Founded by Geoffrey Freeman Allen in 1962, Modern Railways is the only generally available trade & technical magazine specialising in Britain 's Railways. Modern Railways is noted for its experienced team of writers and editors, its incisive columnists and, above all, for its in-depth coverage of every aspect of Railway policy, commercial issues, technology and operations.

Privatisation in 1994 changed Britain 's railways from a few monolithic buyers of products and services to a complex network of around 100 companies. Modern Railways came into its own, providing the focus for the information the new industry needs. Thirty years spent developing the trade and technical magazine concept established by its founder editor gave Modern Railways an immediate authority and wealth of experience that the enthusiast railway press could not match.

Since then the magazine's highly respected team has kept readers ahead of the news as privatisation has developed, with a strong mission to analyse, probe and explain the new fast moving railway industry. What enthusiast publications would claim as ‘scoops' and ‘exclusives' are business as normal for Modern Railways.

In addition to news coverage and in depth feature articles, Modern Railways can claim the strongest team of columnists in the business, including twice Journalist of the Year Roger Ford , whose monthly Informed Sources is required reading at all levels of industry, Alan Williams, who provides a monthly reality check from the passenger's viewpoint and Tony Miles , with his unrivalled contacts in the train operating companies.