September 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.


  • Gateway to controversy
    • New York City-area leaders say they – and the country – need new tunnels worth billions of dollars
  • Port authority surprise
    • Agency finds a way to redirect federal money to tunnel
  • Battle lines drawn over ‘Chief’ proposal
    • Amtrak CEO proposes bus bridge, doesn’t address negatives
  • The Trains interview: Courtney B. Wilson
    • Museum leader talks about leaving an organization he loves
  • VIA, CN stretch ‘Canadian’ schedule
    • Lengthening aims to improve reliability, if not scenery or utility
  • BNSF is closer to building second bridge at bottleneck
    • Lake Pend Oreille remains choke point in Pacific Northwest
  • Leadership, then and now
    • Why railroading needs someone a bit like William Jackson Palmer
  • Photographic failure or success? Just wait
    • Why the photo you reject may be more interesting than the one you save
  • Diesel basics
    • Pointing out the features of a modern locomotive
  • Air brakes 101
    • The complicated, confusing, reliable, and indispensable way trains stop – introduced
  • Amtrak debuts cold ‘contemporary’ meals
    • ‘Lake Shore Limited’ finally gets Viewliner diner, but choices, service decrease


From the Editor

Epic struggle with nature | Of all of railroading’s foes, whether they may be competitors or traffic downturns, weather has, and always will be, among the most unpredictable and treacherous. Hayley Enoch points this out once more on pages 24-31 with her report on how railroads deal with hurricanes.


Big Boy has new shoes | Wheel and boiler work mark the next chapter in No. 4014’s restoration

Hot Spots

Sweet Stevenson, Ala. | This little-remarked hot spot features CSX and Norfolk Southern in cooperation

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Largest F7 buyers | Mystery streamlined coach | Making Trains’ maps


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