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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 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.
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.