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Winter 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.

In Every Issue


Those dazzling diesels


Meet this issue's crew

Head End

CB&Q Mikado 4960 on flood duty in 1965 • Richard Steinheimer photo exhibit • New home for SP 4449 and SP&S 700 in Portland • Copper Range Railroad coach • Obituaries: William D. Middleton, W. L. Gwyer, William J. Cole, Merwin A. "Mert" Leet

Fast Mail

Letters from our readers

True Color

Sterling performers of Northwestern Steel & Wire

Fallen Flags Remembered

Toledo, Peoria & Western: Illinois' comeback kid

Classics Today

West Virginia's tourist lines

The Way it Was

'Like hell they will' • 'Let us ride your bikes, we'll let you shovel coal' • 'Jump, kid, jump!' • Conrail brings Reading Co. Alco Centurys to Cleveland

Car Stop

Trolley cars made Scranton the 'Electric City'

Ready Track

Reviews of new books and new DVD

Second Section

'To me, the steam age at its best'

Bumping Post

Evening rush hour on Northwestern Pacific in Sausalito, Calif.

Free download

Free download

The history of railroad electrification in the US.


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