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Mar 01, 2024

D&H Timetables (January, 1930)

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Presented here is the Delaware & Hudson's public timetables from the January, 1930 edition of the "Official Guide."

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Mar 01, 2024

The "Southerner" (Train)

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The Southerner was another of Southern's premier trains serving New York and New Orleans thanks to help from the PRR.

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Mar 01, 2024

Western Pacific Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is Western Pacific's brief timetable listing from the August, 1952 issue of the "Official Guide."

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Mar 01, 2024

B&O 4-8-2 Locomotives (Class T)

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Baltimore & Ohio's fleet of 4-8-2's (Class T) were used in heavy passenger service and occasionally on freight assignments.

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Mar 01, 2024

The "Cleveland Limited" (Train)

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The Cleveland Limited was a long-running New York Central train serving New York and its home city. It disappeared in 1967.

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Feb 29, 2024

Coaling Towers (Railroad)

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Coaling towers were once an incredibly important structure to railroads, basically early fueling stations that kept steam locomotives fed and running.

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Feb 29, 2024

The "Manhattan Limited" (Train)

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The Manhattan Limited was a secondary, slower-schedule train serving New York and Chicago. It remained in service until the start of Amtrak.

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Feb 29, 2024

Lake Erie, Franklin & Clarion Railroad

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The Lake Erie, Franklin & Clarion was a small short line located in Pennsylvania that began in the lumber business and later handled coal. It shutdown in 1992.

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Feb 29, 2024

Rutland Timetables (January, 1930)

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Presented here is the Rutland's public timetables from the January, 1930 issue of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 29, 2024

Steam Turbine Locomotives

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The steam turbine locomotive was an experimental design tested in the 1930s by several railroads as an alternative to diesels with names like the Jawn Henry.

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Feb 29, 2024

"Jawn Henry" Locomotive (Norfolk & Western)

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Norfolk & Western's Jawn Henry was an experimental steam turbine locomotive built in 1954. It proved problematic and troublesome and was scrapped by 1957.

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Feb 29, 2024

Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines (PRSL)

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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.

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Feb 29, 2024

PRSL Timetables (September, 1937)

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Presented below is the Pennsyvlania-Reading Seashore Lines' public timetables from the September, 1937 issue of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 29, 2024

Norfolk & Western #1218

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Norfolk & Western #1218 is an incredibly powerful and fast 2-6-6-4. Today, it is on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.

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Feb 29, 2024

Baldwin "AS-16" Locomotives

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The Baldwin AS-16 began a new line of road-switcher for the builder in the early 1950s and proved relatively successful in comparison to other models.

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Feb 28, 2024

Western Maryland Timetables (August, 1952)

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Western Maryland's public timetables presented in the August, 1952 issue of "The Official Guide Of The Railways."

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Feb 28, 2024

Durham & Southern Railway

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The Durham & Southern Railway was a classic shortline located in North Carolina which dated to 1892. It operated for more than 80 years before being acquired by the Seaboard Coast Line.

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Feb 28, 2024

Frisco Railroad (St. Louis-San Francisco Railway)

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The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway ("The Frisco") struggled for many years but became quite profitable before its 1981 acquisition by the Burlington Northern.

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Feb 28, 2024

Frisco Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway's public timetables from the August, 1952 edition of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 28, 2024

Chicago Great Western Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is Chicago Great Western's public timetables from the August, 1952 edition of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 28, 2024

Chicago Great Western Railway

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The venerable Chicago Great Western Railway operated across the upper Midwest serving Chicago, the Twin Cities, and Kansas City.

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Feb 28, 2024

2-6-6-2 "Mallet" Locomotives

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The 2-6-6-2 wheel arrangement was a steam locomotive type designed for many purposes from logging operations to main line service and was used by many railroads.

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Feb 28, 2024

Halloween Train Rides (2024)

Visit this page for complete information covering 2024 Halloween-related train rides across the United States, broken down by state.

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Feb 27, 2024

Kansas Scenic Train Rides (2024): A Complete Guide

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If you are researching Kansas train rides there are currently three to choose from, which you can find out more about here.

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Feb 27, 2024

The "Aztec Eagle" (Train)

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The "Aztec Eagle" was a passenger train service operated by Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México (National Railways of Mexico) and Missouri Pacific between Mexico City-San Antonio until 1968.

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Feb 27, 2024

"Empire Builder" (Train): Map, Schedule, History

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The Empire Builder was Great Northern's flagship train between Chicago and Seattle that began service in 1929. It survives today under Amtrak.

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Feb 27, 2024

The Marquette/Varsity (Train)

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The Marquette/Varsity was a secondary named Milwaukee train serving Mason City, Iowa and Chicago. It first launched in 1927 and survived until 1971.

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Feb 27, 2024

4-12-2 "Union Pacific" Locomotives

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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.

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Feb 26, 2024

Rio Grande Timetables (1940 and 1952)

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Presented here is the Rio Grande's public timetables from the 1940 and 1952 "Official Guide."

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Feb 26, 2024

Alco "PA" Locomotives

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Arguably the most beautiful diesel locomotive ever built, sadly no Alco PAs were originally preserved. Today, one is under restoration.

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Feb 26, 2024

Northern Pacific Railway

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The Northern Pacific Railway opened the Pacific Northwest and was created when President Abraham Lincoln. It was merged into BN in 1970.

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Feb 26, 2024

Katy (MKT) Timetables: August, 1952

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Presented here is the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad's, better known as the Katy, public timetables from the August, 1952 issue of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 26, 2024

Chesapeake and Ohio Railway

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The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was a famous southern line that operated from Norfolk to Chicago and through much of Michigan.

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Feb 25, 2024

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway

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The original Wheeling & Lake Erie dates back to 1871, serving eastern and northern Ohio. The modern version was formed in 1990.

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Feb 25, 2024

Soo Line Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is the Soo Line's public timetables listed in the August, 1952 edition of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 25, 2024

Northern Pacific Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is Northern Pacific's public timetables from the August, 1952 edition of "The Official Guide Of The Railways."

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Feb 25, 2024

St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad

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The St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County was once known by a different name that dates back to the 1860s. For many years it was owned by the Boston & Maine.

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Feb 24, 2024

The American Freedom Train (1975-1976)

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The American Freedom Train was a special consist designed by Ross Rowland to celebrate America's Bicentennial in 1976. Its success is still talked about today.

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Feb 24, 2024

4-10-2 Steam Locomotives

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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.

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Feb 24, 2024

Road-Switcher Locomotives

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Road-switchers are today's all-purpose diesels, able function as main line power as well as act as switchers.

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Feb 24, 2024

Lehigh Valley Railroad

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The Lehigh Valley dates as far back as 1853. At its height the anthracite road connected Buffalo with eastern New Jersey.

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Feb 24, 2024

2-6-6-4 Steam Locomotives

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The 2-6-6-4 was a late era steam design, one of the finest ever built. Four railroads operated them, most notable of which was the N&W's Class A fleet.

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Feb 24, 2024

Stephenson's "Planet" Locomotive

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Robert Stephenson's Planet was the name applied to an early 2-2-0 steam locomotive the English builder designed in 1830. It was the first to utilize cylinders inside the frame.

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Feb 24, 2024

L&N Timetables (August, 1952)

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Presented here is the Louisville & Nashville's public timetables from the August, 1952 issue of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 24, 2024

Louisville and Nashville Railroad

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The Louisville & Nashville was a large and successful southern railroad reaching St. Louis, Cincinnati, Chicago, and New Orleans.

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Feb 24, 2024

Burlington Railroad (Chicago, Burlington & Quincy)

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The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) served much of the Midwest and Texas. It helped kickoff the streamliner era in 1934 and later formed Burlington Northern.

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Feb 24, 2024

Burlington (CB&Q) Timetables: August, 1952

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Presented here is the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy's public timetables listed in the August, 1952 edition of the "Official Guide."

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Feb 24, 2024

North Shore Line Railroad (Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee)

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

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Feb 23, 2024

Burlington 2-8-2 #4960 Locomotive

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Chicago, Burlington & Quincy 2-8-2 #4960 gained fame in excursion service during the late 1950s hosting fantrips on its home railroad.

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