October 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.


  • Senate looks at PTC provisions
    • Latest Senate bill proposes extension to 2018; action expected after August recess
  • UP makes move in top leadership
    • Fritz named as chairman, Koraleski to retire
  • 'Desert Line' revival on the horizon?
    • Pacific Imperial Railroad dreams big with intermodal in California's Imperial Valley
  • Iowa Pacific moves to operate historic Mississippi rail line
    • For Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis, a homecoming of sorts
We are railfans first
Without that passion, why else would we be interested in saving railroading?
Whatever happened to service?
The big railroads continue to fail to do what they say they will do
Here comes Tier 4
GE begins filling orders while EMD readies demonstrators
Little engines that do
Refinements make 'mobile railcar movers' more versatile than industrial switchers alone
Taming accessibility's challenges
Debut of unique Ann Arbor, Mich., platform is a start, but Amtrak still has heavy lifting to do


From the Editor

Saving the third generation | When an Amtrak P32 showed up on the Empire Builder not once but twice earlier this year, it cause quite a stir. There weren't many of them built, just 20 back in 1991, and they didn't last long on the main line before P40s and P42s became the replacements for the enduring F40s....

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Kentucky diesel paint schemes | Why smoke changes color


C&O Mallet underway. Progress on restoring Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309

Hot Spots

George Hamlin's top 10 hot spots: Variety rules in the US and Canada for this longtime Trains contributor


Complex railroad locations.

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