November 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.


  • Railroads' missed opportunity
    • Intermodal traffic slows as it grows, handing momentum to truckers amid worsening capacity crunch
  • I plead the Fifth
    • Amtrak's worst nightmare: that freight railroads sue over theft of capacity — and win
  • Jim Shaughnessy's legacy
    • Examining the work of a master of railroad photography
  • High horsepower homogeny
    • Evolving freight locomotives look similar, but conceal key differences
  • North Carolina's showstoppers
    • New Raleigh Union Station and another 'Piedmont' round trip accelerate growth


From the Editor

Get out there | When we reviewed the features in this issue I was struck by my total inability to expertly comment on any of the three. It's been 20 years since my last New England trip, 18 years since my last good look at the Columbia River Gorge, and my VIA mileage is dreadfully anemic.


Linn Moediger to retire | We talked with Linn about his career, his own plans, and the future of preservation

Hot Spots

Corridor convenience | Baltimore's airport station makes train-watching easy

Ask Trains

Locomotives in water | 'Lake Shore' at Grand Central | Cabooses in the U.S.


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