Railroad History is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1921 in the United States to promote research into and preservation of documentation and photography of railroad-related business, finance, labor, biography, and technology.

Railroad History
DisciplineHistory of rail transport
Edited byDan Cupper
Publication details
Former name(s)
The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
Railway and Locomotive Historical Society
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Railr. Hist.

The journal is currently edited by Dan Cupper. The content of Railroad History consists primarily of articles about the history of rail transport, but essays and book reviews are also included.[1]


The journal began publication in 1921 as The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin.[1] The journal's title was changed to the current Railroad History, starting with Volume 127 in 1972. Publication is typically twice yearly, although there have been several special issues, such as the Millennium Special (2000) between No. 181 and 182.[2] In the journal's back catalog, single-subject special issues published between regular numbered issues are designated with consecutive alphabetical suffixes, including the following:[3]

  • No. 39A (1936): Reprint of Documents Tending to Prove the Superior Advantages of Rail-Ways and Steam Carriages over Canal Navigation by John Stevens (1812)
  • No. 40A (Sep. 1936): Locomotives of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, 1904–1935, Part 1
  • No. 43A (July 1937): Locomotives of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, 1855–1904, Part 2
  • No. 43B (Aug. 1937): The Railroads of Wisconsin, 1827–1937, by James P. Kaysen
  • No. 47A (Oct. 1938): The Locomotives of the Chicago & North Western Railway by F. A. Cole
  • No. 50A (Aug. 1939): Locomotives of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe System by S. R. Wood
  • No. 52A (July 1940): The Railroad in Literature, A Brief Survey of Railroad Fiction, Poetry, Songs, Biography, Essays, Travel and Drama in the English Language, Particularly Emphasizing Its Place in American Literature by Frank P. Donovan, Jr.
  • No. 52B (Aug. 1941): Locomotives of the Southern Pacific Company by G. M. Best
  • No. 58A (Aug. 1942): Vermont Central—Central Vermont, A Study in Human Effort by Edward Hungerford, David W. Sargent, Jr., Lawrence Doherty, and Charles E. Fisher
  • No. 61A (Aug. 1943): History of the Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railway, Spoon River "Peavine" by E. W. Mureen
  • No. 67A (Aug. 1946): The Narrow Gage Railroads of Colorado by Lucius Beebe


  1. ^ a b "Railroad History". Railway and Locomotive Historical Society. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Railroad History". JSTOR. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Out-of-Print Issues of Railroad History and R&LHS Bulletin". Railway and Locomotive Historical Society. Retrieved September 28, 2018.

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