October 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.


  • End of an Erie
    • Amid global pressures and weak freight volumes, GE shifts locomotive final assembly to Texas
  • Thune on infrastructure
    • What the Senate committee chairman responsible for railroad oversight says about proposed laws
  • Don’t know much about trains and tracks
    • If you’re not a fan or a railroader, it’s hard to explain that railroading has changed
  • They call us what?
    • An examination of the names used to describe railroad enthusiasts
  • What to watch in 2017 and beyond
    • Noteworthy motive power changes from coast to coast
  • Behind the curtain at a control stand
    • Computers blend with levers in modern locomotive cabs
  • Is Amtrak priority dead?
    • Delays pile up on some of the passenger railroad’s most used routes


From the Editor

Stacks: coal trains of our age | Two things — our cover story about the perils of developing the stack car (page 26) and a video we are updating — made me think of how railroad traffic has changed in a short time. It was only a few years ago that coal was the major commodity. Today, it’s intermodal traffic.


Return of the ‘San Juan’ | Cumbres & Toltec sets out to replicate the famous narrow gauge passenger train of the Rockies

Hot Spots

San Joaquin surprise | Fresno has everything a traveler needs, including plenty of railroad action

Ask Trains

Big Boy No. 4023 | Coal sizes and use | Steam locomotive platforms


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


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