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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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Jan 25, 2015

The Connellsville Extension

The Connellsville Extension was the unsuccessful dream of then-owner George Gould's attempt at creating the first, true transcontinental railroad during the early 1900s.

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Jan 23, 2015

The Polar Express Train Rides, 2015

Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2015? You can find them all here.

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Jan 23, 2015

Passenger Train Travel, A State Guide

Learn more about passenger train travel using this state by state guide to see where Amtrak's intercity connections operate.

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Jan 19, 2015

Union Pacific's Commemorative Fleet

Union Pacific's "Commemorative Fleet" includes a roster of six SD70ACe diesels that wear special, heritage-inspired liveries of companies which partially comprise today's UP system.

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Jan 18, 2015

The EMD SD70 Series

The EMD SD70 series was first introduced in 1992 and has been very successful for the builder, allowing it to remain competitve against GE as it is still in production.

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Jan 17, 2015

The EMD E Series

The EMD E series was the manufacturer's successful line of passenger diesels which spanned nearly 30 years of production from the 1930s to 1960s.

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Jan 16, 2015

General Electric Diesel Locomotives

The history of General Electric diesel locomotives can be traced back to the early 20th century although the company did not begin cataloging its own models until the late 1950s.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Canadian Locomotive Company

The Canadian Locomotive Company, or CLC, was a long-time manufacturer dating back to the 19th century. It is best remember as an arm of Fairbanks Morse.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Baldwin DT-6-6-2000

The Baldwin DT-6-6-2000 was cataloged in the late 1940s as a transfer switcher. While other builders like Alco also built similar models railroad found no need for such a design and few sold.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Baldwin S-12

The Baldwin S-12 was one of the final switchers the company released, and it sold quite well given its heftier 1,200 horsepower.

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Jan 15, 2015

The Union Pacific's Gas Turbine Locomotive Fleet, GTELs

The Union Pacific's gas turbine locomtive, also known as the GTEL for short, followed its steam turbine design. Despite heavy fuel consumption the GTEL fleet remained in service for about 20 years.

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Norfolk Southern's "Heritage Program"




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