricane washes through dense, industrial Texas
  • Check off Penn Station
    • Amtrak completes NY track reconstruction before Labor Day
  • Bumpy roads ahead for auto traffic
    • The numbers are down after years of demand from rising automobile sales
  • Four things to know about fuel
    • Capacities, delivery, avoiding taxes, and how it gets from the tank to the prime mover
  • Charging into history
    • New Siemens passenger locomotives start regular Midwest service
  • Nonstop rail testing
    • New rail inspection strategy speeds up internal defect detection
  • 'Trains' to sponsor WRI 2018
    • 24th annual tech conference returns to Chicago in April
  • Coach comfort at what price?
    • Business class on long-distance trains might get you more space, but fewer cheap seats
  • California goes digital
    • On-board broadband rollout brings robust Wi-Fi
  • CSX is running downhill
    • Hunter Harrison is staging a burn-your-bridges operation
  • The battle for supremacy in the West
    • As its traffic shrinks, Union Pacific remains the richest railroad. But can this continue?
  • Make railroad photos great again
    • It’s more than just having an expensive camera in your hands


From the Editor

Railroading’s obsessions | Bill Stephens’ deft exploration of railroading’s obsession with operating ratios (page 24) reminds me that railroads, like people, go through phases. As 2017 winds down no major railroad dare avert its steely gaze from the operating ratio; the number indicates success or failure. Maybe.


Dining cars are getting tasty once more | National Railroad Museum has Atlantic Coast Line diner ‘Dothan’ in the shop

Hot Spots

Union Pacific’s Wyoming show | Sherman Hill offers mainline action in one of the most fascinating settings of the West

Ask Trains

Track “flags” | Tender “doghouse” | Amtrak consists


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


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