September 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.


  • Robert Lauby
    • Retired FRA safety official weighs in on electronic braking, PTC, and more
  • Hoosier State's last hurrah
    • Indiana and Amtrak's failure to invest in improvements doomed the service
  • Union Pacific's B units
    • Once an important part of UP's fleet, cabless units lost their appeal in the 1990s
  • Cascades in limbo
    • NTSB report, Washington DOT inaction put increased-service plan on hold


From the Editor

They haul what by train? | Railroading has an amazing capacity to tote some of the most unwieldy cargos, including big jet airliners


Comments from our readers


Hot spot: Los Angeles Union Station | More than a spot to change trains, the station is a great destination in its own right


Almost on a roll | The roller coaster ride for Western Maryland Scenic's No. 1309 may finally end well

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Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014


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