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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
My Five Student Trips
By Borgon Tanner
A fireman learns his trade on B&O's Wheeling Division in 1947
Cut Off and Loaned Out
By Tom Dill
A young SP fireman bounces around California in search of steady work
No Lifeguard on Duty
By Les Clark
Union Pacific hoggers and hostlers had to keep their bearings around engine terminal ashpits
Bad-Luck Electric
By Jack Neiss
Penn Central 4973 and I just couldn't seem to get along
Engineers: Good, Bad, Sleepy, and Disgusted
By Drake E. Omstead
A brakeman's observations of hoggers on the New York Central in 1960
Limbering Up C&NW Steam Locomotives
By Robert A. Janz
New and freshly shopped engines stretched their legs on local-freight and solo runs
Those Delightful Derby Days
By Frank Tatnall
In the 1960s, special trains to Louisville's "Run for the Roses" each May were still in full swing

Watch films from Herron Rail Video of Louisville & Nashville 2-8-4s working Kentucky Derby specials in 1956.
What's In a Photograph? N&W at Blue Ridge, Va.
By Jerry A. Pinkepank
View from the cab of a 2-6-6-4 on an eastbound freight, 1953
Mr. Brosnan "Makes" History
By Bill Schafer
Southern's well-known 1953 end-of-steam photos in Chattanooga were really just for show
Ingles Color Classics: Sunrise at Owen
By J. David Ingles
My pursuit of "rare mileage" dawned with Soo Line's Laker, on part of a 1,000-mile Chicago-based circle trip

Check out the train consists and photo subjects recorded by author J. David Ingles.
Bird's-Eye View: New Haven's Cedar Hill Terminal
By J. W. Swanberg
What became a two-roundhouse engine facility was born of NH's electrification
Stepping Back in Time
By Jim Shaughnessy
In 1957, the railroad scene in the small Canadian National junction town of Palmerston, Ontario, seemed unchanged from 50 years before

See more photos by Jim Shaughnessy of Palmerston's little trains and locomotives.
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"Come on up"
Meet this issue's crew
Head End
Steam vs. diesel vs. steam out of Boston & Maine's North Station • The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society presents awards to Jim Scribbins, Denny Anspach, and Tom Gildersleeve • Two small boys' fascination by Pennsy's 80-inch drivers • "Streamliners at Spencer," May 29-31 and "Train Expo 2014," June 20-22 • Wallace W. Abbey obituary • Doug Harrop obituary
Fast Mail
Letters from our readers
True Color
Colorado & Southern in Denver, 1958
Fallen Flags Remembered
Central of Georgia—"The Right Way"
Classics Today
Palmerston, and those little CN Moguls
The Way it Was
An Unexpected El Capitan Cab Ride • The Making of a Steam Fan • Watering Hogs on the N&W • Long Island Rail Road Memories
Car Stop
Modern Brill cars in Indianapolis
Ready Track
Reviews of new books
Bumping Post
In Chicago, Dearborn Station's window on the world
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