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Spring 2020


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


20/20 hindsight for our 20th

Head End

A-B-B-B-B-A = 30,000 h.p. • Russian Decapod, as built • North to Alaska! • Reviews of new books • Army, Topeka & Santa Fe? • Twilight for GN's electrics • Service, New York Central style

Fast Mail

Letters from readers on our Winter 2019 issue

True Color

Rushing reefers west


Commentary by Kevin P. Keefe on the National Railroad Hall of Fame

The Way It Was

A Day with John W. Barriger • Hudson River Hangover Cure • Farewell to the Hawkeye

Car Stop

Sweeping snow in Chicago

Classics Today

Barriger Library, St. Louis

Bumping Post

IC downsizes in Louisville

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Three stories written and photographed by Jim Shaughnessy.


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