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Mar 08, 2020

Alco RSD-15 "Alligator" Locomotives

The RSD15 Alligator was a railfan favorite although railroads were less enthusiastic about them in service. A few remain preserved today.

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Feb 16, 2020

New York, Ontario And Western Railway

The New York, Ontario & Western was a regional system linking Weehawken, New Jersey with Scranton, Pennsylvania and Oswego, New York. It shutdown in 1957.

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Feb 16, 2020

Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261

Milwaukee Road #261 is a 4-8-4 locomotive part of its S-3 Class built by Alco in 1943. Today, it is in owned by the Friends Of The 261.

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Feb 15, 2020

Lehigh And New England Railroad

The Lehigh & New England was another Northeastern anthracite coal hauler. An early victim of the times it shutdown in 1961.

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Feb 15, 2020

Gensets/Green Goats

RailPower's Green Goats and gensets were first introduced in 2001. Owned by RJ Corman since 2009 the operation was shutdown in 2020.

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Feb 14, 2020

East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Company

The East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Company is a historic narrow-gauge coal-hauler dating to 1856 located in Pennsylvania.

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Feb 11, 2020

Easter Train Rides

Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates in 2020.

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Jan 03, 2020

BNSF Railway: How America's Second Largest Railroad Was Born

The BNSF Railway is the nation's second-largest system, behind only Union Pacific.

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Dec 19, 2019

Regional Services

Amtrak provides several regional services to complement its long-distance trains. Many are state-sponsored or subsidized.

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Dec 18, 2019

Fall Foliage Train Rides

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 2020.

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Dec 08, 2019

Dinner Train Rides: Locations In 2020

Dinner trains have become a popular attraction in recent years. Here, you can find dates and locations for these events in 2020.

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Dec 05, 2019

Thomas Train Rides In 2020: Locations And Dates

Here you can find a complete schedule regarding where Thomas The Train/Day Out With Thomas train rides will be operating for the 2020 season.

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Oct 29, 2019

Polar Express Train Rides, 2020

Looking for official Polar Express train rides in 2020? You can find them all the dates and locations here.

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Sep 29, 2019

Lindale, Georgia Railfan Park

The city of Lindale, Georgia will soon be opening a new attraction, a railfan park which is expected to be finished by October or November, 2019. The town sits along Norfolk Southern's former Central of Georgia and Southern main lines.

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Aug 12, 2019

Central Railroad Of New Jersey (CNJ): A Corporate History

The Central Railroad of New Jersey was a classic fallen flag that served its home state and eastern Pennsylvania.

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Aug 12, 2019

Canadian Pacific Railway

The Canadian Pacific Railway is one of North America's oldest Class Is still in operation and the oldest in its home country.

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Aug 12, 2019

Class I Railroads

In railroad jargon, Class I railroads refer to the largest companies in the industry and all seven in North America are highlighted here.

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Aug 09, 2019

Great Northern Railway

The Great Northern Railway was the second company to reach Seattle doing so in 1893. It was part of the James Hill's vast empire.

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Aug 09, 2019

Chicago, Burlington And Quincy Railroad (CB&Q), "The Burlington"

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy served much of the Midwest and Texas. It helped kickoff the streamliner era in 1934 and later formed Burlington Northern.

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Aug 09, 2019

The Milwaukee Road: A History And System Map

The Milwaukee Road, whose official name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific, dates to the mid-19th century and disappeared in 1985.

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Aug 05, 2019

Railroad Tycoons List (USA): Men Of The Gilded Age (1800's)

Railroad tycoons, moguls, and barons were titans of 19th and early 20th century American commerce who laid the foundation of the modern industry we know today.

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Aug 05, 2019

"Fallen Flags": Classic American Railroads (Corporate Histories)

Featured here are detailed histories of more than 100 classic railroads, or "fallen flags," from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad to the small Monon.

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Jul 23, 2019

American "Streamliners" (Passenger Trains): A History

Read about many of the most well known streamliners here and why the period of the 1930s to 1960s is often considered the "Silver Age" of rail travel.

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Jul 11, 2019

Railroads During World War II: Facts And Statistics

Railroads in World War II were critical to winning the conflict and were prepared unlike with the World War I crisis. Unfortunately, the historic traffic numbers declined after the war.

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Jun 10, 2019

U.S. Railroad History: Timeline, Facts, And Statistics

Interested in learning much more about out nation's rail history as well who invented the iron horse and when? Find it all here.

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Jun 10, 2019

Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV): "Route Of The Black Diamond"

The Lehigh Valley dates as far back as 1853. At its height the anthracite road connected Buffalo with eastern New Jersey.

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May 28, 2019

The 70 Year Train Ride

"The 70 Year Train Ride," published in 2019, is authored by Frank Heppner detailing his life's adventures by rail. These trips were not exclusive to the United States as the professor has traveled around the world riding trains. A fascinating, comical, and engaging story you are sure to enjoy!

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May 13, 2019

Union Pacific 4014

Union Pacific 4014 is the latest star in the railroad's growing collection of heritage steam locomotives. It returned to active service on May 2, 2019.

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May 13, 2019

4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" Locomotives

The 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" was designed by Alco and Union Pacific's Otto Jabelman to handle freight over the Wasatch Mountains. Today, several survive.

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May 11, 2019

Transcisco Tours: Sierra 49er Express

The Transcisco Tours' "Sierra 49er Express" was a short-lived dinner train running between San Jose, California and Reno, Nevada between 1990-1991.

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Researching Rights-Of-Way

A popular pastime for many is studying and/or exploring abandoned rights-of-way.  Today, there are tens of thousands of miles scattered throughout the country.  Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that.  If you are researching active or abandoned corridors you might want to check out the United States Geological Survery's (USGS) Historical Topographic Map Explorer.  It is an excellent resource with thousands of historic maps on file throughout the country.  Just type in a town or city and click on the timeline of maps at the bottom of the page!

Studying Diesels

You will be hard pressed at finding a better online resource regarding diesel locomotives than Craig Rutherford's  The website contains everything from historic (fallen flags) to contemporary (Class I's, regionals, short lines, and even some museums/tourist lines) rosters, locomotive production information, technical data, all notable models cataloged by the five major builders (American Locomotive, Electro-Motive, General Electric, Fairbanks-Morse, and Baldwin), and much more.  A highly recommended database!

Electro-Motive Database

In 1998 a gentleman by the name of Andre Kristopans put together a web page highlighting virtually every unit every out-shopped by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division.  Alas, in 2013 the site closed by thankfully Don Strack rescued the data and transferred it over to his site (another fine resource).  If you are researching anything EMD related please visit this page first.  The information includes original numbers, serials, and order numbers.