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Aug 12, 2015

The Railway Express Agency

The Railway Express Agency or REA for short, was the premier shipper of parcels by rail for decades. Learn about its history and the company's ultimate fate in the 1970s.

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Aug 02, 2015

The EMD GP60

The EMD GP60 constructed in the late 1980s is the last four-axle road-switcher the company has released to date.

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Jul 31, 2015

The GE C36-7

The GE C36-7 followed the C30-7 in the late 1970s. While not as popular as EMD's SD40-2 or even its earlier counterpart it still saw some success.

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Jul 31, 2015

The EMC E3

The EMC E3 was an early passenger diesel and the first to use a GM-built prime mover. Just a few railroads ever owned the model as EMC refined its design and one remains preserved today.

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Jul 30, 2015

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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Jul 30, 2015

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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Jul 30, 2015

The Chicago, North Shore, & Milwaukee Railroad: "The North Shore Line"

The Chicago, North Shore, & Milwaukee Railroad was another of Chicago's well remembered interurbans. It was one of the most successful that remained in service until the 1960s.

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Jul 30, 2015

Seattle's King Street Station

King Street Station was the grand facility in Seattle serving the GN and NP designed by Reed & Stern. Today, it is restored and used by several transit agencies.

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Jul 30, 2015

The Baltimore & Ohio's Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's beautiful entrance into Chicago. Sadly the station was razed decades ago but read about its history, use, and eventual decline.

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Jul 30, 2015

Dearborn Station

Dearborn Station is yet another of Chicago's magnificient railroad terminals. It is also the oldest of all six and today the main structure remains in use, converted into offices and retail space.

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Jul 30, 2015

Los Angeles Union Station

Los Angeles Union Station also known historically by a different name was the last great such structure built in this country when it opened in 1939.

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Jul 30, 2015

The Southern's Terminal Station/Chattanooga Choo Choo

The Chattanooga Choo Choo is historically remembered as the Southern's Terminal Station. Learn more about the building's history and what it's used for today.

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Jul 30, 2015

Philadelphia's Reading Terminal/Market

Reading Terminal/Market was the P&R's Philadelphia station that doubled as its headquarters. It opened in 1893 and served as a rail terminal until 1984.

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Jul 30, 2015

Mount Royal Station

The B&O's Mount Royal Station was opened in 1895 for its Baltimore Belt line. It was designed by E. Francis Baldwin and today is used as the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Jul 30, 2015

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal was New York Central's grand entrance into Manhattan opened in 1911. Because of Penn Station's loss GCT was saved in the late 1960s and today is completely restored.

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Jul 30, 2015

The PRR's Pennsylvania Station

The PRR's Pennsylvania Station was one of the finest structures ever built in recent memory. Designed by Charles McKim it opened in 1910 and razed in 1967, replaced by Madison Square Garden.

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Jul 30, 2015

Buffalo Central Terminal

Buffalo Central Terminal was meant to be New York Central's magnificient replacement to older buildings. Despite its grand design the station never lived up to expectations.

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Jul 29, 2015

The PRR's 30th Street Station

Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, the PRR's beacon in the "City of Brotherly Love." It was opened in 1934 replacing an earlier building and is still used today by Amtrak.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Rexall Train

The Rexall Train was a publicity endeavor carried out by the United Drug Company and several railroads (notably the New York Central) during 1936 touring every state except Nevada.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Havana Special

The Havana Special once carried passengers all of the way to Key West. After 1935 it remained on the FEC timetable as a truncated route until 1962.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Southern's Pelican

The Southern's Pelican was a post-World War II passenger train to serve further serve New York and New Orleans. It was combined with the Birmingham Special in 1969.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Flamingo

The Flamingo ran between Cincinnati and Jacksonville, and was one of just a handful of named trains the L&N operated. It was discontinued in the 1960s.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird was a regional streamliner operated by the Wabash that served Chicago and St. Louis. After an N&W merger in 1964 the train was rerouted although survived until Amtrak.

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Jul 29, 2015

The Union Pacific's Challenger Streamliner

The Union Pacific's Challenger was its secondary train serving Chicago and Los Angeles that debuted in 1935 as a heavyweight. It was once discontinued and disappeared forever in 1969.

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Jul 29, 2015

The City of Salina

The City of Salina was the original M-10000, also known as Little Zip that debuted in 1934. After its PR campaign it went to work between Kansas City and Salina surviving until 1942.

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Jul 29, 2015

The City of Saint Louis

The City of Saint Louis originally began as a regional streamliner but later stretched to Los Angeles. It was a post-war train and survived until Amtrak.

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Jul 29, 2015

The City of Denver

The City of Denver was part of the UP's City fleet running between Denver and Chicago. This particular train survived until Amtrak began service.

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Jul 29, 2015

The City of San Francisco

The City of San Francisco at first was known as the M-10004, and became the premier train in the fleet behind only the L.A., launching in 1936. It remained in service until Amtrak.

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Jul 29, 2015

The City of Portland

The City of Portland, initially known as the M-10001 articulated streamliner, hit the rails in 1935 and reached Chicago via the C&NW and later, CMStP&P. It remained until 1971.

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Jul 26, 2015

The Midwest Hiawatha

The Midwest Hiawatha was the Milwaukee Road's top service between Chicago and Omaha with a section to Sioux Falls. It was the last Hiawatha to enter service and the first to be canceled.

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