July 2018

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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.


  • California’s PTC problems
    • Software installed but not yet interoperable with other railroads is the largest issue agencies face
  • Rail Runner to use Santa Fe tech for PTC
    • Automatic Train Stop from the early 20th century will be a stopgap for full compliance
  • Brightline’s first Miami train arrives at unfinished depot
    • Track work, trainset tests continue before revenue service
  • Full speed ahead
    • Metra’s Derwinski charts a course for commuter railroad’s future
  • Metra asks STB to intervene in dispute with Amtrak in Chicago
    • Request comes before expected Union Station negotiations
  • BNSF’s Rose says PTC is a stepping stone to railroad automation
    • On locomotives: battery power may beat natural gas
  • Meals on wheels
    • We don’t have to eat crap, or even dinners from a box. There are better ideas
  • Imagine infrastructure
    • Railroads remain constrained by 20th-century rescaling of routes built to fulfill 19th-century needs
  • 2018’s three to watch
    • Three places where you can find interesting and endangered motive power
  • Meet Amtrak’s orphans
    • Emphasis on cuts, rather than revenue, weakens long-distance trains
  • Faster Midwest service stalled by PTC work
    • Michigan, Illinois routes are limited to 79 mph awaiting interoperability


From the Editor

PTC’s many holes | In this issue, we take a look at several aspects of positive train control technology. The federal government wants it installed by Dec. 31 so the clock is ticking. But as we get closer to implementation day, we’re learning more about PTC’s many holes. They are startling.


Big steam and PTC | Adding the new technology to steam power will be a difficult and expensive task

Ask Trains

Commuter rail branch | Future of GE Transportation

Hot Spots

Train-watching by timetable | Indiana’s passenger-train paradise provides all-day action


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