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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.
BNSF's winter to remember
By Fred W. Frailey
Why this proud railroad got in trouble, and what's been learned form it
SPUD reborn
By Steve Glischinski
St. Paul Union Depot reopens as a transportation hub after being idle for nearly 43 years - and it even has trains!

See a free photo gallery of Twin Cities passenger trains here!
No. 611: The next chapter
By Jim Wrinn
Famed Norfolk & Western Class J's journey back to steam begins
The last great roundup
By Jim Wrinn
Streamliners convene from across the continent at the largest gathering more than 30 years

See a time lapse video of the event here!
In My Own Words: Santa Fe all the way
By Robert E. Gehrt
Tales from a railroad public relations veteran
Why they call it like they do
By A Trains Staff Report
News & Photos
  • UP rewrites Sunset Route's history
  • CSX plans new Kentucky yard
  • Putting the 'Wyoming' with Genesee
  • Crossrail takes shape under London
  • Maine's new short line starts up
  • Fallout grows from Lac-Mégantic derailment
  • BNSF, Ferromex launch new intermodal route
  • Florida's SunRail get off to strong start
Don Phillips
Amtrak is in a sad state
More staff cutbacks and deteriorating fleet put Amtrak into a downward spin
Fred W. Frailey
In one respect, I never grew up
Memories of trips taken, but especially railroad adventures not yet begun
  • Inside the changing locomotive cab
  • F45 and SD45s scrapped
  • Broken rails: an unexpected pain; Breaks are declining, but problems persist
  • WRI 2014 hits high note in Nevada
  • AECOM wins LA bid for engineering work
  • Private plan faces challenges; See what All Aboard Florida has to deal with even before construction begins
  • How about a bus with that?; Texas Eagle and other trains face a summer of construction
  • First new baggage cars arrive on Amtrak
From the Editor
Places we remember so well
Our story about place names is one I've long wanted to see in print. Every location has a tale behind its name that makes it memorable. Some are informal and others are so official that it takes a company vice president to name them. ...
Ask Trains
This month, in Ask Trains:
  • Whistles for helper engines
  • Signal battery vaults
  • Bilingual boxcars
  • Moving narrow gauge locomotives to port
  • S-T-O-P! It's a different grade crossing signal
East coast Mallet set to return
Deal between Maryland museum and tourist line will bring back a significant 2-6-6-2
Riding a 'Surfliner' to San Diego
Would a train trip to the southernmost California metropolis be as good a I remembered?
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