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Jun 20, 2017

The Grand Trunk Western Railroad

The Grand Trunk Western Railroad was a corporation created by parent Canadian National in 1928 to operate its U.S. properties. The GTW remains a CN subsidiary today.

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Jun 19, 2017

The Canadian Pacific Railway

The Canadian Pacific Railway is one of North America's oldest Class Is still in operation. Like rival CN it services much of its home country as well as sections of the U.S. through mergers.

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Jun 04, 2017

The Canadian National Railway

The Canadian National Railway has been in operation only since 1918 but today is one of the country's largest reaching both coasts as well as into the interior United States.

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May 22, 2017

The Illinois Terminal Railroad

The Illinois Terminal Railroad was the vision of William McKinley during the early 20th century. It survived as a freight carrier until its 1982 purchase by the Norfolk & Western.

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May 19, 2017

The Green Bay and Western Railroad

The Green Bay and Western Railroad was a classic regional that served its home state of Wisconsin. It operated for nearly a century and what remains is under the Canadian National banner.

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May 18, 2017

The Illinois Central Railroad

The Illinois Central whose slogan was the "Main Line of Mid-America" ran from Chicago to New Orleans on an odd north-south main line. It was purchased by Canadian National in 1998.

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May 15, 2017

The Gateway Western Railway

The Gateway Western Railway is a former Class II, regional line which connected Kansas City and St. Louis. It was purchased by the KCS in 1997.

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May 10, 2017

The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway

The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway was the largest terminal carrier to serve Chicago, connecting with all major railroads. Today, its lines are part of Canadian National.

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May 01, 2017

The Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway

The Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway was a legendary Minnesota ore hauler. The DM&IR was purchased by the Canadian National in 2004 and disappeared in 2011.

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Apr 28, 2017

The Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway

The Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway was a northern Minnesota railroad that today is a part of the Canadian National system.

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Apr 26, 2017

The Texas Railroad, By Wayne Cline

The Texas Railroad, a book by Wayne Cline, highlights the compete history of the International & Great Northern, an important component of the Missouri Pacific.

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Apr 08, 2017

The Monongahela Railway

The Monongahela Railway was a coal hauler serving northern Appalachia. It was owned by the PRR, B&O, and P&LE. In 1993 it disappeared into Conrail.

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Apr 02, 2017

The Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad

The Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad was another famed Windy City interurban, and the most successful after Insull ownership. Today, it still operates.

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Apr 02, 2017

The Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad

The Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad was a regional line serving Ohio and Detroit with numerous connections to larger eastern systems. What's left today is operated by a shortline.

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Mar 29, 2017

The Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad

The Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad was a high-speed interurban connecting Chicago with the Fox River communities. Today, much of the Roarin' Elgin is abandoned.

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Mar 28, 2017

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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Mar 28, 2017

Easter Train Rides, 2017 Schedule And Dates

Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates in 2017.

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Mar 23, 2017

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was a fabled Midwestern granger that struggled after the 1960's. A botched merger and strike led to its liquidation in 1980.

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Mar 17, 2017

Book Reviews

Read railroad book reviews here. Many of the titles highlighted have helped in some way with the research and writing of this website.

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Mar 14, 2017

Tourist Railroads

Whether you are interested in riding tourist railroads or finding out more about a particular one, all of that can be found here.

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Mar 13, 2017

Railroad Museums, Preserving the Past

Find out about all of the many railroad museums that operate around the country, which work to keep alive our nation's history with trains.

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Mar 12, 2017


About American Rails and how the website was created. A lot of work but also a lot of fun!

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Mar 11, 2017 Resources

This website would not have been possible without the help of several friends and numerous books. All of the help and resources used in creating is listed here.

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Mar 11, 2017

Stories and Accounts

Railroad stories are what bring to the light the personal and human side of the industry often unknown to outsiders. If you have one to share please contact me!

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Mar 10, 2017

Railroad Jobs Guide

A career in the railroad industry is not for everyone, especially field work. Find out more about railroad jobs here and the many different positions available.

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Mar 09, 2017

High Iron To Fairbanks, By Evan McKinney

High Iron To Fairbanks is a novel by Evan McKinney highlighting construction of the Alaska Railroad. While the characters are fictional the historic events are accurate.

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Mar 09, 2017

Passenger Train Cars, "Varnish"

Covered here are brief overviews of many types of passenger train cars, or "varnish," and what led to their development as rail travel improved over time.

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Mar 04, 2017

Railroad Freight Cars

If you would like to learn more about the many different types of freight cars, their histories, and how they are employed on today's railroads most are featured here.

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Mar 03, 2017

The States

A history of the states and their relationship with railroad operations over the centures.

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Feb 26, 2017

Electric Locomotives

While electric locomotives never truly caught on in America they are by far the most efficient type of motive power. Learn about most of the models manufactured here.

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