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Texas offers three top-notch excursions including the Texas State Railroad, Grapevine Railroad, and Austin Steam Train.
A close-up look at several Class III railroads, or "short lines." These systems are in vastly greater numbers today as Class Is continue to shed trackage.
Class II railroads, also referred to as "regionals," are the second-largest such companies within the industry. The information here covers most of these lines.
In railroad jargon, Class 1 railroads refer to the largest companies in the industry and all six in North America are highlighted here.
The 4-6-4 Hudson was developed by the NYC in the 1920s hence its name. Read more about its development and which lines used this type.
The 1950s was not a good decade. While diesel locomotives replaced steam passengers continued to leave and freight also declined as mileage shrank.
The Westinghouse Automatic Air Brake was one of the most important early advancements in railroad safety and operation, developed in the 1860s by George Westinghouse.
The SD70ACe series is a variant of the original SD70 and first released in 2003.
This article offers information regarding the organizations highlighting Christmas-themed train rides in Maryland.
This article highlights locations in Alabama which host Christmas-themed train rides.
The U25B burst on the scene in 1959, taking both Alco and EMD by surprise. It saw decent sales numbers and helped put Alco out of business by 1969.
The East Broad Top Railroad & Coal Company is a historic narrow-gauge coal-hauler dating to 1856 located in Pennsylvania.
The earliest Missouri railroads date back to the Pacific Railroad of 1849. The state's mileage peaked at over 8,000 in 1920 and today about 4,000 remains in use.
The SD90MAC was the pinnacle of the horsepower race with GE. Released in 1995 and rated at 6,000 horsepower it was riddled with issues.
Colorado has a rich history with railroads related to its legendary mining trade. As such, there are several heritage excursions and museums found there today. Learn more about Colorado train rides and railroad museums here.
The SD80MAC was a variant of the SD70 built in 1995 for Conrail. Only 30 were built with a rating of 5,000 horsepower.
The Kansas City Southern is the smallest Class I in terms of size and net earnings, carrying a history dating back to 1890.
The SD75M/SD75I models built during the 1990s as a spin-off to its successful SD70 line. More than 400 sold but did not seriously compete against leader GE.
An informational and educational resource guide covering American railroads. Learn more about what was like to experience America by rail.
The SD70 series was first introduced in 1992 and has been very successful for the builder, allowing it to remain competitive against GE.
The SD60 replaced the troubled SD50 in the mid-1980s. While it saw high sales the model could not restore the builder's dominance.
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.
The 2-8-0 was a highly successful steam design first developed just after the Civil War. As technologies improved the 2-8-0 became larger and more powerful.
The Colorado & Southern operated across the southwest from Colorado to Texas. It became part of the Burlington but retained its name through the 1980s.
Once upon a time Colorado railroads included everything from narrow-gauge mining railroads to several fallen flags. Learn about the state's history with trains here.
The 2-8-2 Mikado was a steam locomotive design developed in 1883 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works for the Japanese Railway, hence its name.
The U36C was the most powerful U-boat the company cataloged in the early 1970s. It was somewhat successful with sales reaching into the 200s.
The SD45 series was cataloged during the same time as the SD40 series. However, it featured an updated, 20-cylinder prime mover.
The SD40, SD40-2, and their variants were first released in 1966 and became an instant success with more than 5,000 manufactured.
The venerable Chicago Great Western Railway operated across the upper Midwest serving Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City.
The 4-10-2 Overland was a unique design used only by the Southern Pacific and Union Pacific, introduced in 1925. It proved to be rather unsuccessful.
Doodlebugs became a popular early motorized rail car used by the industry to reduce expenses associated with passenger operations on light branch lines. Most were retired by the 1960s.
The SD38 series cataloged for a decade starting in the late 1960s found few buyers although not due to reliability issues.
The 4-12-2 "Union Pacific" was named for the only railroad which operated the design. It first entered service in 1926 and remained so until the 1950s.
The NW2 was an early diesel switcher that was very popular due to its reliability and small size. More than 1,000 examples were sold.
The SD35 was an early second-generation road-switcher. It was the most powerful in EMD's catalog when released during the mid-1960s.
The New York Central, known as the "Water Level Route," was pieced together by Cornelius Vanderbilt and battled rival Pennsylvania for generations.
The legendary Super Chief was the flagship of the Santa Fe railroad and used the theme of the Southwest Native Americans. It disappeared upon the startup of Amtrak in 1971.
The SD24 was company's first second-generation model of the "Special Duty" series (six axles), first released in 1958.
The U18B was a late model U-boat released by GE, intended for specialized light duty service.
This page offers a railroad glossary and highlights the many different terms and descriptions of the industry.
The six-axle SD18 was a disappointment during a time when the company dominated the diesel market. Less than 100 were built.
The SD9 was the six-axle version of its popular and successful GP9. It proved the bestselling first-generation road-switcher EMD cataloged.
The SD7 was the builder's first six-axle road-switcher that debuted in 1952, a few years after the GP7.
The GP60 was cataloged during the late 1980s. It was the last four-axle road-switcher EMD offered.
The GP50 was a late model, and powerful Geep cataloged during the 1980s that saw few sales as railroads turned away from four-axle road-switchers.
The Olympian Hiawatha was Milwaukee Road's home-built streamliner that connected Chicago and Seattle debuting in 1947. It was canceled in 1961
The Reading Railroad known in later years by its slogan, "Bee Line Service," is historically remembered as a successful anthracite coal hauler.
The GP38 series continued the builder's dominance during the 1960s and 1970s as combined the three sold more than 3,000 examples.