September 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.


  • Federal PTC deadline looms
    • Railroads, regulators consider their next moves as enforcement is still vague
  • FasTracks readies expansion
    • Denver's new $5.6 billion commuter rail system open in 2016
  • Watco moves on new acquisitions, special units
    • Company acquires two Iowa Pacific short lines

Safety board is respected, independent
Investigators into Amtrak 188 crash are impressed with engineer, whose memory could be crucial
Railroads face life after coal
Their major source of traffic for more than a century is withering
Meeting the needs of the world
Difference in clearance, gauge among challenges manufacturers face in overseas markets
Railroads byte into big data
Railroads no longer struggle to collect information; they struggle to make use of it
'Crude' rules sprout civil suits
Rail industry organizations attack new federal tank car regulations
Just call them trains
Lengthy trip shows compartmentalization of Amtrak service is an unwise task
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From the Editor

Going back in time to Chicago … John Gruber's Chicago Union Station photo story on pages 38 to 45 surprises and delights me, because it is a rare and wonderful endeavor for a sharp photographer to be able to return to such a magnificent subject a half-century later, and because I adore this landmark station.


Saving rail artifacts in peril | No. 611 steams on home N&W rails | UP E9s are a hit at annual baseball series

Hot Spots

Mississippi River railroading; Check out Class I and regional freights, riverboats, and museums at the Quad Cities

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Rail brands deciphered | Biodiesel fuel in locomotives


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