August 2016

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.


  • Where is coal going?
    • Despite big drops in recent years, there will be a long-term use for the black rocks
  • NTSB: engineer at fault for 188 wreck
    • Board declines to cite other problems as major factors
  • Midwest corridor cars remain in limbo
    • Nippon Sharyo says it is committed to project after a failed test puts millions of federal dollars at risk
  • KCS and CN have new CEOs
    • Ottensmeyer, Jobin take the reins of their railroads on July 1
  • ‘Crude’ move in Oregon
    • UP reverses call to move crude oil soon after derailment and fire
The world’s longest, deepest tunnel
But don’t look for me; I’ll take the slow, scenic route through the Alps
Why you haven’t seen driverless trains
Events are actually pulling railroads in the opposite direction, to their ultimate peril
  • From Geeps to LEAFs
    • How six US locomotives were rebuilt as export gensets
  • The importance of being detailed
    • Wheel Rail Interaction 2016 shows how thoughtful standards cut wear and boost performance
  • Seeking path of least resistance
    • Texas high speed project looks at utility lines, highway median in effort to minimize impact of route


From the Editor

Railroads and national parks | Wildlife, scenic vistas, and raging river gorges are about as foreign to industry as possible. But as we salute the railroad connection to America’s national parks (page 42), let there be no missing the role our industry played in developing these sanctuaries of nature.


Update for a Berk | Pere Marquette No. 1225 gets a better trailing truck

Hot Spots

North Georgia hot spot | Train-watching in the carpet capital of the world

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Track worker safety | Union stations | Soo Line legacy


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