June 2022

The June 2022 issue of Trains Magazine.


In this Issue

Lessons from Montana Rail Link p. 10

BNSF is terminating the lease of the West’s most-loved regional railroad. Why we’ll miss it.

Home, home on the Mineral Range p. 18

A family-owned and -operated railroad survives, hauling critical minerals

Tacoma’s own p. 24

City-owned Tacoma Rail is a conduit for intermodal and much more

The Northwest’s newest empire builder p. 32

Rainier Rail builds tracks, gains new customers, and looks for more growth opportunities

Remodeling a railroad p. 36

Through innovation and hard work, West Michigan Railroad Co. went from a dead line to a roaring success

Gallery p. 54

Born in Chicago, indoctrinated in railroading by his dad, Steven J. Brown rode many Midwestern steam excursions as a child. He picked up a camera in his teens during the 1970s to make a record of the rapidly disappearing railroad scene. His photography has been used by railroads and agencies including VIA Rail, Amtrak, Sound Transit, BNSF, Union Pacific, Metra, Washington State Ferries, plus many trade and fan magazines.

In every issue

News p. 4

  • Parties line up to seek conditions for CP-KCS merger

Preservation p. 42

  • Museum works to save two rare NYC electric locomotives

Train-Watching p. 46

  • Short line: Burlington Junction Railway