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Feb 05, 2016

Railroad Boxcars

Boxcars have been an important piece of equipment for the railroad industry since the early days of the 19th century. Today, they are used for more specialized tasks than in years past.

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Feb 05, 2016

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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Jan 27, 2016

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad's slogan Through The Heart Of The South fit the line well as it connected Virginia, Alabama, and Florida. In 1967 it was merged into the SCL.

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Jan 05, 2016

Easter Train Rides, 2016 Schedule And Dates

Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates in 2016.

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Jan 04, 2016

Thomas The Train: "Day Out With Thomas" 2016 Schedule

Here you can find a complete schedule regarding where Thomas The Train (officially known as "Day Out With Thomas" trips) will be operating for the 2016 year all around the country.

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Jan 02, 2016

Those Pullman Blues, By David Perata

Those Pullman Blues is a fascinating book by David Perata detailing the Pullman porter and the hardships African American workers endured in the "Golden Age" of rail travel.

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Dec 31, 2015

Rails Across Canada, By David Cable

Rails Across Canada is a small, coffee-table title by David Cable featuring his photography across the country from 1991 through 2006.

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Dec 22, 2015

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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Dec 14, 2015

The West Point Route

The West Point Route was a trademarked name comprising the Atlanta & West Point Railroad, Western Railway of Alabama, and Georgia Railroad. It was dissolved after 1972.

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Dec 14, 2015

The Southern Railway

The Southern Railway was created through a combination of smaller lines and it served the entire southeast from Louisiana to Virginia. In 1982 it merged with the N&W to create the Norfolk Southern.

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Nov 28, 2015

The Florida East Coast Railway

The Florida East Coast Railway has served its state for more than 100 years and it's all thanks to Henry Flagler who created the company in 1895.

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Nov 25, 2015

The Clinchfield Railroad

A brief history of the Clinchfield Railroad, a classic system connecting Kentucky with South Carolina but moved incredible amounts of coal. Today, its route is still used by CSX.

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Nov 25, 2015

The Polar Express Train Rides, 2016

Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2016? You can find them all here.

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Nov 16, 2015

The Orange Blossom Special

The Orange Blossom Special was once a prominent heavyweight Seaboard Air Line train serving New York to Florida points. It was discontinued in 1953.

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Nov 07, 2015

Other Western Logging Railroads

A look at other logging railroads in western states, which contained only a few such systems.

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Nov 06, 2015

Montana Logging Railroads

A look at Montana's many logging railroad operations, in service from circa 1900 until around World War II.

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Nov 04, 2015

Colorado Logging Railroads

Colorado logging railroads could primarily be found in the state's mountainous regions to the west. Read about some of these operations here.

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Nov 04, 2015

New Mexico Logging Railroads

A brief history and overview of those logging railroads, or systems which handled forest products within the state of New Mexico.

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Nov 03, 2015

Arizona Logging Railroads

A brief history and overview of Arizona's known logging railroad operations, most of which stopped operating around World War II.

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Nov 02, 2015

A History Of Idaho's Logging Railroads

Covered here is a brief overview and background of Idaho's rich history of logging railroad operations within the state.

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Nov 01, 2015

The Idahoan

The Idahoan was a regional, secondary Union Pacific train running between Cheyenne and Portland. Inaugurated in the late 1940s it was canceled after only a few years.

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Oct 31, 2015

The Gold Coast Limited

The Gold Coast Limited was a second-tier Union Pacific train running a transcontinental schedule from Oakland/Los Angeles and Chicago. It was eventually discontinued permanently in 1955.

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Oct 30, 2015

The 49er

The exotic 49er was a short-lived, steam-powered streamliner inaugurated in the late 1930s by Union Pacific to complement its City Of San Francisco. The Forty-Niner was canceled in 1941.

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Oct 30, 2015

The Columbine

The Columbine was a Union Pacific train launched in the 1920s serving Denver and Chicago via Omaha. It survived until 1950.

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Oct 29, 2015

The Butte Special

The Butte Special was a secondary Union Pacific train serving Salt Lake City and Butte, Montana. Incredibly, it survived on the railroad's timetable until Amtrak began on May 1, 1971.

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Oct 29, 2015

The Owl

The Owl was a secondary, overnight Southern Pacific train serving the San Francisco/Oakland to Los Angeles corridor. It was launched in the late 19th century and discontinued during the 1960s.

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Oct 29, 2015

The Beech Mountain Railroad

The Beech Mountain Railroad is a short line located in heart of West Virginia dating to the late 19th century. After more than a century it still handles coal today.

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Oct 28, 2015

The Cascade

The Cascade was one of the Southern Pacific's top trains serving Portland and Oakland/San Francisco. Launched in 1927 remants survived until 1971.

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Oct 27, 2015

The Argonaut

The Southern Pacific's Argonaut was its secondary train operating the Sunset Route behind the premier Sunset Limited. Inaugured in the 1920s it survived until the 1960s.

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Oct 26, 2015

The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate was a joint motor-coach and rail service provided by the Santa Fe between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It first launched in 1935 and survived until 1965.

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