December 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.


  • 'Hunterizing Union Pacific' 
    • Precision Scheduled railroading heads west to Union Pacific after investor questions
  • Farewell to BNSF's leader
    • BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose says he'll retire in April 2019
  • Big steam outlook for 2019
    • A lot of big excursion locomotives are looking for work; the Year of the Articulated looms
  • Big trains, short sidings. What happens?
    • Canadian National makes it work. Here's how
  • Ma, is that a really old train?
    • Reflections on the relative ages of trains in our lives
  • The Big Two's outlook for 2019
    • Progress and GE's rebuilding thrives while new loco sales continue to be sluggish
  • Six welded rail questions
    • Everything you were dying to know, but were afraid to ask
  • Brightline bets on Vegas
    • Florida startup looks to bring trains back to one of the busiest travel markets


From the Editor

Our man in New England | Each day, Trains receives dozens of photo submissions from contributors. We use those images at and in print. On average, 35 outstanding photographers provide the art for these pages every month, and one, Scott A. Hartley, has been at it for 50 years.


Diesel doings | From E units and Geeps to high-horsepower EMDs, efforts keep a variety of workhorses with us

Hot Spots

Elrond Lawrence's top 10 hot spots | This California native lists his favorite spots in the Golden State

Ask Trains

Headlight placement | Ditch light rules | Cleaning freight cars | Finding trains


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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