January 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.


  • Michael Cahill
    • Siemens Rolling Stock president oversees boom including orders for Amtrak, VIA
  • PTC issues continue for New York-area commuter lines
    • LIRR, Metro-North may not meet deadline; NJ Transit also faces delays
  • Compressed natural gas
    • Is the time right for the switch to CNG on the main line?
  • Vegas to Vegas on the Chief
    • Mid-route Southwest Chief journey illustrates train's local value


From the Editor

Our 80th birthday, two good journalists | David Lassen and Bill Stephens understand this crazy business; we celebrate our 80th year with 2020 Vision


Chesapeake & Ohio 2716 for the win | Trains' annual Preservation Award goes to Kentucky Steam Heritage Corp.


Hot spot: Centralia/Chehalis, Wash. | These twin towns offer great variety to the visiting railfan

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