February 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.


  • Nothing runs like a ... GE?
    • Likely matches for the locomotive maker
  • An upside-down world
    • How GE, one of the world’s oldest locomotive makers, finds itself looking to sell or part with locomotive maker GE Transportation
  • GE’s business besides rail
    • The Chicago-based industrial giant builds locomotives, mining equipment, and serves data needs for heavy industries
  • Connecticut’s Hartford Line to begin operation in May
    • Agency will introduce new paint scheme for service
  • Harrison is proud of progress at CSX
    • CEO tells November investor conference that operating chief Foote is part of his succession plan
  • More traffic means more locomotives on CN
    • Double-digit increases in Canadian intermodal traffic spell out need for more motive power
  • ‘One tough cookie’
    • Passing of a pioneer is a reminder of rail industry’s progress with women in the cab
  • Graham Claytor’s great gift
    • Amtrak’s Auto Train owes itself to the vision of one man and the gravitas of another
  • Growing up with the ghost of the New Haven
    • Contrasts of a technological pioneer in a post-industrial environment
  • Near the end of the line
    • After decades of service, these old locomotives still earn their keep
  • Learning from mistakes
    • A decade after it started, FRA’s Confidential Close Call program wins praise
  • Single-level swap
    • Plan to substitute Siemens cars for bilevels faces challenges
  • ‘Trails & Rails’ threatened
    • Amtrak to end expense reimbursement for park volunteers in 2018


From the Editor

It’s a streamliner world after all | Our cover subject, the reborn Clinchfield No. 800, has been an icon for most of its career. How many first diesel locomotives are still out there, in operating condition, and get to ply their home rails? Not many, and certainly not that many that at age 70 are running and in fresh paint.


About saving six-axle power | Seaboard Coast Line SD45 on CSX Santa Train shows off early high-horsepower units

Hot Spots

Gateway to the Gorge | Vancouver, Wash., offers a close look at the heavy rail traffic in the Pacific Northwest

Ask Trains

Hump yard efficiency | Locomotive bells | Tunnel-clearing fan


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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