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The Lehigh Valley dates as far back as 1853. At its height the anthracite road connected Buffalo with eastern New Jersey.
The Lehigh & New England was another Northeastern anthracite coal hauler. An early victim of the times it shutdown in 1961.
The Erie Railroad's earliest history dates back to the 1830s and later in the 19th century as one of the most powerful lines.
The SD40, SD40-2, and their variants were first released in 1966 and became an instant success with more than 5,000 manufactured.
The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) operated from Buffalo to Hoboken, New Jersey and is remembered as another of the classic anthracite lines.
The 3,000 horsepower U30C was the first very successful Universal model for GE and was the first sign that EMD had a serious competitor.
The Delaware & Hudson Railway, which began as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, was a classic carrier that even predated the Baltimore & Ohio.
The Southern Pacific was a California institution and one of the West's most powerful railroads.
The U30B followed the earlier U25B and U28B with a slight increase in horsepower.
The George Washington became the C&O's flagship train between Cincinnati and Norfolk after it was inaugurated in 1932. It survived until Amtrak in 1971.
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.
The Chessie System was a holding company created in 1972 composed of the B&O, C&O, and Western Maryland.
The U28B was a slightly more powerful diesel road-switcher that replaced the company's original U25B. It saw marginal sales, just eclipsing 100 units.
The Reading Railroad known in later years by its slogan, "Bee Line Service," is historically remembered as a successful anthracite coal hauler.
The U28C succeeded the U25C in 1965. Just a few railroads tried the model with most more interested in EMD and four-axle designs at the time.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey was a classic fallen flag that served its home state and eastern Pennsylvania.
The U25B burst on the scene in 1959, taking both Alco and EMD by surprise. It saw decent sales numbers and helped put Alco out of business by 1969.
The U25C was the six-axle version of the popular U25B. Cataloged some five years later it saw few sales.
The Central Vermont Railway was a small through main route that connected Cantic, Quebec and New London, Connecticut.
The Bangor & Aroostook served its home state of Maine. Chartered in 1891 it fell into bankruptcy in 2003. Today, remnants of the system are still operated.
The Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway connected Connellsville and Pittsburgh Junction, Ohio. It operated as part of the Alphabet Route.
The Lehigh & Hudson River is remembered as an anthracite coal hauler. In later years it became a successful bridge route.
The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific was a fabled Midwestern granger that struggled after the 1960's. A botched merger and strike led to its liquidation in 1980.
The Chicago & North Western Railway was a famous Midwestern granger that reached as far west as Lander, Wyoming. In 1995 it was purchased by Union Pacific.
The Penn Central Transportation Company was a railroad created through the mergers of the NYC, PRR, and New Haven. It failed almost immediately.
The Norfolk & Western was a highly profitable eastern coal-hauler that connected Norfolk with Cincinnati. It disappeared into Norfolk Southern in 1982.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was a famous southern line that operated from Norfolk to Chicago and through much of Michigan.
The Western Maryland honored its slogan well as the Fast Freight Line. It connected Baltimore with Connellsville and Elkins.
The U18B was a late model U-boat released by GE, intended for specialized light duty service.
The Colorado & Southern operated across the southwest from Colorado to Texas. It became part of the Burlington but retained its name through the 1980s.