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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for dates and locations of Polar Express train rides, and similar Christmas excursions, for 2015? You can find them all here.
Learn more about passenger train travel using this state by state guide to see where Amtrak's intercity connections operate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Baldwin S-12 was one of the final switchers the company released, and it sold quite well given its heftier 1,200 horsepower.
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.
Learn about why the Alco C415 was an unsuccessful attempt by the builder to remain relevant in the locomotive market.
The Alco RSD15, "Alligators," were a railfan favorite although railroads were less enthusiastic about them in service. A few remain preserved today.
The late-model Alco RS11 proved successful but eventually lost footing to GE. More than 400 were built by the time production ended in 1964.
The Alco RSD4 was an early six-axle road-switcher based from the RS3 design that was not well received by railroads.
The Alco RS3 proved to be the builder's bestselling road-switcher by far with some still in service today.
One of the original six-axle road switchers, the Alco RSC2 was only marginally successful.
The MRS-1, which stood for "Military Road Service," was a special road-switcher designed by Alco and EMD for the US Military in the 1950s. Today, several survive.
Arguably the most beautiful diesel locomotive ever built, sadly no Alco PAs were originally preserved. Today, one is under restoration.
Learn about the history of the Alco FA and why it proved popular with railfans more so than with railroads.
While only marginally successful the Alco DL series was essentially the company's entry into the main line diesel locomotive market.
The Alco Century series was the company's final attempt to stay relevant in the diesel locomotive market. Learn about all of the various models of the series and the numbers produced.
The Montreal Locomotive Works, or MLW, was a Canadian manufacturer of locomotives that was acquired by Alco. It ceased production in 1985.
The Chessie Steam Special was a unique, six-month excursion during 1977 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chessie System and the B&O.
The American Freedom Train was a special consist designed by Ross Rowland to celebrate America's Bicentennial in 1976. Its success is still talked about today.
The 21st Century Steam Program was an initiative launched by Norfolk Southern in 2011 showcasing historic steam locomotives in operation along its system pulling special excursions during the year.