Magazine articles

Since 2001, I have written the following articles for Trains magazine:

Making it work: New Zealand’s railways have drilled through mountains, bridged river gorges, and survived changes for 150 years (February 2014)

Rolling stones: How Class I railroads make money hauling rocks, sand and stone (October 2013)

A short line railroad's recipe for success: From oil to sugar to frozen vegetables, California's Santa Maria Valley Railroad has mixed together 100 years of satisfied customers (June 2013)

Ice railroaders: Despite sub-zero winter temps and four feet of snow per month, the Alaska Railroad acts like a Class I railroad... with both coal and passengers (December 2011)

Where's that coal train going? The North American coal market is complex, and so is the rail network that moves coal from mine to user (April 2010)

Nice ride! From boxcars to covered hoppers, here's how grain rides the rails (April 2009)

How much does it cost? Here's what railroads are spending on the hardware that keeps the industry moving (January 2008)

Railroading's new economy: The China factor (August 2006)

The East after Conrail - CSX: Looking for a silver bullet (September 2005)

Freight car Catch-22: Railroad, shipper and leasing company survival strategies (April 2005)

Ribbons of steel: Rail is getting bigger and better (December 2004)

Risky business: The railroad freight car market (January 2004)

North American railroading's new frontier: Mexico (November 2003)

Canadian National: From worst to first in 10 years (November 2002)

Wrong train running? Why intermodal gets the green light (July 2002)

Can railroads stay home for the holidays? (December 2001)

TTX gives fast freight wheels: Managing the intermodal equipment fleet (November 2001)

Manned helper locomotives vs. distributed power: Different railroads, different philosophies (August 2001)

For Classic Trains magazine, I have written one article, Learning the Basics (Summer 2006), about beginning a career in railroading with the Boston & Maine and Soo Line in the 1970s.