In this issue, devoted to all things Texas, Bill Stephens’ lead story takes you to the Lone Star state and the outsized traffic volumes the region’s cities, ports, and industries generate for railroads of all sizes. Then if everything is bigger in Texas, why can’t it be faster? Yes, Bob Johnston reports that developing Texas Central may be the first railroad to offer up Japanese-style bullet passenger train service in North America. Not be outshone by any freight or passenger star, steam-powered excursions still play an important part in Texas railroading, as Texan Haley Enoch reports. There’s also an introduction to TexRail commuter service and a profile of the Angelina & Neches River shortline railroad, both by Texan Ken Fitzgerald.
Read those stories, plus updates in rail News, the world of Locomotives, and the province of Passenger trains — all in the December issue, only from Trains!