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Fall 2005

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.


Editor's Page

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True Color

Kansas City Southern's Southern Belle in 1962

Fallen Flags Remembered


A Classic Year

1942: Wartime, Abandonments, Records

The Way It Was

Finding Erie-builts on the Pennsy in 1961, by Jay Potter • Working for the Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern in 1943, by Nav Fosse • Lackawanna in the Delaware Water Gap in 1930 • Merger comes to an Erie Railroad town in 1962, by W. L. Gwyer • Train priorities on the B&O at Toledo in the early 1960’s, by Ralph Bailey • Watching the Katy at Denton, Tex., in 1944, by Frank Rogers

Car Stop

San Francisco cable cars in the 1940's and '50's

Second Section

Natural Tunnel, in color

Bumping Post

Vancouver, B.C., on Canadian National

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Stories about the railroads that formed Penn Central.


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