April 2019

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.


  • 31 years on MRL
    • CEO reflects on decades atop a leading short line: Montana Rail Link
  • Building a modern regional railroad
    • Montana Rail Link and other regional railroads invest in the future and growth
  • Dual-fuel downturn
    • Railroads shelve natural gas programs due to cost
  • Hoosier State threatened — again
    • Indiana governor won't include $3 million annually for train in $33.8-billion budget


From the Editor

Short lines and the second wave | The 1980s shortline revolution was bold, but compared to what is coming it may look mild


Smooth moves | Transporting a big steam locomotive goes high tech


Short line: Housatonic Railroad | New Haven lines live on with tourist railroad turned freight hauler

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Passenger train signs, railroad-bridge guard rails


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