Rail Shipper Tips: Five Sources for Rail Industry Insights

Whether you're a beginner or long-time rail user, this list of railroad resources and train magazines will help you stay on top of the latest railroad news and trends

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Get rail industry insights from these five railroad magazines

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? Wherever your experience falls, these magazines are the definitive sources to learn what’s going on in the industry.

International Railway Journal (IRJ)


The IRJ is a railroad magazine that has been publishing since 1961, making it the world’s first globally distributed railroad industry magazine. IRJ journalists have inside knowledge, and IRJ editors travel the world to bring readers the latest rail industry news and developments in rail transport.

IRJ’s rail industry resources are offered in the following categories:

  • Financial
  • Passenger rail
  • Freight rail
  • Fleet
  • Infrastructure
  • Policy
  • Technology
  • Railroad news by region

Railway Age


Railway Age is a monthly magazine for rail industry management at North American freight railroads and passenger railroads. As the transport industry’s oldest trade magazine, Railway Age places an emphasis on technology, operations, strategic planning, marketing, and other issues such as legislative and labor/management developments.

On the web, Railway Age offers resources in these categories:

  • Railway news
  • Freight rail
  • Passenger rail
  • Mechanical matters related to freight cars and train locomotives
  • Railroad maintenance of way
  • Communications and Signals
  • Railroad safety
  • Railway finance
  • Regulatory matters
  • Freight forecasting



RT&S (formerly “Rail Track & Structures") is dedicated to providing engineering and maintenance-of-way coverage – everything related to track and structures.

RT&S posts these types of railroad updates on its website:

  • Breaking news related to railroad tracks and structures
  • Freight rail coverage
  • Passenger rail coverage
  • Track construction
  • Track maintenance
  • Railroad track and structure safety
  • Railroad bridges and tunnels
  • Railroad grade crossings

Progressive Railroading


Every month, Progressive Railroading provides information on North America railroad industry trends, railway technology and the latest railroad industry news.

On its website, Progressive Railroading publishes:

  • News related to rail industry trends, intermodal, sustainability and more
  • Top railroad industry stories
  • Railroad job postings
  • Products, including freight cars, passenger cars, locomotives and freight, passenger and locomotive products
  • Education and events, including rail industry events, eBooks and webcasts

Trains Magazine

Trains has been covering a wide range of railroading topics since 1940, from railroad news, railroad industry insights, and commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service, transit, train locomotives, train technology, preservation, fan opportunities and more. This diverse content is developed for everyone from the railroad enthusiasts to seasoned professionals. Trains provides readers current, informative, and entertaining coverage of contemporary and historical railroad and train topics.

The Trains website offers railroad enthusiasts and seasoned railroad professionals information on:

  • Railroads and locomotives, including history, hotspots, maps and train photography tips
  • Train news and book reviews
  • Railroad community forums, blogs, events and clubs
  • Train videos, train photos and a railroad web cam
  • Train basics including the ABCs of railroading and “Ask Trains,” a place for readers to ask questions about trains and railroading

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