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Spring 2011


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

Seatrain: ahead of its time


Meet this issue's crew

Head End

New Haven shipwreck • Wallace W. Abbey photos • Scrapping a steam locomotive • Missouri Pacific parlor-observation car • Link family album • Donald Duke obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from our readers

True Color

The true Canadian Pacific Railway Canadian

Fallen Flags Remembered

Chicago & Illinois Midland

Workin' on the Railroad

Keeping Santa Fe streamliners cool

The Way it Was

A trip on the Erie • A doubleheader to dance about • BL2's and Pullmans to the Stock Yards • No support group

Car Stop

Key System's Bridge Units

Ready Track

New books and DVD's

Second Section

Keeping Wabash history alive • Pullmans on the Burlington's "Night Crawler"

Bumping Post

SP streamliner meets V&T accommodation in Reno

Free download

Free download

The history of railroad electrification in the US.


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