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Feb 02, 2023

Kentucky Dinner Train Rides (2023)

Enjoy dinner by train in Appalachia at three different locations in Kentucky, including the popular "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train."

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Feb 02, 2023

Monon Railroad (Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville)

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The Monon Railroad (Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville Railway) was an Indiana institution whose moniker, "The Hoosier Line," suited it well.

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Feb 02, 2023

Oregon Dinner Train Rides (2023)

In Oregon you can find two locations offering food service during a short train ride; the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad and Mt Hood Railroad. Learn more here.

Continue reading "Oregon Dinner Train Rides (2023)"

Feb 01, 2023

Railroad Jobs In Vermont

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Its striking that so many railroads operate in such a small state. You can locate potential Vermont railroad jobs amongst the nine lines serving the state by visiting this page.

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Jan 31, 2023

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: Locomotive Roster & Events

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum has been preserving southern rail history for more than 50 years now. Besides excursions it also works with Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam Program.

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Jan 31, 2023

Alco "FA" Locomotives

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Learn about the history of the Alco FA and why it proved popular with railfans more so than with railroads.

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Jan 31, 2023

Plymouth Locomotive Works

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A brief history of the Plymouth Locomotive Works, the largest manufacturer of small diesel-electric and gasoline locomotives.

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Jan 31, 2023

General Motors Diesel Division, Ltd. (GMDD)

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General Motors Diesel, Ltd. became EMD's Canadian division formed in 1949 with a plant in London, Ontario. It built locomotives until 2012 when new ownership closed the facility.

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Jan 31, 2023

Milwaukee Road (Railroad)

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The Milwaukee Road, whose official name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific, dates to the mid-19th century and disappeared in 1985.

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Jan 30, 2023

Whitcomb Locomotive Company

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The Whitcomb Locomotive Works was an early manufacturer that to 1892 building mining equipment. It was acquired by Baldwin and remained in business until 1952.

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Jan 30, 2023

Canadian Locomotive Company

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The Canadian Locomotive Company, or CLC, was a long-time manufacturer dating back to the 19th century. It is best remember as an arm of Fairbanks Morse.

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Jan 30, 2023

Montreal Locomotive Works

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The Montreal Locomotive Works, or MLW, was a Canadian manufacturer of locomotives that was acquired by Alco. It ceased production in 1985.

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Jan 30, 2023

"21st Century Steam Program" (NS): Locomotives, Cars, Photos

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The 21st Century Steam Program was an initiative launched by Norfolk Southern in 2011 showcasing historic steam locomotives in operation along its system pulling special excursions during the year.

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Jan 30, 2023

4-12-2 "Union Pacific" Locomotives

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The 4-12-2 "Union Pacific" was named for the only railroad which operated the design. It first entered service in 1926 and remained so until the 1950s.

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Jan 30, 2023

Baltimore & Ohio 2-8-8-0 Locomotives: Specs, Photos, Roster

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Baltimore & Ohio's Class EL was a large fleet of 2-8-8-0's it acquired for heavy drag service along the West End.

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Jan 30, 2023

2-8-8-0 Locomotives: History, Pictures, Information

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The 2-8-8-0 Consolidation Mallet was first put into service by the Santa Fe as an experimentation of a basic Consolidation in 1911.

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Jan 30, 2023

2-8-8-2 "Chesapeake" Locomotives

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The 2-8-8-2 wheel arrangement, also known as Chesapeakes, were a powerful Mallet steam locomotive design first introduced in 1909.

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Jan 30, 2023

B&O's 2-6-6-4 Locomotives: Specs, Roster, Photos

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Baltimore & Ohio's Class KB-1 2-6-6-4s were actualy former Seaboard Air Line units it acquired in the late 1940s to fill a power shortage.

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Jan 30, 2023

B&O's 2-6-6-2 Locomotives: Specs, Roster, Photos

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Baltimore and Ohio's fleet of 2-6-6-2s, listed as Class KK by the railroad, were a batch of former BR&P locomotives it acquired during the 1930s.

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Jan 30, 2023

2-6-6-2 "Mallet" Locomotives: History, Images, Inventor

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The 2-6-6-2 wheel arrangement was a steam locomotive type designed for many purposes from logging operations to main line service and was used by many railroads.

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Jan 30, 2023

N&W 2-6-6-2 Locomotives (Class Z)

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Norfolk & Western Class Z 2-6-6-2's included a fleet of Mallets the railroad used in drag service beginning in 1912. Some remained in use until the 1950s.

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Jan 30, 2023

"Stourbridge Lion" Locomotive (Honesdale, PA): Engine, Images

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The Stourbridge Lion is enshrined in railroad history as the first steam locomotive to operate in the United States during August, 1829.

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Jan 30, 2023

"John Bull" Steam Locomotive (1831): Smithsonian, History

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The John Bull was a British steam locomotive built for use on New Jersey's Camden & Amboy in 1831. Today, it is preserved at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Jan 30, 2023

"DeWitt Clinton" (Train): Locomotive, Invention, Photos

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The DeWitt Clinton was an early steam locomotive, the third ever built for use America when it entered service in August, 1831 on the Mohawk & Hudson.

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Jan 29, 2023

Scenic Dinner Train Rides: A Complete Guide (2023)

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Dinner trains have become a popular attraction in recent years. Here, you can find dates and locations for these events in 2022.

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Jan 29, 2023

Michigan Dinner Train Rides (2023)

Michigan is home to two heritage railroads which offer dinner train experiences, the Adrian & Blissfield and Coopersville & Marne. Learn more about them here.

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Jan 29, 2023

Sportsman (Train): Schedule, Route, Accommodations

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The Sportsman was a Michigan service thanks to the C&O's ownership of the Pere Marquette serving Detroit and Newport News. It began in 1930 and was dropped entirely in 1971.

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Jan 29, 2023

Ann Arbor Railroad: Map, Car Ferries, Locomotive Roster

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The historic Ann Arbor Railroad has served Michigan for more than 100 years despite many twists and turns. Today, most of the original route is still in use.

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Jan 28, 2023

Lima Locomotive Works: Location, Factory, Demolition

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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.

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Jan 28, 2023

Davenport Locomotive Works (USA)

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The Davenport Locomotive Works was a manufacturer of small switchers based in Iowa. It dated to 1904 and was eventually bought out by the Canadian Locomotive Company in 1955.

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Jan 28, 2023

Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 #3985: Restoration, Status, Overview

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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.

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Jan 28, 2023

Southern Pacific #4449 "Daylight": Schedule, Whistle, Train

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Southern Pacific #4449 is a 4-8-4 classified as its Golden States or GS Class. Today, the locomotive is restored and wears the railroad's Daylight livery.

Continue reading "Southern Pacific #4449 "Daylight": Schedule, Whistle, Train"

Jan 28, 2023

Pere Marquette #1225: Polar Express, Top Speed, Whistle

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Pere Marquette 1225 is a 2-8-4 Berkshire, once part of the railroad's Class N. Its well known today for its role in the Polar Express movie.

Continue reading "Pere Marquette #1225: Polar Express, Top Speed, Whistle"

Jan 28, 2023

Norfolk & Western #1218

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Norfolk & Western #1218 is an incredibly powerful and fast 2-6-6-4. Today, it is on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

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Jan 28, 2023

Nickel Plate Road #765: Whistle, Schedule, Excursions

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Nickel Plate Road 765 is a 2-8-4 Berkshire. Today, it is owned and operated by the Fort Wayne Railway Historical Society.

Continue reading "Nickel Plate Road #765: Whistle, Schedule, Excursions"

Jan 28, 2023

Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261: Schedule, Whistle, Pictures

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Milwaukee Road #261 is a 4-8-4 locomotive part of its S-3 Class built by Alco in 1943. Today, it is in owned by the Friends Of The 261.

Continue reading "Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261: Schedule, Whistle, Pictures"

Jan 28, 2023

"Jawn Henry" Locomotive (Norfolk & Western)

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Norfolk & Western's Jawn Henry was an experimental steam turbine locomotive built in 1954. It proved problematic and troublesome and was scrapped by 1957.

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Jan 28, 2023

"The General" 4-4-0 Steam Locomotive

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The 4-4-0 General was a steam locomotive made famous in the Great Locomotive Chase of the Civil War. Today, it is preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.

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Jan 28, 2023

C&O 2-6-6-2 #1309 Locomotive

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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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Jan 28, 2023

2-10-4 "Texas" Locomotives

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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.

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Jan 28, 2023

4-6-0 "Ten-Wheeler" Locomotives

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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.

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Jan 28, 2023

Southern Ps4 Locomotives (4-6-2): Whistle, #1401, Images

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Southern Railway's Ps4 class was a group 4-6-2's used in passenger service, often recognized for their beauty. Today, one is preserved at the Smithsonian.

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Jan 28, 2023

4-6-2 "Pacific" Locomotives

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The 4-6-2 was a steam locomotive first developed in the early 1900s and became widely used in passenger service for many railroads.

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Jan 28, 2023

Mallet Locomotives: Images, Inventor, Information

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The Mallet was a unique steam locomotive design developed by Anatole Mallet that utilized two boilers.

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Jan 28, 2023

4-6-4 "Hudson" Locomotives

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The 4-6-4 Hudson was developed by the NYC in the 1920s hence its name. Read more about its development and which lines used this type.

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Jan 28, 2023

Climax Locomotives (Corry, PA): Drawings, Images, Survivors

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The Climax was a geared steam locomotive designed by Charles Scott in 1884. It ultimately became quite successful and was a serious competitor to the Shay.

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Jan 28, 2023

Geared Steam Locomotives: Shay, Heisler, Climax

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Geared steam locomotives vary from standard rod-driven designs by using gears for propulsion. Read about the different models and how they were developed.

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Jan 28, 2023

2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives

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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.

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Jan 28, 2023

Spokane, Portland & Seattle #700: Locomotive, History

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Spokane, Portland & Seattle #700 is a 4-8-4 locomotive built during the 1930s. The Northern was later restored in the 1980s and now calls Portland home.

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  1. Kentucky Dinner Train Rides (2023)

    Feb 02, 23 03:58 PM

    Enjoy dinner by train in Appalachia at three different locations in Kentucky, including the popular "My Old Kentucky Dinner Train."

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