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Classic Trains is a quarterly magazine celebrating the "golden years of railroading." Each issue covers the North American railroad scene from the 1920s to the late 1970s with extraordinary photographs and compelling writing. Giant steam locomotives, colorful streamliners, down-home local trains, great passenger terminals, recollections of railroaders and train-watchers . . . they're all in the pages of Classic Trains.

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Feature Articles
Finding FA's
By J. David Ingles
An album of encounters with Alco's freight cab, "the diesel that didn't quite do it"

Read J. David Ingles' two-part Alco FA study.
Once Upon a Railway
By Stuart Adams
The case of the runaway caboose on the Northern Alberta is just one legend that lives on among railroading's rich tradition of oral histories
What's In a Photograph? CB&Q Trains at Aurora, Ill.
By Jerry A. Pinkepank
View eastward at west end of passenger station, February 1946
Chasing a Royal Hudson with the Canadian
By James A. Brown
A business trip on Canada's top streamliner becomes a cat-and-mouse game with a 4-6-4
A Photographer Who Could Think on His Feet
By Kevin P. Keefe
For more than a decade, the credit line "W. A. Akin Jr." could only mean one thing: compelling and dramatic railroad photography

Read Bill Akin's story about his family's ride on the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio's Ann Rutledge from Chicago to St. Louis.
Birds-Eye View: P&WV's Rook Yard, Pittsburgh
By Bill Metzger
George Gould's HQ in Pittsburgh is still busy for Wheeling & Lake Erie
Serendipity on Homestake Pass
By Doug Harrop
Expecting only Amtrak, we also found a big BN freight
Variety in the Valley
By Jim Shaughnessy
Five Class 1 railroads and four short lines made the picturesque upper Connecticut River Valley a train-watcher's paradise

See more of Jim Shaughnessy's photos of the Connecticut River Valley railroad scene.
Eat Taters and Wear No Clothes
By Ron Flanary
Chasing an East Tennessee "apparition" in the 1960s — the 11-mile standard-gauge remnant of the fabled 3-foot-gauge "Tweetsie"

Read about ET&WNC's last narrow-gauge run on October 16, 1950.
In Every Issue
Photographs as teaching tools
Meet this issue's crew
Head End
Steam retreats from the Milwaukee Road's Iowa Division • Renumbered Pennsylvania Railroad E7 • Cornelius W. Hauck receives Railway & Locomotive Historical Society medal • Unlikely power for a Rock Island branch • American's freight-car fleet,1945 • Electroliner restoration effort • Robert A. Le Massena obituary • Alvin F. Staufer obituary
Fast Mail
Letters from our readers
True Color
Santa Fe PA's against a Surf Line vista about to vanish
Fallen Flags Remembered
Denver & Rio Grande Western
Classics Today
Ride a bit of the old "Tweetsie" in the Doe River Gorge
The Way it Was
Dad Was a Closet Railfan • It's Not What You Think • My Niagara Was Missing
Car Stop
New York City's Third Avenue Railway
Ready Track
Reviews of new books and new CD
Bumping Post
Union Pacific's Art Deco monument in Omaha
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