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Spring 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


Steam bows out with a bang

Head End

B&O's long drink of water • PRR and NYC: Not so different after all? • Reviews of new books

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Winter 2017 issue


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe

True Color

The "informal" Southern Railway?

Fallen Flags Remembered

Chesapeake & Ohio

The Way It Was

Unsung Heroes of the North • All Four ... • Weekend Visits to Indiana

Car Stop

Nexus of the Chicago Aurora & Elgin

Classics Today

Chessie's Virginia home

Bumping Post

Canadian Pacific's Canadian in Vancouver

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