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Kalmbach names Keefe as Trains’ interim editor

By | April 6, 2022

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — Kevin P. Keefe has been named Trains magazine’s Interim Editor, effective immediately.

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Kevin P. Keefe

Keefe returns to Trains for a third stint as editor, having first held the post from 1992 to 2000, and for a brief time in 2004 while he was serving as the magazine’s publisher. He is expected to remain in his new position until Kalmbach Media names a permanent successor to the late Jim Wrinn, who died March 30.

Keefe worked at Kalmbach 1974-76 as a copy writer in the sales department. He left that job to resume his newspaper career and worked at the Milwaukee Sentinel 1980-1987 before returning to Kalmbach as Trains’ associate editor. He succeeded the late J. David Ingles as editor in 1992 and was promoted to associate publisher in 2000, then later publisher. Keefe went on to become Kalmbach’s vice president-editorial until his retirement in 2016.

Keefe continues to write, edit, and travel for Kalmbach, including his quarterly print column and biweekly “Mileposts” blog for Classic Trains.

A steam locomotive enthusiast, Keefe was a prime mover in the Michigan State University Club’s efforts to restore MSU’s Pere Marquette 2-8-4 No. 1225, which now operates as part of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Mich. He graduated from MSU in 1973 with a degree in journalism.

Keefe grew up in Niles, Mich., an old Michigan Central Railroad town, and began reading Trains magazine in 1965 at age 14. He has lived in Milwaukee with his wife, Alison Keefe, since 1980.

“Jim Wrinn was a great editor at Trains and anything I do in this new position will be in honor of him,” says Keefe. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to step in at a difficult time and, I hope, help prepare the way for a new chapter in the magazine’s history.”

9 thoughts on “Kalmbach names Keefe as Trains’ interim editor

    1. We once ran into Kevin Keefe and Kathy Kube at a restaurant near we they worked and we live. Told him he was the best TRAINS editor ever. Naturally Kevin deferred and said Jim Wrinn was the best at it.

      I read a lot of books, some of which leave me screaming, “Who the h…l is the d….ed editor!!!???” Never happens when I read TRAINS MAGAZINE every month for over half a century.

      While on the subject of tragic deaths, the one that hit me hardest was George H. Drury. Wish I had met him. Maybe because we’re both native Bay Staters or maybe because he was such an everyday, unpretentious guy who loved trains and everything about them.

  1. Thanks for stepping in Kevin, I know you can keep the train moving until
    a new editor is named. Love your blog posts on Classic Trains,

    John Swiderski, Valdosta, Ga

  2. Sad that Jim Wrinn Died but nice to see Kevin Keefe back stepping in. Kevin had a good narrating voice too especially in the Trains On Location videos in the 1990s which hopefully he would bring the rest back over DVDs and continue to do more good things for Trains Magazine.

  3. Condolences to you and all of Jim’s family and friends. Glad you had capacity to pick it back up. Good luck with this and all your future endeavors!

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