June 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.


  • Railroading battles the COVID-19 outbreak
    • Passengers and COVID-19
    • Freight and COVID-19
  • What to watch in 2020 and beyond
    • Time is running short for iconic units; on CP, SD70 rebuilds give EMDs an edge
  • FRA floats new on-time rules
    • Proposal adds financial and service-quality measures


From the Editor

Shortline surprise: why we love 'em! | Characters, unusual power, unique operations, and best of all, the unexpected all make short lines a delight


Tourist railroads vs. coronavirus | With little choice, U.S. railway preservation closes until the emergency ends


Short line: R.J. Corman Central Kentucky | A bold splash of red in a state known for blue

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Exhaust discharge under steam locomotive cabs, weather and train performance


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