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Around the bend: December 2023 and January 2024 ‘Trains’ content

By Nastassia Putz | November 29, 2023

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Upcoming Trains content for December

We’re always adding new content to our website! Here’s a sneak peek at a few items coming up this December/January …

Travel with Trains: Alaska 2023

What’s it like to travel with Trains Magazine? Read Editor Carl Swanson’s day-by-day impressions of the 49th State. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, information on our upcoming tours is posted here.

A snow covered mountain range with red and yellow foliage in the foreground
Thanks to frequent clouds, only 30% of visitors to Denali National Park get to see the distant twin peaks of Denali, tallest mountain in North America.

Travel: Amtrak’s most unusual train

Dirk Nadon is a New Hampshire radio magnate who owns Lakes Media. He and I have worked together developing radio promotions for the Conway Scenic Railroad. At one point he said to me, “You’ll like this! A few years ago, I took this great train ride called the Auto Train — do you know it?”

long blue and white passenger train
Amtrak train No. 53, the southward Auto Train passes old BX at Petersburg, Va. Nos. 52 and 53 are the longest and heaviest regularly scheduled passenger trains in North America and for more than 30 years have been routinely assigned Amtrak’s P40 diesels. These older GEs offer superior train control for long trains than newer P42s. Brian Solomon

Santa Fe Super Fleet locomotives

Virtually anyone these days with an interest in the industry knows what the term Super Fleet means. It’s the iconic red-and-silver warbonnet paint scheme worn by new Santa Fe locomotives during the twilight of the company’s existence.

orange and yellow locomotive
Nashville and Eastern B40-8W No. 579 and sister No. 573 get ready to start the day in Nashville, Tennessee. Both units still wear their original numbers and were repainted by BNSF after the merger, with No. 573 repainted with red and silver warbonnet colors and BNSF lettering and No. 579 in BNSF’s Heritage II scheme. Chris Guss

Transporting trains: Locomotives and rolling stock moving via the highway

There are a variety of reasons that dictate railroad equipment is better off being transported by truck rather than train.

black and white photo of caboose on truck
Wooden Colorado & Southern cupola caboose being moved. David Lustig

Upcoming January content

On the ‘Lake Shore Limited,’ a diner debut, and a flamboyant waiter

Oct. 3, 2011, wasn’t just another day in the life of the Lake Shore Limited.

Dining car at high-level station platform at night
Named for the hometown of the Beech Grove shops, where it was born in 1987 and refurbished in 2011, Viewliner prototype diner Indianapolis shines at Albany-Rensselaer on Feb. 18, 2012. Bob Johnston

Freight under wire: Electrified freight service is scarce

Hauling freight in the United States is almost exclusively a diesel locomotive affair today. However, a century ago, pockets of territory existed where freight was pulled by electric locomotives.

train carrying freight on electric railroad
Iowa Traction No. 50 shoves across 19th Street SW towards the large AGP plant in Mason City, Iowa. Chris Guss

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