Modern Locomotives Illustrated

Modern Locomotives Illustrated (formerly Locomotives Illustrated) is a British bi-monthly railway publication.

Modern Locomotives Illustrated
EditorColin J Marsden
Former editorsGeoffrey Freeman Allen
CategoriesRail transport
FrequencyBi-monthly (fourth Thursday)
PublisherKey Publishing Ltd
FounderGeoffrey Freeman Allen
Year founded1975 (1975) (as Locomotives Illustrated); 2008 (as Modern Locomotives Illustrated)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inStamford, Lincolnshire


Locomotives Illustrated was founded in 1975 by Geoffrey Freeman Allen with the intention of creating a series of magazines, each issue dedicated to an individual class of British steam locomotive. By mid-2007, the magazine had covered almost every class of steam locomotive and the publishers, Ian Allan Publishing, were keen to revamp it. Ian Allan approached Colin J Marsden, former editor of Railways Illustrated, to take over the editorship and re-launch the magazine as Modern Locomotives Illustrated with a focus on modern diesel and electric locomotives and multiple units. Locomotives Illustrated ended in early 2008 after 170 issues and Modern Locomotives Illustrated began from issue 171 in May 2008.[1]

The publishers originally envisaged a run of 66 issues, which is expected to rise to closer to 80. The magazine is now published bi-monthly (on the fourth Thursday of the month) by Key Publishing.[1]

End of publicationEdit

In September 2020, the publishers announced that the last issue of Modern Locomotives Illustrated will be the February/March 2021 issue, after which point no further issues of the magazine will be published. As of October 2020, individual issues of the magazine are still on sale, but subscriptions are not available.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "About Modern Locomotives Illustrated". Modern Locomotives Illustrated. Key Publishing. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Modern Locomotive Illustrated Magazine". Key Publishing. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020. This title will end with issue 247 (Feb/March 2021), which goes on-sale 28 January. As a result, subscriptions are no longer available. All existing subscribers will be contacted regarding their account in due course. You can still buy the latest issues here at a discounted price. line feed character in |quote= at position 84 (help)

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