These are the magazines that we currently have in the Railroad Magazine Index. We're adding more content all the time, and this list is certain to grow. If you're interested in seeing a periodical added that's not listed here, please see the Frequently Asked Questions list on "How Do I Get a Magazine Added?"

Prototype Railroading | Model Railroading | Museum & Historical | Club & Organization

Prototype Railroading Magazines
Classic Trains

Issues Indexed: 93 (1999 to Present)

Classic Trains is a quarterly publication by Kalmbach focusing on North American railroading's golden years with photographs, personal recollections, and informative feature articles.

Classic Trains is available both in print and digitally with a subscription to Kalmbach's Trains.com portal.

Diesel Era

Issues Indexed: 6 (1999 to Present)
Many issues are currently missing prior to 2021

Diesel Era is a quarterly publication with in-depth features and news on North American diesel locomotives. Subscriptions are available from White River Productions online store, and back issues are also available for purchase from White River Productions and Withers Publishing.

Light Railways

Issues Indexed: 268 (1962 to 2020)

Light Railways is an Australian publication covering industrial and narrow gauge railways published by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia. Light Railways is currently published bi-monthly to members (and the past two years of back issues are available for sale), but everything prior to the past two years is freely available from their website.

Pacific News (1961-1984)
Pacific Rail News (1984-1997)
Rail News (1997-1999)

Issues Indexed: 412 (1961 to 1999)

This magazine, most commonly known as Pacific Rail News, primarily focused on railroading in the western US and Canada until 1997, when Pentrex rebranded it as RailNews and expanded coverage to all major North American railroads. The final issue was published in August 1999.

TrainLife.com has purchased the rights to the back issues, and has made them available for free on their website.

Some issues are missing from the index. If you have access to these issues, please contact us.

Progressive Railroading

Issues Indexed: 134 (2011 to Present)

Progressive Railroading provides news and information for railroading professionals. Additional details can be found on the Progressive Railroading website.

Railfan & Railroad

Issues Indexed: 129 (2011 to Present)

From heritage to high-tech, Railfan & Railroad brings you trackside each month with exciting news, photos, and features. Railfan & Railroad is available both in print and digitally with a subscription. Subscriptions are available from White River Productions online store, and back issues are also available for purchase.

Railway Age

Issues Indexed: 50 (2018 to Present)

Published since 1856, Railway Age provides news and information for railroading professionals. Digital Editions are available on their website.

Railway Herald

Issues Indexed: 290 (2005 to 2012)

Railway Herald is a weekly digital magazine covering the operational and enthusiast aspects of the UK, European and Worldwide railway scenes. Subscriptions are available from the Railway Herald website.

Trains

Issues Indexed: 987 (1940 to 2023)

Trains Magazine from Kalmbach Publishing offers monthly railroad news and commentary on today's freight railroads, passenger service, transit, preservation, fan opportunities, and more.

Trains is available both in print and digitally with a subscription to Kalmbach's Trains.com portal.

 

Model Railroading Magazines
1001 Model Railroading Ideas

Issues Indexed: 12 (1967 to 1973)

1001 Model Railroading Ideas was a magazine published between 1967 and 1973.

TrainLife.com has purchased the rights to the back issues, and has made them available for free on their website.

Some issues are missing from the index. If you have access to these issues, please contact us.

Classic Toy Trains

Issues Indexed: 281 (1986 to 2023)

Classic Toy Trains is a publication focused on the collecting and operating of O and S gauge model trains.

Classic Toy Trains is available both in print and digitally with a subscription to Kalmbach's Trains.com portal.

Garden Railways

Issues Indexed: 227 (1982 to 2020)

Garden Railways was a quarterly Kalmbach publication focusing on large-scale trains and garden railroading. Garden Railways began life as the Sidestreet banner newsletter and evolved into Garden Railways magazine in 1984. The final issue was August 2020, at which point it was announced that Model Railroader would be expanded to include more large scale content.

Garden Railways back issues are available digitally with a subscription to Kalmbach's Trains.com portal.

Great Model Railroads

Issues Indexed: 30 (1991 to 2020)

Great Model Railroads is an annual publication by Kalmbach that highlights the best in contemporary model railroading.

Great Model Railroads back issues are available digitally on DVD from Kalmbach's store.

HO Collector

Issues Indexed: 22 (2017 to Present)

HO Collector is the only quarterly magazine dedicated to collectible HO scale trains. Subscriptions are available from White River Productions online store, and back issues are also available for purchase.

Mainline Modeler

Issues Indexed: 304 (1980 to 2006)

Mainline Modeler is a prototype modeling-focused magazine published by Hundman Publishing from January 1980-August 2006.

The C&O Historical Society owns the rights to the Mainline Modeler PDFs, and makes a DVD available on their website.

Micro Model Railway Dispatch

Issues Indexed: 7 (2021 to Present)

The Micro Model Railway Dispatch is for micro layout designers, builders, and operators to share ideas and discuss subjects related to micro model railroads. Issues can be found on their website.

Model Railroad Hobbyist

Issues Indexed: 153 (2009 to Present)

Model Railroad Hobbyist is a high quality, free digital model railroading magazine published monthly. The current and back issues can be found on the MRH website.

Model Railroad News

Issues Indexed: 158 (2007 to 2023)

Model Railroad News is a monthly publication dedicated exclusively to the latest new product announcements and the hobby industry’s most in-depth and detailed product reviews. Subscriptions are available from White River Productions online store, and back issues are also available for purchase.

Model Railroad Planning

Issues Indexed: 25 (1995 to 2019)

Model Railroad Planning is an annual publication by Kalmbach that focuses on the best and most useful articles for planning your layout.

Model Railroad Planning back issues are available digitally on DVD from Kalmbach's store.

Model Railroader

Issues Indexed: 1069 (1934 to 2023)

Model Railroader is a monthly magazine covering the hobby of model railroading. It is available both in print and digitally with a subscription to Kalmbach's Trains.com portal.

Model Railroading

Issues Indexed: 256 (1979 to 2006)

Model Railroading was a monthly magazine published between 1979 and mid-2006.

TrainLife.com has purchased the rights to the back issues, and has made them available for free on their website.

Some issues are missing from the index. If you have access to these issues, please contact us.

N Scale Railroading

Issues Indexed: 29 (2020 to Present)

N Scale Railroading is a monthly magazine devoted to the best of 1:160.

Back issues are available on the N Scale Railroading website.

Nickel Plate Road Modeler's Notebook

Issues Indexed: 36 (2010 to Present)

The Nickel Plate Road Modeler's Notebook is a free quarterly e-zine about modeling the Nickel Plate. It is published by the Nickel Plate Road Historical and Technical Society.

Issues are available on the NKPHTS wesbite.

NMRA Magazine

Issues Indexed: 497 (1935 to Present)

The NMRA Magazine is the official member publication of the National Model Railroad Association. It was previously known as Scale Rails, and before that, simply as the NMRA Bulletin. Members get online access to both current issues and many back issues.

NYCentral Modeler

Issues Indexed: 46 (2011 to Present)

A free, online magazine published quarterly by the New York Central System Historical Society, NYCentral Modeler provides information for modeling the New York Central System.

Issues are available on the NYCSHS wesbite.

The O Scale Resource

Issues Indexed: 55 (2013 to Present)

The O Scale Resource is a bi-monthly publication about all things O scale.

Back issues are available on the O Scale Resource website.

Railmodel Journal

Issues Indexed: 229 (1989 to 2008)

Railmodel Journal was a model railroading magazine published from 1989 to August 2008.

TrainLife.com has purchased the rights to the back issues, and has made them available for free on their website.

Railway Modeller Australia

Issues Indexed: 15 (2020 to Present)

Railway Modeller Australia promotes the hobby of railway modelling in Australia covering all prototypes and scales. Issues are available to download on their website.

Prior to 2022, the magazine was known as Rail Modeller Australia.

Railroad Model Craftsman

Issues Indexed: 131 (1975 to Present)
Many issues are currently missing prior to Dec 2011

Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine brings you the best in scale model railroading since 1933. Available both in print and digitally with a subscription. Although the magazine has been published since 1933, currently digital back issues only go to December 2011. Subscriptions are available from White River Productions online store, and back issues are also available for purchase.

Running Extra

Issues Indexed: 48 (2018 to Present)

Running Extra is a sister publication to Model Railroad Hobbyist, and is a paid digital model railroading magazine published monthly. The current and back issues can be found on the MRH website.

The S Scale Resource

Issues Indexed: 49 (2014 to Present)

The S Scale Resource is a bi-monthly publication about all things S scale.

Back issues are available on the S Scale Resource website.

 

Museum & Historical Society Publications
Central Headlight

Issues Indexed: 203 (1970 to Present)

The Central Headlight is the official member publication of the New York Central System Historical Society and has been published since 1970.

Sagebrush Headlight

Issues Indexed: 67 (2001 to 2021)

The Sagebrush Headlight is the official newsletter from the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Back issues are publicly available from their website.

Track 'n Feathers

Issues Indexed: 54 (1997 to Present)

Track 'n Feathers is the newsletter from the Galloping Goose Historical Society of Dolores, CO - the folks that rebuilt the Dolores depot and restored and operate RGS 5. Back issues are available from the GGHS website.

 

Club & Organization Newsletters
Cannon Ball

Issues Indexed: 150 (1966 to Present)

The Cannon Ball is the official publication of the Sunrise Train Division of the National Model Railroad Association.