June 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.


  • ‘Varnish’ stripped from Amtrak?
    • Private passenger car organization leaders hope the railroad will back off from ending excursions
  • The Batory interview
    • New Federal Railroad Administration chief speaks with Trains about his vision for the safety agency
  • How to survive as a railroad
    • Five ways that railroads can become relevant again
  • The synchronicity factor
    • Untold stories behind my stories
  • GE transforms Fort Worth plant
  • Track geometry cars’ new angle
  • The preference issue, again
    • With law in limbo, Amtrak suggests a simple standard to judge host railroads


From the Editor

A bright spot for passengers | As Bob Johnston reports in his story on Florida’s new privately run passenger train, Brightline, we are entering an evolving era in American transportation. This development is surprising — we’ve had only one national rail carrier, Amtrak, for almost 50 years. Why now?


Santa Fe 4-8-4 almost ready | Albuquerque-based No. 2926 will soon join the ranks of the restored

Hot Spots

Not your average bean town | The onetime home of Lima Locomotive Works still offers much variety

Ask Trains

Locomotive maintenance assignments | Turntable snow clearing


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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