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Jul 11, 2019

World War II Railroads, The 1940s

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.

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Jun 10, 2019

Railroad History

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.

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Jun 10, 2019

Lehigh Valley Railroad

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.

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May 28, 2019

The 70 Year Train Ride

"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!

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May 22, 2019

Railroad Tycoons

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.

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May 13, 2019

Union Pacific 4014

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.

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May 13, 2019

Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy

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.

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May 11, 2019

Transcisco Tours: Sierra 49er Express

The Transcisco Tours' "Sierra 49er Express" was a short-lived dinner train running between San Jose, California and Reno, Nevada between 1990-1991.

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May 10, 2019

Transcontinental Railroad

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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May 03, 2019

New River Train

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.

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May 03, 2019

Boxcars

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.

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May 02, 2019

Dinner Train Rides 2019

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).

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Apr 30, 2019

1930s Railroads, The Streamliner Era

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.

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Apr 25, 2019

Horseshoe Curve

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.

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Apr 23, 2019

A Short Line Railroad Guide

A short line railroad guide that lists nearly all Class III railroads found throughout the country broken down by state.

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Apr 23, 2019

Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is North America's most popular tourist train, offering upscale accommodations through the Canadian Rockies.

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Apr 15, 2019

American Orient Express

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.

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Apr 15, 2019

John Bull Locomotive

The John Bull was a British steam locomotive built for use on the Camden & Amboy in 1831. Today, it is preserved at the Smithsonian Institution and still in operable condition.

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Apr 11, 2019

United States Railroad Administration (USRA)

The United States Railroad Administration (USRA) oversaw operation of the nation's rail network during World War I. Provided here is a brief history.

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Apr 07, 2019

Easter Train Rides, 2019 Schedule And Dates

Provided here is a list of museums and tourist railroads that offer Easter train rides, including schedules and dates in 2019.

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Apr 05, 2019

Empire Builder

The Empire Builder was Great Northern's flagship train between Chicago and Seattle that began service in 1929. It survives today under Amtrak.

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Apr 01, 2019

Railroads In The 1910s

Railroads during the 1910s, the period from 1910-1920, was a pivotal time witnessing record mileage and federal takeover during World War I.

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Mar 31, 2019

Chepe Express

The Chepe Express is a new first class train ride launched in 2018 which travels through Mexico's beautiful Copper Canyon. Learn more about it here.

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Mar 30, 2019

Railroads In World War I

Railroads in World War I were nationalized by the federal government in 1917 to maintain fluid operations. They were returned to private ownership in 1920.

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Mar 25, 2019

Railroads In The 20th Century, The 1900s

Railroads in the 20th century continued to build new track until roughly 1920 and the first decade of the 20th century saw new government oversight of the industry.

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Mar 25, 2019

Sierra Madre Express

The Sierra Madre Express was a tourist train providing long distance rides through Mexico's beautiful Copper Canyon. Service ended in 2009.

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Mar 23, 2019

Rail Tours

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.

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Mar 13, 2019

Wabtec Freight

Wabtec Freight was formed on February 25, 2019 through the merger of GE Transportation and Wabtec. The company will produce GE's successful locomotive line.

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Mar 12, 2019

Locomotives

What are locomotives? In this article we explore that question as well as the various types, their history, and purpose in general railroad applications. In essence, the locomotive powers a train.

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Mar 11, 2019

1890s Railroads, Safety And Steel

The railroad industry during the 1890s continued to see growth and expansion as it entered its Golden Age. Trains were becoming larger and heavier with more and more amenities offered.

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