December 2012

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.


  • America’s streetcar renaissance
  • CSX slims Northeast routes
  • Progressive expands twice

A commuter rail contract becomes a poster child for political correctness run amok

In Vegas and Florida come quite different approaches to the passenger train business

Almost 10 percent of the four biggest U.S. locomotive builders’ products will be exported to Australia

Update on confidential reporting

Improvement recommendations offer ridership, efficiency gains — if they can ever be implemented


From the Editor

In praise of places that inspire

Ask Trains

How traction motors transfer energy in locomotive trucks


Future for 4-8-4s is looking good


Alex Mayes’ top 10 railfan spots


Complex railroad locations.

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