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Classic Trains depends on its readers for most photos and stories in each issue. We examine each photo submitted, and we do read every story. When sending material, please provide a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Here are some ground rules:

We prefer 35mm or larger original color transparencies and 8x10-inch black-and-white or color prints. Do not send negatives. All photos submitted will be returned after we review or use them.


Please provide caption information for all photos. We prefer that slide mounts have as much information on them as possible (location, date, subject); expanded information may be included on a separate sheet. Prints should have all caption material written on or attached to the back. All photos should have the photographer's (or contributor's, if different) name on them.

Photo Payments

Classic Trains pays for the one-time editorial use of a photo, upon publication. Rates, based on published size of the photo, begin at $30. Receipt of editorial material is acknowledged by postcard the day it arrives. We appreciate your patience in allowing us to review it. Our Accounts Payable Department requires that we have Social Security (or Federal Taxpayer I.D.) numbers on file from our U.S. contributors before we can issue checks for photos or stories.

Return Policy

All photos will be returned, unless the contributor specifies otherwise. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SSAE) for the return of photos. Classic Trains assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited photos or article material. Slides kept on file can be returned upon request and inclusion of an SSAE.


As with photos, the best guide to what is suitable for our format is what we publish. Many articles are assigned in advance, so a written query to the Editor before submitting a story is advisable. Unless otherwise agreed upon, Classic Trains buys one-time exclusive rights to a manuscript; we pay upon acceptance and the execution of our author's contract.

For more information, write:

Classic Trains
21027 Crossroads Circle
P.O. Box 1612
Waukesha, WI 53187
Fax: (262) 798-6468.

E-mail: (no telephone inquiries, please).


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