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Spring 2015


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


Another double anniversary issue


Meet this issue's crew

Head End

Another day at the office • What was it these engines said ...? • Jim Scribbins obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from our readers

True Color

No F units here — Illinois Central stuck with the likes of 4-8-2 2604

Fallen Flags Remembered

St. Louis Southwestern Railway, a.k.a. Cotton Belt

Classics Today

Reading's FP7s: Queens of Diamonds

The Way It Was

Steam Dream of a Lifetime • Throw Daddy Off the Train • Last Day of the Central's Named Trains • Ripping Them Down on the Rio Grande

Car Stop

Dodging Trolleys in Brooklyn

Ready Track

Reviews of new books and new DVD

Bumping Post

Virginian Steam: Afternoon at Norfolk Terminal Station

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The history of railroad electrification in the US.


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