February 2020

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.


  • Anthony B. Hatch
    • Analyst who coined term 'Railroad Renaissance' looks at industry's future
  • Congressman wants Amtrak to cede Chicago station control
    • Legislation could force handover of Union Station operations to Metra
  • Honoring those who serve
    • Canadian Pacific pays tribute to the military, past and present
  • A slow advance for high speed rail
    • California project's Central Valley work moves forward but service is years away


From the Editor

Learning about the basics: track | Our affiliation with the annual Wheel-Rail Interaction conference is an eye-opening experience


A spin for C&TS's 50th anniversary | Rotary will start the next half century for the former Rio Grande on Cumbres Pass


Short line: Mission Mountain Railroad | This Watco short line offers some variety in Big Sky Country

Ask Trains

Usage of diesel with steam locomotives, container trains and ports, rail profiles, dual-power locomotives


Complex railroad locations.

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