October 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.


  • Disaster in Durango
    • Fire, mudslides, and climate change nudge Durango & Silverton toward diesels, oil-burning steam
  • NS crashes in Pittsburgh
    • Intermodal train derails onto light rail line; cleanup takes days
  • E. Hunter Harrison in print
    • Canadian business journalist pens new biography on one of railroading’s most well-known and controversial executives
  • CN to install double track in the West
    • Edmonton-to-Winnipeg route remains single-track bottleneck; railroad creating a ‘forever plan’
  • UP CEO: Chicago ready for holiday traffic
    • Rail hub able to withstand surge, Fritz says, so long as railroads keep the system intact
  • Tell me a story
    • Like good red wine, these books age gracefully, retaining their timeless qualities
  • Transformative years: 1983-2001
    • Whirlwind of change for North American freight railroading
  • Changing a locomotive ‘tire’
    • What has to be done when things stop rolling in the field
  • Slid flats explained
    • Why some trains go ‘thump’ in the night
  • Amtrak slammed by delays
    • Court ruling, renewed federal oversight could provide long-distance timekeeping relief


From the Editor

Impressive in the desert | Few places in American railroading can claim to be unique. In a day when standardization is paramount, a railroad, a locomotive, or a route that is truly one of a kind is unheard of. But one exists in northern New Mexico on the BNSF Railway route across Raton Pass.


History on the run | Eviction triggers disposal of rolling stock; what the future holds for Indiana Transportation Museum

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Crossing gate activation | Stock car rosters

Hot Spots

River city convergence | Three Class I railroad main lines meet in Dubuque


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