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Dec 05, 2021

"Cow-Calf" Switcher Locomotives: Specs, Data, Roster

The cow-calf was a specific switcher locomotive design released only by Electro-Motive during the 1940s and 1950s for transfer and yard service.

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Dec 05, 2021

GE/Wabtec "ET44AC" And "ET44C4" Locomotives: Specs, Roster

GE's ET44AC was its final production model before the company's transportation division was sold to Wabtec. It remains in production today.

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Dec 05, 2021

EMC SC, SW, NC, NW Switcher Locomotives: Specs, Roster

Early EMC switchers of the late 1930s established a locomotive that became wildly successful in years later under General Motors management.

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Dec 05, 2021

Louisville & Nashville's "Georgian" (Train): Schedule, Consist

The Georgian helped inaugurate L&N's entrance into the streamliner era in 1946 running between Chicago and Atlanta.

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Dec 03, 2021

C&NW's "Dakota 400" (Train): Timetable, Schedule, Consist

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.

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Dec 02, 2021

"Birmingham Special" (Train): Schedule, Timetable, Consist

The Birmingham Special was often regarded as one of the Southern's top-tier trains connecting Washington with Birmingham, Alabama. It survied as a named train until 1970.

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Dec 01, 2021

"Sunset Limited" (Train): Schedule, Route, Timetable, Crash

The Sunset Limited was SP's legendary train serving New Orleans and Los Angeles. It survives today as a prominent train under Amtrak.

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Nov 30, 2021

ACL's "Everglades" (Train): Timetable, Schedule, Consist

The Everglades was another secondary Atlantic Coast Line service running the East Coast between Washington and Jacksonville. It survived until Amtrak.

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Nov 29, 2021

Transcontinental Railroad: Map, Completion, Definition, Facts

The Transcontinental Railroad's completion marked the first time in history the United States offered an efficient mode of transportation from coast-to-coast.

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Nov 29, 2021

Erie Lackawanna Railway: Map, Roster, Logo, Photos

The Erie Lackawanna Railway was formed through the Erie and Lackawanna railroads in 1960.

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Nov 28, 2021

NYC's "Ohio State Limited" (Train): Timetable, Route, Consist

The Ohio State Limited was New York Central's top train between New York and Cincinnati established in the 1920s. It was discontinued in 1967.

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Nov 26, 2021

NYC's "Mercury" (Train): Interior, 4-6-2, Lounge, Timetable

New York Central's Mercury was NYC's entry into the streamliner market. Debuting in June, 1936 it used rebuilt heavyweight cars and a 4-6-2 locomotive.

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Nov 26, 2021

"Afternoon Hiawatha" (Train): Route, History, Schedule, Logo

The Afternoon Hiawatha was Milwaukee Road's original Hiawatha, renamed in the late 1930s when an additional train was launched.

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Nov 24, 2021

GE "Evolution Series" Locomotives: Data, History, Photos

The Evolution Series was General Electric's latest diesel line which met EPA Tier 2 emission requirements. It is now produced by Wabtec Freight.

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Nov 24, 2021

GE "ES44AC" Locomotives: Specs, Data, Production Roster

GE's "ES44AC" was the company's successor to its successful AC4400CW line. It met EPA Tier II standards and sold more than 3,000 examples.

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Nov 24, 2021

Alco "RS2" Locomotives: Roster, History, Horsepower, Specs

The RS-2 continued the success from the RS1 and led to the bestselling road-switcher of all, the RS3.

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Nov 24, 2021

GE "AC6000CW" Locomotives: Data, Specs, Production Roster

The AC6000CW was the pinnacle of high-horsepower locomotives in the mid-1990s.

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Nov 23, 2021

GE "ES40DC" Locomotives: Specs, Data, Production Roster

GE's "ES40DC" was a 4,000 horsepower variant of its successful ES44AC line and built exclusively for Norfolk Southern.

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Nov 23, 2021

GE "ES44C4" Locomotives: Specs, Tractive Effort, Roster

The ES44C4 was an A1A-A1A road-switcher built exclusively for BNSF Railway as part of GE's Evolution Series. More than 1,000 were built between 2009-2015.

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Nov 23, 2021

Union Pacific's M-10000 Streamliner: Lounge, Interior, Photos

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.

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Nov 22, 2021

New Mexico Scenic Train Rides: A Complete Guide

Only two New Mexico train rides are open to the public although one is the incredibly successful and picturesque Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.

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Nov 21, 2021

GE "ES44DC" Locomotives: Specs, Data, Production Roster

The ES44DC was the DC traction version of GE's successful AC traction line (ES44AC). It was the final such model offered, selling 1,149 examples.

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Nov 21, 2021

Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Diesel Locomotive Roster, All-Time

A complete history of the Baltimore & Ohio's diesel locomotive roster. The B&O rostered examples from every major builder.

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Nov 21, 2021

Fallen Flag Railroads: Photos, Logos, And Histories

Featured here are detailed histories of more than 100 classic railroads, or "fallen flags," from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad to the small Monon.

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Nov 20, 2021

NS Heritage Units: List, Photos, And Background

Norfolk Southern's Heritage Program was launched in 2012 promoting 20 authentic paint schemes on its locomotives of by-gone railroads.

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Nov 19, 2021

C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 Locomotive: Status, Completion, Overview

Chesapeake & Ohio #1309 is a 2-6-6-2 compound Mallet built by Baldwin in 1949 for coal service. It is slated for restoration and operation.

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Nov 19, 2021

Milwaukee Road's "Arrow" (Train): Timetable, Schedule, Route

The Arrow was a secondary Milwaukee Road train serving Chicago and Omaha/Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Launched in the 192s it survived until 1967.

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Nov 18, 2021

Alco "RSD-1" Locomotives: Specs, Roster, Pictures, History

The RSD-1, the original six-axle road-switcher that came about due to a need by the U.S. Army.

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Nov 17, 2021

"North Woods Hiawatha" (Train): Consist, Timetable, Route

The North Woods Hiawatha was a secondary Milwaukee Road train serving northern Wisconsin. Launched in 1937 it lost its name in 1956.

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Nov 16, 2021

"Olympian Hiawatha" (Train): Consist, Schedule, Route, Timetable

The Olympian Hiawatha was Milwaukee Road's home-built streamliner that connected Chicago and Seattle debuting in 1947. It was canceled in 1961

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SteamLocomotive.com

Wes Barris's SteamLocomotive.com is simply the best web resource in the study of steam locomotives. 

The amount of information found there is quite staggering; historical backgrounds of wheel arrangements, types used by virtually every railroad, preserved and operational examples, and even those used in other countries (North America and beyond). 

It is difficult to truly articulate just how much material can be found at this website.  It is a must visit!



Researching Rights-Of-Way

A popular pastime for many is studying and/or exploring abandoned rights-of-way. 

Today, there are tens of thousands of miles scattered throughout the country.  Many were pulled up in the 1970's and 1980's although others were removed long before that. 

If you are researching active or abandoned corridors you might want to check out the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) Historical Topographic Map Explorer

It is an excellent resource with thousands of historic maps on file throughout the country.  Just type in a town or city and click on the timeline of maps at the bottom of the page!