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Aug 19, 2018

Tourist Train Rides/Scenic Railroads

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 16, 2018

Brotherhood Of Locomotive Engineers And Trainmen

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) is one of the oldest railroad unions in the country with history tracing back to the 1850s.

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Aug 16, 2018

Water Tank

The water tank was once a vital structure located along a rail line providing water for steam locomotives until the mid-20th century.

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Aug 16, 2018

Tell-Tales

Tell-tales were once a very important device for the safety of brakeman traveling the tops of freight cars. Modern airbrakes ended this practice and the need for the structure.

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Aug 16, 2018

Mars Light

The Mars Light was a safety device developed during the 1930s by Jerry Kennelly that oscillated to warn bystanders.

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Aug 16, 2018

Couplers

Couplers have been a small, albeit important part of the railroad industry since its earliest days, connecting cars and locomotives together. Today, the knuckle coupler is the standard type in use.

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Aug 16, 2018

Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake

The Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake was one of the most important early advancements in railroad safety and operation, developed in the 1860s by George Westinghouse.

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Aug 16, 2018

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, or WMSR, operates a short stretch of line once owned by the railroad its named after. Today, it draws many visitors.

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Aug 16, 2018

Mount Washington Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the first such system to ever operate in the United States, opening in 1868. It remains a popular attraction to this day.

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Aug 09, 2018

Gandy Dancer

The gandy dancer was a slang term used to describe section gangs, railroad men who performed the physical task of the tracks maintained.

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Aug 09, 2018

Cass Scenic Railroad

The Cass Scenic Railroad is home to the largest collection of operating Shay locomotives in the world and is one of West Virginia's premier tourist attractions.

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Aug 09, 2018

Christmas/Holiday Train Rides

Here you can learn about available dates in 2018 for Christmas/Holiday train rides, not associated with official The Polar Express excursions.

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Aug 07, 2018

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train is operated by RJ Corman and located in Bardstown. Dress is always formal and the meals are first-class, it is quite an experience!

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Aug 06, 2018

Great Railroad Strike Of 1877

The Great Railroad Strike Of 1877 was a semi-spontaneous movement aimed at restoring a wage cut which began on July 26, 1877 along the Baltimore & Ohio. While the movement ultimately failed it spawned a labor uprising which led to the contemporary unions of today.

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Aug 05, 2018

Virginia Museum Of Transportation

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is located in Roanoke. While it highlights all forms of transportation history its primary focus is highlighting railroads.

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Aug 05, 2018

Western Pacific Railroad Museum

The Western Pacific Railroad Museum is located in Portola, California and offers the best collection of preserved WP equipment anywhere.

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Aug 05, 2018

Steamtown National Historic Site

The Steamtown National Historic Site is operated by the National Park Service and located in Scranton. Its history dates to the 1960s and today offers a wide collection of equipment to see.

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Aug 05, 2018

Railroad Museum Of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania offers an fine collection of restored equipment that focuses mostly on the state's history with trains. Having the popular Strasburg Railroad nearby also helps!

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Aug 05, 2018

North Carolina Transportation Museum

The North Carolina Transportation Museum (NCTM) located in Spencer at the Southern's former shop complex and roundhouse there is a fabulous facility. You can even catch train rides!

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Aug 05, 2018

North Alabama Railroad Museum

The North Alabama Railroad Museum is one of the state's largest focused on preserving the region's rail history. They also offer train rides.

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Aug 05, 2018

Railroads, America By Rail

An informational and educational resource guide covering American railroads. Learn more about what was like to experience America by rail. Included are topics covering everything from the classic fallen flags to locomotives.

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Aug 05, 2018

New York Museum of Transportation

The New York Museum of Transportation is located in Rochester and while it focuses generally on state's history with mechanized travel it has several pieces of railroad equipment as well.

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Aug 05, 2018

National Railroad Museum

The National Railroad Museum, or NRM for short, is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin and was first launched in 1956. Today, it is recognized by Congress and has an impressive collection of equipment.

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Aug 05, 2018

Kentucky Railway Museum

The Kentucky Railway Museum (KRM) is the state's largest and most popular such facility. It does a wonderful job keeping alive its railroad heritage and offers excursion rides throughout the year!

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Aug 05, 2018

Izaak Walton Inn

The Izaak Walton Inn located In Essex, Montana is a historic hotel that was built by the GN to house employees. Read about its history and plan your own visit.

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Aug 05, 2018

Indiana Transportation Museum

The Indiana Transportation Museum is the state's largest such facility and attempts to keep alive the region's rail history through interactive displays and a large collection of rolling stock.

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Aug 05, 2018

Illinois Railway Museum

The Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) is the largest such organization in the country located in Union. It began preserving trolley cars and today has a massive collection of rolling stock.

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Aug 05, 2018

Galveston Railroad Museum

The Galveston Railroad Museum is a popular attraction located along the Gulf coast in its home city. Damaged by Hurricane Ike it has made nearly a full recovery with lots to see.

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Aug 05, 2018

California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum (CSRM) is one of the largest such facilities in the country. If you have a chance you should definitely stop by for a visit!

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Aug 05, 2018

Conrail

Conrail, short for the Consolidated Rail Corporation, was a government creation to save the Northeastern rail network in the 1970s. Read about the fascinating history of this company.

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