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The Central Pacific Railroad disappeared long ago but is long remembered as the western component of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed in May of 1869.
Alaska railroad jobs are few and far between as only a single system serves the state. To learn more about possible job openings please click here.
The MTA-owned Metro-North Railroad (reporting mark, MNCW) has been in service since 1983 serving commuters on former New Haven trackage between New York and New Haven.
Learn more about a career with one of the most profitable railroads in the country, Norfolk Southern.
The Norfolk & Western Class K included its 4-8-2 Mountains, utilized in both freight and passenger service. Most survived until the late 1950s.
The Norfolk & Western's famous Class A 2-6-6-4's were simple expansion designs built during the late steam era. These fabulous machines moved freight and passenger trains until the late 1950s.
The Norfolk & Western's Class Y 2-8-8-2's included one of the largest fleets of compound Mallets operated by any railroad. Today, two examples survive.
The Norfolk & Western Class Z 2-6-6-2's included a fleet of Mallets the railroad used in heavy drag service beginning in 1912. Some remained in used until the 1950s.
The J Class was the famous fleet of 4-8-4's built by the Norfolk & Western between 1941 and 1950 for passenger service. Today, #611 survives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The C&O's fleet of Class F 4-6-2s were its mainstay for passenger assignments, led by the powerful F-19's.
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.
The Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, marked the first time in history the United States was connected from coast to coast by an efficient and fast mode of transportation.
The Advisory Mechanical Committee (AMC) was established during the late 1920s by the Van Swerigen brothers for their railroads. The committee conceived several, now-classic steam locomotive designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chessie was the Chesapeake & Ohio's still-born, luxurious all-coach train to serve the Washington, D.C. - Cincinnati corridor.
Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2015? You can find them all here.
Learn more about passenger train travel using this state by state guide to see where Amtrak's intercity connections operate.