December 2013

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.


  • California HSR: Ready to launch?
  • New Florida commuter operator unveils first equipment
  • Colton Flyover project: ahead of schedule, under budget
  • Ohio short line gets $1.5 million
  • Lac-Mégantic crude oil found more volatile
  • Floods ravage Colorado railroads
  • Metra rebounds from management shake-up
Don't assume that what you hear is the literal truth. Could coal be the comeback kid?
Call it anything. But please quit calling it BNSF Railway
  • Behind the sheet metal are important components that make today's locomotives the safest ever
  • Builders offer new Tier 4 products
  • Indiana Rail Road opens new shop
  • Amtrak tests new ACS-64 Sprinter locomotives
  • New York Air Brake DB-60 II gaining railroad interest
  • Flood warning system debuts on MTA Maryland
  • GAO doubtful on PTC deadlines
  • Union Pacific testing concept wedge to increase fuel efficiency
  • FRA panel set to consider crew sizes
  • New Talgos aid 'Cascades' service
  • VIA Rail suspends Gaspé Peninsula train
  • Four states miss Oct. 1 deadline in Amtrak funding negotiations


From the Editor

There is life left in coal, just look at Pier 6; a welcome promotion; Trains News Wire is expanding

Ask Trains

Ask Trains answers: "Why are electric locomotives often the same size or larger than diesels?"; "Do any Florida East Coast BL2s still exist?"; "Do British railroads really still use 'hook-and-screw' couplers?"; and more!


Beloved Southern Railway 2-8-2 No. 4501 will debut improvements when it rolls out of the shop. PLUS: Steaming photos of Central Railroad of New Jersey 0-6-0 No. 113; Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range 4-6-2 No. 403; and Reading & Northern 4-6-2 No. 425.

Trackside: Blades in New Mexico

Find out where to see Amtrak under semaphore signals in the desert Southwest before it is too late!


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