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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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In Centralized Traffic Control (CTC) territory, as here on the UP across the Mojave Desert, trains operate according to signal indications, which supersede superiority. The CTC dispatcher set remote-controlled turnouts and interlocking signals to hol...
Everyday railroaders helped a small-town boy become a lifelong railfan
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At nearly 70 years of age, I am still enthralled at the passage of trains. Today’s trains—often featuring high-horsepower diesel locomotives, radio-controlled helpers, rotary-dump coal cars by the unit-trainload, and containers carrying p
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