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Are you really into the hobby or just like reading about some amazing ideas or tips and tricks? Are you just looking for a new magazine or thinking about picking up another one?

Here is a list of some Train magazines you might be interested in!

Model Railroader

"Interested in model trains? We are too. Model Railroader magazine has been the industry-leading model train magazine since 1934. Each month, Model Railroader features step-by-step modeling and construction projects, fascinating photo tours of model train layouts, insightful reviews, how-to tips from the experts, and much more!"

  • Released in the USA
  • Focus on all scales/gauge
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • Digital Library Available (Digital Magazines/Videos)
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Model Railroader

Subscribe here: Model Railroader Subscription page

 

Classic Toy Trains

"In every issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine you'll find information about building, operating and enhancing toy train layouts; track plans, repair and maintenance tips, profiles of collectible postwar and prewar trains, and more."

  • Released in the USA
  • Focus on all scales/gauge
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Classic Toy Trains

Subscribe here: Classic Toy Trains Subscription page

O Gauge RailRoading 

"We publish a print and digital amazing chock full of great photos. O gauge layouts, how-to articles and regular columns by the OGR Staff."

  • Released in the USA
  • Focus on O Scale/Gauge
  • Digital Library Available (Digital Magazines/Videos)
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 6 Magazines per year

Homepage: OGR RailRoading

Subscribe here: OGR Subscription page

Trains Magazine

"Trains magazine has kept industry leaders informed since 1940. Learn more about North America's leading train industry magazine and meet the Trains staff who brings you each and every issue."

  • Released in the USA
  • Focus on all scales/gauge
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Trains Magazine

Subscribe here: Trains Magazine Subscription page

Garden Railways

Since 1984, Garden Railways has been the number-one magazine about the hobby of garden railroading. Each issue features hobby news, product reviews, how-to articles, featured railroads, and much more.

  • Released in the USA
  • Focus on all scales/gauge
  • Outdoor layouts
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 4 Magazines per year

Homepage: Garden Railways Magazine

Subscribe here: Garden Railways Magazine Subscription page

Rail Express

Welcome to Rail Express, Britain’s best magazine for news and views from across the national railway network. The magazine is simply essential if you’re interested in today’s railways, providing all the latest on engines, stock, infrastructure, nostalgia and preservation, as well as the best and most innovative rail photography in Britain. Plus, get keep up to date with news from the world of modelling and much, much more.

  • Released in the UK
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Rail Express

Subscribe here: Rail Express Magazine Subscription page

The Railway Magazine

"The Railway Magazine is Britain’s best-selling rail title. Published continuously since 1897, it prides itself on its news content and its unique blend of award-winning photos, features, interviews and exclusives.

Its wide-ranging coverage of the rail industry and heritage railways, past and present, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike"

  • Released in the UK
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: The Railway Magazine

Subscribe here: The Railway Magazine Subscription page

Classic Trains Magazine

"Classic Trains is a quarterly magazine celebrating the "golden years of railroading." It covers the North American railroad scene from the early 1920s to the late 1970s. Proud steam giants, colorful streamliners, great passenger terminals, down-home local trains, recollections of railroaders and train-watchers . . . they're all in the pages of Classic Trains"

  • Released in the USA
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 4 Magazines per year

Homepage: Classic Trains

Subscribe here: Classic Trains Magazine Subscription page

Modern Railways

"Published for 50 years, Modern Railways has earned its reputation in the industry as an established and highly respected railway journal. It is essential reading for professionals in the railway industry as well as individuals with a general interest in the state and developments of the British railway network.

Providing indepth coverage for all aspects of the industry, from traction and rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure management, Modern Railways carries not only the latest news but also analysis of why those events are happening.

Modern Railways keeps its readers fully informed with detailed articles, informative features, and special issues throughout the year."

  • Released in the UK
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
    • Print Sub - Gives Digital/Online access
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Modern Railways

Subscribe here: Modern Railways Subscription page

Steam Railway

Steam Railway magazine is the Railway preservation's biggest selling title and is the ultimate celebration of the world of steam. Each issue contains the latest steam news via a variety of informative and probing features together with historical and archive material, whether it's happening on the main line or on preserved railways.

We also bring you fascinating features exploring the past, present and future of our railway scene, all backed by stunning photography and incisive comment and analysis. No railway magazine gets to the heart of a story like Steam Railway. Steam Railway magazine is the only magazine you'll want to keep and refer back to again and again.

In each issue of Steam Railway magazine, you will find:

One-stop guide to forthcoming steam events & galas
Reviews of the latest railway books
Back of the Shed - Your unusual stories from the railways
Gallery - The most impressive images from today's top lineside photographers

  • Released in the UK
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 13 Magazines per year

Homepage: Steam Railway 

Subscribe here: Steam Railway Subscription page

Heritage Railway

Heritage Railway has all the latest news from the world of steam era preservation. The highs and lows of surviving British steam locomotives are the main attraction but there’s also room for historic rolling stock, a comprehensive guide to rail tours and updates on signals and stations. 

  • Released in the UK
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year

Homepage: Heritage Railway

Subscribe here: Heritage Railways Subscription page

PECO

 

This company makes 2 different magazines. You may purchase them together or separately.

Railway Modeller

For all enthusiasts who choose to model British railway prototypes, covering all scales, gauges and historical eras, and including a special section for beginners.

Continental Modeller

For all enthusiasts who model the huge variety of overseas railway prototypes around the globe. Covers all scales and gauges, plus product news from overseas manufacturers.

  • Released in the UK
  • Focus on all scales/gauge
  • Print and/or Digital Subscription Available
  • 12 Magazines per year
  • US customers must sub for the 12 months.

Homepage: PECO

Subscribe here: Railway Modeller Subscription page

Subscribe here: Continental Modeller Subscription page

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Feel free to leave a comment below with your recommended magazines and some good things you can find in them! Please no bashing or negativity!

Do you have another magazine recommendation that isn't up here? Please let us know and we will add them to the list!

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