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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
East Bay Rails
By Fred Matthews
Growing up with trains near San Francisco in the late 1940s and 1950s

See more of Fred Matthews' East Bay photos.
Ingles Color Classics: Hats Off to the Santa Fe ... or Maybe Not
By J. David Ingles
In the early 1970s, not all "warbonnets" were red
What's In a Photograph? Cotton Belt on the MoPac at Gorham, Ill.
By Jerry A. Pinkepank
A fast freight rides a two-railroad speedway in May 1971
Alexandria Steam Show
By William E. Hopkins
A busy point just south of the nation's capital was a fine place to watch trains in the early 1950s
Street Fight in Chicago
By Clifford J. Downey
In 1955, longtime transfer firm Parmelee lost the right to move intercity passengers between downtown terminals, and the war with John Keeshin was on
Bel-Del Doodlebug
By John J. Harmon
In 1958, a triangle trip in New Jersey satisfied my long-held desire to ride an obscure PRR line
One Man's Minneapolis
By Otto P. Dobnick and Art Peterson
Stan Baker paid attention to Twin Cities railroads in the 1960s
Bird's-Eye View: Seattle's King Street and Union Stations
By Jerry A. Pinkepank
On a 1948 afternoon, King Street had a late Empire Builder, but Union was quiet
Breaking Away in the Monon Manner
By William Benning Stewart
How the Hoosier Line helped a 16-year-old begin the journey from adolescence to adulthood
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The trains of our youth
Meet this issue's crew
Head End
Canadian Pacific's gizmo with the golden shoes • Big steam doings, West and East • Average cost of new locomotives installed on U.S. railroads, 1941-45 • Photo exhibit opens in Chicago • Robert A. Janz obituary

Fast Mail
Letters from our readers
True Color
Diesel-to-steam transition time on Western Maryland
Fallen Flags Remembered
The Rutland Railroad: Green Mountain Saga
Classics Today
Spectacle at Spencer
The Way it Was
Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Fool Around Spadina in the Morning • Boot Camp Train-Watching • The 16-Hour Switcher • Tour of the Century
Car Stop
Cedar Valley Road's local streetcars, the last in Iowa
Ready Track
Reviews of new books and new DVD
Bumping Post
War and peace at Canadian Pacific's Windsor Station, Montreal
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