January 2018

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.


  • Canadian National outpaces all
    • CN’s third quarter traffic was up 11 percent, significantly more than other big Class I railroads
  • CSX’s unstoppable whirlwind
    • Harrison quickens pace of change despite natural disasters, federal regulators, and critics
  • CP intermodal expands to Ohio
    • Deal with Genesee & Wyoming is similar to a 2013 CN deal with Indiana Rail Road
  • Returning to network ‘VIA’ ocean freight
    • Passenger consist stranded on Hudson Bay gets rescued by ship
  • China cars now Boston-bound
    • First of hundreds of cars set to reach the US before New Year
  • CP does well in third-quarter report
    • Railroad sets grain record in Canada; best-ever operating ratio
  • ECP brake decision imminent
    • Federal rule based on 1 million flammable liquid carloads
  • What keeps railroading interesting?
    • Considering that question made my understanding bloom
  • Good Hunter, bad Hunter
    • Harrison’s ideas for improving CSX had merit. So why couldn’t he execute them?
  • Tickets, please!
    • Modern technology has changed the way we buy tickets, but it doesn’t always benefit the passenger
  • Finding something in common
    • What models are the most prevalent today?
  • Back to original garb
    • Clinchfield’s first diesel looks great in 1948 colors
  • Good, sound ideas
    • Experts share with Trains how to measure noise
  • Connecting the ... future
    • Chief digital officer outlines GE Transportation’s digital vision
  • Where is Amtrak going now?
    • Operating plan for 2018 reveals obsession with cost control, load factor management
  • Long-distance strong in 2017
    • Sleeping-car fares contribute to robust cash flow
  • Miami awaits new Amtrak home
    • Airport complex has hosted Tri-Rail and transit since 2015, but Amtrak still calls elsewhere
  • Talgo orphans still homeless
    • Trainsets remain idle a year after 'Surfliner' corridor shows interest


From the Editor

Trains without crews | We live in an age of great technological advances. We can do more with machines than ever. Self-driving cars are just a few years away. As Justin Franz points out on pages 26-33, the ability to run trains without crews is fast approaching. But even if we can, should we?


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