April 2018

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.


  • ‘Surfliner’ salvation
    • Amtrak makes a positive impression with its response to demand following California mudslides
  • Routes under review
    • CSX Transportation officials look hard at up to 8,000 miles of rail lines
  • Semipermanently coupled ‘Acela’ comes undone
    • Train to Boston had ‘mechanical failure’ at 124 mph
  • Amtrak engineer to face criminal trial in Pa.
    • Judge reinstates charges for Brandon Bostian in February
  • Quebec jury clears railroaders in Lac-Mégantic wreck
    • Officials later plead guilty to environmental charges
  • Defining a ‘safety culture’
    • Top safety official outlines what he thinks the oft-used phrase means; stops short of naming examples
  • Portage Viaduct’s prominence
    • A new bridge highlights an old railroad crossing’s renewed relevance for Norfolk Southern
  • New York project needs action, not words
    • Who will the politicians blame if they screw up and the tunnels collapse?
  • Government at war with itself
    • The FRA is leaderless, and Gateway goes unfunded – a sad tale of our times
  • Exploring the Czech Republic
    • There’s more to offer in this compact nation than can be described here
  • Watching your weight
    • A locomotive’s weight is more important than you think
  • Wiring New Jersey for speed
    • Passenger railroad is test installing modern catenary upgrades for the Northeast Corridor
  • Stagnant hospitality
    • With cost-cutting focus, Amtrak management ignores opportunities to use service to grow traffic


From the Editor

Short lines and regionals | Our annual look at shortline and regional railroads, pages 24-47, is deceptively charming. The short lines we see as fascinating and beguiling are actually intense operations, where a small team of people works hard to provide transportation, just like the Class I railroads.


Take a ride on the Reading | A historical society’s museum in Hamburg, Pa., rosters more than 70 pieces of rolling stock

Hot Spots

Trains and baseball | Two great pastimes combine for a great afternoon

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EMD cab unit designations | Steam photo freights


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