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Feb 07, 2015

The Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic Locomotive

The Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 was a unique, German-built road-switcher locomotive that employed a diesel-hydraulic technology. Built during the 1960s only one example survives today.

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Feb 04, 2015

Railroad Couplers

Couplers have been a small, albeit important part of the railroad industry since its earliest days, connecting cars and locomotives together. Today, the knuckle coupler is the standard type in use.

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Feb 03, 2015

Travel By Train

Travel by train today in the United States is far different than the romantic era of private operations prior to 1971. Learn more about how to ride the rails today.

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Feb 02, 2015

Colorado Railroads And Railfanning

Once upon a time Colorado railroads included everything from narrow-gauge mining railroads to several fallen flags. Learn about the state's history with trains here.

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Jan 25, 2015

The Connellsville Extension

The Connellsville Extension was the unsuccessful dream of then-owner George Gould's attempt at creating the first, true transcontinental railroad during the early 1900s.

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Jan 23, 2015

The Polar Express Train Rides, 2015

Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2015? You can find them all here.

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Jan 23, 2015

Passenger Train Travel, A State Guide

Learn more about passenger train travel using this state by state guide to see where Amtrak's intercity connections operate.

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Jan 19, 2015

Union Pacific's Commemorative Fleet

Union Pacific's "Commemorative Fleet" includes a roster of six SD70ACe diesels that wear special, heritage-inspired liveries of companies which partially comprise today's UP system.

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Jan 18, 2015

The EMD SD70 Series

The EMD SD70 series was first introduced in 1992 and has been very successful for the builder, allowing it to remain competitve against GE as it is still in production.

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Jan 17, 2015

The EMD E Series

The EMD E series was the manufacturer's successful line of passenger diesels which spanned nearly 30 years of production from the 1930s to 1960s.

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Jan 16, 2015

General Electric Diesel Locomotives

The history of General Electric diesel locomotives can be traced back to the early 20th century although the company did not begin cataloging its own models until the late 1950s.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Canadian Locomotive Company

The Canadian Locomotive Company, or CLC, was a long-time manufacturer dating back to the 19th century. It is best remember as an arm of Fairbanks Morse.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Baldwin DT-6-6-2000

The Baldwin DT-6-6-2000 was cataloged in the late 1940s as a transfer switcher. While other builders like Alco also built similar models railroad found no need for such a design and few sold.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Baldwin S-12

The Baldwin S-12 was one of the final switchers the company released, and it sold quite well given its heftier 1,200 horsepower.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Union Pacific's Gas Turbine Locomotive Fleet, GTELs

The Union Pacific's gas turbine locomtive, also known as the GTEL for short, followed its steam turbine design. Despite heavy fuel consumption the GTEL fleet remained in service for about 20 years.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco C415

Learn about why the Alco C415 was an unsuccessful attempt by the builder to remain relevant in the locomotive market.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco RSD15 Alligator

The Alco RSD15, "Alligators," were a railfan favorite although railroads were less enthusiastic about them in service. A few remain preserved today.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco RS11

The late-model Alco RS11 proved successful but eventually lost footing to GE. More than 400 were built by the time production ended in 1964.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco RSD4

The Alco RSD4 was an early six-axle road-switcher based from the RS3 design that was not well received by railroads.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco RS3

The Alco RS3 proved to be the builder's bestselling road-switcher by far with some still in service today.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco RSC2

One of the original six-axle road switchers, the Alco RSC2 was only marginally successful.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco/EMD MRS-1

The MRS-1, which stood for "Military Road Service," was a special road-switcher designed by Alco and EMD for the US Military in the 1950s. Today, several survive.

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Jan 14, 2015

Alco PA, Beauty Queen of Diesels

Arguably the most beautiful diesel locomotive ever built, sadly no Alco PAs were originally preserved. Today, one is under restoration.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco FA Cab Locomotive

Learn about the history of the Alco FA and why it proved popular with railfans more so than with railroads.

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Jan 14, 2015

The DL Series

While only marginally successful the Alco DL series was essentially the company's entry into the main line diesel locomotive market.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Alco Century Series

The Alco Century series was the company's final attempt to stay relevant in the diesel locomotive market. Learn about all of the various models of the series and the numbers produced.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Montreal Locomotive Works

The Montreal Locomotive Works, or MLW, was a Canadian manufacturer of locomotives that was acquired by Alco. It ceased production in 1985.

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Jan 14, 2015

The Chessie Steam Special

The Chessie Steam Special was a unique, six-month excursion during 1977 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chessie System and the B&O.

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Jan 14, 2015

The American Freedom Train

The American Freedom Train was a special consist designed by Ross Rowland to celebrate America's Bicentennial in 1976. Its success is still talked about today.

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Jan 14, 2015

The 21st Century Steam Program

The 21st Century Steam Program was an initiative launched by Norfolk Southern in 2011 showcasing historic steam locomotives in operation along its system pulling special excursions during the year.

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