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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.

Feature Articles
Steam Autumn
By Stan Kistler
On the second half of an epic, month-long trip in late 1956, a Californian finds steam in northern Colorado and on D&RGW's narrow gauge

See more photos from Stan Kistler's epic 1956 trip around the West.
Strange Bedfellows
By J. W. Swanberg
A unique Amtrak RDC next to a "Pennsy" GG1 in 1978 — fake? Nope, real!
Ingles Color Classics: Long Way Home for Christmas
By J. David Ingles
Riding from east Tennessee to Detroit — via St. Louis — in 1965 gave evidence of the passenger train's decline
Provocateur of Railroad Photography
By Kevin P. Keefe
In keeping with the spirit of the 1960s, John Gruber was a revolutionary
What's In a Photograph? C&O's Sportsman at Staunton, Va.
By Jerry A. Pinkepank
Train time at a small-city station in July 1958
Frank Bunker, a Man of Steam
By Jim Shaughnessy
A cab ride on a Canadian Pacific 4-6-2 led to a decades-long correspondence
Bird's-Eye View: NYC's Home for Electrics
By Peter Keller
Required engine changes out of New York helped locate Central's Harmon shop
Photo Section
All color, all wintertime scenes on Donner Pass, the Delaware & Hudson, and Erie Lackawanna
Santa Fe's 1 Percent Decision
By Donald Sims
Opened in 1960, a 44-mile line relocation across northern Arizona reduced gradients, cut curvature, and saved time
In Every Issue
Welcome
John Gruber: right man for the times
Contributors
Meet this issue's crew
Head End
The Santa Fe's Super Chief must go through! • Pullman's double bedroom to nowhere • The case for Raritan River yellow cabs • Songs of the rails
Fast Mail
Letters from our readers
True Color
Great day on the Pacific Great Eastern
Fallen Flags Remembered
Algoma Central Railway: Tracks of the Black Bear
Classics Today
The Grand Canyon Railway
The Way It Was
Memorable Night at Winston Tower • Nights on the Nightingale • 'Never Spend a Dime When a Nickel Will Do' • First Ride with Dad
Car Stop
Land of the Liberty Bell Limiteds
Ready Track
Reviews of new books and new DVD
Bumping Post
69 Years of Change on the Baltimore & Ohio in Pittsburgh
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