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Spring 2017


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


Salt-water railroading

Head End

Jet Rocket in a jam • Rail photo and art conference set for April • Call the brush-cutters! • A famous E7 fades away • Arthur M. Lloyd Obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from our readers


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe

True Color

Santa Fe "warbonnet" F7s meet GN's Big Sky blue

Fallen Flags Remembered

Monon, the Hoosier Line

Classics Today

Leadville, Colorado & Southern

The Way It Was

Return of the Meal Stop • College Prep • A Brakeman's Baptism

Car Stop

Philadelphia's Red Arrow Lines

Ready Track

Reviews of new books

Bumping Post

Pacific Great Eastern's North Vancouver depot

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Three stories written and photographed by Jim Shaughnessy.


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