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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.
Railroad tycoons were titans of 19th and early 20th century American commerce who laid the foundation of the industry we still in regular service today. Read about several of them here.
Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 is the latest star in the railroad's growing collection of heritage steam locomotives. It returned to active service on May 2, 2019.
The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" was designed by Alco and UP's Otto Jabelman to handle freight over the Wasatch Mountains. Today, several still survive.
The Transcisco Tours' "Sierra 49er Express" was a short-lived dinner train running between San Jose, California and Reno, Nevada between 1990-1991.
The Transcontinental Railroad's completion marked the first time in history the United States offered an efficient mode of transportation from coast-to-coast.
The New River Train was a seasonal excursion operated nearly every fall through West Virginia's New River Gorge from 1966-2018. Learn more about it here.
Boxcars have been an important piece of equipment for the railroad industry since the early days of the 19th century. Today, they are used for more specialized tasks than in years past.
Dinner train rides have become a popular excursions in recent years. Here, you can learn which railroads operate them and when these special trains run in 2019 (some year-round).
Railroads in the 1930s saw a huge push to get passengers back to the rails through the introduction of the streamliner in 1934 on the UP and Burlington.
Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve is likely the most famous railroad engineering feat ever accomplished. Read about its history, construction, and use today by Norfolk Southern.
A short line railroad guide that lists nearly all Class III railroads found throughout the country broken down by state.
The Rocky Mountaineer is North America's most popular tourist train, offering upscale accommodations through the Canadian Rockies.
The American Orient Express was an ultra-luxurious private passenger train that operated from 1994 until 2008 in conjunction with Amtrak. It featured different routes for maximum scenic views; unfortunately, the 2007 recession forced its closure the following year.
The John Bull was a British steam locomotive built for use on the Camden & Amboy in 1831. Today, it is preserved at the Smithsonian Institution and still in operable condition.
The United States Railroad Administration (USRA) oversaw operation of the nation's rail network during World War I. Provided here is a brief history.
Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates in 2019.
The Empire Builder was Great Northern's flagship train between Chicago and Seattle that began service in 1929. It survives today under Amtrak.
Railroads during the 1910s, the period from 1910-1920, was a pivotal time witnessing record mileage and federal takeover during World War I.
The Chepe Express is a new first class train ride launched in 2018 which travels through Mexico's beautiful Copper Canyon. Learn more about it here.
Railroads in World War I were nationalized by the federal government in 1917 to maintain fluid operations. They were returned to private ownership in 1920.
Interested in learning much more about out nation's railroad history as well who invented the railroad and when? You can do so here, from the earliest years in the 1820s through today.
Railroads in the 20th century continued to build new track until roughly 1920 and the first decade of the 20th century saw new government oversight of the industry.
The Sierra Madre Express was a tourist train providing long distance rides through Mexico's beautiful Copper Canyon. Service ended in 2009.
Find out more about rail tours found across the United States, Canada, and into parts of Mexico. The information presented specifically highlights long-distance trips geared towards vacation travelers.
Wabtec Freight was formed on February 25, 2019 through the merger of GE Transportation and Wabtec. The company will produce GE's successful locomotive line.
What are locomotives? In this article we explore that question as well as the various types, their history, and purpose in general railroad applications. In essence, the locomotive powers a train.
The railroad industry during the 1890s continued to see growth and expansion as it entered its Golden Age. Trains were becoming larger and heavier with more and more amenities offered.
This website would not have been possible without the help of several friends and numerous books. All of the help and resources used in creating American-Rails.com is listed here.
The Evolution Series was General Electric's latest diesel line which met EPA Tier 2 emission requirements. It is now produced by Wabtec Freight.