For whatever reason unbeknownst to me I have had an interest in trains and railroads for all of my life. While a lot us like trains as kids many grow disinterested in them, as they get older. However, for me, my interest always remained. As a kid I can remember playing with an entire boxful of Brio (which by chance I was lucky enough to have because my grandmother owned a small specialty shop when I was young) and a few model train sets, which Santa thought I was good enough to receive.
As I got older my interests changed to studying railroads generally although my particular interest has always been learning about the industry’s history (while I always enjoy watching a train go by, unlike some, I have never really been one to set for hours at one location and watch and/or photograph trains). To make a long story short American-Rails.com is a culmination of all of my years of studying railroads.
As the Internet Age has give us all an unprecedented medium for whatever type of information we were searching for in regards to railroading, while there are dozens and dozens of excellent websites out there for one to find information on the subject I was finding it a bit frustrating that there was no one website which covered it broadly. After some time I began to think, why not just create such a website myself? And that, in a nutshell, is the basis behind American-Rails.com, a website dedicated not only to bringing awareness about our country’s railroad history, both past and present, but also as a resource tool describing and educating about American railroading in general.
To date I have spent many, many long hours on the website and plan to spend many, many more in the future as I continue to add information here and there. I must admit, however, that the website could never have been put together without the assistance of several fine books, individuals and other resources, which have been an immense help. In any event, I have enjoyed every minute of putting together American-Rails.com, and part of that enjoyment is hearing the kind words from folks who have either enjoyed browsing the site, learned something new, and/or have found the answer to their question(s) here. Below are some of these very nice comments.
Just a brief note of thanks for a wonderful website. Just stumbled upon it and had a great read, keep up the great work! ~ Bill Hatrick
Mr. Burns, thank you for producing this wonderful website. ~ Sam Middleton
I really love your website. I am a model railroader who simply loves the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad after visiting Steamtown National Historic Site. This is really great. I have not been able to get this much information anywhere. WOW! Keep up the good work! ~ Matthew Deutsch
You've got a great site, one which I've enjoyed visiting many times. ~ Mike Stanz
Just a comment to thank you for a wonderful site and a good resource. I have a passion for interurban railways and all that was lost because of GM and big oil, starting in the late 1920s. Also great site for my favorites; C&NW, CB&Q, Milwaukee Road, IC, well that list is endless. Thanks again. ~ Nicholas Stuart
(My nephews and I.)
As the website journeys on into the future please let me know if there are any topics or subjects you would like covered at the site and I will see if I can include them. Lastly, thanks again to all of you who have taken the time to send me words of praise about the website, it truly means a lot. ~ Adam Burns
P.S. By the way, if you want to read a little more about American-Rails.com and how it was created please click here.
Check out the website's digital book (E-book), An Atlas To Classic Short Lines, which features system maps and a brief background of 46 different historic railroads. To learn more please click on the image below.