March 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.


  • Train 501’s tragedy
    • Fatal Amtrak Cascades wreck puts spotlight on passenger rail safety
  • ‘Cascades’ 501: the Siemens Charger
    • New diesel-electric locomotive entered service in the US starting in 2016
  • ‘Cascades’ 501: Amtrak crew training
    • All operating engineers must be qualified on the territory over which they run trains
  • German know-how for Cali
    • DB division president looks forward to ‘mega-project’ challenges
  • CEO to help CSX gain Foote-ing
    • Analysts say Jim Foote has running start to finish what late CEO E. Hunter Harrison began
  • Where does Hunter rank?
    • Historians rate executive less highly than his peers
  • The Lineville Subdivision is growing
    • After his death, Harrison’s decisions continue to have a profound effect on CSX
  • The legacy of Hunter Harrison
    • What to make of the man who sought to redefine what railroading is all about
  • On-time performance or high speed service
    • Will passenger trains still benefit from higher speeds if time is lost through congestion?
  • Perfecting a unified look
    • Union Pacific moves to repaint the last of its merger partner locomotives
  • Wheel-rail defect spotter’s guide
    • Shells, plastic flow, and corrugation in one easy article
  • Virginia opts for growth
    • New Roanoke train debuts, more D.C.-Richmond capacity on the drawing board
  • Amtrak staff exodus
    • Cost cutting, recentralization define CEO Anderson’s first months


From the Editor

Speedy trains in the U.S. | One of railroading’s advantages is its ability to move thousands of people in a narrow corridor. Another plus is its ability to move fast. Add both of these elements together, and a railroad is a powerful transportation tool. Sadly, our U.S. fast trains have been neglected for years.


Chocolate and orange returns | Midwestern railroad museum finally gets an Illinois Central-painted E unit for its passenger train

Hot Spots

Engineer for a day | ‘Throttle time’ programs let participants live their steam dreams — and expand museums’ budgets

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Passenger accommodations | Grade-crossing circuits | BNSF diesel roster


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