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Oct 25, 2021

Missouri Pacific Railroad: Map, Logo, Roster, Timetables

The Missouri Pacific was a large Midwestern that carried a long history of financial difficulty until later years.

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Oct 24, 2021

GE "C44-9W" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Production Roster

The C44-9W essentially left EMD behind in the diesel locomotive market. Once again General Electric had a winner as the model sold thousands.

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Oct 24, 2021

Nickel Plate Road (Railroad): Map, Logo, Roster, Timetables

The New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, better known as the "Nickel Plate Road," was a profitable Midwestern acquired by Norfolk & Western in 1964.

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Oct 23, 2021

GE "AC4400CW" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Production Roster

The AC4400CW ushered in the era of high horsepower, alternating current diesel locomotives. It was highly successful with more than 2,500 built.

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Oct 23, 2021

GE "C40-8" And "C40-8W" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Roster

The C40-8, C40-8W and variants were released around 1990 and continued the company's success from the Dash 7 line with nearly 2,000 units sold.

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Oct 23, 2021

Monon Railroad: Map, Logo, History, Photos, Locomotive Roster

The Monon Railroad (Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway) was an Indiana institution whose moniker, "The Hoosier Line," suited it well.

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Oct 23, 2021

GE "C40-9" and "C40-9W" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Roster

The C40-9 and C40-9W continued the builder's dominance during the 1990s, which only continued with the C44-9W.

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Oct 21, 2021

Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern Railway: Roster, Map, History

The Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern began as an interurban and transitioned into a successful belt line.

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Oct 20, 2021

GE "B32-8" And "Dash 8-32BWH" Locomotives: Specs, Roster

The B32-8, released during the 1980's, was an early Dash 8 model that sold very poorly. However, later models further cemented GE as the industry leader.

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Oct 20, 2021

Minneapolis & St Louis Railway: Map, History, Photos, Logo

The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, known as the "Peoria Gateway," served the Twin Cities and upper Midwest. It was purchased by the C&NW in 1960.

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Oct 19, 2021

Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad: Map, Roster, History

The Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad dates back to 1892 and has always served northern Michigan and primarily focused on the movement of ore.

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Oct 18, 2021

GE "C39-8" and "C39-8E" Locomotives: Specs, Photos, Roster

The C39-8 was an early Dash 8 line that had trouble finding sales although its immediate successor was far more successful.

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Oct 18, 2021

Ohio Railroad Stations (Historic): Past & Present (List)

The information presented here details Ohio's historic railroad stations which still survive along with pertinent research information.

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Oct 18, 2021

Kansas City Southern Railway: Map, Logo, History, Timetables

The Kansas City Southern is the smallest Class I in terms of size and net earnings, carrying a history dating back to 1890.

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Oct 17, 2021

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad: Map, Roster, History, Timetable

The Indiana Harbor Belt is a historic terminal line with a heritage dating back to 1896. Today, IHB continues to operate after more than a century of service.

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Oct 16, 2021

Illinois Central Railroad: Map, Logo, History, Timetables

The Illinois Central whose slogan was the "Main Line of Mid-America" ran from Chicago to New Orleans on an odd north-south main line.

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Oct 15, 2021

GE "B40-8" and "B40-8W" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Roster

The B40-8/W came in standard and wide-cab versions. Offering 4,000 horsepower and cataloged in the late 1980s the model saw few sales.

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Oct 15, 2021

GE "B39-8" and "B39-8E" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Roster

The B39-8 was of the final and very powerful four-axle road-switchers the company produced during the mid-1980s.

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Oct 15, 2021

Grand Trunk Western Railroad: Map, Logo, History, Roster

The Grand Trunk Western was a corporation created by parent Canadian National in 1928 to operate its U.S. properties. The GTW remains a CN subsidiary today.

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Oct 14, 2021

Green Bay & Western Railroad: Map, Roster, Photos, Timetable

The Green Bay & Western was a classic regional that served its home state of Wisconsin. It operated from 1866-1992.

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Oct 13, 2021

Gateway Western Railway: Map, History, Locomotive Roster

The Gateway Western Railway is a former Class II, regional line which connected Kansas City and St. Louis. It was purchased by the KCS in 1997.

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Oct 12, 2021

GE "Super 7" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Production Roster

The Super-7 series was a rebuild of predecessor General Electric models like the Universal line during the early 1990s.

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Oct 12, 2021

Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway: Map, Locomotive Roster

The Elgin, Joliet & Eastern was the largest terminal carrier to serve Chicago, connecting with all major railroads. Today, its part of Canadian National.

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Oct 11, 2021

Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway: Map, Roster, History

The Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway was a northern Minnesota railroad that today is a part of the Canadian National system.

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Oct 10, 2021

GE "C36-7" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Production Roster

The C36-7 followed the C30-7 in the late 1970s. While not as popular as EMD's SD40-2 or even its earlier counterpart it still saw some success.

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Oct 10, 2021

GE "B30-7" And "B30-7A" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Roster

The B30-7 was a second-generation version of the U30B that featured improved technologies like early microprocessors.

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Oct 10, 2021

Detroit & Mackinac Railway: Map, Locomotive Roster, Photos

The Detroit & Mackinac Railway, better known as "The Turtle Line," served northern Michigan for over a century.

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Oct 09, 2021

Belt Railway Of Chicago: Map, Roster, Logo, Photos, History

The Belt Railway Of Chicago has been in service for nearly 140 years and remains an important switching road in the Windy City.

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Oct 08, 2021

Chicago Great Western Railway: Map, Roster, Photos, Logo

The venerable Chicago Great Western Railway operated across the upper Midwest serving Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City.

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Oct 07, 2021

South Shore Line Railroad: Schedule, Map, Trains, Posters, Roster

The South Shore Line, officially known as the Chicago, South Shore and South Bend Railroad, was another famed Windy City interurban, and the most successful.

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SteamLocomotive.com

Wes Barris's SteamLocomotive.com is simply the best web resource in the study of steam locomotives. 

The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). 

It is difficult to truly articulate just how much material can be found at this website.  It is a must visit!



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 Survey'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!