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The SD50 was first produced in 1981 and the model proved to be the builder's downfall as it was plagued with engine and microprocessor problems.
Read about the history of Arizona railroads, the state's rail mileage over the years, its present-day relationship with trains, and much more.
The SP's Lark was its overnight streamlined, all-Pullman train running between Los Angeles and Oakland. It was discontinued in April, 1968.
The Daylight was Southern Pacific first in an entire fleet of trains sporting a two-tone orange livery. It began in 1939 between San Francisco-Los Angeles.
The Imperial was a secondary Southern Pacific train that for many years operated between Los Angeles and Chicago by way of California's Imperial Valley. Remaining service ceased in 1967.
Lima Locomotive Works was the smallest of the three major steam locomotive builders but nevertheless outshopped quality products such as large Mallets and geared Shays.
The SW1000 was a second-generation switcher model that used an updated prime mover and slightly different carbody.
The SW1001 replaced the SW1000 to correct a design flaw with the carbody, which was not compatible in industrial settings.
The Chessie was the Chesapeake & Ohio's still-born, luxurious all-coach train to serve the Washington, D.C. - Cincinnati corridor.
The B&O's Metropolitan Special played clean-up duty serving many intermediate stops between St. Louis and New York. It survived until Amtrak in 1971.
The Boston & Albany, with a heritage dating as far back as 1831, became an integral part of the New York Central offering direct service to Boston.
The recently rebuilt Virginia & Truckee Railroad is a historic company that once helped with Nevada's Comstock Lode and today visitors can ride the line.
The Transcontinental Railroad's completion marked the first time in history the United States offered an efficient mode of transportation from coast-to-coast.
Pennsylvania Station was one of the most breathtaking structures ever built in this country. It opened in 1910 and was razed in the 1960s, replaced by Madison Square Garden.
The RS36 was the last four-axle road switcher the manufacturer ever built. Learn where you can find preserved units today.
The DS-4-4-1000 was one of the Baldwin's most successful diesel models it every produced, replacing the earlier VO-1000 in 1946.
The SW900 began a new numbering designation for EMD's switcher line. This particular model was relatively successful.
The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, affectionately remembered as the Ma & Pa, served Baltimore and points north. In 1999 it became the York Railway.
The AS416 was one of Baldwin's final four-axle road-switchers. It sold very poorly although a few of these rare units remain preserved today.
The Dakota 400 was a late addition to the C&NW's fleet of 400s, inaugurated in 1950. Serving South Dakota, it was discontinued in 1963 as rail patronage declined.
Southern Pacific's San Joaquin Daylight operated the same routing as the original, between San Francisco and Oakland, debuting in 1941.
The Michigan Central was a 1,700-mile system which served much of Michigan and Buffalo via southern Ontario. It became part of the New York Central.
The SW8 produced in 1950 followed the SW7. Virtually identical, the SW8 was less powerful and utilized an upgraded version of the model 567 prime mover.
Looking for official Polar Express train rides in 2022? You can find them all the dates and locations here.
The AB6 was a unique version of its E6 design that utilized a cabless B unit , which was retrofitted as an A for use on the Rock Island's Rocky Mountain Rocket.
The SW9 was built at the same time as the SW8 and, likely due to its increased horsepower, saw very nice sales that neared 1,000 units.
Union Pacific 3985 is a 4-6-6-4 Challenger steam locomotive owned by Union Pacific and part of its historic steam program. It operated from 1981-2010.
The Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee was another of Chicago's well remembered interurbans.
The Owl was a secondary, overnight Southern Pacific train serving the San Francisco/Oakland to Los Angeles corridor. It was launched in the late 19th century and discontinued during the 1960s.
The Morning Hiawatha was a new, ultra-fast streamliner the Milwaukee Road launched during early 1939 between Chicago and the Twin Cities.