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Jul 30, 2016

Kansas Railroads

Located in the heart of America's bread basket, Kansas railroads once operated almost 10,000 miles of trackage with all of the famous Midwestern roads operating there.

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Jul 30, 2016

Iowa Railroads

Located in the heart of granger country, Iowa railroads once included nearly 10,000 miles of trackage and more than a half-dozen fallen flag lines. Learn more about the state's history here.

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Jul 30, 2016

Indiana Railroads

The history of Indiana railroads once included more than 7,000 miles of track and more than a dozen classic lines. Today, its network remains a vital link for many systems.

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Jul 30, 2016

Illinois Railroads

Perhaps more than any other state Illinois railroads include a history like any other. Read about all of the dozens of lines to operate there and what things look like today.

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Jul 30, 2016

Idaho Railroads

The history of Idaho railroads is more fascinating than you may think with several classic lines once located there. Today, it is home to a few shortlines and two Class Is.

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Jul 29, 2016

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, our nation's first common-carrier was one of the three major eastern trunk lines but also the weakest. Today, much of the system remains in use by CSX Transportation.

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Jul 28, 2016

Hawaiian Railroads and Railfanning

Hawaiian railroads feature a history unlike any other state with main lines, plantation branches, and narrow-gauge operations. Read more about the Aloha State's railroads here.

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Jul 28, 2016

Georgia Railroads

Georgia railroads offer a variety of operations from mountainous grades to coastal plains. Also, learn about the classic line that operated there like the L&N and Southern.

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Jul 28, 2016

Florida Railroads

Here you can learn more about the history of Florida railroads and the classic fallen flags which operated there. Also, find out what the state's rail system looks like today.

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Jul 28, 2016

Delaware Railroads

The First State may be small but Delaware railroads have a fascinating history fielding a handful of classic lines.

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Jul 27, 2016

Connecticut Railroads

Read about the history of Connecticut railroads, the famed New England lines that operated there, and what its network looks like today.

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Jul 27, 2016

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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Jul 27, 2016

The Norfolk Southern Railway

Norfolk Southern Railway has been a well-managed company since it was first created in 1982 and today is one of the most profitable Class Is in the country.

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Jul 26, 2016

California Railroads

Here you can read about the fascinating history of California railroads, the lines which operated there, and current, present day operations. Also included is a rail mileage chart.

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Jul 26, 2016

Arkansas Railroads

You can learn more here about the history of Arkansas railroads here, the classic lines that operated in the state, and what can be found there today.

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Jul 26, 2016

The Kansas City Southern Railway

The Kansas City Southern Railway is currently the smallest Class I in terms of size with a history dating back to 1890. Today, it is bolstered by a strong presence in Mexico.

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Jul 25, 2016

Arizona Railroads

Read about the history of Arizona railroads, the state's rail mileage over the years, its present-day relationship with trains, and much more.

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Jul 25, 2016

Alaska Railroads

Alaska railroads are unique given the harsh weather and rugged terrain. Learn much more about the state's history with trains and today's systems.

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Jul 24, 2016

The Rio Grande's Class K-37 2-8-2s

The Rio Grande's Class K-37 Mikes were its last such narrow-gauge steamers to enter service in the late 1920s. Today, all but two survive.

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Jul 24, 2016

The Rio Grande's Class K-36 Mikados

The Rio Grande's Class K-36 2-8-2s were its last new Mikados it purchased new for narrow-gauge use. Today, all but one survives.

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Jul 23, 2016

The Chili Line

The Chili Line was part of the Rio Grande's original narrow-gauge route envisioned to reach Mexico. It was never extended beyond Santa Fe and abandoned in 1941.

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Jul 22, 2016

The C&O's 2-10-4 Class T-1's

The Chesapeake & Ohio Class T-1's included a fleet of 40 2-10-4 "Texas Types" that the railroad used in heavy freight service. None were preserved.

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Jul 22, 2016

The C&O's Class M-1 Steam Turbines

The Class M-1 steam turbines was a new technology the Chesapeake & Ohio envisioned to power its new "Chessie" streamliner. The locomotive proved unsuccessful and was soon scrapped.

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Jul 22, 2016

The C&O's Class L 4-6-4 Hudsons

The C&O's Class L 4-6-4s included a small batch of Hudsons it put into service during the 1940s for passenger assignments. One streamlined example, #490, survives today.

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Jul 22, 2016

The 2-8-4 "Kanawhas"

While most railroads chose to call their 2-8-4 arrangement Berkshires the Chesapeake & Ohio referred to theirs as Kanawhas. Today, several of these locomotives survive.

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Jul 22, 2016

The C&O's Class K 2-8-2's

The C&O's fleet of Class K 2-8-2's first entered service in 1911 and remained in use until the 1950s. There were also other examples rostered from subsidiaries.

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Jul 22, 2016

The Pere Marquettes

The Pere Marquettes were regional streamliners launched by the C&O in 1946 to serve the Detroit - Grand Rapids market. The name remains in use under Amtrak.

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Jul 22, 2016

The C&O's Class J-3/a 4-8-4 "Greenbriers"

The C&O's roster of 4-8-4s, listed as Class J-3/a, included twelve examples of 4-8-4s the railroad termed "Greenbriers." Today, #614 survives.

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Jul 21, 2016

The C&O's Class J-1/J-2 4-8-2's

The C&O's roster of 4-8-2 Mountains was a small batch of ten it acquired between 1911 and 1918. It was the first railroad to use the wheel arrangement.

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Jul 21, 2016

The C&O's Class F 4-6-2s

The C&O's fleet of Class F 4-6-2s were its mainstay for passenger assignments, led by the powerful F-19's.

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