February 2022

The February 2022 issue of Trains Magazine.


In this Issue

Steam’s toughest test

As the number of operating locomotives dwindles, challenges mount for America’s historic steam power

Double tracking the Transcon

Long-running BNSF effort to expand LA-Chicago capacity nears completion

34 days to done

By owning and maintaining its own infrastructure, Union Pacific rebuilt a bridge in record time in Northern California

Bridging two eras

In one long night, BNSF crews replace a signal bridge in Riverside, Calif.

Nevada lucky

81 for 81 becomes part of Nevada Northern and Trains magazine lore

In My Own Words: Septic tank on flanged wheels

Getting rid of an obsolete freight car wasn’t easy
Robert J. Wise


The new Rock, Amtrak and the Washington monument, and more

Sol S. Tucker

In every issue

News p. 4
Much to be determined in Amtrak’s funding windfall: FRA criteria to set priorities

Bill Stephens p. 8
When Murphy lays down the law: tales of a traveling writer

Brian Solomon p. 9
Boston & Maine connections

Preservation p. 44
Q&A with Western Maryland Scenic Executive Director Wesley Heinz

Train-Watching p. 46
Short line: Portland Vancouver Junction Railroad

Ask Trains p. 48
Straightening out curves, diesel locomotive horsepower, intermodal container graffiti