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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 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.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey was a classic fallen flag that served its home state and eastern Pennsylvania. With a heavy dependence on anthracite coal the line went bankrupt in the 1970s.
The Boston and Maine Railroad known as the Route Of The Minute Man was an important New England line for more than 180 years. Today, it remains on paper as part of Pan Am Railways.
The Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway was a regional line once serving central Pennsylvania and western New York. It became part of the B&O in 1932.
The Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad has been in service for more than 100 years moving steel and related products like coal and ore from eastern Pennsylvania. Today, it is owned by CN.
The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad served the state of Maine, chartered in 1891. In 2003 it fell into bankruptcy and today its remnants are part of the Central Maine & Quebec.
Oklahoma railroads have been an important asset to a state heavily involved in agriculture. This remains important today despite only half the trackage still in use.
Because of the state's location and proximity to major ports, Ohio railroads once operated nearly 10,000 miles. Today, about half is still in service and the state remains important to the industry.
North Dakota railroads were once home to main lines as well as local branches. Much of the state's network is still intact today, surprisingly.
North Carolina railroads are unique to the South featuring mountainous operations and serving the coast. Read about the state's history with trains and current services.
New York railroads was a treasure trove for railfans as virtually every notable classic eastern railroad served the state. Learn more about the state's history with trains and what remains today.
New Mexico railroads were a unique blend of main line action and narrow-gauge railroads. Today, Class Is still dominate in the state and it is home the popular Cumbres & Toltec Scenic tourist train.
Nevada railroads historically offered quite a bit of variety from main lines to mining operations. You can learn more here about the railroads still operating there as well as things to see and do.
The history of Nebraska railroads can be traced back to the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862, which created UP. Today, UP still serves the state with 3,400 miles of track still in service.
Find out why New Jersey railroads have such an interesting history with many eastern lines once found there. Today, the state's rail network has shrunk dramatically.
The history of New Hampshire railroads began with the Nashua & Lowell of 1835. Learn more about the lines that still serve the state as well as things to do such as museums and train rides.
Montana railroads have a fascinating history for a state with not a large population. There were once three transcontinental lines traversing its borders and today just one remains.
The earliest Missouri railroads date back to the Pacific Railroad of 1849. The state's mileage peaked at over 8,000 in 1920 and today about 4,000 remains in use.
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.
The history of Mississippi railroads can be traced back to the West Feliciana Railroad of 1835. Learn more about the classic lines, interurbans, and present-day railroads that still operate.
The history of Minnesota railroads can be traced back to the Minnesota & Pacific Railroad in 1852. During peak years mileage topped out at over 9,000 while today half is still in service.
If you were able to experience Michigan railroads during their peak years of operation it was quite a sight featuring everything from Class Is to logging lines and home to nearly 9,000 miles of track.