January 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.


  • Intermodal innovations
    • Railroads, shippers think deeply about how they move boxes for the holidays
  • Legal troubles for train crews
    • Case against Amtrak engineer inches closer to trial; NS crew sued by railroad
  • Wi-Tronix CEO Larry Jordan
    • Positive train control options and advanced monitoring are set to mark railroading's future
  • Trains' must-see rail events of 2019
    • Transcontinental anniversary headlines the year
  • Union Pacific double diesel era
    • These distinctive locomotives were a hallmark of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Amtrak growth flat in 2018
    • A peek at what lies behind the up-and-down numbers


From the Editor

Welcome to 2019 and our new look | This is a special year in railroad history, and we've got great stories, photos, and video to enrich your experience


'Skookum' lives! | Rare 2-4-4-2 steams again after 63 years; next: Trains event, then California


Hot spot: Klamath Falls, Ore.

Ask Trains

Steam locomotive usage, distributed power unit placement, origin of railfan photography


Complex railroad locations.

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