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The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, or WMSR, operates a short stretch of line once owned by the railroad its named after. Today, it draws many visitors.
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.
Wayside signs have been in use since the early 1830s to let train crews know track speeds, yard approaches, and other important messages. Today, while different they remain important.
The Watco Companies is a short line conglomerate that has been in operation since 1983. To learn more about jobs and careers please click here.
The Trona Railway is a historic shortline dating back to 1913 to move potash and borax around Searles Lake, California. It is still in service today.
The turntable was once an important device found in most terminals to quickly and efficiently turn locomotives. The advent of diesel technology mostly eliminated the structure's need.
Tell-tales were once a very important device for the safety of brakeman traveling the tops of freight cars. Modern airbrakes ended this practice and the need for the structure.
Railroad tampers are maintenance machines that perform essentially two tasks, leveling the stone (ballast) and working it beneath the ties for a sound support system.
The Whitewater Valley Railroad is a tourist line located in southern Indiana operating a short stretch of former New York Central trackage since 1984.
The Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railway was an interurban road for years, growing to become one of Iowa's largest.
The Wellsville, Addison & Galeton was a classic shortline operation that dates to the 1950s, operating former B&O trackage in Pennsylvania and New York.
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.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is located in Roanoke. While it highlights all forms of transportation history its primary focus is highlighting railroads.
The Verde Canyon Railroad offers guests a trip through Arizona's spectacular Verde Canyon. They offer first class accommodations and several special events throughout the year.
The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway began as a small, timber line during the early 20th century and later transitioned to haul various freight. It shutdown in 1980.
The Terminal Railroad Association Of St. Louis, or TRRA, is a switching line that has been in operation since 1889 and today still functions in the same capacity.
Railroad ties, also known as cross ties or sleepers, are the track's primary support system. Today wood, concrete, or composites are the most common materials used.
The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo was a mid-sized system serving southern Ontario that dated to 1892. It became part of the CP in 1987.
The Southwest Chief is currently the longest single train operated from Chicago to Los Angeles with a history that dates to Santa Fe's Super Chief.
The Sugar Cane Train also known as the Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific Railroad was Hawaii's most popular tourist train that runs on a former sugar plantation.
The Strasburg Rail Road, located in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is the second-most popular tourist line in the country and the oldest still in operation. Its equipment truly harkens back to a bygone era and today it offers first class accommodations.
A brief history and current disposition of the Stewartstown Railroad, a short line located in Pennsylvania which has been in existence since 1884.
The Coast Starlight operates nearly the length of the west coast between Los Angeles and Seattle. The train is also one of the carrier's busiest with incredible scenery much of the way.
The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad is a large Class III, shortline that began service in 1986. Along with a wide range of freight services the railroad also hosts tourist trains.
The Lancaster & Chester Railway, also known as "The Springmaid Line," is a historic South Carolina shortline dating to 1896 connecting its namesake cities.
The Sand Springs Railway is a former interurban line based in Oklahoma that survived the industry's downfall during the 1920s and 1930s to become a successful freight hauler.
The Saint Paul Union Depot opened in 1923 built by Charles Frost for the Milwaukee Road. It has not seen rail service since 1971 although that is about to change.
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad's Spooner Excursion runs between between Spooner and Springbrook, Wisconsin. The company has steadily grown their tourist line since beginning in 1996 and today also host freight services.
An historical overview of the common railroad spike which fastens the rail to the tie via a tie-plate.
It all begins and ends with the railroad track. Its strength determines how much tonnage a single train can move. Learn about the history of this most important piece of equipment.