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Here is your one-stop shop for learning about all of the newest additions or changes happening at American-Rails.com. Listed below is every page that is either new or which was updated within the last few days. Simply click on the link "Continue Reading..." under each heading to visit the page in question. With new articles added on a regular basis be sure and either check back here often or subscribe to the website's RSS feed to keep up with the latest.

Feb 19, 2017

Railroad Infrastructure, Keeping Trains Moving

Were you ever curious about the many types of railroad structures and signs that line railroad tracks? You can learn about them all, and much more, from this page.

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Feb 19, 2017

Railroad Maintenance

There are numerous types of railroad maintenance equipment which keep railroads operating efficiently. You can learn about most of them here.

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Feb 14, 2017

Shortlines, Class III Railroads

A close-up look at several Class III railroads, or "short lines." These systems are in vastly greater numbers today as Class Is continue to shed superflous trackage.

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Feb 14, 2017

Regionals, Class II Railroads

Class II railroads, also referred to as regionals, are the second-largest such companies within the industry. The information here covers most of these lines.

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Feb 12, 2017

Class I Railroads

In railroad jargon, Class I railroads refer to the largest companies in the industry and all seven in North America are highlighted here.

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Feb 11, 2017

Railroad/Train Stations And Depots

This page offers a general history of railroad/train stations and many well known structures like Pennsylvania Station. Also, learn about surviving depots still standing all around the country.

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Feb 10, 2017

Commuter Trains And Light Rail Transit

Here you can learn more about many of the commuter trains and agencies that operate around the country, from Metra to Caltrain.

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Feb 08, 2017

Travel By Train

Travel by train today in the United States is far different than the romantic era of private operations prior to 1971. Learn more about how to ride the rails today.

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Feb 07, 2017

Railroads In The Civil War

Railroads in the Civil War were critical to both sides during the conflict. Learn how new technologies were developed and expansion continued afterward.

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Feb 07, 2017

The Railroad Tycoons

The railroad tycoons, barons who laid the foundation of the railroad industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Read about several of them here.

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Feb 06, 2017

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, our nation's first common-carrier was one of the three major eastern trunk lines but also the weakest. Today, much of the system remains in use by CSX Transportation.

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Feb 06, 2017

Streamliners, The Classic Passenger Train

Read about many of the most well known streamliners here and why the period of the 1930s to 1960s is often considered the "Silver Age" of rail travel.

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Feb 05, 2017

Trolleys, Interurbans, And Traction

A look at the history of trolleys and interurbans in America from state operations to notable car builders and specific companies like the North Shore Line and Pacific Electric.

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Feb 04, 2017

Famous Railroad Landmarks

If you have ever wondered about some of the most well known railroad landmarks around the country you can read about them here.

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Feb 03, 2017

Fallen Flags, The Classic American Railroad

Featured here are detailed histories of more than 100 classic railroads, or "fallen flags," from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad to the small Monon.

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Feb 03, 2017

The American Railroads

An informational and educational resource guide covering the American railroad industry. Learn more about everything from the classic fallen flags to locomotives.

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Feb 02, 2017

Logging Railroads

Learn about the history of often unknown or forgotten logging railroads, which once dominated the transportation of timber in the early 20th century.

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Feb 02, 2017

Diesel Locomotives

Read about the history of diesel locomotives, how they function and operate, and the dozens of different models built by the five major manufacturers dating back to the 1930s.

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Feb 02, 2017

The Detroit and Mackinac Railway

The Detroit and Mackinac Railway, better known as "The Turtle Line" served northern Michigan for over a century. Read about the line's history, where it operated, and its ultimate fate.

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Feb 01, 2017

Railroad History, An Overview Of The Past

Interested in learning much more about out nation's railroad history? You can do so here, from the earliest years in the 1820s through today.

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Feb 01, 2017

The Chicago Great Western Railway

The venerable Chicago Great Western Railway operated across the upper Midwest serving Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City. The CGW became part of the North Western in the 1960s.

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Jan 29, 2017

The Kansas City Southern Railway

The Kansas City Southern Railway is currently the smallest Class I in terms of size with a history dating back to 1890. Today, it is bolstered by a strong presence in Mexico.

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Jan 28, 2017

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Way of the Zephyrs

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad served much of the Midwest and Texas. It helped kickoff the streamliner era in 1934 and was merged unto the Burlington Northern in 1970.

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Jan 24, 2017

The Chicago And Western Indiana Railroad

The Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad was a terminal line serving the Chicago region. While initially independent it was acquired by a consortium of railroads to reach Dearborn Station.

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Jan 18, 2017

The Chicago and North Western Railway

The Chicago and North Western Railway was a famous Midwestern granger that reached as far west as Lander, Wyoming. In 1995 it was purchased by Union Pacific.

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Jan 18, 2017

New York Train Rides And Excursions

New York train rides offer about everything you can imagine from steam locomotives to long dinner train rides. Most also feature stunning panoramic views of the state's countryside.

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Jan 15, 2017

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was a strong Midwest line for many years until after WWII. A botched merger hurt the company as did a strike in the 1970s. It was liquidated in 1980.

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Jan 11, 2017

The Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway

The Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway was a classic, but very small, line that operated in central Illinois. Today, much of the route is still in service as the Illinois & Midland Railroad.

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Jan 10, 2017

The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad

The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad was a regional line that served much of Illinois, including Chicago, as well as western Indiana. Today its lines are owned by UP and CSX.

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Jan 06, 2017

The Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad

A brief look at Ohio's Road of Service, which remained in operation for nearly 80 years. Also featured is the AC&Y's steam and diesel locomotive rosters.

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