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Trolleys, Interurban,
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Model Railroads
U.S. Railroad History

Railroad Pioneers
Narrow-Guage RRs
Historic Rail Lines

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Transcontinental Railroads
Railroad Moguls
Railroad Recordings

“People on a jet have only been on a trip; people on a train have been on a journey.”
Ray Bradbury [1920-2012]

“There isn't a train I wouldn't take, no matter where it's going.”
— Edna St. Vincent Millay [1892-1950]

Railroad  Links

Assn. of American Railroads [merged 1934] based in Washington, DC          Rail, Inc. [est. 1999] management & systems services for rail carriers based in North Carolina - independent division of A.A.R.

May 10th is National Train Day in USA [est. 2008]
Federal Railroad Administration of U.S.D.O.T.
TF's Railroad Forum
Mass Transit info at Working Minds / Solutions
Progressive Railroading Magazine
Hoovers Railroad Industry Fact Sheet
Wes Barris's Steam Locomotives website
Rails USA - rail site directory
Rails USA webring {220+ members}
Steam Locomotive [dot] info website & Lineside Legacy column
Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation [est. 2000]
Railcar Management, Inc. [aka RMI; est 1979]
RailConnect services division of RMI
worldwide Train Station Hotel Depot website
Assn. of Train Operating Companies [est. 1993] of U.K.
train horns for cars & trucks - based in Durango, Colorado
Leyshon's Books Etc. - specialists in out-of-print railroad literature
North American Railway Foundation [est. 1996]
AO's 'Vacation by Rail: See America by Train' blogpost, 5/2011
'All Things Trains' webring {75 members}
Circus Trains: The Second Greatest Show On Earth
"The Colorado Timetable: The World's Best Railroad Newspaper" [website est. 2009] based in Chama, New Mexico

Classic Trains Magazine from Kalmback Publications
Classic Trains

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Trains Magazine [est. 1940] from Kalmback Publications

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HO-scale model of Pullman car in standard Pullman green livery         HO-scale model of C&NW Pullman car in yellow & green livery        HO-scale model of CB&Q Pullman car in maroon livery

The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc. [est. 1979]
The Abraham Lincoln 1910 Pullman railroad car is privately owned, fully restored, and parked at Othello, Washington
The Dover Harbor 1923 Pullman sleeper-lounge-buffet car is owned by N.H.R.S., and is fully restored & based in Maryland
TCM's Pullman Project railcar history site [est. 2001]

AMTRAK in the U.S.A.
Arizona Rail Passenger Assn.
Train Riders Assn. of California
Rail Passenger Alliance of California
RAILS: New Mexico's Passenger Rail Action Group [est. 1998]

G.E. Nordell's Colorado Railroads Links Pages
G.E. Nordell's New Mexico Railroads Links Page
G.E. Nordell's Utah Railroads Links Page

Railroad  Art
railroad-themed artwork at A-Train.com
railroad art by Rod Aszman of San Luis Obispo, CA
railroad art by Gil Bennett of Lehi, Utah
browse books by photographer O. Winston Link
O. Winston Link photo posters at AllPosters.com
Don Ingwersen Railroad renderings train art - based in Florida

railroad posters at AllPosters.com
trains posters at AllPosters.com
Trains Vintage Art posters category at AllPosters.com

Railroad Sunset [1929] thumb
"Railroad Sunset" [1929]
click for larger view
37"x27" poster from Amazon
       Compartment C, Car 293 [1938] thumb  
"Compartment C,
Car 293" [1938]

click for larger view
       Chair Car [1965] thumb
"Chair Car" [1965]
click for larger view

other art by Edward Hopper [1882-1967]

One Track Mind / Photographic Essays on Western Railroading book by Ted Benson  "One Track Mind: Photographic Essays On Western Railroading" [1999]
by Ted Benson

Boston Mills Press 12½x10¾ hardcover [12/99] out of print/used


Railroad  Museums

Association of Tourist Railroads & Railway Museums [est. 1961]
National Railroad Museum [est. 1956] in Green Bay, Wisconsin
list of railroad museums & tourist lines at Wikipedia

Great Railroad Museums of the USA book by Jan Young  "Great Railroad Museums of the U.S.A.: The Railfan's Guide" [2013]
by Jan Young

Details of the 'sixty-seven largest, most interesting, and most important railroad museums in the country'; special index listing 160+ especially-interesting cars & locomotives (with locations); ninety photographs; and bonus chapters on the six best museum rail rides in the country, and nineteen significant rail preservation sites outside of traditional railroad museums.
LULU.com 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $20.66
LULU.com 'in color' edition 9x6 pb [2/2013] for $66.89

California Railroad Museum [est. 1976] in Sacramento, CA
Railtown 1887 State Historic Park [est. 1992] in Jamestown, CA
Lomita [CA] Railroad Museum [est. 1966]
Grizzly Flats Railroad [est. 1938]: official websiteO.E.R.M. webpages
South Coast Railroad Museum in Goleta, CA
Santa Maria Valley [CA] Railway Historical Museum
San Luis Obispo [CA] Railroad Museum
Laws Railroad Museum near Bishop, CA
Golden Gate Railroad Museum in Fremont, CA
Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola, CA
Western American Railroad Museum in Barstow, CA
San Francisco [CA] Cable Car Museum [est. 1974]
Market Street Railway preservation group in San Francisco, CA
San Francisco [CA] Railway Museum [est. 2006]
'Roots of Motive Power' Railroad History Museum in Willits, CA
Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in La Mesa & Campo, CA
Travel Town railroad museum in Griffith Park {Los Angeles, CA}
official City websiteFoundation
       Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA

Los Angeles [CA] Museum of Railroading

North Alabama Railroad Museum in Huntsville, AL
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, south of Birmingham, AL
GOLD STAR: closed in Summer, open September to May  Arizona Railway Museum [est. 1983], 330 E. Ryan Road in Chandler, Arizona
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum in Tucson, Arizona
Nevada County Depot [built 1911] & Museum [est. 1978] in Prescott, Arkansas
Georgetown Loop [est. 1884] Historic Mining & Railroad Park in Colorado

Colorado Railroad Museum [est. 1959] in Golden, Colorado
Forney Museum of Transportation [est. 1961], 4303 Brighton Blvd. in Denver, Colorado
Connecticut Trolley Museum [est. 1940] in East Windsor, CT
Danbury [CT] Railway Museum [built 1903; est. 1994]
Gold Coast Railroad Museum [est. 1957] in Miami, Florida
Southeast Railroad Museum [est. 1970] in Duluth (Atlanta), Georgia
Georgia State Railroad Museum [est. 1989] in Savannah, Georgia
Midwest Central Railroad [est. 1960] in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Illinois Railway Museum [est. 1941] in Union, Illinois
Indiana Transportation Museum, north of Indianapolis, Indiana
Whitewater Valley Railroad operating railroad museum [est. 1972], east of Indianapolis, Indiana
GOLD STAR: Home of the Flying Dutchman Scenic Railway; has 2-foot/3-foot gauge track, a 14" gauge railroad, and a mile-long 7½" live steam loop  Hesston Steam Museum [est. 1956] in La Porte County, Indiana
Amherst [MA] Railway Society
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum [est. 1953] in Baltimore, Maryland
The Martin F. O'Rourke Memorial Railroad Library [est. 2007] in the PRR Tower at Old Bowie, Maryland
Iron Horse Central Railroad Museum [est. 1963] in Chisago City, MN {NE of MSP}
The McComb Mississippi Railroad Museum [built 1901; est. 2003]
Water Valley [MS] Casey Jones Railroad Museum [est. 1985]
Frisco Railroad Museum in Springfield, Missouri
Nevada State Railroad Museum [est. 1980] in Carson City, Nevada
Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum - Carson City, Nevada
Nevada State Railroad Museum [est. 1996] in Boulder City, Nevada
Toy Train Depot [built 1898 in Torrance, NM; moved in 1974] in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Clovis [NM] Depot Model Train Museum
New Mexico Rail Road & Transportation Museum in Las Cruces, New Mexico

Railroad Museum of Long Island [NY]
Oyster Bay [NY] Railroad Museum
North Carolina Transportation Museum [open 1983], between Winston-Salem & Charlotte
Friends of The North Carolina Transportation Museum [est. 1977] in Spencer, NC
Yukon, Oklahoma Railroad Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
South Carolina Railroad Museum [est. 1973] near Columbia, SC
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum [est. 1961] near Chattanooga, Tennessee
Casey Jones Home & Museum [est. 1965] in Jackson, Tennessee
Southern Appalachia Railway Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee
Eastern Shore Railroad Museum [est. 1988] in Parksley, Virginia
Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Virginia

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel [est. 1976] in Cranbrook, BC
British Columbia Forest Discovery Centre Museum [est. 1965]
Hillcrest Lumber Co. Climax-geared locomotive #9 [built 1915] at B.C. Forest Discovery Centre

National Railway Museum [est. 1968] in York, U.K.
National Railway Museum NE Branch [est. 2004] in Shildon, County Durham, U.K.

Class  I  Railroads
Trains Magazine's Class I Railroad Directory
Class I Railroad entry at Wikipedia
SteelRoads web application site of the Class I Railroads

Atlas of North American Railroads book by Bill Yenne  "Atlas of North American Railroads" [orig 1996, rev 2005]
by Bill Yenne

The maps are organized by railroad, rather than by state, and go back
as far as 1831
M.B.I./Voyageur Press 11x9 hardcover [12/2005] for $25.86
Historical Atlas of North American Railroads book by Derek Hayes  "Historical Atlas of The North American Railroad" [2010]
by Derek Hayes

includes over 400 old railroad maps, organized in roughly chronological order
Univ CA Press 13x9¾ hardcover [10/2010] for $26.37

The seven Class I railroads of America are a monopoly:
their combined sales revenue is 91% of all U.S. rail freight traffic.
The railroad industry took in over $40 billion in 2004.

Union Pacific Railroad logo
Union Pacific Railroad
[est. 1862, U.P./S.P. merger Sept. 1996]

Union Pacific is celebrating their 150th Anniversary in 2012

Union Pacific Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Union Pacific Historical Society [est. 1984]

Railroad Color History Union Pacific RR book by Joe Welsh & Kevin J. Holland   "M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Union Pacific Railroad"
[2009] by Joe Welsh & Kevin J. Holland

M.B.I./Voyageur Press hardcover [1/2010] for $28.12
"M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Union Pacific Railroad"
[2000] by Brian Solomon

M.B.I./Voyageur Press 10½x8¼ pb [9/2000] for $21.33

Norfolk Southern Corp. logo
Norfolk Southern Corp. [merged 1982]
History back to 1827; formed by June 1982 merger of the Norfolk & Western
Railway [1838-1982] and the Southern Railway Company [1894-1982];
acquired elements of Conrail in 1997.

Norfolk Southern Railroad entry at Wikipedia

C.S.X. Transportation, Inc. logo
C.S.X. Transportation, Inc. [merger 1980]

C.S.X. Transportation entry at Wikipedia

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad herald Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad ad logo
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Est. 1849 & 1859; 1960 merger of Great Northern, Northern Pacific, CB&Q;
1970 merger with SP&S and Pacific Coast RR to form Burlington Northern;
Frisco merger 1980; merger of BN & SF Sept. 1995; purchased by
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway for $44 billion in November 2009

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway entry at Wikipedia

Railroad Color History Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway book by Brian Solomon   "M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Railway" [2005] by Brian Solomon

M.B.I./Voyageur Press 12½x10¾ hardcover [11/2005] for $35.00

Kansas City Southern Railway herald
Kansas City Southern Railway Co. [est. 1887]

Kansas City Southern Railway entry at Wikipedia
Kansas City Southern RR Historical Society

wholly-owned subsidiary Kansas City Southern de México
Kansas City Southern de México entry at Wikipedia

Soo Line Railroad [est. 1883] logo
The Soo Line Railroad Co.
Founded in 1883 as the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railway;
wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Canadian Pacific since 1990.

Soo Line Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Soo Line Historical & Technical Society [est. 1970]
PN's Soo Line fansite
RK's timeline of Soo Line history

Grand Trunk Railway System herald
Grand Trunk Corp. [est. 1852]
U.S. subsidiary of Canadian National; since 1995, primarily a holding company
for Grand Trunk Western RR, Illinois Central RR, Wisconsin Central RR,
the Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railway, and Great Lakes Transportation.

Grand Trunk Railway entry at Wikipedia
Grand Trunk Western RR Historical Society
LK's Grand Trunk Railway fansite

... and in Canada:

Canadian National 'worm' logo (since 1960)
Canadian National Railway
[est. 1832, merger 1919, IPO Nov. 1995]

Canadian National Railway entry at Wikipedia
Canadian National Railway Historic Photograph Archives
Canadian National Lines S.I.G.

Canadian Pacific Railway beaver logo  Canadian Pacific Railway logo
Canadian Pacific Railway [est. 1881]
Canadian Pacific Railway's official heritage website

Canadian Pacific Railway entry at Wikipedia

Major  Lines  Merged  Into  Above  Class I  Railroads

Burlington Northern herald
Burlington Northern Railroad [1970-1995]
[created in 1970 by the merger of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad,
Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, and Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway]

Burlington Northern Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Friends of The Burlington Northern RR Historical Society [est. 1992]

Chicago, Burlington & Quincy herald
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad
[est. 1848, merged into Burlington Northern in 1970]
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad entry at Wikipedia

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad 'The Milwaukee Road' herald
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad
[est. 1847, generally known as 'The Milwaukee Road'; merged into Soo Line in 1986]
Milwaukee Road entry at Wikipedia

Milwaukee Road Remembered book by Jim Scribbins   "Milwaukee Road Remembered: A Fresh Look At An
Unusual Railroad" [1990] by Jim Scribbins

Univ MN Press 8½x11 pb [12/2008] for $21.86
Kalmbach Publng hardcover [6/90] out of print/used
Railroad Color History Milwaukee Road book by Tom Murray  "M.B.I. Railroad Color History: The Milwaukee Road"
[2005] by Tom Murray

M.B.I./Voyageur Press 11xx8¾ hardcover [10/2005] for $28.08

Frisco Lines {St. Louis & San Francisco Railway} herald
Frisco Lines {St. Louis & San Francisco Railway}
[est. 1876; merged into Burlington Northern 1980]
Frisco Lines/SL&SF entry at Wikipedia

Great Northern Railway goat herald
Great Northern Railway
[est. 1889; merged into Burlington Northern in 1960]
Great Northern Railway entry at Wikipedia

Northern Pacific Railway herald
Northern Pacific Railway
[est. 1864; merged into Burlington Northern 1960]
Northern Pacific Railway entry at Wikipedia

AT&SF Railway herald
Santa Fe Railway
[est. 1859 as Atchison & Topeka RR Company; renamed Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Railway in 1863; merged into B.N.S.F. 1995]

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway entry at Wikipedia
Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society [est. 1994]

AT&SF concessionaire Harvey House Restaurants [1875-1968]

Santa Fe Railway Promotion book by Victoria E. Dye  "All Aboard for Santa Fe: Railway Promotion of The
Southwest, 1890s to 1930s" [2005]
by Victoria E. Dye

Univ NM Press 9¼x6¼ hardcover [10/2005] for $16.47
Santa Fe Chief  "Santa Fe: The Chief Way" [2001]
by Robert Strein, John Vaughan & C. Fenton Richards Jr.

New Mexico Magazine 10x10 pb [9/2001] out of print/used
New Mexico Magazine 10¼x10¼ hardcover [9/2001] for $26.37
Railroad Color History Santa Fe Railway book by Steve Glischinski  "M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Santa Fe Railway" [2008]
by Steve Glischinski

M.B.I./Voyageur Press 10¾x8½ hardcover [12/2008] for $27.01
Southern Pacific Railroad herald
Southern Pacific Railroad
[began as the Central Pacific Railroad in 1862; Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in 1865,
and the two merged in 1885; SP merged into the Union Pacific in 1996]

Southern Pacific Railroad entry at Wikipedia

Southern Pacific RR Historical & Technical Society

Railroad Color History Southern Pacific Railroad book by Brian Solomon   "M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Southern Pacific Railroad"
[2007] by Brian Solomon

M.B.I./Voyageur Press 11x8½ hardcover [11/2007] for $24.63

Southern Railway herald     Southern Railway 2-8-4 Mikado locomotive
Southern Railway Company [1894-1990]
[history back to 1827; Southern Railway formed in 1894; merged into
Norfolk Southern in 1982, lost identity in 1990]

Southern Railway entry at Wikipedia
Southern Railway Historical Assn./Society

Railroad Color History Southern Railway book by Tom Murray  
"M.B.I. Railroad Color History: Southern Railway"
[2007] by Tom Murray

M.B.I./Voyageur Press hardcover [12/2007] for $26.97

Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway herald
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway [1905-70]
[est. 1905; merged into Burlington Northern 1970]
Spokane, Portland & Seattle entry at Wikipedia

Wisconsin Central Railway herald
Wisconsin Central Railway
[est. 1871; wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Canadian National since 2001]
C.N. official Wisconsin Central history
Wisconsin Central Railway entry at Wikipedia

Class  II  Railroads
These are mid-sized, mostly freight-hauling railroads, with operating revenue (as-of 2006) greater than $20.5 million but less than
$277.7 million for at least three consecutive years; switching & terminal railroads are excluded from Class II status.

Alaska Railroad [reporting mark ARR; started 1903, completed 1923, owned by State of Alaska]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad [reporting mark BPRR; est. 1988, ex-B&O branch]
Genesee & Wyoming official BPR websiteentry at Wikipedia

Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad [est. 1995] herald
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad [reporting mark CORP; est. 1995, ex-SPRR branch]
official information at RailAmericaentry at Wikipedia
Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad Unofficial Homepage

Florida East Coast Railroad herald - color historical         Florida East Coast Railroad herald - modern         Florida East Coast Railway Society         F.E.C. Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad herald
Florida East Coast Railway [reporting mark FEC; est. 1881]
F.E.C. Industries official websiteF.E.C. Railway official websiteWikipedia

The Florida East Coast Railway began as the narrow-guage Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River Railroad in 1881, which was purchased
in 1885 by Henry Flagler [1830-1913] and renamed; he also acquired the St. Augustine Palatka Railroad and the St. John’s Railroad,
and by 1889 had laid track as far south as Daytona. By 1994, the railroad was extended to West Palm Beach, and by 1901 had reached Miami.
Before and during construction, the new railroad extension to Key West, Florida was called "Flagler's Folly"; after it opened, it became
known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”. The Key West line was destroyed in a hurricane in 1935.

Florida East Coast Railway Society [est. 1999] of Palmetto Bay, Florida
F.E.C. Key West Extension fansite
FECRR/Flagler article at Florida Keys Historical Preservation Society website
possible restoration [2011] of the 1917 FEC station at Tequesta, Florida
JD's F.E.C. Railway fansite

FEC Private Railcar 90 [1898 yellow] restored/exhibited at Indiana Transportation Museum since 1970
FEC Private Railcar 91 [1886 green] restored/exhibited at Kenan Pavilion, Whitehall, Palm Beach since 2003
F.E.C. Railway 1924 0-8-0 locomotive #253 being restored at F.E.C. Historical Railway & Transportation Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida
11-window passenger coach in use as gift shop on Pigeon Key

Gold Coast Railway Museum [est. 1957] near the Miami Zoo
Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) 4-6-2 steam locomotive #113 {in storage}
F.E.C. Railway 1922 4-6-2 locomotive #153 on exhibit since 1959
F.E.C. Railway 1946 passenger coach 'Belle Glade' on exhibit since 1995
F.E.C. Railway track section car donated in 1962
F.E.C. caboose #715 recently arrived [10/2012]
F.E.C. 1925 passenger coach #136 donated 1959, in storage

Railroad That Died at Sea / Florida East Coast book by Pat Parks  "The Railroad That Died At Sea: The Florida East Coast's Key West Extension"
[1968] by Pat Parks; 100th Anniversary Edition edited by Tom Corcoran

indep 100th Anniv Edition 8¼x5½ pb [4/2010] for $12.95
Langley Press 8½x5½ pb/chapbook? [3/2006] out of print/many, many used
Stephen Greene Press 8½x5¾ hardcover [1968] out of print/used
Speedway to Sunshine Florida East Coast Railway book by Seth H. Bramson  "Speedway To Sunshine: The Story of The Florida East Coast Railway" [1984]
by Seth H. Bramson

Boston Mills Press 11x8¼ pb [9/2010] for $29.95
Boston Mills Press rev edition 11¼x8¾ hardcover [1/2003] out of print/used
Boston Mills Press hardcover [1984] out of print/used
Henry Flagler, Visionary of the Gilded Age book by Sidney Walter Martin  "Henry Flagler: Visionary of The Gilded Age" [1998]
by Sidney Walter Martin

Tailored Tours Publng 8¾x6¾ pb [1998] out of print/many used
By Streamliner New York to Florida book by Joseph M. Welsh  "By Streamliner New York To Florida" [2002] by Joseph M. Welsh
a history of passenger service to Florida via Seaboard Air Line, Atlantic Coast Line, and Florida East Coast Railway, from the late 1800s until Amtrak
Motorbooks Intl 11x8½ pb [3/2002] out of print/used
Last Train to Paradise / Henry Flagler book by Les Standiford  "Last Train To Paradise: Henry Flagler and The Spectacular Rise and Fall of The Railroad That Crossed An Ocean" [2002]
by Les Standiford

Kindle Edition from Random House Digital [2003 edition] for $11.99
Broadway Books 8x5¼ pb [8/2003] for $10.17
Crown Books 9½x6 hardcover [9/2002] out of print/many used
Florida's Great Ocean Railway, Building the Key West Extension book by Dan Gallagher  "Florida's Great Ocean Railway: Building The Key West Extension" [2003]
by Dan Gallagher

Pineapple Press 11x8¾ hardcover [5/2003] for $13.56
Florida Railroads in the 1920s book from Images of Rail  "Florida Railroads In The 1920s (Images of Rail)" [2006] by Gregg Turner
focuses on the Atlantic Coast Line, the Seaboard Air Line, the Florida East Coast Railway, and the Frisco Line
Kindle Edition from Arcadia Publng [9/2012] for $9.99
Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [2/2006] for $17.15
Florida Keys Overseas Railway book by Warren Zeiller  "The Florida Keys Overseas Railway" [2006]
by Warren Zeiller

Signature Press 11x8½ hardcover [2006] out of print/used
Florida East Coast Railway Images of Rail Series book by Seth H. Bramson  "Florida East Coast Railway (Images of Rail Series)" [2006]
by Seth H. Bramson

Arcadia Publng 9¼x6½ pb [10/2006] for $16.05
Henry Plant & Henry Flagler and Their Railroads book by Sandra W. Sammons  "The Two Henrys: Henry Plant and Henry Flagler and Their Railroads"
[ages 9 & up; 2010] by Sandra Wallus Sammons

Pineapple Press Biographies 9x6 pb [3/2010] for $9.95
Pineapple Press Biographies 9½x6 hardcover [3/2010] for $11.96
"Henry Flagler, Builder of Florida" [ages 9 & up; 1993]
by Sandra Wallus Sammons

Pineapple Press Biographies 8¾x6 pb [3/2010] for $7.95
Pineapple Press Biographies 9¼x6½ hardcover [3/2010] for $10.95
Tailored Tours Publng 8¾x6¾ pb [3/93] out of print/used
Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told / Florida East Coast Railway book by Seth H. Bramson  
"The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told: Henry Flagler & The Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension" [2011]
by Seth H. Bramson

The History Press 8¾x5¾ pb [11/2011] for $18.74

Great Lakes Central Railroad [reporting mark GLC; est. 1977]
Formed in 1977 as the Tuscola & Saginaw Bay Railway from portions of Penn Central, and expanded onto portions of Ann Arbor,
GR&I, C&O/CSX, and GTW; purchased by Federated Railways in 2006 and name changed.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Indiana Rail Road [reporting mark INRD; est. 1986]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
http://inrd.gotdns.com/ fansite

Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd. [reporting mark IAIS; est. 1984]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
http://www.iaisrailfans.org/ fansite

Long Island Rail Road commuter rail system [reporting mark LI; est. 1834]
M.T.A. official LIRR websiteentry at Wikipedia

Montana Rail Link [reporting mark MRL; est. 1987] is a privately-held unit of
The Washington Companies and is based in Missoula, Montana; MRL operates over 900 miles
(1,400 km) of trackage originally built by the Northern Pacific Railway.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, Ltd. [reporting mark MMA; est. 2002]
Formed by Rail World, Inc. in October 2002 as a merger of bankrupt Iron Road Railways subsidiaries Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, Canadian American Railroad,
Northern Vermont Railroad, and Quebec Southern Railway; MMA sold off 233 miles of trackage in northern Maine in 2011, leaving 512 miles in operation.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway [reporting mark NYSW; est. 1854]
Purchased by Delaware Otsego Corp. [est. 1966] in 1980, then taken over by Norfolk Southern and CSX in 1997.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway Technical & Historical Society

Paducah & Louisville Railway [reporting mark PAL; est. 1986, ex-ICG branch] in Kentucky
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Providence & Worcester Railroad [reporting mark PW; est. 1844]
Incorporated in 1844; leased in 1892 by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, which was taken over by Penn Central in 1969;
P&W broke away in 1973 and has since expanded on Penn Central and B&M lines to today's total of xx miles.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Pan Am Railways [reporting mark PAR; est. 1981, renamed 1998]
Formed in 1981 as Guilford Transportation Industries, which bought the name, colors & logo of Pan American World Airways in 1998;
company currently operates the Boston & Maine (reporting mark BM), Maine Central Railroad Co. (reporting mark MEC), Portland
Terminal Co. (reporting mark PTM), and Springfield Terminal Railway Co. (reporting mark ST).
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad [reporting mark RBMN; est. 1990] in Pennsylvania
Commonly known as the 'Reading & Northern'; operates 300 miles of trackage; the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway [est. 2005]
operates on RBMN track; freight business has increased dramatically due to 'fracking' operations in the Marcellus Shale.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway [reporting mark WE; est. 1990]
Original narrow-gauge Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway founded in 1871; converted to standard gauge in 1880; leased by the Nickel Plate Road
in 1949, which merged with Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964; W&LE absorbed by N&W in 1988; majority sold off by N&W in 1990;
currently operates on 575 miles of owned trackage and 265 miles of rights.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad [reporting mark WSOR; est. 1980]
Founded in 1980 to operate lines abandoned by the Milwaukee Road; expansion followed, often aided by the state of Wisconsin;
Watco Transportation of Kansas purchased a majority stake in W&S in early 2012; W&S currently operates 700 miles of trackage.
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

U.S.A. Shortline  Railroads

American Short Line & Regional Railroad Assn. [est. 1913]
American Short Line & Regional Railroad Database
Trains Magazine's Regional & Short Line Railroad Directory
U.P. Railroad's Short Line Railroad Directory
Norfolk Southern Railroad directory of shortlines (by state)
Tourist Railways Information Center
T.R.A.In. - Tourist Railway Assn., Inc.

list of railroad museums & tourist lines in U.S.A. at Wikipedia
list of 3-foot 6-inch gauge railways in U.S.A. at Wikipedia
list of 3-foot gauge railways in U.S.A. at Wikipedia
list of 2-foot 6-inch gauge railways (including U.S.A.) at Wikipedia
list of 2-foot gauge railways in U.S.A. at Wikipedia

U.S.A.  Shortline  Railroads  Operating  Today
list of active narrow-gauge tourist railroads
The Blanchard Company - marketing & management
American Orient Express™ rail tours [1997]

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. [est. 1899] based in Connecticut - operates 108 regional & short line railroads in 39 states and 4 Canadian provinces            OmniTRAX [est. 1986] is based in Denver - operates 17 regional & short line railroads in 11 states and 3 Canadian provinces            Patriot Rail Company [est. 2006] based in Florida - operates 11 shortlines in 11 states            RailWorld, Inc. [est. 2006] is based in Illinois .. expected to go bankrupt from the multi-death rail accident in Canada in July 2013

Pinsly Railroad Co. [est. 1938] of FL, AR, TX & MA
Rail America [1986-2012] operated 47 shortlines in U.S. & Canada & was purchased in 2012 by Genesee & Wyoming
LT's unofficial Rail America fansite

logo of the White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-guage railroad that runs from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-guage railroad [1898-1982; reopened 1988]
official websiteWikipedia
White Pass & Yukon relics photos

White Pass & Yukon Route Pictorial History book by Stan B. Cohen  "The White Pass and Yukon Route: A Pictorial History" [1980]
by Stan B. Cohen

Pictorial Histories Publng Co. 10¾x8¼ pb [3/80] out of print/many used

Verde Canyon Railroad [est. 1911] out of Clarkdale, AZ
Arizona Eastern Narrow-Gauge Railway from Miami/Globe, AZ to Bowie, AZ [est. 1899]
Copper Spike Railway in Globe, Arizona
Grand Canyon Railway & Resort in Northern Arizona

Yosemite Mtn. Sugar Pine Railroad [logger train April thru October] in California
Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California [Santa Cruz County; est. 1963]

logo of The Skunk Train that runs from Willits, California to Ft. Bragg, California
California Western Railroad 'Skunk Train' = Willits to Fort Bragg [built 1885]

Fillmore & Western Railway in Ventura County, California
Pacific Locomotive Assn. / Niles Canyon Railway [est. 1987] in Fremont, California
Sierra Railroad Co. [est. 1897] in Oakdale, California
Yreka Western Railroad [est. 1887] in NW California
San Francisco [CA] Municipal Railway [est. 1912]

Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad book by Steve DeGaetano  "Welcome Aboard The Disneyland Railroad!: The Complete
Disneyland Railroad Reference Guide" [2004]
by Steve DeGaetano, Illustrations by Preston Nirattasai

Steam Passages Publns 11x8½ hardcover [12/2004] out of print/used

G.E. Nordell's Colorado Railroads Page

Essex Steam Train [est. 1871, re-opened 1971] in River Valley, CT
Friends of The Valley Railroad

Lahaina, Kaanapali & Pacific in Hawai'i

Terminal Railroad Association [est. 1889] of St Louis, Missouri
Terminal Railroad Assn. of St. Louis Historical & Technical Society

G.E. Nordell's New Mexico Railroads Page

narrow-guage Tweetsie Railroad [est. 1957] between Boone & Blowing Rock in North Carolina
theme park open May thru October; locomotives 4-6-0 #12 (1917) and 2-8-2 #190 (1943) are coal-fired

Sumpter Valley Railway logging saw logo
Sumpter Valley Railway narrow gauge [est. 1971] in North Central Oregon
Sumpter Valley Heisler-geared locomotive #3 [built 1915]

Mount Hood Railroad [est. 1906] in Hood River, Oregon
Oregon Pacific Railroad [est. 1987] in Portland, Oregon
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad
Oregon Coast Scenic RR Heisler-geared locomotive #2 [built 1910]

Strasburg Rail Road [est. 1832; saved/rebuilt 1958] in Lancaster, PA
East Broad Top narrow gauge railroad [est. 1872; saved 1960] of Rockhill Furnace, PA
Friends of the East Broad Top RR [est.1983]
New Hope & Ivyland Rail Road [est. 1962] of New Hope, PA

T - U - V - W

Dollywood [est. 1961, renamed 1986] near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
operates two coal-fired narrow-guage 2-8-2 locomotives (#70 1938, #192 1943), plus theme park

Grapevine [TX] Vintage Railroad
21-mile line; 1896 steam engine {under repair since 2008} & 1953 GP-7 diesel;
closed Jan-Feb, then operates weekends only (also Friday June-August)

Heber Valley Railroad [built 1899, reopened 1990s]
Utah's mountainous Heber Valley Historic Railroad
[D&RGW branch 1899-1967, reopened 1990s]
official websiteentry at Wikipedia

Bay Coast Railroad [est. 2007] at Cape Charles, VA
Green Mountain Railroad [est. 1964] in Bellows Falls, VT
Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum [est. 1986] in Chehalis, WA

Mt. Ranier Scenic Railroad [est. 1981] in Southwestern Washington State
Hillcrest Lumber Co. Climax-geared locomotive #10 [built 1928] at Mt. Ranier Scenic RR

Cass Scenic Railroad [built 1900; incorp. 1961] State Park in West Virginia
Cass Scenic RR Shay-geared locomotive #2 [built 1928]

route map of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad [built 1880; incorp. 1974]
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad [built 1880; incorp. 1974] - owned by New Mexico & Colorado
official websiteentry at Wikipedia
Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad [est. 1974]

more details on the C&TS Railroad (history, loco roster, route, books & videos, photos}
are on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Page


American Shortline Railway Guide  "American Shortline Railway Guide: A Directory of Today's Diverse Small & Medium-Size Railroads - Facts, Figures & Locomotive Rosters For Over 500 Short Lines" [1996] by Edward A. Lewis
Kalmbach 5th edition pb [5/96] for $18.12
Light Iron Digest Magazine  Light Iron Digest Magazine [bi-monthly; est. 1999]
'For The Narrow Gauge, Industrial & Shortline Enthusiast'
magazine official website
direct subscription: 6 issues/year for $26.00
Guide To Tourist Railroads & Museums  "Tourist Trains 2006: 41st Annual Guide To Tourist Railroads & Museums" [2006] from Empire State Railway Museum
Kalmbach Books 8½x5½ pb [3/2006] out of print/used
Tourist Trains Guidebook by Editors of Trains Magazine  "Tourist Trains Guidebook" [2007, rev 2013]
by Editors of Trains Magazine

Kalmbach Books 4th edition 8½x5½ pb [4/2013] for $14.18
Kalmbach Books 3rd edition 8¼x5½ pb [4/2011] out of print/used
Kalmbach Books 2nd edition 8x5½ pb [4/2009] out of print/used

Foreign Heritage Railroads
West Somerset Railway [est. 1862, reopened 1976] in western England
Nilgiri Mountain Railway {World Heritage Site} in India
Prairie Dog Central Railway [est. 1968] near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Rovos Rail {luxury} Tours in South Africa

Trolleys,  Interurban,  Light Rail  &  Supertrains

Working Minds / Solutions / Alternative Vehicles / Mass Transit

Edwards Rail Cars Mfg. Co. [est. 1921; re-est. 1998] in Montgomery, AL
Phoenix [AZ] Trolley Museum [est. 1975]
Valley Metro Light Rail System {opening 12/2008} in Phoenix, AZ
Old Pueblo Trolley [est. 1983] operating transit museum in Tucson, AZ

Californians for High-Speed Trains Coalition
C.H.S.T.C. 's Proposition 1-A won 53% to 47% in the Nov 2008 election
Nevada County [CA] Traction Company [est. 1988]
Bay Area Electric Railroad Assn. [est. 1946] Western Railway Museum in Suisun, CA
San Diego [CA] Trolley [est. 1981]
Bay Area Rapid Transit [launched 1972] of California
JT's Cable Car fansite
historic Waterfront Red Car Trolley Line [re-opened July 2003] in San Pedro, CA
Exposition Light Rail Transit Line in West Los Angeles, CA

runs Noon to 5 pm weekends & holidays May thru September  Fort Collins [CO] Municipal Railway streetcar line [1907-1951; restored 1985]
GOLD STAR: operates Noon-3pm Fri-Sat-Sun May thru October  Platte Valley Trolley [est. 1989] of the Denver Tramway Heritage Society

Metro Denver Regional Transportation District Light Rail [est. 1994]
includes 6 light rail lines with 46 stations and 47 miles (76 km) of track; the Denver West Light Rail Line to Golden opened 4/2013.

Connecticut Trolley Museum [est. 1940] in East Windsor, CT
New England Railroad {proposed line from Maine to Montreal, PQ}

'Rail Runner' Commuter Train in New Mexico, launched from Belén to Bernalillo in 2006, extended to Santa Fe in December 2008

Supertrains book by John Gabriel Navarra  "Supertrains" [1976] by John Gabriel Navarra
from the Chicago Museum of Science & Industry
Doubleday 9½x6¼ hardcover [1976] out of print/used
Doubleday 9½x6¼ library hardcover [1976] out of print/used
Young Engineer Book of Supertrains by Jonathan Rutland  "The Young Engineer Book of Supertrains" [1978]
by Jonathan Rutland

"Understanding trains and how they work"
Hayes Books 10¾x8½ pb [1978] out of print/used
Conservatives & Public Transportation book by Paul Weyrich & William S. Lind  "Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation" [2009]
by Paul Weyrich & William S. Lind

A collection of studies that supports a conservative view that light rail, commuter
rail, and intercity rail are good for America
Reconnecting America 9x8 pb [2009] out of print/used

Railroad  Film  Festival

'To Trains' {pointing right) tin sign for purchase at AllPosters.com      now on a separate page      'To trains' (pointing left) tin sign no longer available for purchase at AllPosters.com

Railroads  in  Fiction

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