May 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.


  • Amtrak 188: One Year Later
    • After reviewing thousands of pages, Trains offers these five points about the deadly wreck
  • CP asks Surface Transportation Board for ruling
    • A once pitched public battle for control of Norfolk Southern is now a subdued campaign
  • Where are the grain trains?
    • A strong US currency, stiff foreign competition, and cheap trucking keep unit grain trains down
  • With less coal, where to CSX?
    • CSX Chairman and CEO Michael Ward on shifting traffic patterns, PTC, railroad mergers, and more
  • Burnham Shops are history
    • Union Pacific closed the century-old Denver complex in February
  • What automobile production shifts may mean
    • Amtrak’s cost-saving measures, cutting New York-Miami dining cars, locked in to allow lower fares
  • Railroad and automotive analysts say new Mexico factories may mean more traffic for railroads
    • No soup for ‘Silver Star’ passengers
  • What automobile production shifts may mean
    • Amtrak’s cost-saving measures, cutting New York-Miami dining cars, locked in to allow lower fares
Is a ‘new generation’ ready to run Amtrak?
Skoropowski introduces us to younger candidates, including some people he mentored
The topic nobody wants to talk about
Maybe CP+NS isn’t the answer, but it’s time to end the industry’s Balkanization
Finding locomotive variety in 2016
Seven railroads with power that is out of the ordinary and worth a visit
  • Steam tech for the 21st century
    • Computers and creative design lead to successes and failures in merging technology and heritage
  • Digital mapmaking for emergencies
    • Company publishes railroad locations for first responders
Gulf Coast turns out for Amtrak
Inspection trip reveals political and grass-roots support for daily service to Orlando


From the Editor

This one is for the left side | When I asked Hayley Enoch to write about locomotive coal (page 48), I was familiar with the subject. For five years, I spent every fifth weekend between April and October wielding a coal scoop and injector on a 1920s steam locomotive. Firing a locomotive is an art.


Texas: New steam oasis? | Famous Southern Pacific Mikado nears end of restoration; 0-4-0T work well underway

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British vs. U.S. practices | Steam locomotive smokeboxes | Track derails

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The meeting of the railroads | Kamloops holds the key to dramatic railroad photography


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