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Were you ever curious about the many types of railroad structures and signs that line railroad tracks? You can learn about them all, and much more, from this page.
There are numerous types of railroad maintenance equipment which keep railroads operating efficiently. You can learn about most of them here.
A close-up look at several Class III railroads, or "short lines." These systems are in vastly greater numbers today as Class Is continue to shed superflous trackage.
Class II railroads, also referred to as regionals, are the second-largest such companies within the industry. The information here covers most of these lines.
In railroad jargon, Class I railroads refer to the largest companies in the industry and all seven in North America are highlighted here.
This page offers a general history of railroad/train stations and many well known structures like Pennsylvania Station. Also, learn about surviving depots still standing all around the country.
Here you can learn more about many of the commuter trains and agencies that operate around the country, from Metra to Caltrain.
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.
Railroads in the Civil War were critical to both sides during the conflict. Learn how new technologies were developed and expansion continued afterward.
The railroad tycoons, barons who laid the foundation of the railroad industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Read about several of them here.
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.
Read about many of the most well known streamliners here and why the period of the 1930s to 1960s is often considered the "Silver Age" of rail travel.
A look at the history of trolleys and interurbans in America from state operations to notable car builders and specific companies like the North Shore Line and Pacific Electric.
If you have ever wondered about some of the most well known railroad landmarks around the country you can read about them here.
Featured here are detailed histories of more than 100 classic railroads, or "fallen flags," from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad to the small Monon.
An informational and educational resource guide covering the American railroad industry. Learn more about everything from the classic fallen flags to locomotives.
Learn about the history of often unknown or forgotten logging railroads, which once dominated the transportation of timber in the early 20th century.
Read about the history of diesel locomotives, how they function and operate, and the dozens of different models built by the five major manufacturers dating back to the 1930s.
The Detroit and Mackinac Railway, better known as "The Turtle Line" served northern Michigan for over a century. Read about the line's history, where it operated, and its ultimate fate.
Interested in learning much more about out nation's railroad history? You can do so here, from the earliest years in the 1820s through today.
The venerable Chicago Great Western Railway operated across the upper Midwest serving Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City. The CGW became part of the North Western in the 1960s.
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.
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.
The Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad was a terminal line serving the Chicago region. While initially independent it was acquired by a consortium of railroads to reach Dearborn Station.
The Chicago and North Western Railway was a famous Midwestern granger that reached as far west as Lander, Wyoming. In 1995 it was purchased by Union Pacific.
New York train rides offer about everything you can imagine from steam locomotives to long dinner train rides. Most also feature stunning panoramic views of the state's countryside.
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.
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.
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.
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.