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The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was a very profitable southern line that connected Richmond with southern Florida. In 1967 it was merged into the Seaboard Coast Line.
The Western Maryland honored its slogan well as the Fast Freight Line. It connected Baltimore with Connellsville and Elkins.
The West Virginia Northern Railroad or WVN was a small coal hauler located around Kingwood which connected with the Baltimore & Ohio.
The Rutland Railroad served its home state of Vermont for nearly 120 years. It shut down in 1961 after a labor strike.
The Reading Railroad known in later years by its slogan, "Bee Line Service," is historically remembered as a successful anthracite coal hauler.
The Alaska Railroad. Learn about the history of the ARR, how it came to be formed, and what its future looks like.
A detailed history of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, better known as the "Santa Fe."
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 Milwaukee Road, whose official name was the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific, dates to the mid-19th century and disappeared in 1985.
The Railway Express Agency was the UPS or FedEx of its day, the very best way to ship goods and parcels many years ago.
The Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway connected Connellsville and Pittsburgh Junction, Ohio. It operated as part of the Alphabet Route.
The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie was created by William McCreery in 1875 and connected Pittsburgh with Youngstown. It was a long-time division of New York Central.
The Penn Central Transportation Company was a railroad created through the mergers of the NYC, PRR, and New Haven. It failed almost immediately.
The Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines was owned by the PRR and Reading railroads and served primarily as a commuter line for southern New Jersey, a role it still serves today.
Electro-Motive Diesel, formerly General Motors' Electro-Motive Division, was historically one of the most successful builders of diesel locomotives.
The New York, Ontario & Western was a regional system linking Weehawken, New Jersey with Scranton, Pennsylvania and Oswego, New York. It shutdown in 1957.
The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (New Haven) served New England for nearly 150 years before disappearing into Penn Central and later Conrail in 1976.
The Union Pacific Railroad was created in 1862 through the Pacific Railroad Act to build the Transcontinental Railroad. Today, it survives and is the largest Class I in the country.
The Missouri Pacific was a large Midwestern that carried a long history of financial difficulty until later years.
Seaboard Air Line's slogan,"Through The Heart Of The South," fit the line well as it connected Virginia, Alabama, and Florida.
The Canadian Pacific Railway is one of North America's oldest Class Is still in operation and the oldest in its home country.
The Canadian National Railway has been in operation since the World War I era and today remains one of the seven North American Class I systems.
The Boston & Maine, whose slogan long read "Route Of The Minute Man," was an important New England line for more than 180 years.
The Bangor & Aroostook served its home state of Maine. Chartered in 1891 it fell into bankruptcy in 2003. Today, remnants of the system are still operated.
The Great Northern Railway was the second company to reach Seattle doing so in 1893. It was part of the James Hill's vast empire.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas, better known as the "Katy," was a southern Midwest line that connected St. Louis with much of east Texas.
The Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad was a classic shortline in the West Virginia hills that is fondly remembered by railfans.
The Delaware & Hudson Railway, which began as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, was a classic carrier that even predated the Baltimore & Ohio.
The BNSF Railway is the nation's second-largest system, behind only Union Pacific.
The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western (DL&W) operated from Buffalo to Hoboken, New Jersey and is remembered as another of the classic anthracite lines.