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Fall 2019


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


Steam's last great year

Head End

Big Boy's big comeback • The "final answer" in diesel design? • Reviews of new books • PRR steam under foreign wire • Dual-gauge in Mexico • Rich roof-top detail • Don Evans obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Summer 2019 issue

True Color

FTs for Santa Fe's Fast Mail


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe on photographer John Bjorklund

The Way It Was

Yellow Diesel-Hydraulic! • Hoghead Turns Cow Killer • Room Service on the Pennsy

Car Stop

Cincinnati's adaptable overhead

Classics Today

Three war babies still in steam

Bumping Post

Gateway to the Great Salt Lake

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Rail action at a moment in time.


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