August 2015

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.


  • Train 188 survivor: 'I'm grateful'
    • Firsthand account shows how people worked together after May passenger train derailment
  • Amtrak reaffirms late 2015 PTC completion date
    • ACSES to roll out over Northeast Corridor in phases
  • Amtrak to install in-cab cameras
    • Inward-facing cameras will be installed on all ACS-64 locomotives before the end of the year
  • Simpson pulls the pin
    • America's last logging railroad calls it quotes in Washington state

Amtrak 188 wreck leaves questions
Where were Amtrak officials? And is the time now ripe for a railroad man in charge?
All the places we've gone together
Never underestimate the power of curiosity. It took me a long way in this magazine
To B or not to B unit
Cabless hood units survive in 2015, but for how long?
WRI, it's the wheel thing
Railroaders, engineers gather in Atlanta for world's largest, longest-running wheel-rail conference
'Empire Builder' tries to get well
Reliability is improving, but Amtrak's cost-cutting obsession limits train's potential for growth


From the Editor

Not the time for one-man crews | The pros and cons of train crew sizes have been under debate for years, and on pages 22-31, author Justin Franz does a great job of explaining this issue. At this point, there only seems to be one answer. We need two people in the locomotive cab of most big, through freights.

Hot Spots

Coast Line hideaway | Southern California delivers train-watching intrigue; Wonder Pole


'Y' wouldn't you go home | Norfolk & Western Y6a No. 2156 goes back to visit Virginia

Ask Trains

Locomotives' minimum speed | Coast-to-coast passenger train | 'Dead freight'


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