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Jan 15, 2017

The Chicago and North Western Railway

The Chicago and North Western Railway was a famous Midwestern granger line that reached as far west as Lander, Wyoming. In 1995 it was purchased by Union Pacific.

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Jan 15, 2017

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was a strong Midwest line for many years until after WWII. A botched merger hurt the company as did a strike in the 1970s. It was liquidated in 1980.

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Jan 11, 2017

The Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway

The Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway was a classic, but very small, line that operated in central Illinois. Today, much of the route is still in service as the Illinois & Midland Railroad.

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Jan 10, 2017

The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad

The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad was a regional line that served much of Illinois, including Chicago, as well as western Indiana. Today its lines are owned by UP and CSX.

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Jan 08, 2017

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Way of the Zephyrs

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad served much of the Midwest and Texas. It helped kickoff the streamliner era in 1934 and was merged unto the Burlington Northern in 1970.

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Jan 06, 2017

The Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad

A brief look at Ohio's Road of Service, which remained in operation for nearly 80 years. Also featured is the AC&Y's steam and diesel locomotive rosters.

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Jan 02, 2017

The Virginian Railway

The Virginian Railway was created through the financial means of Henry Rogers in 1907, opening in 1909 and serving eastern Virginia and southern West Virginia. It was taken over by the N&W in 1959.

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Jan 02, 2017

The Belt Railway Of Chicago

The Belt Railway Of Chicago has been in service for nearly 140 years and remains an important switching road in the Windy City. Learn more about its unique history here.

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Jan 02, 2017

The Sunset Limited

The Sunset Limited was the SP's legendary train serving New Orleans and Los Angeles. It survives today as a prominent train under Amtrak.

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Jan 02, 2017

The Algoma Central Railway

Read about the history of the Algoma Central Railway and one of Ontario's most well known shortlines.

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Jan 01, 2017

The Golden State

The Golden State was a passenger tarin launched in 1902 by the CRI&P and Espee between Los Angeles and Chicago. It was later streamlined and finally canceled in the 1960s.

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Dec 28, 2016

Thomas The Train: "Day Out With Thomas" 2017 Schedule

Here you can find a complete schedule regarding where Thomas The Train (officially known as "Day Out With Thomas" trips) will be operating for the 2017 year all around the country.

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Dec 27, 2016

The West Point Route

The West Point Route was a trademarked name comprising the Atlanta & West Point and Western Railway of Alabama, which were controlled by the Georgia Railroad. It was dissolved in 1983.

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Dec 23, 2016

The Southern Railway

The Southern Railway was created through a combination of smaller lines, serving the heart of the South. In 1982 it merged with the N&W to create the Norfolk Southern.

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Dec 22, 2016

The Tennessee, Alabama And Georgia Railway, The Tag Route

The Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway was a shortline bridge route that served all of its namesake states. It dated to the 1890s and was purchased by the Southern in 1971.

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Dec 20, 2016

The Tennessee Central Railway, The Nashville Route

The Tennessee Central Railway was a small Class I system serving northern areas of its home state as well as southern Kentucky. It was never very profitable and finally liquidated in 1968.

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Dec 19, 2016

The Railway Express Agency

The UPS or FedEx of its day, Railway Express Agency was the very best way to ship goods and parcels many years ago. Learn about its history and the company's ultimate fate in the 1970s.

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Dec 18, 2016

The Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad

The Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac was owned by several lines and connected Richmond with Washington, D.C. It was merged into CSX in 1991.

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Dec 15, 2016

The SD70ACe Series

Electro-Motive Diesel's SD70ACe Series is a variant of the original SD70 and first released in 2003. Still in production more than 1,000 have been built along with the SD70M-2.

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Dec 15, 2016

The Seaboard Coast Line

The Seaboard Coast Line was created in 1967 through the merger of railroads Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line. It disappeared into the Seaboard System of 1982.

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Dec 14, 2016

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad's slogan Through The Heart Of The South fit the line well as it connected Virginia, Alabama, and Florida. In 1967 it was merged into the SCL.

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Dec 13, 2016

The Original Norfolk Southern Railway

The original Norfolk Southern Railway served the state of North Carolina from 1881 until its takeover by the Southern in 1974. In later years it was well known for its fleet of Baldwin diesels.

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Dec 11, 2016

The Interstate Railroad

The Interstate Railroad as a built on coal, established in 1896 to serve mines in extreme western Virginia. The company disappeared into Norfolk Southern in 1985.

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Dec 10, 2016

The Oneida And Western Railroad

The Oneida and Western Railroad wasn't a true railroad, its equipment was owned by the Shamrock Coal Company and operated by the L&N. It discontinued in 1987.

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Dec 10, 2016

The Family Lines System

The Family Lines System was not an actual operating railroad but a marketing name started in 1972 that comprised the several southern lines like the L&N, Clinchfield, and Seaboard Coast Line.

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Dec 09, 2016

The Central of Georgia Railway

The Central of Georgia Railway was an important southern line that served much of Georgia and surrounding states. In the early 1960s the company became part of the much larger Southern Railway.

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Dec 09, 2016

The Norfolk and Western Railway

The Norfolk and Western Railway was a highly profitable eastern fallen flag that originally connected Norfolk with Cincinnati. It disappeared into NS in 1982.

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Dec 07, 2016

The Norfolk, Franklin And Danville Railway

The Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway began in 1962, a renaming of the Atlantic & Danville purchased by the N&W. Today, NS operates remaining sections as branches.

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Dec 04, 2016

The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway

The Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway known as the Dixie Line dates to the 1840s, was taken over by the L&N in the 1880s, and disappeared into that railroad in 1957.

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Dec 04, 2016

The Florida East Coast Railway

The Florida East Coast Railway has served its state for more than 100 years and it's all thanks to Henry Flagler who created the company in 1895.

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