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Summer 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


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Head End

Variety on the Rock Island • Hot load in Kalamazoo! • Fuel for future fires • Reviews of new books • FT with footboards • Three engines, three railroads • Streamliner City of Sun Valley? • Once more around the carousel • Edward O. Theisinger Obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Spring 2018 issue


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe

True Color

New Jersey's prosperous Raritan River Railroad

Fallen Flags Remembered

Pacific Great Eastern and successor British Columbia Railway

The Way It Was

Summer Commuter on New York Central's West Shore • High Speed Run on IC's Green Diamond • Dad's Vacation Train • Missed Opportunity

Car Stop

Streetcars of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Classics Today

Strasburg Rail Road: America's Oldest Short Line

Bumping Post

Gateway to Yosemite

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