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Railroads in the Civil War were critical to both sides during the conflict. Learn how new technologies were developed and expansion continued afterward.
Interested in learning much more about out nation's railroad history as well who invented the railroad and when? You can do so here, from the earliest years in the 1820s through today.
The 1870s saw the railroad industry expanded westward and reach California, greatly opening the country to economic development, as well as achieve a standard gauge.
The American Orient Express was an ultra-luxurious private passenger train that operated from 1994 until 2008 in conjunction with Amtrak. It featured different routes for maximum scenic views; unfortunately, the 2007 recession forced its closure the following year.
Dinner train rides have become a popular excursions in recent years. Here, you can learn which railroads operate them and when these special trains run in 2019 (some year-round).
Railroads in the 1880s saw the country's rail network push past 100,000 miles, heavier trains, and further growth in the western states.
Milwaukee Road's boxcabs, officially listed as Class EF-1 and EP-1, were the first electrics used by the railroad in 1915 and built by GE and Alco. They saw service for nearly 60 years until 1974.
The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad began operating a steam locomotive on an old stretch of track in West Virginia. Today, it also operates the West Virginia Central as well as shortlines.
Wisconsin train rides include a varying degree of excursions from trolleys to steam locomotives and even dinner trains aboard the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad.
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.
The West Virginia Central Railroad, or WVC, is a state-owned line using former Western Maryland trackage around Elkins. It is operated by the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley, maintaing both freight and passenger service.
West Virginia train rides offer guests scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains among four different excursions including the popular Cass Scenic Railroad. Rural railroading defines the Mountain State. Learn more about train rides in WV here.
While there are others Texas train rides offer three top-notch excursions from the Texas State Railroad, Grapevine Railroad, and Austin Steam Train all three of which feature steam locomotives!
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!
Tennessee train rides showcase perhaps the best views of Appalachia one can find anywhere aboard the Three Rivers Rambler, Tennessee Valley Railroad, and others. This guide provides complete coverage of train rides in TN.
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.
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 has a rich and long-standing history with railroads dating back to the 1820s. To learn more about all available train rides in PA please visit this page.
There are currently two Oklahoma train rides available to choose from, excursions hosted by the state railroad museum and freight operator Farmrail.
Most of the Ohio train rides available to the public are small in nature. However, the state is home to the very popular Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Byesville Scenic, and Hocking Valley Scenic.
Vermont train rides offer visitors incredible views of New England. These trips are hosted by the Green Mountain Railroad, a division of the Vermont Railway. Also be sure to visit the state's few railroad museums.
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.
If you are interested in Utah train rides the Heber Valley Railroad is not only the only option but also one of America's hidden gems! Also be sure to visit the sate's railroad museums, most notably the Golden Spike National Historic Site.
Looking for official Polar Express train rides in 2019? You can find them all the dates and locations here.
Although more than 52% of the state's railroads are abandoned today, there are train rides available in South Dakota! In addition, a museum in Hill City, home of the Black Hills Central Railroad, offers displays and artifacts to peruse.
The Cavalier State enjoys a rich railroading heritage. Unfortunately, Virginia train rides are few; only the Buckingham Branch Railroad offers public excursions. However, there are several museums available to visit!
You may be surprised to learn that, despite its small size, there are Rhode Island train rides available to the public. These public excursions include the Newport Dinner Train and Old Colony & Newport Railway. Learn more about each here.
Unfortunately, North Dakota train rides are few. Only the Fort Lincoln Trolley offers such trips. The state is also home to handful of museums, the most notable of which is the North Dakota State Railroad Museum in Mandan.
There are not many Arkansas train rides available although the Arkansas & Missouri offers an incredible experience! The state's history with trains can be traced back to the 1850's and peaked with more than 5,000 miles.
North Carolina train rides offer many restored steam locomotives to see in action and plenty of scenery. The information here provides complete coverage of train rides in NC, from the Tweetsie Railroad to the New Hope Valley Railway.