July 2021

The July 2021 issue of Trains Magazine.


In this Issue

Dark days for CSX’s CV sub

Where 50 coal trains a day once ran in Kentucky’s Cumberland Valley, now a handful move east of Corbin, Ky.

Disappearing railroaders

Spurred by PSR, the third wave of cutbacks wipes out the equivalent of an entire Class I railroad workforce

The railcars that fought a pandemic

In 1918, rolling Red Cross laboratories helped battle the spread of influenza

Sandstone spectacular

Natural arches, slickrock, and red rock: Union Pacific’s Potash Branch has scenery like no place on earth

Map: East Broad Top rises again

New owners bring legendary Pennsylvania narrow gauge line back to life


A sneak peek at Trains’ new 2022 daily calendar

In every issue

News p. 4
It’s Canadian National vs. Canadian Pacific for KCS

Brian Solomon p. 8
Reflecting on a microcosm of dieselization: the significance and longevity of EMD’s SD40

Bill Stephens p. 9
We need more Dutchtown Southerns: new railroad may be the future of carload traffic

Preservation p. 44
Mainline steam outlook for the second half of the year

Train-Watching p. 46
80 trains per day at Cordele, Ga., on NS, CSX, and HoG

Ask Trains p. 48
Do all distributed power units get the same commands from the head end?