June 2021

The June 2021 issue of Trains Magazine.


In this Issue

What Amtrak misses

Lost elements of operation and management have left a void as passenger carrier completes 50 years

Going coastal in California

Union Pacific’s famed Coast Line should still be on everybody’s bucket list

The moment of birth

The culmination of politics, personalities, and financial hardships forged today’s passenger railroad

Anatomy of a freight train

Look inside a modern BNSF manifest to see what it carries


Amtrak at 50

In every issue

News p. 4
One railroad, three countries; Amtrak asks STB to intervene on Gulf Coast

Brian Solomon p. 10
Reading about the Reading

Bill Stephens p. 11
Y’all aboard?

Preservation p. 44
Trains’ 2021-22 Preservation Partnership: Nashville Steam’s 4-8-4 No. 576

Train-Watching p. 46
Short line: Indiana Eastern

Ask Trains p. 48
Locomotive headlights; narrow gauge steam engine deliveries