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Trains (magazine)

EditorCarl A. Swanson
CategoriesRail transport
Total circulation
CompanyFirecrown Media
Based inWaukesha, Wisconsin
LanguageEnglish Edit this at Wikidata

Trains is a monthly magazine about trains and railroads aimed at railroad enthusiasts and railroad industry employees. The magazine primarily covers railroad happenings in the United States and Canada, but has some articles on railroading elsewhere.

It was founded as Trains in 1940 by publisher Al C. Kalmbach and editorial director Linn Westcott. From October 1951 to March 1954, the magazine was named Trains and Travel.[2] Jim Wrinn, a former reporter and editor at the Charlotte Observer, served as editor from 2004 until his death in 2022.[3] Carl A. Swanson succeeded him.[4]

Trains was long among the 11 magazines published by Kalmbach Media, based in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In May 2024, Kalmbach Media sold Trains, along with other railroad and astronomy-related publications to Firecrown Media.[5]


  • Al C. Kalmbach, 1940–1948
  • Willard V. Anderson, 1948–1953
  • David P. Morgan, 1953–1987
  • J. David Ingles, 1987–1992
  • Kevin P. Keefe, 1992–2000, 2004, 2022 (interim)[6]
  • Mark W. Hemphill, 2000–2004
  • Jim Wrinn, 2004–2022
  • Carl A. Swanson, 2022–present

See also


  1. ^ Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), Online-database, accessed 2019-07-04, listing monthly average for last half of 2018
  2. ^ "Trains Timeline: a 75-year journey". Trains Magazine. May 2019. Archived from the original on August 24, 2020.
  3. ^ Keefe, Kevin P. (March 30, 2022). "Jim Wrinn led Trains Magazine with passion". Trains. Kalmbach Media. Retrieved March 30, 2022.
  4. ^ "Carl A. Swanson named TRAINS Magazine editor". Trains. Kalmbach Media. May 11, 2022. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  5. ^ Fuller, Craig (May 1, 2024). "Firecrown Media Grows Again with Addition of 'Trains,' 'Astronomy'". Firecrown Media. Retrieved May 1, 2024.
  6. ^ "Kalmbach names Keefe as Trains interim editor". Trains. Kalmbach Media. April 6, 2022. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
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