American-Rails.com Blog

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Nov 26, 2014

The Belpaire Firebox

The Belpaire Firebox was evented by Alfred Belpaire of Belgium in 1860 who sought to simply locomotive construction and gain while offering a design that offered more power.

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Nov 25, 2014

Florida Railroad Jobs

If you are looking for Florida railroad jobs you can learn more here about the different companies that are located in the state, find out how to contact them, and even use a job search tool.

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Nov 24, 2014

Delaware Railroad Jobs

Learn more about the Delaware's current railroads and potential job openings with these companies.

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Nov 24, 2014

Connecticut Railroad Jobs

Despite the state's small size Connecticut is home to handful of railroads both large and small. Find out about job opportunities for each here.

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Nov 24, 2014

Colorado Railroad Jobs

The state of Colorado is home to only two Class Is and a handful of smaller lines. Find out about potential job openings for each here.

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Nov 21, 2014

California Railroad Jobs

One of the largest and most economically diverse states in the Union, California is home to numerous railroads. Find out about potential careers here.

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Nov 20, 2014

Arizona Railroad Jobs

You can find information here about Alabama railroad jobs and research potential openings.

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Nov 19, 2014

The Elk River Railroad

The Elk River Railroad is a short line located in central-West Virginia running over the B&O's former Coal & Coke Branch. It has been in service since 1989.

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Nov 16, 2014

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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Nov 15, 2014

Alabama Railroad Jobs

Pertinent information related to Alabama railroad jobs and researching such careers.

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Nov 14, 2014

A Short Line Railroad Guide

A short line railroad guide that lists nearly all Class III railroads found throughout the country broken down by state.

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Nov 12, 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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Oct 16, 2014

The Pickens Railway

The Pickens Railway is a shortline operating in up-state South Carolina with a history dating to 1890. Today, it operates around 50 miles including its original 10-mile main line.

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Oct 15, 2014

Fall Foliage Train Rides And Excursions

As the leaves begin to turn fall foliage train rides have become a popular way to see the vibrant colors. Find out where you can find these excursions here.

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Sep 24, 2014

Shore Line East

Connecticut's Shore Line East has been serving New Haven and New London commuters since 1990. Today, many locomotives wear a New Haven Railroad-inspired livery.

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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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