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Trains

April 2020

TRAINS IS THE #1 MAGAZINE AMONG RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS! EACH ISSUE IS PACKED WITH PROBING FEATURES, RAILROAD NEWS, EXPERT COMMENTARY, CUTTING-EDGE INDUSTRY REPORTS, DETAILED MAPS AND SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING RAILROADING’S INFLUENTIAL HISTORY AND EXCITING FUTURE.

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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
hot spots of our life and times

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Among the many college courses that I enjoyed as an undergraduate was economic geography. It intrigued me, and it was well suited for my early and ongoing railroad fascination. Today, 40 years later, it seems like I am thinking about that class every time I go into the field to examine a railroad location where business is brisk and traffic is heavy. In short, a hot spot. In my years as a train-watcher, the hot spot of the day has wandered across the map. At various times, it’s been the export coal docks at Tidewater, Va., the coal mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and the container ship port at Long Beach, Calif. And as Bill Stephens reports on pages 34-41, a new star is in the sky — that remote,…

1 min.
trains

Editor Jim Wrinn Design Director Thomas G. Danneman Production Editor Angela Pusztai-Pasternak Senior Editor David Lassen Associate Editor Brian Schmidt Digital Editor Steve Sweeney Editorial Assistant Diane Laska-Swanke Assistant Design Director Scott M. Krall Graphic Designer Samantha Primuth Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson Production Specialist Sue Hollinger-Klahn Librarian Thomas Hoffmann Columnists Brian Solomon, Bill Stephens Correspondents Justin Franz, Steve Glischinski, Chris Guss, Scott A. Hartley, Bob Johnston, Kevin P. Keefe, David Lustig, Robert W. Scott Contributing Illustrator Bill Metzger Contributing Videographer Kevin Gilliam TRAINS.COM Executive Producer A. David Popp Producer Kent Johnson ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Sales Representative Mike Yuhas phone: (888) 558-1544, ext. 625 email: adsales@trainsmag.com Founder A.C. Kalmbach, 1910-1981 KALMBACH MEDIA Chief Executive Officer Dan Hickey Senior Vice President, Finance Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Nicole McGuire Vice President, Content Stephen C. George Vice President, Operations Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Human Resources Sarah A. Horner Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events David T. Sherman Advertising Sales Director Scott Redmond Circulation…

1 min.
on the web

TRAINS NEWSLETTER Sign up on our homepage for a free weekly email newsletter to learn what’s in our latest issue, get hot news, watch videos, sign up for trips and events, and more. Photo by Robert W. Scott LOCOMOTIVE ROSTERS Subscribers can download PDFs of the latest locomotive roster data for North America’s Class I railroads and Amtrak. Photo by Marshall W. Beecher TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by Bob Johnston ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask Trains” segment. Photo by Michael S. Murray Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Trains Magazine (issn 0041-0934, usps 529-850) is published monthly by Kalmbach Media Co., 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI, 53187-1612. Periodicals postage paid at Waukesha, Wis., and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Please send…

2 min.
conversations

Letter GREEN BAY & WESTERN GRATITUDE I enjoyed the story, “Golf Balls & Western” [“In My Own Words,” pages 64-66, February], on the Green Bay & Western Railroad. When I was a kid, we called it the “Grab Baggage & Walk.” A friend had an uncle who worked for the railroad and said it meant “Get Busy & Work.” I never heard the golf balls label. When I was in my twenties, my wife asked me to help with a fundraiser for the Green Bay Symphony. One of my assigned calls was to the Green Bay & Western, and I was asked to meet with H. Weldon McGee, the railroad’s president. I was invited into his office and explained the fundraiser, and he kindly asked how much we would like to raise. I…

3 min.
gregory hynes

GREGORY HYNES IS NOT A STRANGER to railroading. The national legislative director of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Transportation Division (SMART-TD) is a fifth-generation railroader who hired out on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Los Angeles in 1995. At the time, railroads were pushing for remote-control locomotive operations in rail yards and Hynes thought that was unsafe. “I wanted to get involved and so I started attending union meetings,” he says. “Then I ran for union office and now I’m here.” In 2003, Hynes was elected legislative representative of Local 1081 at Glendale, Ariz. The following year, he became assistant legislative director for Arizona, then director in 2009. Hynes was elected national legislative director in August 2019, replacing long-time official John Risch. TRAINS spoke with…

5 min.
virginia’s big deal

THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA’S $3.7 billion agreement with CSX Transportation, unveiled in late 2019, will dramatically expand rail capacity, setting the stage for more Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express service. It could boost passenger-rail travel as far south as North Carolina, if not beyond. Projects in the agreement announced by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will be completed over a 10-year period. The deal includes acquisition of 225 miles of track and 350 miles of right-of-way from CSX. To help fund it, Northam in January proposed a 4-cent increase in the state’s gas tax. When completed in 2030, improvements will include a second two-track bridge over the Potomac River, a fourth mainline track between Crystal City and Alexandria, a third track from Franconia to Lorton, six new passing sidings, and a Franconia-to-Springfield bypass…