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May 18, 2022

EMD "SD50" Locomotives: Data, Photos, History & More

The SD50 was first produced in 1981 and the model proved to be the builder's downfall as it was plagued with engine and microprocessor problems.

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May 18, 2022

Arizona Railroads: Map, History, Abandoned Lines

Read about the history of Arizona railroads, the state's rail mileage over the years, its present-day relationship with trains, and much more.

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May 18, 2022

Southern Pacific's "Lark" (Train): Consist, Schedule, Route

The SP's Lark was its overnight streamlined, all-Pullman train running between Los Angeles and Oakland. It was discontinued in April, 1968.

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May 18, 2022

Southern Pacific's "Daylight" (Train): Consist, Locomotives

The Daylight was Southern Pacific first in an entire fleet of trains sporting a two-tone orange livery. It began in 1939 between San Francisco-Los Angeles.

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May 17, 2022

Southern Pacific's "Imperial" (Train): Consist, Schedule

The Imperial was a secondary Southern Pacific train that for many years operated between Los Angeles and Chicago by way of California's Imperial Valley. Remaining service ceased in 1967.

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May 16, 2022

Lima Locomotive Works: Location, Factory, Demolition

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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May 16, 2022

EMD "SW1000" Locomotives: Specifications, Photos, Roster

The SW1000 was a second-generation switcher model that used an updated prime mover and slightly different carbody.

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May 16, 2022

EMD "SW1001" Locomotives: Specifications, Photos, Roster

The SW1001 replaced the SW1000 to correct a design flaw with the carbody, which was not compatible in industrial settings.

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May 14, 2022

C&O's "The Chessie" Passenger Train (Streamliner)

The Chessie was the Chesapeake & Ohio's still-born, luxurious all-coach train to serve the Washington, D.C. - Cincinnati corridor.

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May 13, 2022

B&O's "Metropolitan Special" (Train): Timetable, Consist, Route

The B&O's Metropolitan Special played clean-up duty serving many intermediate stops between St. Louis and New York. It survived until Amtrak in 1971.

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May 12, 2022

Boston & Albany Railroad: Map, History, Photos

The Boston & Albany, with a heritage dating as far back as 1831, became an integral part of the New York Central offering direct service to Boston.

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May 12, 2022

Virginia & Truckee Railroad: Locomotives, History, Roster

The recently rebuilt Virginia & Truckee Railroad is a historic company that once helped with Nevada's Comstock Lode and today visitors can ride the line.

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May 10, 2022

Transcontinental Railroad: Map, Completion, Definition, Facts

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 10, 2022

Pennsylvania Station (NYC): Old, Demolition, Photos, History

Pennsylvania Station was one of the most breathtaking structures ever built in this country. It opened in 1910 and was razed in the 1960s, replaced by Madison Square Garden.

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May 10, 2022

Alco "RS36" Locomotives: Data Sheet, Roster, Photos

The RS36 was the last four-axle road switcher the manufacturer ever built. Learn where you can find preserved units today.

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May 09, 2022

Baldwin "DS-4-4-1000" Locomotives: Specs, Photos, Roster

The DS-4-4-1000 was one of the Baldwin's most successful diesel models it every produced, replacing the earlier VO-1000 in 1946.

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May 09, 2022

EMD "SW900" Locomotives: Specifications, Photos, Roster

The SW900 began a new numbering designation for EMD's switcher line. This particular model was relatively successful.

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May 08, 2022

Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad: Map, Roster, Photos

The Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, affectionately remembered as the Ma & Pa, served Baltimore and points north. In 1999 it became the York Railway.

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May 06, 2022

Baldwin "AS-416" Locomotives: Specs, Photos, Roster

The AS416 was one of Baldwin's final four-axle road-switchers. It sold very poorly although a few of these rare units remain preserved today.

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May 06, 2022

C&NW's "Dakota 400" (Train): Timetable, Schedule, Consist

The Dakota 400 was a late addition to the C&NW's fleet of 400s, inaugurated in 1950. Serving South Dakota, it was discontinued in 1963 as rail patronage declined.

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May 05, 2022

"San Joaquin Daylight" (Train): Consist, Schedule, Photos

Southern Pacific's San Joaquin Daylight operated the same routing as the original, between San Francisco and Oakland, debuting in 1941.

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May 03, 2022

Michigan Central Railroad: Map, Logo, Timetables, History

The Michigan Central was a 1,700-mile system which served much of Michigan and Buffalo via southern Ontario. It became part of the New York Central.

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May 03, 2022

EMD "SW8" Locomotives: Specifications, Photos, Roster

The SW8 produced in 1950 followed the SW7. Virtually identical, the SW8 was less powerful and utilized an upgraded version of the model 567 prime mover.

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May 01, 2022

Polar Express Train Rides (2022): Locations, Dates, Schedules

Looking for official Polar Express train rides in 2022? You can find them all the dates and locations here.

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Apr 30, 2022

EMD "AB6" Locomotives (Rock Island): Specs, Photos, Roster

The AB6 was a unique version of its E6 design that utilized a cabless B unit , which was retrofitted as an A for use on the Rock Island's Rocky Mountain Rocket.

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Apr 28, 2022

EMD "SW9" Locomotives: Specifications, Photos, Roster

The SW9 was built at the same time as the SW8 and, likely due to its increased horsepower, saw very nice sales that neared 1,000 units.

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Apr 28, 2022

Union Pacific #3985: Top Speed, Status, Schedule, Whistle

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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Apr 26, 2022

North Shore Line Railroad: Map, Schedule, Abandonment

The Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee was another of Chicago's well remembered interurbans.

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Apr 26, 2022

Southern Pacific's "Owl" (Train): Consist, Schedule, Route

The Owl was a secondary, overnight Southern Pacific train serving the San Francisco/Oakland to Los Angeles corridor. It was launched in the late 19th century and discontinued during the 1960s.

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Apr 25, 2022

"Morning Hiawatha" (Train): Schedule, Timetable, Consist

The Morning Hiawatha was a new, ultra-fast streamliner the Milwaukee Road launched during early 1939 between Chicago and the Twin Cities.

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