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Fall 2018


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.

In Every Issue


First encounter with steam

Head End

Budd car bonanza • Bath time for GP40s • Reviews of new books • Truth in mapmaking • Car carpet cleaners • Essential supplies

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Summer 2018 issue


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe

True Color

Reefers under Milwaukee Road wire

Fallen Flags Remembered

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern

The Way It Was

Heavy on the Throttle • Spokes and Flanges • Colorado Adventures in the 1940s

Car Stop

Oklahoma Railway Interurbans

Classics Today

National New York Central Museum

Bumping Post

Canadian National at Owen Sound, Ontario

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