September 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.


  • Penn Station poised for rebound
    • Summer track work shutdowns to affect dozens of trains and thousands of commuters daily
  • Anderson in at Amtrak
    • New railroad CEO grew up in a Santa Fe family
  • Central dispatching again
    • CSX returns its dispatchers to Jacksonville
  • Advice for Amtrak’s next CEO
    • Buy new equipment, increase service, and one important thing you need to know about train crews
  • The myth of intermodal growth
    • For this to actually happen, railroads need better ideas. So where are they?
  • Railroad graffiti: art or vandalism?
    • What if one morning you found a beautifully executed mural on your automobile?
  • Lessons from EMD’s 50 series
    • Stepping stone to the microprocessor era lives on
  • More data, real time
    • Access to near real-time data beginning to drive new insights in railroad engineering decisions
  • ‘Eagle’ detours bypass Dallas
    • Month-long routing enabled rare-miles collectors in Texas


From the Editor

Railroads and music | I grew up listening to Johnny Cash ride the rails. I spent childhood Saturday nights with my parents, while on TV, Lawrence Welk played show tunes about the mighty fine Rock Island line; the thrilling Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; and the rumble and roar of the Wabash Cannonball.


Spring steam, play it again! | Incredible spring of mainline steam continues with 261, 765, 844, 4449, and 4501

Hot Spots

Kentucky coal country escape | A famous main line meets a famous short line in the southern Kentucky hills

Ask Trains

Diamond protection | Harrison’s books | Texas caboose mystery
Big Boy

Big Boy

All about the world's biggest locomotive


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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