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Jul 30, 2014

Alabama Train Rides And Excursions

Currently there are only a few Alabama train rides throughout the state offered to the public, which you can learn more about here.

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Jul 29, 2014

Florida Train Rides And Excursions

Whether you are a local or vacationer you might not know all of the available Florida train rides available to experience, a few of which are very good! Learn more about them here.

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Jul 29, 2014

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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Jul 29, 2014

Ohio Train Rides And Excursions

Most of the Ohio train rides available to the public are small in nature. However, the state is home to the very popular Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Byesville Scenic, and Hocking Valley Scenic.

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Jul 29, 2014

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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Jul 28, 2014

Caltrain, A Brief History

Caltrain is a commuter rail agency that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Here you can read more about the service and exactly where it runs.

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Jul 27, 2014

The Altamont Corridor Express

The Altamont Corridor Express has been serving Stockton and San Jose since 1998. Currently, ACE operates more than 80 miles of track and connects with all other regional commuter services.

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Jul 26, 2014

The Class L-1 4-8-2s

The darlings of Rutland's steam fleet were a quartet of new 4-8-2 Mountains it received in 1946 from Alco. Sadly, they survived less than 10 years.

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Jul 25, 2014

The Class K1/2 4-6-2 Pacifics

The Rutland operated a small batch of 4-6-2 Pacifics listed as Class K-1 and K-2. They were purchased in 1925 and remained in service until 1953.

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Jul 24, 2014

The Class H-6a 2-8-2s

The Rutland's Class H-6a steamers included a small fleet of rugged 2-8-2 light Mikados acquired in 1918. These big locomotives remained in service until 1952.

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Jul 23, 2014

The Class G 2-8-0s

The Class G 2-8-0s included the Rutland's only batch of Consolidations it acquired from Alco. Many remained in service until the early 1950s.

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Jul 23, 2014

The Class F 4-6-0s

The Rutland's fleet of 4-6-0s were listed under Class F following the new 1913 numbering system and comprised much of its then fleet. Some remained in service until the end of steam on the railroad.

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Jul 22, 2014

The Chatham Division, The "Corkscrew"

The Rutland's Chatham Division, otherwise known as the "Corkscrew" was its southern outlet to the New York Central at Chatham, New York. The line was abandoned in 1953.

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Jul 21, 2014

The Class E 2-6-0s

The Rutland operated a small fleet of 2-6-0 Moguls during the 20th century that were listed as Class E. All were retired by the mid-1940s.

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Jul 20, 2014

The Class C 4-4-0s

The Rutland owned a small contingent of 4-4-0 American steam locomotives during the 20th century. Their history is included here.

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Jul 19, 2014

The Whippet

The Whippet was a named, fast-freight service Rutland instituted during the late 1930s. It was marginally successful and operated until the early World War II years.

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Jul 18, 2014

The Mount Royal

The Mount Royal was one of the Rutland's more well-known trains operating between New York and Montreal. It ceased running in 1953.

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Jul 18, 2014

The Green Mountain Flyer

The Green Mountain Flyer was Rutland's most widely regarded passenger train running between New York and Montreal. It was discontinued in 1953.

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Jul 17, 2014

The Legionnaire

The Legionnaire, originally named the Great Western Limited, was Chicago Great Western's top train between Chicago and the Twin Cities. It was canceled in the 1950s.

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Jul 16, 2014

The Everglades

The Everglades was another secondary Atlantic Coast Line service running the East Coast between Washington and Jacksonville. It survived until Amtrak.

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Jul 15, 2014

The Gulf Coast Special

The Gulf Coast Special was a secondary ACL day train providing service between New York and western Florida. It survived until Amtrak.

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Jul 14, 2014

The Palmetto

The Palmetto was a secondary Atlantic Coast Line train operating between New York and Savannah, Georgia. Established in the ealry 1940s it survived until 1968.

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Jul 13, 2014

The Union Pacific's Gas Turbine Locomotive Fleet, GTELs

The Union Pacific's gas turbine locomtive, also known as the GTEL for short, followed its steam turbine design. Despite heavy fuel consumption the GTEL fleet remained in service for about 20 years.

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Jul 12, 2014

The Vacationer

The Vacationer was a late-established seasonal Atlantic Coast Line train running between the Northeast and Miami. It was the earliest to be cut, canceled in the mid-1950s.

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Jul 11, 2014

The Miamian

The Miamian was a seasonal Atlantic Coast Line train operating between New York and Miami. It was discontinued in the early 1960s.

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Jul 11, 2014

The GE B40-8/W

The GE B40-8/W came in standard and wide-cab versions. Offering 4,000 horsepower and cataloged in the late 1980s the model saw few sales as interest waned for four-axle main line road-switchers.

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Jul 10, 2014

The Florida Special

The Florida Special was Atlantic Coast Line's popular season train running between New York and Miami. It survived until 1968.

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Jul 09, 2014

The Bankers/Connecticut Yankee

The Bankers and Connecticut Yankee was a joint service operated by the New Haven between New York and Springfield. The Bankers name survived through Amtrak.

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Jul 08, 2014

The Owl

The Owl was an overnight New Haven service connecting Boston and New York. It operated until the late 1960s.

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Jul 06, 2014

The Yankee Clipper

The Yankee Clipper was an upscale New Haven passenger train that ran the Shore Line between New York and Boston. A section survived until Amtrak.

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