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May 18, 2015

The Delaware and Hudson Railway

The Delaware and Hudson Railway was a classic New England company that even predated the B&O. The regional system is still officially in existence but operated as part of the Canadian Pacific.

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Apr 21, 2015

The Milwaukee Road

The Milwaukee Road whose official name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific was often regarded as the Route of the Hiawathas. It dates to the1850s and disappeared in 1985.

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Apr 20, 2015

The Illinois Central Railroad

The Illinois Central whose slogan was the Main Line of Mid-American 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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Apr 10, 2015

The Central Pacific Railroad

The Central Pacific Railroad disappeared long ago but is long remembered as the western component of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed in May of 1869.

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Apr 08, 2015

Alaska Railroad Jobs

Alaska railroad jobs are few and far between as only a single system serves the state. To learn more about possible job openings please click here.

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Apr 07, 2015

The Metro-North Railroad

The MTA-owned Metro-North Railroad (reporting mark, MNCW) has been in service since 1983 serving commuters on former New Haven trackage between New York and New Haven.

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Apr 06, 2015

Norfolk Southern Railroad Jobs And Careers

Learn more about a career with one of the most profitable railroads in the country, Norfolk Southern.

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Apr 05, 2015

The K Class 4-8-2's

The Norfolk & Western Class K included its 4-8-2 Mountains, utilized in both freight and passenger service. Most survived until the late 1950s.

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Apr 04, 2015

The N&W's Class A 2-6-6-4's

The Norfolk & Western's famous Class A 2-6-6-4's were simple expansion designs built during the late steam era. These fabulous machines moved freight and passenger trains until the late 1950s.

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Apr 02, 2015

The N&W's Class Y 2-8-8-2's

The Norfolk & Western's Class Y 2-8-8-2's included one of the largest fleets of compound Mallets operated by any railroad. Today, two examples survive.

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Apr 01, 2015

The N&W's Class Z 2-6-6-2's

The Norfolk & Western Class Z 2-6-6-2's included a fleet of Mallets the railroad used in heavy drag service beginning in 1912. Some remained in used until the 1950s.

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Mar 31, 2015

The N&W's Class J 4-8-4's

The J Class was the famous fleet of 4-8-4's built by the Norfolk & Western between 1941 and 1950 for passenger service. Today, #611 survives.

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Mar 28, 2015

The C&O's Class J-1/J-2 4-8-2's

The C&O's roster of 4-8-2 Mountains was a small batch of ten it acquired between 1911 and 1918. It was the first railroad to use the wheel arrangement.

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Mar 27, 2015

The C&O's Class K 2-8-2's

The C&O's fleet of Class K 2-8-2's first entered service in 1911 and remained in use until the 1950s. There were also other examples rostered from subsidiaries.

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Mar 26, 2015

The C&O's 2-10-4 Class T-1's

The Chesapeake & Ohio Class T-1's included a fleet of 40 2-10-4 "Texas Types" that the railroad used in heavy freight service. None were preserved.

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Mar 22, 2015

The C&O's Class J-3/a 4-8-4 "Greenbriers"

The C&O's roster of 4-8-4s, listed as Class J-3/a, included twelve examples of 4-8-4s the railroad termed "Greenbriers." Today, #614 survives.

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Mar 21, 2015

The C&O's Class F 4-6-2s

The C&O's fleet of Class F 4-6-2s were its mainstay for passenger assignments, led by the powerful F-19's.

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Mar 19, 2015

The C&O's Class L 4-6-4 Hudsons

The C&O's Class L 4-6-4s included a small batch of Hudsons it put into service during the 1940s for passenger assignments. One streamlined example, #490, survives today.

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Mar 18, 2015

The Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, marked the first time in history the United States was connected from coast to coast by an efficient and fast mode of transportation.

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Mar 17, 2015

The Advisory Mechanical Committee (AMC)

The Advisory Mechanical Committee (AMC) was established during the late 1920s by the Van Swerigen brothers for their railroads. The committee conceived several, now-classic steam locomotive designs.

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Mar 15, 2015

The 2-8-4 "Kanawhas"

While most railroads chose to call their 2-8-4 arrangement Berkshires the Chesapeake & Ohio referred to theirs as Kanawhas. Today, several of these locomotives survive.

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Mar 14, 2015

The Rexall Train

The Rexall Train was a publicity endeavor carried out by the United Drug Company and several railroads (notably the New York Central) during 1936 touring every state except Nevada.

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Mar 12, 2015

The C&O's Class M-1 Steam Turbines

The Class M-1 steam turbines was a new technology the Chesapeake & Ohio envisioned to power its new "Chessie" streamliner. The locomotive proved unsuccessful and was soon scrapped.

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Mar 11, 2015

The Pere Marquettes

The Pere Marquettes were regional streamliners launched by the C&O in 1946 to serve the Detroit - Grand Rapids market. The name remains in use under Amtrak.

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Mar 10, 2015

The Chessie

The Chessie was the Chesapeake & Ohio's still-born, luxurious all-coach train to serve the Washington, D.C. - Cincinnati corridor.

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Mar 06, 2015

Easter Train Rides, 2015 Schedule And Dates

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

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Feb 07, 2015

The Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 Diesel-Hydraulic Locomotive

The Krauss-Maffei ML-4000 was a unique, German-built road-switcher locomotive that employed a diesel-hydraulic technology. Built during the 1960s only one example survives today.

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Feb 04, 2015

Railroad Couplers

Couplers have been a small, albeit important part of the railroad industry since its earliest days, connecting cars and locomotives together. Today, the knuckle coupler is the standard type in use.

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Feb 03, 2015

Travel By Train

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.

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Feb 02, 2015

Colorado Railroads And Railfanning

Once upon a time Colorado railroads included everything from narrow-gauge mining railroads to several fallen flags. Learn about the state's history with trains here.

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