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The Penn Central diesel roster was an eclectic collection of models from all of the major builders. Learn more about these units here.
The Elgin, Joliet & Eastern was the largest terminal carrier to serve Chicago, connecting with all major railroads. Today, its part of Canadian National.
The Baker valve gear, invented by engineer George H. Baker in 1909, is a type of steam engine valve gear. It was developed as an alternative to the Walschaerts valve gear.
The classic iron horse, steam locomotives are legendary machines that still hold awe over the general public today.
The GP30 began EMD's second-generation era featuring an upgraded prime mover and other components with a standard cab.
The Walshaerts valve gear is a mechanism invented in the 19th century by Belgian locomotive engineer, Egide Walschaerts. This apparatus is widely used in steam locomotive designs.
The Wabash was a Midwestern institution that had its own song and connected Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
A late design,the powerful 2-10-4 Texas first saw use on the Texas & Pacific in 1925. Several roads used the 2-10-4 in freight service until the 1950's.
The 4-6-0 was an incredibly popular steam locomotive that first saw service in the 1840s. Thousands were built and saw use on numerous railroads.
The 4-8-4, most often referred to as a "Northern," was a steam locomotive developed by the Northern Pacific.
The 4-8-0 Twelve Wheeler, also known as a Mastodon was an interesting design that saw use on several lines. Today, one is operational at the Strasburg Railroad.
The 2-8-4 is often regarded as the Berkshire type due to its first test runs carried out in the Berkshire Mountains in the 1920s on the Boston & Albany.
The 2-6-2 Prairie type was a steam locomotive designed by the Burlington railroad and first used in 1900.
The 2-8-0 was a highly successful steam design first developed just after the Civil War. As technologies improved the 2-8-0 became larger and more powerful.
Baltimore & Ohio's Class E 2-8-0's were a prolific fleet of locomotives on the railroad used in about every type of service imaginable. A few survived until the late 1950s
The 2-8-2 Mikado was a steam locomotive design developed in 1883 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Japanese Railway, hence its name.
Learn about the history of the 4-4-0 American type and how it could be found in use all across the country.
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.
Jay Gould became one of the most powerful and ruthless tycoons owning numerous lines throughout the United States
The GP35 followed the GP30 in 1963. Another second-generation model that sported a new prime mover and other components it sold incredibly well.
The GP20 ushered in the second-generation of diesel locomotives. It was first released in 1959 although sales were poor.
The SP's Lark was its overnight streamlined, all-Pullman train running between Los Angeles and Oakland. It was discontinued in April, 1968.
The Starlight was a brief all-streamlined Southern Pacific train serving Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Renamed from an earlier train it was an early victim of cutbacks.
The Baltimore & Ohio, our nation's first common-carrier was one of the three major eastern trunk lines but also the weakest.
The California Zephyr was a legendary streamliner that debuted in 1949, a joint effort of the Western Pacific, Burlington, and Rio Grande.
Presented here is a brief history of the "Rio Grande Zephyr," the Rio Grande's tri-weekly train between Denver and Salt Lake City, operated from 1971-1983.
The M-10000 was officially the first streamliner ever when it was introduced in February, 1934 developed by Pullman and powered by the Winton Engine Company.
The Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines was owned by the PRR and Reading railroads and served primarily as a commuter line for southern New Jersey, a role it still serves today.
The NP's Mainstreeter was its secondary train connecting Chicago and Seattle. Originally known as the Alaskan it was streamlined in 1946 and remained in service until April 30, 1971.
The RS3 proved to be the builder's bestselling road-switcher by far with some still in service today.
The Penn Central Transportation Company was a railroad created through the mergers of the NYC, PRR, and New Haven. It failed almost immediately.
This page provides a complete, all-time diesel roster of the New York Central including original numbers, renumberings, and NYC classes.
The SW1500 was a second generation diesel switcher that employed EMD's new model 645 prime mover. The design was very successful.
The New York Central, known as the "Water Level Route," was pieced together by Cornelius Vanderbilt and battled rival Pennsylvania for generations.
C-Liners, formally known as the Consolidated Line, were cab models meant to compete, albeit unsuccessfully, against EMD's popular designs.
The Oregon Electric Railway was one of the largest interurbans ever constructed stretching from Portland to Eugene. It dates to 1908 and much of it remains in use today.
The H10-44 was FM's least powerful switcher although it did see nearly 200 sold during the mid-1940s.
The DD35/A was an experimental diesel model based from the GP35, designed by Electro-Motive for Union Pacific in the 1960s. They remained in use until 1981.
The rarest road-switchers EMD ever cataloged was the RS1325 of 1960. Only two were built and both wound up on the Chicago & Illinois Midland.
The DDA40X was a high-horsepower, experimental diesel locomotive built for Union Pacific.
The Rocky Mountain Rocket was one of the Rock Island's first such trains, hitting the rails in 1939 between Chicago and Denver.
The GP18 was a first-generation road-switcher model which followed the GP7 and GP9.
The San Francisco Chief was a late entrant to the Santa Fe's fleet of "Chiefs," launched during the mid-1950s between Chicago and its home city. The train survived until Amtrak.
The Green Diamond was an early streamliner often forgotten and resembled UP's M-10000. Also debuting in 1934 the Diamond trainset was sold by 1950.
The E9 saw only marginal sales as rail travel was losing interest among the public. It was the final model in the series with several preserved today.
The Broadway Limited was the flagship passenger train of the Pennsy offering unparalelled services of any streamliner ever operated.
Baltimore & Ohio's Royal Blue was the railroad's elegant train which served New York and Washington, D.C. It was eventually canceled in 1958 due to stiff competition with the PRR.
The E3 was an early passenger diesel and the first to use a GM-built prime mover.
The E44's were Pennsylvania's last new electric locomotives purchased for freight service during the 1950s. Today, one is preserved.