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Class I railroads
Class II railroads
shortline railroads

trolleys, interurban,
light rail & supertrains

        

here on page two:

games

U.S. railroad history

railroad pioneers

narrow-gauge RRs

historic rail lines


on page three:

top of page
transcontinental railroads
railroad moguls
railroad recordings


Railroading Merit Badge [est. 1992] of the Boy Scouts of America [est. 1910]
badge requirements [rev 1/2014]
    Railroad Merit Badge of the Boy Scouts of America

Railroad  Film  Festival
'To Trains' {pointing right) tin sign for purchase at AllPosters.com        now on 4 separate pages        'To trains' (pointing left) tin sign for purchase at AllPosters.com


Railroad  Computer  &  Board  Games

Train Simulator video game  "Train Simulator" video game [2001] from Microsoft
jewel-case software for Windows [9/2004] for $30.95
software for Windows [3/2001] for $9.30
"Scenic Railway Add-On" [2002] from Abacus
software for Windows [5/2002] for $29.87
"Train Simulator Official Strategies & Secrets" book [2003]
by David Chong, Rick Selby & Richard Wayne Smith

Sybex 9x7½ pb [6/2001] out of print/40+ used

Railroad Tycoon board game  
Railroad Tycoon 3 video game  
"Railroad Tycoon: The Boardgame" [2005]
Eagle/Phoenix Lab Games gigantic board game [2005] for $59.99

"Railroad Tycoon 3" video game
Gathering of Developers software for Windows XP [undated] for $28.78
"Railroad Tycoon 3" video game
Jack of All Games software for Windows [9/2003] out of prodn/used
"Railroad Tycoon 2 - Platinum" video game
Take 2 Interactive software for Windows [10/2001] out of prodn/used
"Railroad Tycoon 2" video game
Gathering of Developers software for Windows [11/99] for $39.89
"Railroad Tycoon Official Strategy Guide" book [2003]
by Mark Walker

Brady Games pb [10/2003] out of print/used

Steam: Rails To Riches railroad board game by Martin Wallace from Denmark  
Steam: Rails To Riches railroad board game by Martin Wallace from Denmark  
"Steam: Rails To Riches" board game [10 years & up; 2009] by Martin Wallace
MayFair Games board game in 11½x9½" box for $44.41
"Steam: Map Expansion #1" by Martin Wallace
MayFair Games 3 maps {Europe & Mid-Atlantic USA} for $23.19
"Steam: Map Expansion #2" by Martin Wallace
MayFair Games 3 maps {China, California & Great Britain} for $21.69
"Steam: Map Expansion #3" by Martin Wallace
MayFair Games 4 maps {Westward Ho!, Japan, Hokkaido & Singapore} for $30.00
"Steam Barons Expansion" by Martin Wallace
MayFair Games board game accessory in 12½x9" box for $37.72


U.S.  Railroad  History

world railroad history timeline at Pacific Southwest Railway Museum
Railway & Locomotive Historical Society [est. 1921]
Pacific Coast Chapter [est. 1937] of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society
National Railway Historical Society [est. 1935]
New Mexico Steam Locomotive & Railroad Historical Society
Pacific Railroad Society [est. 1936] in Alhambra, CA
Placer Sierra Railroad Heritage Society
Maps of The Past - restored historic railroad & other maps
AE's index to railroad historical societies
Prof. Jensen's 'Guide To Railroad History'
Sheboygan Model Railroad Engineers online collection of railroad heralds
Don's Utah Rails fansite
'Railroad History In A Nutshell' at Railroad Heritage web portal
Beamish Open Air Museum of Northeast England
Steam Locomotives Database
Iron Horse Preservation Society
Railroad Station Historical Society [est. 1967]
National Association of Timetable Collectors [est. 1962]

Encyclopedia of North American Railroads reference work edited by William D. Middleton, George M. Smerk & Roberta L. Diehl  "Encyclopedia of North American Railroads" [2007]
Edited by William D. Middleton, George M. Smerk & Roberta L. Diehl

Indispensible reference work with over 500 alphabetical entries, extensive appendices,
and a list of 130 'vital railroad books'

Indiana Univ Press 11x8½ hardcover [4/2007] for $61.05
North American Railroads Illustrated Encyclopedia book by Brian Solomon  "North American Railroads: The Illustrated Encyclopedia" [2012]
by Brian Solomon

Kindle Edition from Voyageur Press [10/2014] for $13.80
Voyageur Press 11x9¼ pb [10/2014] for $18.66
Voyageur Press 11¼x9½ hardcover [6/2012] for $25.69
Historical Guide to North American Railroads book from Trains Magazine  "The Historical Guide To North American Railroads" [rev 2014]
from Trains Magazine [est. 1940]

Kalmbach Publng 3rd edition 10½x8 pb [4/2014] for $20.94
Kalmbach Publng 3rd edition 10½x8 pb [4/2014] out of print/used
Kalmbach Publng 2nd edition 8¼x5½ pb [11/99] out of print/used
Kalmbach Publng 8x5½ pb [6/85] out of print/used

                                          

Important  Railroad  Pioneers  &  Events

Thomas Newcomen [1664-1729] invented the 'atmospherical' steam engine in 1712 to pump water out of Britain's coal and tin mines.

James Watt [1736-1819] of Glasgow invented a much-improved low-pressure steam engine in 1763; by 1800,
around 2,000 steam engines were put to use in mines and factories and water works around the world.

mining engineer Richard Trevithick [1771-1833] of Cornwall, U.K. demonstrated the first successful steam locomotive in Wales in 1804.

The Steam Elephant locomotive was built circa 1815 for the Wallsend Colliery in Northeast England.
Existence of the engine was discovered in 1931 from an oil painting dated 1820.

George Stephenson [1781-1848] of U.K. built The Locomotion in 1825
for the world's first public steam rail company, the Stockton & Darlington Railway in England.

John Stevens [1749-1838] of New Jersey, USA built a working 'steam carriage' in 1825.

Stephenson's son built the Rocket locomotive in 1829, which was entered in and won the Rainhill Trials.  click here for color drawing (in a new window)
Rocket's innovations included multiple (24) small-diameter flues thru the horizontal boiler, and directly-connected driving rods.

The Liverpool & Manchester Railway opened on 15 September 1830 with eight locomotives and a busy timetable.

The 3-mile Granite Railway in Massachusetts began operations in October 1826, powered by horse-drawn railcars; the line became a branch
of the Old Colony & Newport Railway in 1871, which was absorbed into the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1893
– the Granite Railway is considered the first commercial railroad in the U.S.

The Delaware & Hudson Canal Company imported the Stourbridge Lion locomotive [built 1828] from England  click here for color drawing (in a new window)
and began testing in 1829 at Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Robert Stephenson & Company built early steam locomotive Planet in 1830 as engine #9 for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway;
design improvements over Rocket included cylinders inside the frame, a steam dome, and standardized buffers & couplings.

Peter Cooper [1791-1893] built the Tom Thumb locomotive in 1830 for the Baltimore & Ohio RR.  click here for photograph of the replica train (in a new window)
The Tom Thumb was for demonstration and not used in revenue service; the original was not preserved.

The Best Friend of Charleston steam-powered railroad locomotive was built in 1830 in New York for the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road
Company.  click here for color drawing (in a new window) Best Friend is considered to be the first locomotive built in the United States for revenue service; it also
experienced the first locomotive boiler explosion in the U.S.

The Camden & Amboy Railroad of New Jersey imported the John Bull locomotive from England in 1831.  click here for 1893 photograph (in a new window)   click here for magazine illustration (side view) (in a new window)
The B&O Museum houses the original John Bull.

The Mohawk & Hudson Railroad of New York began operation in 1831 using the locally-built DeWitt Clinton locomotive.  click here for magazine illustration (in a new window)

1832 Baldwin Locomotive Works Old Ironsides steam locomotive  click here for b&w drawing of Baldwin 1832 'Old Ironsides' steam locomotive (in a new window)   click here for color drawing of Baldwin 1832 'Old Ironsides' locomotive with tender and coach (in a new window)

The Mohawk & Hudson RR ordered another locomotive in 1832; first named Experiment, later changed to Brother Jonathan.  click here for 1987 U.S.P.S. 22’ 'Brother Jonathan' postage stamp (in a new window)

The Norris Locomotive Works [1832-1866] of Philadelphia built locomotives Black Hawk and George Washington {famous for the record
incline test of July 1836} for the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, and the 1837 Lafayette 4-2-0 locomotive for the B&O Railroad.
The B&O Museum houses an operational 1927 replica of the Lafayette.  click here for photograph (in a new window)

The first railway service in Europe opened in May 1835 on a network of rails built by the Belgian government, using three steam locomotives – the 2-4-0 locomotive
Elephant built by Tayleur & Company, and 2-2-2 locomotives Stephenson and Arrow built by Robert Stephenson & Company in England.

Eastwick and Harrison of Philadelphia built the 4-4-0 steam locomotive Hercules in 1837 for the Beaver Meadow Railroad in Pennsylvania; although the Gowan & Knox engine is honored for introducing the equalizing lever (a spring suspension system), this earlier engine is also said to have had the device.  click here for photo of 1987 U.S.P.S. 22’ postage stamp (in a new window)

Eastwick and Harrison of Philadelphia built the 4-4-0 freight locomotive Gowan & Marx in 1839 for the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad; the engine
introduced the equalizing lever, a spring suspension system that remained in use until the last steam locomotive.  click here for photo of 1987 U.S.P.S. 22’ postage stamp (in a new window)

George Westinghouse, Jr. [1846-1914] patented the air brake in 1869.

Fred Harvey [1835-1901] opened his first restaurant for the AT&SF in 1875.


Further details about these people, events & locomotives – and more – were cut to their own page in Spring 2015.

Railroad Pioneers, 1802-1840 Page at Spirit of America Bookstore
top of page • history links • pioneers & events • locomotive gallery • books & videos

History of Trains' educational poster  "History of Trains" educational poster [undated]
24"x36" poster from Amazon for $6.99

view larger image in new window


Narrow-Gauge  Railroads  (in General)
Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation [est. 2000]
Colorado Rockies Narrow Gauge Circle
Old Time Narrow Gauge Railroading on the Net
RB's Slim Rails fansite {last update 2002?}
Don Richter's Narrow Gauge Discussion Forum
BEK's Southwest Narrow Gauge [est. 2001] modeling & info site based in Phoenix, Arizona
Narrow Gauge Madness Presents Ontario Narrow Gauge Show ]April 2014 = #9] in Canada

Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette [est. 1975] bimonthly for modelers
official website • Wikipedia

National Narrow Gauge Convention [Sept 2012 = #32] in Bellevue/Seattle, Washington State
National Narrow Gauge Convention [Aug 2013 = #33] in Pasadena, California
National Narrow Gauge Convention [Sept 2014 = #34] in Kansas City, Missouri
National Narrow Gauge Convention [2015 = #35] in Houston, Texas
National Narrow Gauge Convention [Sept 2016 = #36] in Augusta, Maine

'narrow gauge railway' entry 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

Narrow Gauge Nostalgia book by George Turner  
"Narrow Gauge Nostalgia: A Compendium of California Short Lines" [1965]
by George Turner

Trans-Anglo Books hardcover [1971] out of print/used
Johnston & Howe hardcover [1965] out of print/used
Narrow Gauge To The Hills book by Edgar T. Mead  "Narrow Gauge To The Hills: Exploring Narrow Gauge Railroads In The American West, Europe, Latin America, and India" [1983] by Edgar T. Mead
Weedy Rail Books hardcover [12/83] out of print/used
David & Charles hardcover [12/83] out of print/used
American Narrow Gauge Railroads  "American Narrow Gauge Railroads" [1990]
by George W. Hilton

Stanford Univ Press 12x9 pb [12/94] for $28.32
Stanford Univ Press 12½x11 hardcover [10/90] for $90.00
California High Country Narrow Gauge Railroads book by George Turner  "California High Country Narrow Gauge Railroads" [2001]
by George Turner

Oso Publng 11½x8¾ hardcover [7/2001] out of print/used
The Birth of California Narrow Gauge book by Bruce MacGregor  "The Birth of California Narrow Gauge" [2003]
by {railroad historian} Bruce MacGregor

lavishly illustrated with 600 photographs & drawings, the majority never-before published
Stanford Univ Press 12x9 hardcover [8/2003] for $40.00

The 12-volume "Narrow Gauge Pictorial" book series [1981-2001] covering locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and work equipment of the R.G.S.,
D&RGW, and Colorado & Southern narrow-gauge railroads of Colorado's Rocky Mountains are coded over on the Colorado Railroads Links Pages.

Foreign Miniature Railroads

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway [opened May 1875] in the Lake District, Cumbria, U.K.
7-mile route; 15-inch gauge (1/3 size); R&ER Preservation Society [est. 1960]

Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway [opened July 1927] in Kent, U.K.
13-mile route; 15-inch gauge (1/3 size)


Historic  Rail  Lines
Fallen Flags & Railroad Photos
HR's East Coast Railroad history site

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


Akron, Canton & Youngstown RR Historical Society
Ann Arbor RR Technical & Historical Assn.
Anthracite RRs {Lehigh Valley & Jersey Central & Reading} Historical Society
Atlantic Coast Line RR - Seaboard Airline RR Historical Society
Baltimore & Ohio RR Historical Society
Boston & Maine RR Historical Society
British Columbia Railway Historical & Technical Society
Friends of the Burlington Northern [est. 1993]
Central of Georgia RR Historical Society
Central Vermont Railway Historical Society
Chesapeake & Ohio RR Historical Society
CB&Q / Burlington Route Historical Society [est. 1979]
Chicago & Eastern Illinois RR Historical Society
Chicago & North Western RR Historical Society
Colorado Midland RR Historical Society
Colorado & Southern Narrow Gauge RR Historical Society
Conrail Technical Society
Delaware & Hudson Bridge Line RR Historical Society
Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range RR Historical Society
East Tennessee & West North Carolina RR Historical Society
Erie Lackawanna RR Historical Society
Great Northern Railway Historical Society
LK's Great Northern Railway fansite
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio RR Historical Society
Illinois Terminal RR Historical Society
Louisville & Nashville RR Historical Society
Maryland & Pennsylvania RR Preservation & Historical Society
Milwaukee Road RR Historical Assn.
Missouri-Kansas-Texas 'Katy' RR Historical Society
Monon RR Historical & Technical Society
Missouri Pacific Lines - Texas & Pacific Railway Historical Society
New Haven RR Historical & Technical Assn.
New York, Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society
Nickle Plate RR Historical & Technical Society
Northwestern Pacific RR Historical Society
Pere Marquette RR Historical Society
Reading Lines RR Co. Technical & Historical Society
Rock Island RR Technical Society
Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society [est. 1994]
Southern Pacific RR Historical & Technical Society
Wabash RR Historical Society
Western Maryland Railway Historical Society



Carson & Colorado Railway [narrow-gauge; 1880-1905]
Nevada & California Railroad [narrow-gauge; 1905-1912]
Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Railway [narrow-gauge; 1912-1960]
Carson & Colorado Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Carson & Colorado Railroad [1880-1960] history site
C&C - N&C - Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge RR fansite

G.E. Nordell's Carson & Colorado / Nevada & California / Southern Pacific Narrow-Gauge Railroads Page


old-fashion letterhead logo for Central Pacific Railroad Company, circa 1869          old-fashion yellow & black logo for Central Pacific Railroad, circa 1869
Central Pacific Railroad Company [1861-1885]
Central Pacific Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum [est. 1999]
BP's 'Big Four' history site
Central Pacific Railroad Across Nevada - historic comparisons, 1868 & 1997




Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [originally narrow-gauge; 1870-1988]
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad entry at Wikipedia

G.E. Nordell's Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad [1870-1988] Page


El Paso & Southwestern Railroad of Texas & New Mexico herald
El Paso & Southwestern Railroad [1888-1963]
Known as the Arizona & South Eastern Railroad until 1902; mainline ran from Bisbee, Arizona to El Paso, Texas; there were stations at
Douglas, Morenci & Tucson in Arizona, at Alamogordo, Animas, Carrizozo, Colfax, Columbus, Dawson, Deming, Lordsburg, Maxwell,
Rodeo, Roy, Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Tularosa & Vaughn in New Mexico, and at Nacozari de Garcνa in Old Mexico.
no official website • Wikipedia


Illinois Central herald, 1950-1967
Illinois Central Railroad [1851-2001]
Illinois Central Railroad entry at Wikipedia
Illinois Central RR Historical Society
TP's Illinois Central fansite


Louisville & Nashville Railroad herald, 1850-1986
Louisville & Nashville Railroad
[reporting mark LN; est. 1850, absorbed by Seaboard in 1971, now CSX]
L&N Railroad Historical Society [est. 1982] • entry at Wikipedia

http://www.amazon.com/History-Louisville-Nashville-Railroad-Railroads/dp/0813122635/
http://www.amazon.com/Railroad-Civil-War-North-South-Struggle/dp/0786461578/
http://www.amazon.com/Louisville-Nashville-Railroad-Old-Reliable/dp/1883089190/


Nevada-California-Oregon Railway herald
Nevada-California-Oregon Railway [narrow-gauge; 1881-1929]
TA's Nevada-California-Oregon Railway fansite
N.C.O. Railway history pages at Narrow Gauge on the Net


N.C.N.G. engine #5 at the N.C.N.G. Railroad Museum in Grass Valley, CA         N.C.N.G. Railroad Museum herald
Nevada  County  Narrow  Gauge  Railroad  [1876-1942]
Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Grass Valley, California

G.E. Nordell's Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad [1876-1942] Page



Norfolk & Western Railway [1838-1982]
Norfolk & Western Railway entry at Wikipedia
Norfolk & Western Railroad Historical Society [est. 1984]
http://www.amazon.com/Norfolk-Western-Railways-Magnificent-Mallets/dp/1883089018/


Northern Pacific Railway herald
Northern Pacific Railway [1864-1995]
Northern Pacific Railway entry at Wikipedia
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Assn. [est. 1981]
JAP's Northern Pacific Railway fansite


Oregon, Pacific & Eastern Railway [1904-1994] at Cottage Grove, Oregon



Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society


The Reader Railroad of Arkansas & Texas
Reader Railroad [est. 1925] of Arkansas & Texas
apparently still in business, though mostly for use in motion pictures such as "3:10 To Yuma" [2007]
Reader Railroad official website



Rutland Railroad [1843-1950] and Rutland Railway [1950-63]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland_Railroad
The Rutland Railroad Archives at Middlebury College in Vermont
Rutland Railway Assn. & Museum at the depot in Center Rutland, Vermont
Rutland RR Historical Society [est. 1968 & 1987]



Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway
Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway Historical Society & S.I.G.


         modern logo for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Virginia & Truckee Railroad [1869-1950, rebuilt 1972 & 2006]
Virginia & Truckee / Northern Nevada Railway Foundation [est. 1991]
Virginia & Truckee Railroad entry at Wikipedia

G.E. Nordell's Virginia & Truckee Railroad Page



Western Pacific Railroad [1910-1982]
Western Pacific Railroad Museum [opened 1984] in Portola, CA
Feather River Rail Society [est. 1983]
Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society [est. 1996]
Western Pacific RR Virtual Museum
California Zephyr Virtual Museum


Spirit of America Bookstore's American Railroads Pages

on page one:  top of page • links • RR museums • Class I railroads • Class II railroads • shortline railroads

here on page two:  top of page • RR history • narrow gauge RRs • historic rail lines

on page three:  top of page • transcontinental railroads • railroad moguls • railroad recordings

Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Railroads in Fiction' Pages

Spirit of America Bookstore's 'Non-Fiction Books About Railroads' Page

Spirit of America Bookstore's Railroad Equipment Pages
Spirit of America Bookstore's Geared Steam Locomotives Page
Spirit of America Bookstore's Private Railcars U.S.A. Page

Spirit of America Bookstore's Railroad Film Festival Pages


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

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