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Summer 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


Treasures in the archives

Head End

Train time on the GN • Cozy quarters on an NYC barge • Reviews of new books • GE vs. GMC • Green ... Red ... Out! • Russell Tedder obituary

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Spring 2019 issue

True Color

Florida East Coast at Boca Raton


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe on the magic of the Monon

The Way It Was

Four Days with the 'Golden Spike Centennial Limited' • City Lights

Car Stop

Meet me in St. Louis

Classics Today

Preserving railroad imagery

Bumping Post

Quiet moment at Denver

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Rail action at a moment in time.


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