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Jun 20, 2018

The Amtrak Acela Express

The Amtrak "Acela Express" is the only, official, high-speed rail service available in the United States. It has operated the Northeast Corridor (Washington-Boston) since 2000. First conceived in the 1990s, the original 20 train-sets are slated to be replaced in 2021.

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Jun 19, 2018

The Strasburg Railroad, "The Road To Paradise"

The Strasburg Railroad, 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.

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Jun 17, 2018

The Skunk Train, The California Western Railroad

The so-called Skunk Train runs the original California Western Railroad between Fort Bragg and Willits, California. Today, it hosts only passengers.

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Jun 17, 2018

The Amtrak Auto Train

The Amtrak Auto Train, which began as the Auto-Train Corporation in 1971, is one of the carrier's most successful services despite early troubles. The popular train takes patrons, and their cars, 855 miles from Lorton, Virginia to Sanford, Florida.

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Jun 17, 2018

30th Street Station, A History

Philadelphia's 30th Street Station was the PRR's beacon in the "City of Brotherly Love." It was opened in 1933 replacing an earlier building and is still used today by Amtrak.

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Jun 16, 2018

Amtrak, An Overview Of The National Railroad Passenger Corporation

A look at the history of Amtrak, its operations today, and how the national carrier has been under a constant threat of service cuts since its inception in 1971.

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Jun 11, 2018

California Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

California train rides are numerous, as are railroad museums to peruse, ranging from elegant dinner trains to impressive collections of historic locomotives and cars. You can learn more about all of these attractions here.

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Jun 10, 2018

Florida Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

A Florida train rides guide, including all known railroad museums to visit within the state. Learn more about them here.

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Jun 09, 2018

Railroad/Train Stations And Depots

This page offers a general history of railroad/train stations and many well known structures like Pennsylvania Station. Also, learn about surviving depots still standing all around the country.

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Jun 09, 2018

Union Station Los Angeles, A History

Union Station Los Angeles (or, Los Angeles Union Station), known historically by as Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal, was the last great such structure built in this country when it opened in 1939. Today, LAUPT remains in regular use.

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Jun 09, 2018

The California Zephyr

The "California Zephyr" (Chicago-San Francisco) debuted in 1949, a joint effort of the Western Pacific; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; and Denver & Rio Grande Western. Amtrak revived it in 1983. Also included here is a route map and information about the "Rio Grande Zephyr."

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Jun 08, 2018

The Transcontinental Railroad: Who Built It And Why?

The Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, marked the first time in history the United States was connected from coast to coast by an efficient and fast mode of transportation. Learn about who built it and the project's entire history here.

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Jun 08, 2018

CSX Jobs And Career Information

Visit this page to learn more about CSX jobs and a career with the largest eastern Class I railroad. Its network stretches from Boston, Washington, Detroit and Montreal to Miami, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and Memphis.

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Jun 08, 2018

The Train Conductor

The train conductor, whether in freight or passenger service, is in charge of the entire crew and everything being hauled. Learn more about this job and where you can take training courses.

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Jun 08, 2018

The Baltimore and Ohio, The B&O Railroad

The Baltimore and Ohio, our nation's first common-carrier was one of the three major eastern trunk lines but also the weakest. Today, segments of the B&O Railroad remain in use by CSX Transportation as well as by various short lines.

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Jun 07, 2018

A Guide To Dinner Train Rides, 2018

Dinner train rides have become a popular excursions in recent years. Here, you can learn which railroads operate them and when these special trains run in 2018 (some year-round).

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Jun 07, 2018

Norfolk Southern's Heritage Program, NS Heritage Units

Norfolk Southern's Heritage Program was launched in 2012 promoting 20 authentic paint schemes on its locomotives of by-gone railroads now comprising its system. The information here lists these original NS heritage units, including pictures.

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Jun 07, 2018

The American Railroads, America By Rail

An informational and educational resource guide covering the American railroad industry. Learn more about what was like to experience America by rail. Included are topics covering everything from the classic fallen flags to locomotives.

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Jun 07, 2018

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, "The Rock Island Line"

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was a fabled Midwestern granger that struggled after the 1960's. A botched merger and strike led to its liquidation in 1980. The song "Rock Island Line," made famous by Johnny Cash, describes this railroad.

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Jun 07, 2018

Kansas City Southern Careers, Jobs At KCS

If you are researching a career with Kansas City Southern this page provides information as well as potential openings. KCS jobs are many, ranging from train crew positions to clerical, information technology (IT), and various management fields.

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Jun 07, 2018

Steam Locomotives And Steam Engines

The classic iron horse, steam locomotives are legendary machines that still hold awe over the general public today. Learn about the history of steam engines and the many types of wheel arrangements.

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Jun 07, 2018

When Where Trains Invented? A Look At Early Passenger Trains

Early passenger trains during the first half of the 19th century were a dangerous way to travel with few safety precautions or devices in place. Still, it was the fastest way to travel at the time. Also interested in knowing when trains were invented? Learn more here.

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Jun 06, 2018

Colorado Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

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.

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Jun 05, 2018

The Train Engineer

The train engineer is in full control of the locomotive and must be able to read signals, trackside signs, and other indications. They are also known as hoggers or hostlers in yard duty.

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Jun 05, 2018

West Virginia Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

West Virginia train rides offer guests scenic views of the Appalachian Mountains among four different excursions including the popular Cass Scenic Railroad. Rural railroading defines the Mountain State. Learn more about train rides in WV here.

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Jun 05, 2018

Arkansas Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

There are not many Arkansas train rides available although the Arkansas & Missouri offers an incredible experience! The state's history with trains can be traced back to the 1850's and peaked with more than 5,000 miles.

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Jun 05, 2018

Railroad Jobs Guide

A career in the railroad industry is not for everyone, especially field work. Find out more about railroad jobs here and the many different positions available.

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Jun 04, 2018

Pennsylvania Train Rides And Railroad Museums Guide

Pennsylvania train rides offer the greatest collection anywhere in the country except perhaps California. The state has a rich and long-standing history with railroads dating back to the 1820s. To learn more about all available train rides in PA please visit this page.

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Jun 03, 2018

Amtrak Jobs And Careers

If you are looking for Amtrak jobs, or a long-term career at the railroad, please visit this page to learn more about the railroad and available positions.

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Jun 02, 2018

The Delaware and Hudson Railway

The Delaware and Hudson Railway, which began as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, was a classic carrier that even predated the Baltimore & Ohio. Today, it still exists but operated as part of Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern.

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