August 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.


  • Wabtec, GE Transportation to merge
  • Union Pacific gears up for tech revolution
    • One-person crews or autonomous operations may be on the horizon
  • Foote: Service will lift traffic
    • CSX Transportation CEO targets merchandise traffic
  • Lac-Mégantic bypass will happen
    • Canadian government pledges to pay for part of the work
  • ‘Moore’ on leadership
    • Ontario Northland CEO inspires Wheel-Rail Interaction audience with railroad transformation story
  • My big, bad, new Amtrak
    • What better ways exist to run the long-distance network? These are my ideas
  • Stupid questions?
    • Why answer inane questions from ignorant travelers?
  • Few flowers for Class I gensets
    • UP has 10 on order, BNSF is keeping its fleet, but most big railroads have stored their units or quit
  • Rail milling debut set for 2019
    • Austrian, Swiss companies say they’re building a milling machine to import to North America
  • London debuts automated commuter trains
    • In-cab operators on Thameslink routes will be responsible for opening and closing doors
  • ‘Southwest Chief’ at risk?
    • Amtrak letter triggers sharp rebuke from former president and politicians along route
  • Mississippi, Miami stations debut
    • Brightline’s MiamiCentral and Amtrak’s platform at Marks, Miss., begin serving passengers


From the Editor

Long-distance trains in 2018 | As Kevin P. Keefe points out in his essay on the Empire Builder, page 50, this long-distance passenger train is still worthy of the name it carries. But there seems to be an increasing amount of frustration with long-distance trains like this one and others at Amtrak.


2716: My new Kentucky home | Chesapeake & Ohio 2-8-4 will move into CSX’s Louisville & Nashville shop in Ravenna

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