May 2017

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.


  • Heeeeere’s Hunter
    • Former IC, CN, and CP chief takes reins at CSX Transportation
  • How ‘CSX of Tomorrow’ survives
    • Eastern railroad’s focus on core corridors already resembles a Hunter Harrison-type plan
  • Chargers raring to go
    • Siemens units still require insurance, operating agreements, and route-specific testing
  • NTSB raises buffer car concerns
    • FRA ready to question exemptions that let railroads place one car between crude oil and locomotives
  • New ‘mother’ celebrating railroad’s 25 years with paint
    • Michigan’s Lake State Railway refurbishes Geep for service
  • A CSX trifecta
    • Trains derail or crash within hours in three states
  • England hosts scheduled steam service
    • 4-6-2 Pacific-type ‘Tornado’ leads trains on three February days
  • Hopper-full of good news
    • Short line Wisconsin & Southern leases new car fleet for Midwest
  • Working for an act of Congress
    • Alaska US Rep. Don Young wants to keep two-person crews for most locomotive cabs
  • Drug use up among railroaders
    • Tests on crews after accidents show the highest positive rates since the 1980s
  • Iconic beaver returns to Canadian Pacific
    • CEO Keith Creel says the logo reconnects railroad with past
  • Transportation under Trump gets complicated
    • New secretary Elaine Chao will take her cues from Trump. But what if he says nothing?
  • The $300 million man
    • Is Hunter Harrison worth that much to CSX? The railroad said ‘maybe,’ but acted ‘no’
  • Remarkable and underrated
    • What can we learn from the continent’s oldest railroad?
  • EMD’s unique GP30 soldiers on
    • How an iconic locomotive design survives on Class I railroads today
  • Norfolk Southern opens new locomotive shop in Chicago
    • New shop will service 25 units assigned to local service
  • Kawasaki’s cool take on carbon
    • Composite materials allow railcar maker to lighten trucks and fine-tune performance
  • Amtrak helps set standards
    • Passenger railroad tests electronic brakes on the Keystone Corridor
  • Alaska’s eclectic treasures
    • Summer-only trains south of Anchorage feature rolling stock spanning 60 years


From the Editor

Trains, we’ll take you there | This month’s look at railway preservation is an overt invitation to take a train trip. It’s a license to get out there and appreciate what exists today that’s left over from yesterday. Toward that end, we’re working to provide not only helpful information but even trips and tours.


In praise of reefers, passenger cars | Beyond the restoration of steam locomotives, preservation efforts include the unlikely

Hot Spots

At the foot of the Wasatch | Ogden features multiple museums surrounded by mainline freight and commuter action

Ask Trains

Railroad radio channels | Freight-car weights | ‘GM’ locomotives


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