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Welcome to Classic Trains, a quarterly magazine celebrating the North American railroad scene from the early 1920s to the late 1970s with extraordinary photographs, studies of equipment and operations, and recollections from railfans and railroaders.
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Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 has been on display at the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds for 51 years, but it will leave soon to begin a multi-year restoration that will return it to steam. Join us for extensive coverage of a Big Boy on the road to restoration. 
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Photo of the Day
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A Baltimore & Ohio 2-8-2 sets out cars on an interchange track (right) as a 4-6-4 with New York Central’s Cleveland-Cincinnati Special passes the tower and crosses the diamond in the background at Shelby, Ohio, in September 1955. Philip R. ...
A 1972 ride up the Northern Alberta Railways to Fort McMurray and back was a four-day delight
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At 5 o’clock every Sunday and Wednesday evening, mixed train No. 75 would trundle slowly out of Dunvegan Yards (Edmonton), headquarters and southern terminus of the Northern Alberta Railways, on the first leg of a four-day, 600-mile odyssey. At
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