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The BNSF Railway, today one of the largest railroads in the country behind only Union Pacific. Learn about its history, current operations, as well as predecessor lines which make up today's system.
Amtrak provides several regional services to complement its long-distance trains. Many are state-sponsored or subsidized and have become increasingly popular with commuters.
As the leaves begin to turn fall foliage train rides have become a popular way to see the vibrant colors. Find out where you can find these excursions here in 2020.
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 2020 (some year-round).
Here you can find a complete schedule regarding where Thomas The Train/Day Out With Thomas train rides will be operating for the 2020 year all around the country.
Looking for official Polar Express train rides in 2019? You can find them all the dates and locations here.
The city of Lindale, Georgia will soon be opening a new attraction, a railfan park which is expected to be finished by October or November, 2019. The town sits along Norfolk Southern's former Central of Georgia and Southern main lines.
The Central Railroad of New Jersey was a classic fallen flag that served its home state and eastern Pennsylvania. With a heavy dependence on anthracite coal the line went bankrupt in the 1970s.
The Canadian Pacific Railway is one of North America's oldest Class Is still in operation. Like rival CN, it services much of its home country as well as sections of the U.S. through mergers.
In railroad jargon, Class I railroads refer to the largest companies in the industry and all seven in North America are highlighted here.
The Great Northern Railway was the second company to reach Seattle doing so in 1893. It was part of the James Hill's vast empire. The GN disappeared into Burlington Northern in 1970.
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad served much of the Midwest and Texas. It helped kickoff the streamliner era in 1934 and was merged unto the Burlington Northern in 1970.
The Milwaukee Road, whose official name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific, was often regarded as the "Route of the Hiawathas." It dates to the mid-19th century and disappeared in 1985.
Railroad tycoons were titans of 19th and early 20th century American commerce who laid the foundation of the industry we still in regular service today. Read about several of them here.
Featured here are detailed histories of more than 100 classic railroads, or "fallen flags," from the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad to the small Monon.
Read about many of the most well known streamliners here and why the period of the 1930s to 1960s is often considered the "Silver Age" of rail travel.
Railroads in World War II were critical to winning the conflict and were prepared unlike with the World War I crisis. Unfortunately, the historic traffic numbers declined after the war.
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 Lehigh Valley Railroad dates as far back as 1853 and at its height connected Buffalo with eastern New Jersey. The Route of Black Diamond struggled after World War II and became part of Conrail.
"The 70 Year Train Ride," published in 2019, is authored by Frank Heppner detailing his life's adventures by rail. These trips were not exclusive to the United States as the professor has traveled around the world riding trains. A fascinating, comical, and engaging story you are sure to enjoy!
Union Pacific Big Boy 4014 is the latest star in the railroad's growing collection of heritage steam locomotives. It returned to active service on May 2, 2019.
The Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 "Big Boy" was designed by Alco and UP's Otto Jabelman to handle freight over the Wasatch Mountains. Today, several still survive.
The Transcisco Tours' "Sierra 49er Express" was a short-lived dinner train running between San Jose, California and Reno, Nevada between 1990-1991.
The Transcontinental Railroad's completion marked the first time in history the United States offered an efficient mode of transportation from coast-to-coast.
The New River Train was a seasonal excursion operated nearly every fall through West Virginia's New River Gorge from 1966-2018. Learn more about it here.
Boxcars have been an important piece of equipment for the railroad industry since the early days of the 19th century. Today, they are used for more specialized tasks than in years past.
Railroads in the 1930s saw a huge push to get passengers back to the rails through the introduction of the streamliner in 1934 on the UP and Burlington.
Pennsylvania Railroad's Horseshoe Curve is likely the most famous railroad engineering feat ever accomplished. Read about its history, construction, and use today by Norfolk Southern.
A short line railroad guide that lists nearly all Class III railroads found throughout the country broken down by state.
The Rocky Mountaineer is North America's most popular tourist train, offering upscale accommodations through the Canadian Rockies.