November 2014

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.


  • Eyeing up the future of railroading
    • From inspecting bridges to deterring graffiti, aerial drones have the potential to change the industry
  • Drones take off in the rail fan hobby
    • Aerial photography adds a new dimension to train watching
  • Watco makes its entrance to North Carolina
  • Lessons from Lac-Mégantic crash
    • Investigation reveals series of errors leading to deadly Canadian wreck in July 2013
  • Union vote in: no one-person crews
    • Plan would have been implemented on half of BSNF Railway's system if approved

Boardman fiddles while Amtrak burns
With a bureaucratic knowledge of railroading, he plays the blame game at headquarters
Everyone's happy except the customers
Passenger and freight users are both badly served, even as railroad profits surge

Hit the gas
Natural gas testing swings into high gear as other railroads join BNSF Railway and Canadian National
Tablet tappers in the car shop
GE Capital, Rail Services introduces iPads for managers and auditors overseeing freight car repairs
A more Spartan first class
Amtrak preserves long-distance amenities through cost cuts but hasn't addressed uneven service


From the Editor

Welcome to our technology issue, a wide-ranging look at the status, history, and future efforts to make the railroad industry safer, faster, and more efficient. We're fortunate to say that Trains, just like the railroads it covers, is evolving with technology. We think it's for the better, too.

Ask Trains

Diesel locomotives' top speed, Crews on bi-national passenger trains, A need for railroad carpenters


Famous Mikados return to steam

Hot Spots

Locust Grove on my mind; Georgia's newest train-watching spot is convenient to its largest city


The Genesee & Wyoming 

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