Five Can’t-Miss Rail Industry Magazines

When it comes to reliable railroad resources, these are the best of the best


These five magazines are here to help you stay up-to-date on the rail industry.

Are you a seasoned railroader looking to keep up on the latest industry news? Or are you new to rail and curious about how it all works? Whether you’re a long-time railroader, are investigating rail as an option, or fall somewhere in between, these magazines are the definitive sources to consult to learn what’s going on in the industry.

International Railway Journal (IRJ)

The IRJ is the world’s first globally-distributed magazine for the railway industry. Launched in 1960, it began monthly publication in January 1961. IRJ journalists are industry insiders who travel the world to give readers information on the latest developments in rail transport.

IRJ web resources:

  • Financial
  • Passenger
  • Freight
  • Fleet
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy
  • Technology
  • Regions 

Railway Age

Railway Age editors ask questions and get answers from the sources that matter most from across the industry: management, labor, suppliers, government, and the financial community. They use knowledge of the past, stay in tune with current issues, and look ahead to raise industry issues and seek solutions for their readers.

Railway Age web resources:

  • News
  • Freight
  • Passenger
  • Mechanical
  • M/W
  • C&S
  • Safety
  • Finance
  • Regulatory
  • Analytics
  • Interchange

Railway Track & Structures (RT&S)

RT&S is dedicated to providing engineering and maintenance-of-way coverage – everything related to track and structures.

RT&S web resources:

  • News
  • Freight
  • Passenger
  • C&S
  • Track Structure
  • Track Maintenance
  • Safety/Training
  • Regulatory

Progressive Railroading

Published 12 times per year, Progressive Railroading provides information on trends, technology and industry news related to the North American Railroad industry.

Progressive Railroading web resources:

  • News
  • Trending
  • Job Postings
  • Products
  • Education & Events
  • Magazine

Trains Magazine

Trains Magazine has been covering a wide range of railroading topics since 1940, from railroad news, insight, and commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service, transit, locomotives, technology, preservation, fan opportunities, and more. This diverse content is developed for everyone from the railroad enthusiasts to seasoned professionals.

Trains Magazine web resources:

  • Magazine
  • News
  • Railroads
  • Blogs & Forums
  • Photos & Videos
  • Locomotives

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