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For the parents out there with young kiddos may I suggest/recommend the book "Train" from author Mike Vago with illustrations by Matthew Rockefeller. I was contacted by the Workman Publishing Company and offered the chance to look over their latest title. They came up with a really neat idea of having a locomotive navigate the pages while the story is being told.
The Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway also known as the Hi-Line connected Connellsville and Pittsburgh Junction, Ohio. It operated as part of the Alphabet Route and today its lines are still used.
The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad was created by William McCreery in 1875 and connected Pittsburgh with Youngstown. For years owned by the NYC and today it is a major route under CSX.
Conrail, also known as the Consolidated Rail Corporation was a government creation to save the Northeastern rail network in the 1970s. Read about the fascinating history of this company.
The Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines was owned by the PRR and Reading railroads and served primarily as a commuter line for southern New Jersey, a role it still serves today.
Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2016? You can find them all here.
The Pennsylvania Railroad which regarded itself as the Standard Railroad Of The World was the most powerful in the industry. It helped form the ill-fated Penn Central in 1968.
The Penn Central Transportation Company was a railroad created through the mergers of the NYC, PRR, and New Haven. It failed almost immediately, which created Conrail.
The New York, Ontario and Western Railway in later years was regarded as the Old and Weary for its dilapidated status. It shutdown in 1957 due to heavy debt and lack of online traffic.
The New Haven Railroad served New England for nearly 150 years before disappearing into Penn Central and later Conrail in 1976.
The New York Central System known as the Water Level Route found success under Cornelius Vanderbilt and battled with the PRR for years. It disappeared into PC in 1968.
Dinner trains have become a popular railroad excurions in recent years. Here, you can learn which railroads operate them and when these special trains run in 2016 (some year-round).
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 in 2016.
Visit this page for complete information covering 2016 Halloween-related train rides across the United States, broken down by state.
Tennessee railroads got their start in 1845 with the Nashville & Chattanooga. The state has always been a mix of through routes and rugged branch service, which still carries on today.
South Dakota railroads date back to the Dakota Southern Railroad of 1872. Historically, the state has been heavily involved with agriculture which is still the case today.
South Carolina railroads have served the state since the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company opened in 1833. Since then railroads have remained important to the state's economy.
Rhode Island railroads have never played a vitally important role when considering the industry as a whole. Today, nearly 100 miles of the original 200 once found in the state are still in use.
Oregon railroads have always been heavily involved with the transport of timber dating to the state's first line in 1861. Today, this and cities like Portland are still important to its railroads.
The Long Island Rail Road is a historic commuter line that dates as far back as 1832. Today, the company is owned by the MTA and freight is handled by a private shortline.
The Lehigh and New England Railroad was another Northeastern anthracite coal hauler. However, no connections to major cities left it at a major disadvantage. It shutdown in 1961.
The Lehigh Valley Railroad dates as far back as 1853 and at its height connected Buffalo with eastern New Jersey. The Route of Black Diamond struggled after World War II and became part of Conrail.
The Lehigh and Hudson River Railway is remembered as an anthracite coal hauler. In later years it became known as a bridge route and for its all-Alco fleet. It disappeared in 1976.
The Erie Lackawanna Railway was formed through the Erie and Lackawanna railroads in 1960. It was hit hard by the PC collapse and soon after massive flooding. It was forced into Conrail in 1976.
The Erie Railroad's earliest history dates back to the 1830s and later in the 19th century as one of the most powerful lines. It stretched from New Jersey to Chicago and merged with the DL&W in 1960.
The Delaware Lackawanna and Western operated from Buffalo to New York City and is remembered as another of the classic anthracite lines. It dissapeared into the Erie Lackawanna in 1960.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was a famous southern line that operated from Norfolk to Chicago and through much of Michigan. Provided here is a general history of the railroad.
The Chessie System was a holding company created in 1972 composed of the B&O, C&O, and Western Maryland. It earned healthy profits during the industry's waning years of the 1970s.
The Central Vermont Railway was a small through main route that connected Cantic, Quebec and New London, Connecticut. Today, it is owned by the New England Central.
The Sportsman was a Michigan service thanks to the C&O's ownership of the Pere Marquette serving Detroit and Newport News. It began in 1930 and was dropped entirely in 1971.