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May 01, 2016

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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May 01, 2016

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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May 01, 2016

The Climax Geared Steam Locomotive

The Climax was a geared steam locomotive designed by Charles Scott in 1884. It ultimately became quite successful and was a serious competitor to the Shay.

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May 01, 2016

The Unique Geared Steam Locomotive

Geared steam varies from standard rod-driven designs in that they use angled gears for propulsion. Read about the different models and how they were developed.

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May 01, 2016

Rio Grande Pacific Corporation, Jobs And Careers

The Rio Grande Pacific Corporation is a small short line holding company that currently operates four railroads totaling about 700 miles in five states.

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May 01, 2016

The 2-10-0 Decapod Type

The 2-10-0 Decapod type was developed by the Lehigh Valley although constant design problems resulted in few railroads fleeting the steam locomotive.

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Apr 30, 2016

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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Apr 30, 2016

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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Apr 30, 2016

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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Apr 30, 2016

The 4-8-8-4 Big Boy

The 4-8-8-4 Big Boy was designed by Alco in the 1940s and was one of the most powerful steam locomotives ever developed. Today, several still survive.

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Apr 30, 2016

The Pinsly Railroad Company, Jobs And Careers

The Pinsly Company has been in the short line railroad busines since and today operates a handful of systems located across the South and one in New England.

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Apr 30, 2016

Anacostia & Pacific Careers

The Anacostia & Pacific Company is a small short line holding company formed in the mid-1980s. To learn about possible job opportunities please click here.

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Apr 29, 2016

The 4-4-2 Atlantic Type

The 4-4-2 Atlantic type could be found in widespread use typically in passenger service. Learn more about its history and how it was developed through the 4-4-0 American type.

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Apr 29, 2016

The 4-4-0 American Type

Learn about the history of the 4-4-0 American type and how it could be found in use all across the country.

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Apr 29, 2016

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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Apr 29, 2016

The Railroad Turntable

The railroad turntable was once an important device found in most terminals to quickly and efficiently turn locomotives. The advent of diesel technology mostly eliminated the structure's need.

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Apr 29, 2016

The Baldwin AS616

The six-axle Baldwin AS616 was the builder's best-selling of the series and perhaps proved that it had turned a corner in the market although new ownership forced it out of the locomotive business.

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Apr 28, 2016

The Railroad Roundhouse, An Oveview

The roundhouse was once an important building for railroads allowing for the maintenance of locomotives. However, as terminals became further apart and turntables obsolete it was no longer needed.

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Apr 28, 2016

The Railroad Yards, An Overview

Railroad yards, also known as terminals, have been important locations nearly since the industry began allowing for the efficient movement of freight en route from one location to another.

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Apr 28, 2016

The EMD GP35

The EMD GP35 followed the GP30 in 1963. Another second-generation model that sported a new prime mover and other components it sold incredibly well.

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Apr 28, 2016

Gulf & Ohio Railways, Jobs And Careers

Gulf & Ohio Railways is a small short line holding company for a handful of southern short lines. Please click here to learn more about job openings and career information.

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Apr 27, 2016

Pioneer RailCorp Careers And Jobs

Information pertaining to jobs and careers with Pioneer RailCorp, which operates over 600 miles of track in 13 states.

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Apr 26, 2016

The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad

The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad was New York State's first chartered such company established in April, 1826. It became part of the NYC and is still in operation today.

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Apr 26, 2016

OmniTRAX, Inc. Careers

OmniTRAX, Inc. is one of the largest short line railroad conglomerates in the country, owning 19 properties across the U.S. and Canada. For job information please click here.

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Apr 25, 2016

The Railroad Ties, An Overview

Railroad ties, also known as crossties or sleepers, the primary support system are nearly important as the track itself and were first stone blocks.

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Apr 25, 2016

The Railroad Track, An Overview

It all begins and ends with the railroad track. Its strength determines how much tonnage a single train can move. Learn about the history of this most important piece of equipment.

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Apr 25, 2016

Railroad Signals, Types And History

Railroad signals have been an important safety component within the industry since the first ones appeared on the New Castle & Frenchtown in 1832.

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Apr 25, 2016

Railroad Bridges And Trestles

Railroad bridges and trestles were first developed in the mid-19th century primarily of stone. Learn about the history of these structures and the various designs employed today.

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Apr 25, 2016

Railroad Lineside Structures

Railroad lineside structures such as water towers,shanties, and signals were once extremely common. Many of these have disappeared as newer technologies have been introduced.

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Apr 25, 2016

Coaling Towers

Coaling towers were once an incredibly important structure to railroads, basically early fueling stations that kept steam locomotives fed and running.

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