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  • Blog Post: Railfanning at 30,000 feet

    I am on the way to the world’s largest railroad trade and technology show, InnoTrans, held every other year in Berlin. I am taking the long way to the show, via one of Europe’s most spectacular steam-powered tourist railroads and some incredible fast trains that put Amtrak’s Acela to...
  • Blog Post: Part volksmarch, part theme park, part party city, all business: It’s InnoTrans

    Like ants flocking to their hill, visitors to InnoTrans flood into the fairgrounds at Berlin for the world's largest railway trade and technology show. Photo by Jim Wrinn Here's a typical exhibit booth with plenty of people, big-time graphics, and video displays. The trains are outside! Photo by...
  • Blog Post: Pullman: Though the factory is gone, the community remains

    A Southwest Airlines 737 takes off from Chicago's Midway Airport, flying over the remains of the Pullman plant. Jim Wrinn photo CHICAGO – I visited the fabled Pullman Palace Car plant on the south side of Chicago on a recent weekend. It was the Historic Pullman Foundation’s 39 th annual...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a future for the past with tourist railways and museums

    MONTREAL — I’m in Montreal this week for the annual joint conference of the Association of Railway Museums and Tourist Railway Association . It is a meeting that I always enjoy because of its seminars and field trips. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when railway preservation was in its...
  • Blog Post: Looking for railroad history in Canada’s capital

    [caption image="/cfs-file.ashx/__key/communityserver-blogs-components-weblogfiles/00-00-00-07-48/1680.DSC_5F00_0713.JPG" position="right"]Canadian Pacific 4-8-4 No. 3100. Photo by Jim Wrinn [/caption]OTTAWA – Participants at this year’s Association of Railway Museums/Tourist Railway Association...
  • Blog Post: The Railway Man, he was one of us

    There once lived a man named Eric Lomax. He lived in Scotland, fought in World War II, and survived torture at the hands of Japanese captors only to lead a troubled adult life in Britain. He died in 2012. For Trains readers, his life story is poignant and remarkable because he was one of us. The...
  • Blog Post: Train Travel and the (New) American Dream

    The mentors and lecturers invited to speak to this year’s Millennial Trains Project (MTP) participants have begun to instigate discussions on redefining the American Dream, the central theme of this year’s journey. And the means by which MTP is moving across the country — the train...