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The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, or GSMR, is located in western North Carolina and offers some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains to be found anywhere!
The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway operates in upstate Georgia through the mountains its named after. Its line was once owned by the L&N and offers spectacular scenery.
Jay Gould became one of the most powerful and ruthless railroad tycoons owning numerous lines and constantly fighting against Cornelius Vanderbilt. His estate was worth millions when he passed away.
Cornelius Vanderbilt who was famously known as the Commodore is also the best remembered railroad tycoon creating the NYC lines through shrewd business tactics.
The Marquette/Varsity was a secondary named Milwaukee train serving Mason City, Iowa and Chicago. It first launched in 1927 and survived until 1971.
The Butte Special was a secondary Union Pacific train serving Salt Lake City and Butte, Montana. Incredibly, it survived on the railroad's timetable until Amtrak began on May 1, 1971.
The San Diegan was the Santa Fe's popular regional service over the Surf Line between Los Angeles and San Diego. Inaugurated during the late 1930s it survived into Amtrak, retired in 2000.
The Grand Canyon was part of Santa Fe's transcontinental fleet between Chicago and Los Angeles, which honored the national park. It was discontinued in 1971
The San Francisco Chief was a late entrant to the Santa Fe's fleet of "Chiefs," launched during the mid-1950s between Chicago and its home city. The train survived until Amtrak.
The Shoreland/Valley 400 was an early 1940s addition to the C&NW fleet that served the popular Chicago-Green Bay corridor. It remained in service until the 1970s.
The Peninsula 400 was added to the C&NW's fleet during 1942 following the arrival of new equipment. It became one of the railroad's most popular and its routing survived until the start of Amtrak.
The Kate Shelley 400 was added to the C&NW's fleet in 1955 following the discontinuance of through City service with Union Pacific. The train survived until Amtrak.
The Flambeau 400 was a late addition to the C&NW's fleet, inaugurated in 1950 between Ashland and Chicago. It was discontinued in early 1971.
The Duluth-Superior Limited served its namesake cities via Chicago and was a long-time C&NW train dating to the early 20th century. It was discontinued during the late 1950s.
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.
The Ashland Limited as a secondary Chicago & North Western train serving the Upper Midwest, terminating in Chicago. It operated from the early 20th century through the 1960s.
The Southerner was another of Southern's premier trains serving New York and New Orleans thanks to help from the PRR. It began service in 1941 and disappeared in 1970.
The Skyland Special was one of several secondary trains operated by the Southern. It served the Asheville to Jacksonville market, surviving until the late 1950s.
The Kansas City-Florida Special was one of the Southern's Midwest to Deep South trains operated in conjunction with the Frisco. The train was canceled during the 1960s.
The Carolina Special was one of the Southern's first-class trains operating out of Cincinnati and serving points in the Carolinas via Asheville. It surived until 1968.
The Sunland was another of the Seaboard Air Line's secondary Floridian trains. After several name changes it survived until the early years of Seaboard Coast Line.
The Palmland was a secondary Seaboard Air Line train running a slow schedule between New York and Miami. Its name survived until Amtrak.
The Norfolk & Western Class K included its 4-8-2's, utilized in both freight and passenger service. Most survived until the late 1950s.
The J Class was the famous fleet of 4-8-4's built by the Norfolk & Western between 1941 and 1950 for passenger service. Today, #611 survives.
The Birmingham Special was often regarded as one of the Southern's top-tier trains connecting Washington with Birmingham, Alabama. It survied as a named train until 1970.
The Vacationer was a late-established seasonal Atlantic Coast Line train running between the Northeast and Miami. It was the earliest to be cut, canceled in the mid-1950s.
The Palmetto was a secondary Atlantic Coast Line train operating between New York and Savannah, Georgia. Established in the ealry 1940s it survived until 1968.
The Miamian was a seasonal Atlantic Coast Line train operating between New York and Miami. It was discontinued in the early 1960s.
The Gulf Coast Special was a secondary ACL day train providing service between New York and western Florida. It survived until Amtrak.
The Florida Special was Atlantic Coast Line's popular season train running between New York and Miami. It survived until 1968.