May 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.


  • Lack of safety tech is making headlines
    • Added attention to PTC comes with a year-end deadline looming
  • FRA’s six criteria for PTC extensions
    • Railroads must meet these marks before receiving government extensions
  • But will Amtrak run intercity trains?
    • Cautious words from CEO Richard Anderson put long distance in doubt
  • CSX execs’ three-year plan for growth
    • Eastern railroad’s future depends on job, equipment cuts
  • Watkins on railroading
    • CSX Transportation co-founder tells author Rush Loving about his approach to railroading
  • Old route returns to ‘Cascade’ service
    • Agency officials choose original routing, which also does not support positive train control. Why?
  • The man you never wanted to cross
    • As a New England railroad boss, Dave Fink never backed away from a fight
  • A new owner’s dream come true
    • That kid on the platform grew up and bought the Conway Scenic
  • End of an era
    • On Union Pacific, the SD40-2 will soon fade into history
  • Seeing safety gear more clearly
    • Most railroaders wear personal protective equipment, but rules vary by company
  • Prince Rupert beckons
    • Tiny VIA Rail Canada streamliner offers a split personality on trek to the Pacific
Ride with Passenger columnist Bob Johnston on his August 2015 trip on the 'Rupert Rocket'


From the Editor

Flourishing or floundering | We celebrate railway preservation in this issue with our focus on tourist railroads and museums. But for every shining triumph, there are still dozens of dismal failures out there: unfinished restorations, boards in disarray, disappointing visitor experiences, among other concerns.


Ten-Wheeler makes progress | Cumbres & Toltec Scenic aims to debut Rio Grande 4-6-0 No. 168 in 2019

Hot Spots

Foothills and flatland | The Ozarks meet the Mississippi Valley in this Missouri town

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Finding train symbols



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