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Aug 18, 2022

"Butte Special" (Train)

The Butte Special was a secondary Union Pacific train serving Salt Lake City and Butte, Montana. Incredibly, it survived on the railroad's timetable until Amtrak began on May 1, 1971.

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Aug 18, 2022

EMD "567" Engine

The Electro-Motive's model 567 diesel engine first released in 1938 was not only highly reliable but also spelled the end of steam as main line power.

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Aug 18, 2022

EMD "F40PH" Locomotives

The F40PH was a late F series model built exclusively for Amtrak in the late 1970s. It was very successful with more than 300 constructed.

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Aug 18, 2022

Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad)

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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Aug 18, 2022

Illinois Central Railroad

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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Aug 18, 2022

Illinois Railroads

Perhaps more than any other state Illinois railroads include a history like any other. Read about all of the dozens of lines to operate there and what things look like today.

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Aug 18, 2022

Colorado Scenic Train Rides

Colorado has a rich history with railroads related to its legendary mining trade. As such, there are several heritage excursions and museums found there today. Learn more about Colorado train rides and railroad museums here.

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Aug 18, 2022

2-6-0 "Mogul" Steam Locomotives

Moguls, of the 2-6-0 wheel arrangement, replaced the popular 4-4-0. Today, you can still find a few examples in operation for use with excursion trains.

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Aug 18, 2022

PRR K-4s Steam Locomotives

Pennsylvania's K-4s Pacific's were some of the finest locomotives of their type ever built, many by the railroad itself. Two of these 4-6-2's survive today.

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Aug 18, 2022

B&O 4-8-2 Locomotives (Class T)

Baltimore & Ohio's fleet of 4-8-2's (Class T) were used in heavy passenger service and occasionally on freight assignments.

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Aug 18, 2022

Mississippi Railroads

The history of Mississippi railroads can be traced back to the West Feliciana Railroad of 1835. Learn more about the classic lines, interurbans, and present-day railroads that still operate.

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Aug 18, 2022

Norfolk and Western Railway

The Norfolk & Western was a highly profitable eastern coal-hauler that connected Norfolk with Cincinnati. It disappeared into Norfolk Southern in 1982.

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Aug 18, 2022

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

The incredibly popular Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge operates tourist trains along ex-Denver & Rio Grande Western trackage through the San Juan Mountains.

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Aug 17, 2022

Railroad Stories and Accounts

Railroad stories are what bring to the light the personal and human side of the industry often unknown to outsiders.

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Aug 17, 2022

State Railroads: Information And Statistics

A history of the states and their relationship with railroad operations over the centures.

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Aug 17, 2022

Caboose (Trains)

The venerable caboose is still quite popular with the public despite its relic status with the railroad industry. Learn about the history of the car, how it was used, and its different names.

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Aug 17, 2022

Interurbans And Trolleys (Trains)

A look at interurbans and trolleys in America from state operations to notable car builders and specific companies like the North Shore Line and Pacific Electric.

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Aug 17, 2022

Scenic Train Rides (USA)

Whether you are interested in scenic railroad or tourist train rides, all of that can be found here! The information here covers a wide range of subjects, from different scenic railroads to state-by-state guides.

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Aug 17, 2022

Commuter Trains (USA)

Here you can learn more about many of the commuter trains and agencies that operate around the country, from Metra to Caltrain.

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Aug 17, 2022

"Yankee Clipper" (Train)

The Yankee Clipper was an upscale New Haven passenger train that ran the Shore Line between New York and Boston. A section survived until Amtrak.

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Aug 17, 2022

Rail Tours (USA): Coast-To-Coast

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.

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Aug 17, 2022

EMD "SW1200" Locomotives

The SW1200 was a late first-generation switcher that was produced for more than ten years and proved one of EMD's most successful.

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Aug 17, 2022

Railroad Infrastructure (USA)

Were you ever curious about the many types of railroad structures and signs that line railroad tracks? Learn about them here.

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Aug 17, 2022

Railroad Maintenance-Of-Way Equipment

There are numerous types of railroad maintenance equipment which keep railroads operating efficiently. You can learn about most of them here.

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Aug 17, 2022

Santa Fe Railroad (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe)

A detailed history of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, better known as the "Santa Fe."

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Aug 17, 2022

Class 2 Railroads (USA), "Regionals"

Class II railroads, also referred to as "regionals," are the second-largest such companies within the industry. The information here covers most of these lines.

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Aug 17, 2022

Passenger Train Cars (America)

Covered here are brief overviews of many types of passenger rail cars and what led to their development as train travel improved over time.

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Aug 17, 2022

Electric Locomotives (USA)

While electric locomotives never truly caught on in America they are by far the most efficient type of motive power.

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Aug 17, 2022

GE "U28C" and "U28CG" Locomotives

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.

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Aug 16, 2022

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O)

The Baltimore & Ohio, our nation's first common-carrier was one of the three major eastern trunk lines but also the weakest.

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Aug 16, 2022

Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad

The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton was a regional railroad serving western Ohio and Detroit. What's left today is operated by a short line.

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Aug 16, 2022

Railroad Stations Of America

This page offers a general history of railroad stations and depots, such as the iconic Pennsylvania Station.

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Aug 16, 2022

2-10-0 "Decapod" Locomotives

The 2-10-0 Decapod was developed by the Lehigh Valley although constant design problems resulted in few railroads fleeting the steam locomotive.

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Aug 16, 2022

Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad

The Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern was once a large Class II regional serving the upper Midwest over former C&NW lines.

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Aug 16, 2022

Detroit and Mackinac Railway

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

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Aug 16, 2022

South Shore Line Railroad (Chicago, South Shore & South Bend)

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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Aug 16, 2022

GE "U25C" Locomotives

The U25C was the six-axle version of the popular U25B. Cataloged some five years later it saw few sales.

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Aug 16, 2022

Chicago and Illinois Midland Railroad

The Chicago & Illinois Midland Railway was a classic, but very small, line that operated in central Illinois.

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Aug 16, 2022

Chicago, Aurora and Elgin Railroad

The "Roarin' Elgin" was a high-speed interurban connecting Chicago with the Fox River communities. Today, much of the Roarin' Elgin is abandoned.

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Aug 16, 2022

Steam Locomotives (USA)

The classic iron horse, steam locomotives are legendary machines that still hold awe over the general public today.

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Aug 16, 2022

Burlington Northern Railroad

The Burlington Northern was the West's first mega-railroad when it was formed in 1970 serving such cities as Chicago, Seattle, and Dallas.

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Aug 15, 2022

Algoma Central Railway

Read about the history of the Algoma Central Railway and one of Ontario's most well known shortlines.

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Aug 15, 2022

West Point Route (Railroad)

The West Point Route was a trademarked name comprising the Atlanta & West Point and Western Railway of Alabama, which were controlled by the Georgia Railroad.

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Aug 15, 2022

Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway

The Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia was a bridge route that served all of its namesake states. It dated to the 1890s and was purchased by the Southern in 1971.

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Aug 15, 2022

Rock Island Railroad (Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific)

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.

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Aug 15, 2022

Tennessee Central Railway

The Tennessee Central Railway was a small Class I system serving northern areas of its home state as well as southern Kentucky. It was liquidated in 1968.

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Aug 15, 2022

Wyoming Scenic Train Rides

Wyoming train rides are currently not available, whether as tourist attractions or interstate travel (Amtrak). However, the Cowboy State does have a few railroad museums open to the public. Learn more about them here.

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Aug 15, 2022

Wisconsin Scenic Train Rides

Wisconsin train rides include a varying degree of excursions from trolleys to steam locomotives and even dinner trains aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.

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Aug 15, 2022

Washington Scenic Train Rides

Like neighboring Oregon, Washington train rides feature stunning views of the state's backcountry and Pacific Northwest in general. You can even catch steam on a few rides!

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  1. "Butte Special" (Train)

    Aug 18, 22 12:17 PM

    The Butte Special was a secondary Union Pacific train serving Salt Lake City and Butte, Montana. Incredibly, it survived on the railroad's timetable until Amtrak began on May 1, 1971.

    Read More

  2. EMD "567" Engine

    Aug 18, 22 10:01 AM

    The Electro-Motive's model 567 diesel engine first released in 1938 was not only highly reliable but also spelled the end of steam as main line power.

    Read More

  3. EMD "F40PH" Locomotives

    Aug 18, 22 09:55 AM

    The F40PH was a late F series model built exclusively for Amtrak in the late 1970s. It was very successful with more than 300 constructed.

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  4. Nickel Plate Road (New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad)

    Aug 18, 22 09:53 AM

    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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  5. Illinois Central Railroad

    Aug 18, 22 09:50 AM

    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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