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News reports on the railroading industry. Features cover operations, locomotive power, rolling stock, and routes.

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News reports on the railroading industry. Features cover operations, locomotive power, rolling stock, and routes.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Publ Co
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must-have for railfans of any ilk June 17, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
TRAINS, the monthly magazine from Kalmbach Publishing in Waukesha (suburban Milwaukee), Wisconsin, is the pre-eminent periodical aimed at "railfans" in general.

People who read TRAINS are as varied as regular commuter-train and light-rail system riders, current and former railroad employees, people interested in the latest high-tech components of railroading (Intermodal, for example), and people interested in North American railroading as a business.

A typical issue might have an in-depth cover article about an individual railroad company or a history of rail transportation in a particular town or city; a column called "City Rail" about commuter and light-rail transit; an editorial; several shorter features; a "Map of the Month" comparing, say, railroad freight shipments through Kansas City in 1945 versus 2005; a book review; and a stunning end gallery of photographs, most of them submitted by amateurs. The periodical also maintains a very active web site.

TRAINS is probably number two in circulation among the periodicals Kalmbach edits, the clear number one being MODEL RAILROADER, whose name describes its reach. So that not too much time in TRAINS is taken up by nostalgia or passenger trains pre-Amtrak (1971), several years ago the company spawned a new quarterly, CLASSIC TRAINS.

But TRAINS itself remains the go-to place for information about pretty much all kinds of North American railroading. The only critique I have to offer is that the magazine is not committed in any particular way to railroading in other parts of the world, such as India or Western Europe. Still, TRAINS is a wonderful, multi-faceted read and I always enjoy getting my copy in the mail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best North American Railroad Magazine? December 11, 2010
By McCaw
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I'm not saying there are not better magazines for specialized railroading interests, but if you are looking for the "New York Times" of North American railroad magazines, "Trains" is probably your best choice. It features the top relative news stories that are easy for most casual railfans to understand, accompanied by fantastic photography.

I have noticed the addition of "Trains For Kids" on newsstands. If you know a child who likes trains, you should definitely consider it as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I became interested in Trains Magazine in 1968 when I was renting a room in a Baltimore row house and living across the hall from a trainee for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. I had always enjoyed trains, but was not really a railfan at the time. I began reading this fellow's back issues of Trains and became hooked. In January 1971 I began subscribing to Trains and have never missed an issue since. I hope to have a subscription for as long as I'm alive.

Over the years I've been consistently impressed by the quality of the magazine, both in terms of its layout and it content. Every issue has a wide range of articles and features on the business side, the technology, and the relationship of the industry to government, while at the same time providing plenty of interesting articles for the general railfan, the nostalgia buff, and the like. There's something for everyone in every issue. While I find some articles more fascinating than others, primarily because some hit more specifically on my areas of interest, I read them all, since it's helpful to know about all aspects of railroading, even if it's not in one's area of special interest.

I've also been consistently pleased with the fulfillment of my subscription. I can count on my copy arriving in my mailbox at about the same time every month. It's been that way for more than 43 years. This is a great track record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stories, Great Pics, Amazing Magazine May 16, 2012
Subscription Term Name:1 year|Verified Purchase
I had been up in the air for awhile about subscribing to Trains because it has a steep subscription price. But a railfan I am and eventually I was unable to resist what is hailed as the premier train magazine.

I have received three issues now and have no regrets what-so-ever. The issues are of decent size and the stories and photographs contained within do not disappoint. I read these cover to cover and have learned more from these three issues than much more time with various other sources. The features are fantastic and you will also receive much bonus material such as track maps (then and now), listings for museums, tourist and exhibition trains, etc.

If you are a railfan that does not yet have a subscription to Trains, do yourself a favor and subscribe today!
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