I wonder, then, if Railway Age and Modern Railroads were the primary industry magazines of the 1950s. There is a university library just a few miles away, I should go snoop through the stacks.
I think the large format magazine(s) hooked me on railroading. Photos with romantic vistas, rails curving out of site behind lush scenery, and such. I'm hit with a bit of nostalgia, I guess.