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The Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, marked the first time in history the United States was connected from coast to coast by an efficient and fast mode of transportation.
The Southern Pacific was a California institution and one of the West's most powerful railroads. It faltered in the 1970's and was purchased by the Rio Grande during 1988.
The Missouri Pacific was a large Midwestern that always had financial difficulty. Its earliest history dates to 1849 and in 1982 was purchased by Union Pacific.
The Central Pacific Railroad disappeared long ago but is long remembered as the western component of the Transcontinental Railroad, completed in May of 1869.
A look at the Pennsylvania Railroad's historic operations in Crestline, Ohio as told by Bill Histed who grew up in the town.
The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad was a legendary western "fallen flag" which battled the Rocky Mountains through Colorado and Utah.
A brief history of the Plymouth Locomotive Works, the largest manufacturer of small diesel-electric and gasoline locomotives.
A brief history and current disposition of the Stewartstown Railroad, a short line located in Pennsylvania which has been in existence since 1884.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad was a southern Midwest line that connected St. Louis with much of east Texas. It dated back to 1865 and was purchased by the Union Pacific in 1988.
Here you can learn about available dates in 2017 for Christmas/Holiday train rides, not associated with official The Polar Express excursions.
The Wabash Railroad was a Midwestern institution that had its own song and connected Buffalo, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. In 1964 it was purchased by the N&W.
A detailed history of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, better known as the "Santa Fe."
The Toledo, Peoria and Western Railway was a linear route connecting central Indiana and Illinois. Once part of the Santa Fe, the reborn system is a Genesee & Wyoming property today.
A career in the railroad industry is not for everyone, especially field work. Find out more about railroad jobs here and the many different positions available.
Wisconsin train rides include a varying degree of excursions from trolleys to steam locomotives and even dinner trains aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.
South Carolina is currently home to only one excursion train ride. Also, learn more about all of the state's railroad attractions
Pennsylvania train rides offer the greatest collection anywhere in the country except perhaps California. The state is also home to many of the most popular rides like the Strasburg Railroad.
If you are hoping to see the state by rail but not via Amtrak, Oregon train rides have plenty to offer with incredible scenic views like the Oregon Coast Scenic and Mount Hood Railroad.
There are currently two Oklahoma train rides available to choose from, excursions hosted by the state railroad museum and freight operator Farmrail.
Due to its rich history, New Jersey train rides are offered by five different organizations including the popular Black River & Western Railroad.
The state may not have much live railroading to offer but New Hampshire train rides include seven different excursions, which you can learn more about here.
You have three very nice Nevada train rides to experience today including the Virginia and Truckee, Nevada Northern, and Nevada Southern all of which you can learn more about here.
Minnesota train rides give visitors quite a bit to experience. For instance the popular North Shore Scenic Railroad features stunning scenery while the Minnesota Streetcar Museum hosts trolley rides.
There is no better way to experience the Great Lakes State's countryside than on the railroad. Michigan train rides also offer visitors much to experience from steam locomotives to dinner trains.
You have a lot to choose from with Massachusetts train rides including the very popular Berkshire Scenic Railway and Cape Cod Central as well as trolley rides.
Maryland train rides offer some incredible experiences on the rails like the steam-powered Western Maryland Scenic . You can also ride trolleys on the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.
Maine train rides offers the public incredible views of the state's back country with experiences including narrow-gauge operations, trolley rides, and much more.
Kentucky train rides offer unparalleled views of the Appalachians and really showcase the state's beauty. Some also offer elegant dining while others showcase steam locomotives.
You have your choice of several Indiana train rides to choose from such as the popular French Lick Scenic Railway. Read about all of the state's excursion trains here.
While the state has many museums there are just a few Illinois train rides available. The two most well known are the Silver Creek & Stephenson and Illinois Railway Museum.