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Sep 17, 2014

The Polar Express Train Rides, 2014

Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2014? You can find them all here.

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Sep 17, 2014

The Polar Express, St. Louis Union Station

Just released, St. Louis Union Station now hosts the official "Polar Express" train rides for the 2014 season. For more information please visit their website.

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Sep 11, 2014

The Mallet Steam Locomotive

The Mallet was a unique steam locomotive design developed by Anatole Mallet that utilized two boilers.

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Sep 11, 2014

The PRR 4-6-2 Class K-4s Pacifics

The PRR 4-6-2 Class K-4s Pacifics were some of the most famous steam locomotives ever built, many by the railroad itself in the early 20th century for use in passenger service.

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Sep 11, 2014

The Heisler Geared Steam Locomotive

The Heisler geared steam locomotive was developed by Charles Heisler in the 1890s. The geared design sold nearly 1,000 examples to numerous logging companies and for other rugged duties.

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Sep 11, 2014

The Shay Geared Steam Locomotive

The famous Shay geared steam locomotive was designed by Ephraim Shay and built by the Lima Locomotive Works beginning in the 1870s. It became the best selling geared steamer ever built.

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Sep 11, 2014

The 4-6-6-4 Challenger

The 4-6-6-4 Challenger was a late model steam locomotive which was incredibly powerful. While it is most often associated with the Union Pacific eight different railroads operated the 4-6-6-4.

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Sep 11, 2014

The Espee Cab Forwards

The Cab Forwards were unique, odd, and extremely powerful steam locomotives that enabled crews to safely operate through the Sierras without worry of smoke inhalation.

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Sep 11, 2014

The Camelback Steam Locomotives

Camelbacks were unique steam locomotives that featured the cab sitting directly over the main boiler. Read more about the history of them here.

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Sep 09, 2014

The 2-6-6-6 Allegheny Type

The 2-6-6-6 Allegheny type, developed for the C&O, was a monster of a locomotive and arguably the most powerful ever built.

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Sep 04, 2014

The Illinois & Midland

The Illinois & Midland Railroad still operates the original route of the Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway and is currently owned by the Genesee & Wyoming.

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Sep 01, 2014

The Indiana Rail Road

The Indiana Rail Road (INRD) today is a major regional system that dates back to 1986 over former IC, CMStP&P, and Soo trackage.

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Aug 27, 2014

Massachusetts Railroad Jobs

Find out what Massachusetts railroad jobs may be available by learning which companies operate there today and utilized an online search tool to find openings.

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Aug 25, 2014

The Oregon Electric Railway, "The Willamette Route"

The Oregon Electric Railway was one of the largest interurbans ever constructed stretching from Portland to Eugene. It dates to 1908 and much of it remains in use today.

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Aug 25, 2014

The Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway

The Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway, or simply the Fort Dodge Line, was a freight interurban that was incorporated in 1906. It was purchased by the C&NW in 1968.

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Aug 25, 2014

The Presidents Conference Committee Cars, PCCs

The Presidents Conference Committee cars, or PCCs, were a late streetcar design created in the 1930s and were quite popular. Today, a few still remain in service.

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Aug 25, 2014

Wisconsin Train Rides And Excursions

Wisconsin train rides include a varying degree of excursions from trolleys to steam locomotives and even dinner trains aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.

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Aug 25, 2014

Passenger Trains In The USA, A Guide To US Train Travel

Passenger trains, a guide to US train travel where you can learn more about all of the services provided by Amtrak and commuter lines in service around the country.

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Aug 25, 2014

Reefers, The Refrigerator Car

Reefers, or refrigerator cars, have been a vital resource enabling railroads to haul perishables. They were first developed in the 1850s using blocks of ice.

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Aug 25, 2014

Tank Cars, Moving Liquids By Rail

Tank cas have been hauling liquids since oil was first discovered in the 1860s. They started as a vat on a simple flatcar and later transitioned to the classic horizontal tank.

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Aug 25, 2014

Hoppers, The Hopper Car

The hopper car has been an important part of the railroad industry since it was first developed in the 1820s. Today, they are widely used to haul coal and various aggregates.

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Aug 25, 2014

West Virginia Train Rides

West Virginia train rides offer guests scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains among four different excursions including the popular Cass Scenic Railroad and continue to grow in popularity.

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Aug 25, 2014

Washington Train Rides And Excursions

Like neighboring Oregon, Washington train rides feature stunning views of the state's backcountry and Pacific Northwest in general. You can even catch steam on a few rides!

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Aug 24, 2014

Texas Train Rides And Excursions

While there are others Texas train rides offer three top-notch excursions from the Texas State Railroad, Grapevine Railroad, and Austin Steam Train all three of which feature steam locomotives!

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Aug 23, 2014

Iowa Train Rides And Excursions

You may be surprised to know that Iowa train rides are home to a large operating collection of steam locomotives at the Midwest Central Railroad. Learn more about all of the state's excursion trains.

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Aug 23, 2014

Tennessee Train Rides And Excursions

Tennessee train rides showcase perhaps the best views of Appalachia one can find anywhere aboard the Three Rivers Rambler, Tennessee Valley Railroad, and others.

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Aug 22, 2014

Santa Fe's Raton Pass

The Santa Fe's famous Raton Pass, located mostly in New Mexico, was part of the railroad's original main line between Chicago and Los Angeles. It sees little rail traffic today.

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Aug 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Train Rides And Excursions

Pennsylvania train rides offer the greatest collection anywhere in the country except perhaps California. The state is also home to many of the most popular rides like the Strasburg Railroad.

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Aug 21, 2014

The Hoosac Tunnel

The Hoosac Tunnel is legendary not only for its immense length but also the incredible amount of time required to complete the structure. It is still used today by Pan Am Railways.

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Aug 21, 2014

The Clinchfield Loops

The Clinchfield Loops, located in North Carolina, were a famous engineering feat in the construction of the Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio Railway to keep its main line at a reasonable grade.

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