April 2021

The April 2021 issue of Trains Magazine.


In this Issue

All hail the wheat king

From wheat to windmill parts, Forty Mile Rail adapts to change in the southern Alberta prairie

North by Northern Lines

Minnesota railroad is short on mileage but long on customer service

Closing the circle

Tunnel motors and tonnage on West Virginia’s Loup Creek Branch

You’ve come a long way, short lines

An appreciation in South Dakota for the state of the industry

Ohio River railroading

Belpre Industrial Parkersburg revitalizes two Rust Belt river cities

The crossing

Short lines rarely cross each other at grade. But they do in Plymouth, Ohio

In My Own Words: The astronaut and the spaceage railroad watch

The pocket watch that rode with me while Americans explored the heavens


Short lines and regionals from coast to coast

In every issue

News p. 4

Interview: NJ Transit CEO discusses successful effort to meet PTC deadline

Bill Stephens p. 9

A house near the tracks: There’s no better place to learn to love trains

Brian Solomon p. 10

Passenger and freight separation? Considering the effects of dividing railroad networks

Preservation p. 44

Eight events to look forward to in 2021

Train-Watching p. 46

Short line: Illinois Terminal Belt

Ask Trains p. 48

Drawbar forces of long trains, exterior superheater signs