May 2019

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.


  • Miscalculations
    • Governor says California will scale back its high speed rail plans. Here's why
  • What's next
    • California will complete initial 160 miles of high speed system; the rest is in limbo
  • Antennas galore
    • How railroads make the most of rooftop real estate
  • Congress: Run a national network
    • Appropriation requirements at odds with current cost-cutting efforts


From the Editor

Railroading's fable in the desert | May 10, 1869, is a date that will be forever celebrated as long as people remember the Promontory story


Comments from our readers


Big Boy No. 4014 emerges | Countdown to May operations is on as Union Pacific completes the dream of many


Hot spot: Prairie du Chien, Wis. | Three railroads, two rivers, and countless vantage points for train-watching

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Rear-facing locomotives, positive train control and GPS, coil cars


The beauty and complexity of trains in the snow.


Learn more about the stories and photos in this months issue

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