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Holiday Trains 2023
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Amtrak Keystone Service
Album Views: 661
Alabama Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 183
Trains of the Erie Lackawanna and predecessors
Album Views: 578
Amtrak Acela Express
Album Views: 1,800
Amtrak Heartland Flyer
Album Views: 513
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One of the busiest regional intercity lines in the US. It links Sacramento, Oakland, and San Jose.
Album Views: 1,379
From Vancouver, BC, to Eugene, OR, this route runs along stretches of Puget Sound and the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The TALGO trainsets that were the line's backbone for many years were withdrawn from service after they were cited in the 2017 crash
Amtrak Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg
Album Views: 119
Amtrak Illini and Saluki
Album Views: 322
Serving the heart of Illinois, this pair of trains runs daily between Chicago and Carbondale. The names come from the team names of major universities along the way, University of Illinois in Champaign and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Amtrak Hartford Line and Valley Flyer
Album Views: 597
With double tracking, CT Rail, a new regional service, and restoration of Springfield Union Station, the Connecticut Valley line has become once more an exciting place for train watching.
Amtrak Michigan Services
Album Views: 1,004
Amtrak has three routes that connect Michigan with Chicago, but none to the East or South. The routes are: Wolverine - Pontiac - Chicago; Blue Water - Port Huron - Chicago, and Pere Marquette - Grand Rapids - Chicago.
Amtrak Hiawatha Service
Album Views: 460
Amtrak Missouri River Runner
Album Views: 296
Twice a day Amtrak connects the Show-Me State's two largest cities.
Amtrak Gone But Not Forgotten
Album Views: 1,702
A look back at some of the Amtrak trains that no longer run.
Amtrak Lincoln Service
Album Views: 621
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express
Album Views: 391
Amtrak Empire Service
Album Views: 2,526
From New York City to Niagara Falls Amtrak runs a fleet of fast, multiple-frequency trains that serve the heart of the Empire State.
Amtrak Silver Meteor
Album Views: 1,290
Texas Pre-Amtrak Passenger Trains
Album Views: 400
Amtrak Silver Star
Album Views: 919
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Amtrak Northeast Regional
Album Views: 5,322
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Amtrak City of New Orleans
Album Views: 647
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The successor to the Montrealer, the Vermonter runs between St. Albans, Vt., and Washington, DC. Much of the northern part of the route runs along the Connecticut and White Rivers.
Amtrak Maple Leaf
Album Views: 574
This 500-plus mile day run connects the largest city in the United States with the largest city in Canada. Its route takes it through the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys and across Niagara Gorge.
Amtrak Auto Train
Album Views: 1,330
Amtrak's longest train takes passengers and their vehicles on an overnight trip between Florida and the Northeast while eliminating 850 miles of driving. It is popular with snowbirds and families.
Album Views: 1,169
New York - Chicago the long way, via Washington, West Virginia, and Cincinnati.
Album Views: 1,167
Running between New York and Pittsburgh this day train is the only scheduled passenger train still operating over Horseshoe Curve.
Amtrak Lake Shore Limited
Album Views: 1,508
Plying the New York Central's Water Level Route this overnight train connects New York and Boston with Chicago.
Amtrak Capitol Limited
Album Views: 1,283
An overnight run between Washington and Chicago with beautiful scenery along the Potomac River and crossing the Allegheny Mountains.
Amtrak Texas Eagle
Album Views: 1,352
A long distance train between Chicago and San Antonio that serves several large cities along the route, including St. Louis, Little Rock, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin. Three times a week it carries through cars to Los Angeles via a connection with the S
Album Views: 807
Amtrak took over the New York - New Orleans market when the Southern Railway discontinued its famed Southern Crescent. Following the same route, it takes two days and a night to connect the Big Apple with the Big Easy. The crossing of Lake Ponchartrain is
Amtrak Empire Builder
Album Views: 2,661
This train, which runs between Chicago and Seattle and Portland, takes its name from James J. Hill, who founded the Great Northern Railroad and extended it from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast.
Amtrak California Zephyr
Album Views: 4,166
This popular route between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area features crossings of two challenging mountain ranges, the Rockies and the Sierras.
Amtrak Southwest Chief
Album Views: 2,989
The heir to Santa Fe's legendary Super Chief plies its forbear's route from Chicago to Los Angeles every day.
Amtrak Sunset Limited
Album Views: 865
Oldest name train in continuous service and the first train to run coast to coast.
Album Views: 764
A 4-8-4 once assigned to the Santa Fe's classiest trains now roams its former rails in California and Arizona.
Album Views: 5,885
A special part of the season for anyone who likes trains.
Virginia Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 1,005
Chesapeake & Ohio passenger trains
Album Views: 831
CSX Passenger Trains 1982 - 2020
Album Views: 1,159
Heartland Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 1,017
A handful of operations can be found in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Reading & Northern Passenger Trains
Album Views: 3,007
This smartly run regional carrier operates excursion trains using both steam and diesel power.
Amtrak in Colorado, 2021 -
Album Views: 5,558
New York City Transit - Queens
Album Views: 2,182
New York City Transit - Bronx
Album Views: 1,315
New York City Transit - Brooklyn
Album Views: 3,738
Amtrak Special Moves, 1971 - 2010
Album Views: 1,069
Shore Line East
Album Views: 929
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Trains on Bridges - District of Columbia
Album Views: 1,028
Canadian National Passenger Trains in the United States
Album Views: 1,474
OCS, excursions and special moves operated by CN in the USA.
Union Pacific Steam Specials
Album Views: 2,526
Photos of Northern #844 and Challenger #3985 from around the UP system. For photos of Big Boy #4014 visit:https://www.railpictures.net/album/5262/
Metro North West of the Hudson
Album Views: 1,334
Metro North Harlem Line
Album Views: 2,051
Metro North New Haven Line in New York State
Album Views: 1,212
Amtrak in Pennsylvania, 2010 - Diesels
Album Views: 3,323
The electrified Northeast Corridor and Keystone Corridor have the traffic. The Pennsylvanian and Capitol Limited routed, which are all diesel, have the scenery.
Pennsylvania Heritage Railroads and Museums - Pre 2011 - Steam
Album Views: 3,054
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Trolleys, subways, PATCO, and the Norristown line.
Amtrak in Colorado, 1971 - 2010
Album Views: 1,853
Amtrak in New Jersey, 1971 - 2000
Album Views: 2,139
Amtrak in Illinois, 1971 - 2010
Album Views: 3,264
METRA in Suburbia, 1985 - 2010
Album Views: 1,470
Riding the Regionals - Southeast
Album Views: 1,550
Riding the Regionals - Midwest
Album Views: 2,305
Although most only provide freight service, regional railroads have passenger operations; not only executive trains but also charity events and excursions.
Amtrak-on-Hudson, 1971 - 2000
Album Views: 2,101
Amtrak in Wyoming
Album Views: 1,194
Even though Amtrak no longer serves the Cowboy State it had a strong presence in the past and trains occasionally detour through the state.
Penn Central Passenger Trains
Album Views: 4,851
The three biggest passenger carriers - Pennsylvania, New York Central, and New Haven - merged to create the ill-fated Penn Central, whose passenger losses and poor service led to the formation of Amtrak and state-owned commuter lines.
Boston Rail Transit - Past and Present
Album Views: 2,144
METRA in Chicago
Album Views: 3,134
Amtrak Special Moves, 2011 -
Album Views: 7,699
Charters, specials and the American Orient Express
Riding the Regionals - West of the Mississippi
Album Views: 2,207
Amtrak Coast Starlight
Album Views: 10,706
Running daily between Seattle and Los Angeles, this train offers running alongside the Pacific Ocean and through the Cascade Mountains. It has been one of Amtrak's long-distance success stories.
Amtrak in Pennsylvania, 2010 - , Electrics
Album Views: 6,156
Since 2010 Pennsylvania got an upgraded Keystone Corridor as Siemens ACS-64 Charger locomotives replaced the venerable AEM-7.
Union Pacific #4014 (Big Boy)
Album Views: 12,426
The restoration and system tour of Union Pacific Big Boy #4014 was the big story of the year, drawing out fans and bystanders by the thousands.
Wisconsin Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,735
Amtrak in Wisconsin
Album Views: 5,219
The Empire Builder crosses the state on its way to St. Paul, Seattle and Portland. The Hiawatha Corridor between Milwaukee and Chicago is one of Amtrak's busiest routes.
C&NW and MILW: Upper Midwest Rivals
Album Views: 3,833
Baltimore & Ohio Long-Distance Passenger Trains
Album Views: 3,598
In its heyday, B&O ran passenger service from Jersey City to Washington, Chicago and St. Louis. But it couldn't compete with the Pennsylvania or New York Central. By the time Amtrak was formed, its trains were a shadow of their former selves.
West Virginia Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,176
Mountain scenery and steam operations like the Cass Scenic RR make West Virginia a draw for rail buffs.
Amtrak in West Virginia
Album Views: 3,798
Powerful members of Congress once helped this scenic state get levels of service not seen elsewhere. Now the Capitol Limited and Cardinal are all that remain.
Amtrak in Washington state
Album Views: 5,610
With two sections of the Empire Builder, the Coast Starlight, Seattle, the Cascade Mountains, Columbia Valley and Puget Sound, Washington state offers rail buffs plenty of variety and beauty.
Amtrak in Virginia
Album Views: 7,531
With Northeast Regional trains, Auto Train and long distance service to Florida, New Orleans and Chicago, a lot of train riding and train watching can be had.
Vermont Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,880
The Green Mountain state is the perfect setting for great train riding and photography, especially in the fall.
Amtrak in Utah
Album Views: 4,088
Utah is served only by the California Zephyr, but the state has numerous photo locations and wide open spaces.
Texas Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,691
Rock Island Rocket Redux
Album Views: 7,161
The Rock Island was an also-ran in the markets it served competing the likes of the Santa Fe Super Chief and Burlington Denver Zephyr, but it did its best to put on a good show.
Texas Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 3,304
Austin, Houston and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex all have new rail lines.
Amtrak in Texas
Album Views: 4,335
The Lone Star State is big on route mileage but small on passenger service with only three routes for the second biggest state by size and population. Offerings include the Sunset Limited, Texas Eagle and Heartland Flyer.
Tennessee Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,329
See Southern steam in Knoxville and Chattanooga and Knoxville and EMD E8 diesels in New York Central classic lightning stripe dress in Nashville.
Amtrak in Tennessee
Album Views: 1,906
The City of New Orleans stops in Memphis Tennessee, but you don't need to change cars.
Amtrak in Rhode Island
Album Views: 1,818
The smallest state is home to the fastest track in North America and the largest city between Boston and New York.
Western Pennsylvania Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 3,313
Pittsburgh no longer has commuter trains and Johnstown no longer has trolleys, but light rail remains strong in Pittsburgh. Mr. Rogers would be pleased.
Philadelphia Commuter Rail
Album Views: 7,487
Trains of SEPTA and predecessors - Pennsylvania, Reading, Penn Central, Conrail, SEPTA.
Pennsylvania Heritage Railroads and Museums - Diesel and Electric
Album Views: 7,147
Diesel-powered tourist lines can be found in all corners of the state.
Pennsylvania Heritage Railroads and Museums, 2011 - Steam
Album Views: 11,415
Pennsylvania is home to the famous Strasburg Railroad and several other lines that use steam power.
Amtrak in Pennsylvania, 2000 - 2009
Album Views: 5,715
The 21st Century brought the age of Acela and the discontinuance of the Three Rivers as Amtrak focused more on corridors and less on long haul.
Amtrak in Pennsylvania, 1971 - 1999
Album Views: 4,674
An era of great change for the fledgling carrier with GG1s, Metroliners, E60s, AEM-7s, E8s, SDP-40s, F40PHs, P42DCs, the Broadway Limited, Capitol Limited, National Limited and more.
Pacific Northwest Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,701
Pacific Northwest Transit and Commuter Rail
Album Views: 3,063
Portland and Seattle are transit-friendly cities and getting friendlier.
Amtrak in Oregon
Album Views: 4,541
See the Coast Starlight in the Cascade Mountains as well as green and brown Cascade Talgo trains running between Eugene, Portland and Seattle.
Ohio Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,933
Amtrak in Ohio
Album Views: 2,302
Overnight schedules with inconvenient calling times limit opportunities for good photos - unless the train is running very late.
New York City Transit - Manhattan and Staten Island
Album Views: 6,171
One of the world's oldest and busiest subway systems, serving more than four million riders daily.
Carolina Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,401
Amtrak in the Carolinas
Album Views: 7,006
Three north-south routes cross the Carolinas. Auto Train runs through here, too. Also, the State of North Carolina sponsors the Piedmont service and supports the Carolinian.
Metro North Predecessors
Album Views: 3,442
Conrail, Erie Lackawanna, New Haven, New York Central and Penn Central ran exotic equipment - but very road worn and run down.
Metro North Hudson Line and New York City
Album Views: 10,207
With three lines radiating north out of Grand Central Terminal plus service to Port Jervis on the former Erie, Metro North covers a wide swatch of New York's northern suburbs with varying terrains.
Long Island Rail Road - EMU Trains
Album Views: 5,583
The nation's busiest passenger railroad depends every day on a fleet of nearly 1,000 multiple unit cars to bring hundreds of thousands of commuters to and from their jobs.
Long Island Rail Road - Diesel Trains
Album Views: 6,807
Locomotive-hauled trains extend LIRR service from Midtown New York to the eastern reaches of the North and South Forks. Power has gone through four generations since steam service ended.
New York State Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,266
The scenic Adirondack and Catskill Mountains offer wonderful views, but political forces have made it difficult for railroads to stay in business.
Amtrak Northeast Corridor in New York State
Album Views: 4,414
The Northeast Corridor cuts through four New York counties on its brief stretch to the Connecticut Line east of Port Chester. There are several photo opportunities along the route.
Amtrak Across New York State
Album Views: 5,683
Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited runs from one end of New York to the other sharing CSX's busy Chicago line with the Maple Leaf and Empire Corridor trains.
Amtrak Adirondack and Predecessors
Album Views: 4,849
The Adirondack follows both the Hudson and the Lake Champlain shoreline on its leisurely trip between New York and Montreal. When it started, it was pulled by beautiful ALCO PAs purchased by Delaware & Hudson second-hand from the Santa Fe.
Amtrak-on-Hudson, 2001 - present
Album Views: 10,175
The beautiful Hudson Valley is rarely out of site between New York and Albany-Rensselaer on Amtrak's busy Empire Corridor.
Pennsylvania Railroad Long-Distance Passenger Trains
Album Views: 4,621
The Pennsy was one of the biggest passenger carriers in the United States, but its fortunes waned and it lost business to the highways and skies, and stumbled toward its ill-fated merger with the New York Central.
Cumbres & Toltec in New Mexico
Album Views: 3,416
The narrow-gauge steam line from Chama climbing Cumbres Pass has exceptional scenery and is easy to chase.
Amtrak in New Mexico
Album Views: 7,511
The Southwest Chief is an under-appreciated train. The New Mexico scenery is like none other in the entire system.
New Jersey's Other Commuter Lines - Metro North, PATCO, PATH and SEPTA
Album Views: 3,380
Two rapid transit lines, PATCO and PATH, take commuters to Philadelphia and New York, respectively. Metro North locomotives and rolling stock often show up on NJ Transit northern lines and SEPTA terminates routes in Trenton and West Trenton.
New Jersey Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 4,002
Several fine operations from north to south.
Garden State Through Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 3,414
The Pennsylvania and (later) Penn Central dominated the market but Baltimore & Ohio, Erie and Lackawanna all competed for the Garden State passenger trade.
New Jersey Commuter Rail Before NJ Transit
Album Views: 6,241
Thanks largely to mergers and bankruptcies, New Jersey's commuter railroads underwent profound changes between the end of steam and the takeover by NJ Transit in 1983.
NJ Transit - Atlantic City Line
Album Views: 1,975
NJ Transit - Pascack Valley Line
Album Views: 2,827
NJ Transit - Bergen County Line
Album Views: 2,310
NJ Transit - Main Line
Album Views: 3,694
NJ Transit - Montclair/Boonton Line
Album Views: 4,218
NJ Transit - Morris & Essex Line
Album Views: 6,343
NJ Transit - Gladstone Branch
Album Views: 4,098
NJ Transit - Raritan Valley Line
Album Views: 4,529
NJ Transit - Northeast Corridor
Album Views: 7,473
NJ Transit - North Jersey Coast Line
Album Views: 3,827
NJ Transit - Light Rail
Album Views: 2,138
Amtrak in New Jersey, 2001 - present
Album Views: 9,748
The stretch of the Northeast Corridor between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers is probably the busiest line in the entire Amtrak system.
New Hampshire Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,601
Beautiful mountain scenery has made this small state a draw for rail buffs to ride the Mount Washington Cog Railway and the Conway Scenic, among others.
Mountain State Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 6,007
Operations in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming including the Nevada Northern and Heber Valley.
Amtrak in Nevada
Album Views: 2,338
The California Zephyr comes through in late night/early morning.
Union Pacific Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 4,141
The Union Pacific fielded lengthy yellow domeliners that connected the Midwest with the Pacific Coast as well as secondary services that included mixed trains that lasted until Amtrak began.
Trains of Burlington Northern and Predecessors
Album Views: 4,411
Although BN spent just 14 months as a passenger carrier, it maintained the high standards of Burlington's Denver Zephyr, Great Northern's Empire Builder and Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited.
Amtrak in Montana
Album Views: 3,552
The Empire Builder crosses Big Sky County every day, passing along the way through scenic Glacier National Park.
Missouri Passenger Service Before Amtrak
Album Views: 3,625
Several railroads criss-crossed the state, making for colorful and varied passenger service in the years before Amtrak.
Amtrak in Missouri
Album Views: 3,621
The Show-Me State play host to the Missouri River Mules, Southwest Chief and Texas Eagle.
Amtrak in Mississippi
Album Views: 2,292
Where the City of New Orleans and Crescent are "rolling down to the sea."
Amtrak in Alabama
Album Views: 2,536
The Crescent has replaced the Floridian as the mainstay of Amtrak service in this state.
Minnesota Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,583
Plenty of opportunities to ride and shoot.
Amtrak in Minnesota
Album Views: 3,697
It's all Empire Builder with scenes from the city and country.
New York Central: Lightning Stripes and Cigar Bands
Album Views: 4,885
The Central's Great Steel Fleet fielded such famous trains as the Twentieth Century Limited and Empire State Express. The railroad also had extensive commuter service in New York and Boston and served travelers along numerous branch lines.
Michigan Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,281
Enjoy dinner trains, narrow-gauge steam and antique engines operating at Henry Ford's Greenfield Village.
Amtrak in Michigan
Album Views: 3,217
Routes from Chicago to Detroit, Pontiac, Port Huron and Grans Rapids mean plenty of action and good locations.
Massachusetts Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,543
Boston Commuter Rail - Past and present
Album Views: 7,167
Many of the MBTA services date back to the Boston & Maine, New Haven, New York Central and Penn Central.
Amtrak in Massachusetts
Album Views: 5,364
Once treated like a backwater with decrepit locomotives, cars and track, Massachusetts has become a star in the Amtrak constellation with electrification to Boston, service to Maine and an upgraded Connecticut Valley line.
Album Views: 2,629
Ed Ellis' rail holding company brought the brown and orange colors of the Illinois Central back to life on its varied passenger operations around the country.
Maryland Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 4,120
From B&O RDCs to MARC bilevel coaches pulled by electric locomotives and diesels, the Maryland commuting scene has evolved, while trolleys, aka light rail vehicles, are back.
Maryland Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 4,055
With museums in Eastern Maryland and steam excursions in Western Maryland there is plenty of variety to see, ride and shoot.
Amtrak in Maryland
Album Views: 6,208
Lots of acton one of the busiest - and fastest - sections of the Northeast Corridor plus the Capitol Limited going through Harpers Ferry, Sand Patch Tunnel and more.
Maine Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 3,936
Home to restored 2-foot gauge steam locomotives and the oldest trolley museum in the country.
Amtrak Northern New England Services
Album Views: 3,524
When Amtrak began, it served none of the three northern New England states. Today, all have service and there is talk of expansion.
Amtrak in Louisana
Album Views: 2,723
With three Amtrak long-distance routes terminating in New Orleans, there are plenty of locations for great shots.
Kentucky Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,632
The Bluegrass State hosts several fine museums, tourist trains and a dinner train, all bound to delight rail buffs.
Amtrak in Kentucky
Album Views: 1,782
Kentucky hasn't been lucky with Amtrak. The Floridian and Kentucky Cardinal are gone. The Cardinal runs only three times a week. The City of New Orleans passes through in the middle of the night. Yet, there are still many good views to be seen.
Amtrak in the Heartland and Arkansas
Album Views: 2,870
The wide open spaces of the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma have little service - one train for the entire state. South Dakota has none.
Heartland Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 6,868
Views from the Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma
Iowa Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,906
There's something for everyone: Chinese steam locomotives, diesels, interurbans and more.
Amtrak Across Iowa
Album Views: 2,361
The California Zephyr cuts across the state at night on its way west, but runs in daylight while heading east. The Southwest Chief runs through the Southeast corner of Iowa, stopping only in Fort Madison.
Album Views: 3,488
A midwestern favorite.
Rio Grande Zephyr
Album Views: 4,775
A remnant of the original California Zephyr, this train offered great dining and many as five Vista-Dome cars for viewing the Rocky Mountain Scenery. It was the last train to be replaced by Amtrak.
Rockets Rolling On
Album Views: 6,200
The Rock Island was one of three railroads not to join Amtrak. Its remaining Rocket trains remained in service almost until the railroad became part of history.
The Original Auto Train
Album Views: 1,648
An innovative idea that became successful but grew too fast, plus the gaudiest paint scheme of all time.
Indiana Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,375
Indiana Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 2,732
The Monon, aka the Hoosier Line, was the hometown favorite.
Amtrak in Indiana
Album Views: 5,330
Several long-haul and intercity lines run through the Hoosier State.
Railroads of Hawaii
Album Views: 1,823
You think there would be no trains in Paradise? Think again. (Hawaii. Not Pennsylvania.)
Riding the Regionals - Northeast
Album Views: 6,955
Although most only provide freight service, regional railroads have passenger operations; not only executive trains but also charity events and excursions.
Canadian Pacific Passenger Trains in the United States
Album Views: 4,110
CP specials, including steam, executive trains and the famed Holiday Train, frequently can be seen south of the border.
Midwest Commuter Rail and Transit Beyond Chicago
Album Views: 3,183
New systems are coming online in major cities throughout the Midwest.
South Shore Line - The Last Interurban
Album Views: 3,669
While it's interurban line brethren have all bit the dust, the Chicago, South Shore & South Bend is stronger than ever.
Chicago Transit Authority
Album Views: 4,512
A colorful system of subway and elevated trains that come by so often "you won't even notice it."
Chicago Commuting Before METRA
Album Views: 6,783
Several Chicago railroads, including Burlington, Chicago & Northwestern, Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road and Rock Island, provided extensive service to and from the Chicago suburbs.
METRA in Suburbia: 2011 -
Album Views: 8,903
Chicago's huge commuter rail system incorporates routes previously operated by Chicago & Northwestern, Milwaukee Road, Burlington, Illinois Centrak, Rock Island, Gulf Mobile & Ohio and Wabash (N&W).
Illinois Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,469
Some of the country's best railroad museums are to be found here. Occasionally, their best trains get out on the road.
Illinois Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 12,805
To the North, South, East and West, the Land of Lincoln offered plenty of colorful passenger trains.
Amtrak in Illinois, 2011 -
Album Views: 7,236
Plenty of action away from the Windy City.
Amtrak in Chicago
Album Views: 5,252
45+ years of passenger action in the system's hub.
Van Swearingen (C&O, NKP, PM) Berkshires (2-8-4)
Album Views: 6,205
The Van Swearingen Brothers standarized freight power for their railroads with nearly identical 2-8-4 Berkshires. Two of these engines are still in excursion service.
Northeast Corridor Before Amtrak
Album Views: 3,779
The Pennsylvania, New Haven and, later, Penn Central put on quite a show.
Southern Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 3,915
New light rail and commuter lines are popping up in the South, joining the ranks of stalwarts NOPSI and MARTA.
Album Views: 9,312
When Norfolk & Western merged with the Southern Railway, two of its locomotives, #611 and #1218, were fired up and used on excursions.
Album Views: 3,218
Now running between Orlando and Miami, this privately held high-speed passenger railroad is expanding with plans to add service to Tampa and between Las Vegas and Southern California.
Southern Railway Steam
Album Views: 6,641
Norfolk Southern Passenger Specials
Album Views: 10,546
With matched F-units hauling Tuscan red varnish NS' specials make a sharp impression wherever they go.
Georgia Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 4,552
Tourist railroads can be found around the state offering varying action.
Amtrak in Georgia
Album Views: 3,251
Amtrak's Auto Train, Crescent, Palmetto and Silver Service all run in the Peach State.
Florida Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 3,763
Colorful Tri-Rail and SunRail commuter service plus the Miami Metro off many opportunities to catch the action.
Album Views: 3,595
The Southern Railway was one of three US railroads that decided not to join Amtrak in 1971. Its flagship train, the Southern Crescent, Washington - New Orleans, set the standard for passenger rail service in the US for most of the 1970s.
Passenger Trains of the South Before Amtrak
Album Views: 9,688
A colorful and diverse group of railroads operated passenger trains in the South that ranged from speedy limiteds like the Panama Limited and Silver Meteor to regional and branchline services.
Florida Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 2,903
Amtrak in Florida
Album Views: 6,974
See the Auto Train and Silver Service trains plus services gone but not forgotten like the Floridian and Sunset Limited.
Capital Commute - Now and Then
Album Views: 4,848
From DC Transit Trolley to subways and commuter rail, the Capital's has changed dramatically.
Amtrak in DC
Album Views: 2,871
A wide variety of action in our nation's capital, also home to Amtrak's Union Station headquarters.
Wilmington & Western
Album Views: 2,935
This northern Delaware tourist railroad is home to one of the few operating 4-4-0 steam locmotives in the world.
Album Views: 2,112
SEPTA serves Wilmington and two other Delaware stations, MARC and NJ Transit trains occasionally pass through.
Amtrak in Delaware
Album Views: 2,591
Amtrak's Northeast Corridor cuts across the northern end of Delaware. Go to the cafe car for a coffee and you might miss it. The state may be small but among Acelas, regional trains and long distance there is plenty of action.
Connecticut Heritage Railroads and Museums
Album Views: 5,702
See action on the steam-powered Valley Railroad and diesels on the Naugatuck.
Metro North in Connecticut
Album Views: 9,398
Amtrak in Connecticut
Album Views: 7,981
See how two of the busiest routes on the Amtrak network have evolved since the railroad started in 1971.
Mountain States Commuter Rail and Transit
Album Views: 4,991
Colorado, New Mexico and Utah are now home to light rail and commuter rail.
Album Views: 9,495
See why railroads like the Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec draw steam buffs to Colorado from around the world.
Colorado Passenger Trains Before Amtrak
Album Views: 5,828
Plenty of passenger action among Burlington, Colorado & Southern, Missouri Pacific, Rio Grande, Rock Island, Santa Fe and Union Pacific.
Colorado's diesel heritage railroads
Album Views: 5,122
While Colorado's narrow gauge steam railroads are the major draw, the state is also home to several diesel-powered tourist railroads that take passengers to the Royal Gorge and other sites.
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The Winter Park Ski Train has taken generations of Denverites to the slopes. Started by the Rio Grande and now operated by Amtrak, it's the best way to get there.
Amtrak in Colorado, 2011 - 2020
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Two Amtrak routes serve the Centennial State. The California Zephyr's route through Moffat Tunnel and along the Colorado River goes from one end of the state to the other. The Southwest Chief cuts across the southeast corner.
The Original California Zephyr
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Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific joined forces to run one of the most beautiful and innovative trains in the country, the California Zephyr. It ran from 1949-1970 but was widely recognized as one of the premiere trains in the West.
Southern California Rail Transit
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The land of the freeway is home to a subway and light rail.
Southern California Commuter Rail
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Los Angeles' Metrolink and San Diego's Coaster are getting Californians out of their cars and onto trains.
Northern California Transit: cable cars, trolleys, light rail and BART
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Trolleys and LRVs abound in the region along with San Francisco's famed cable car system and the BART heavy rail line.
California Heritage Railroads and Museums
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From the vineyards of Napa Valley to the canyons of the Coastal Range to famed theme parks like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, California's tourist railroads and museums offers a wide variety of experiences for the rail enthusiast.
Amtrak San Joaquins
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From one train each way in 1973 between Bakersfield and Oakland when it started up, this line as expanded to six trips daily; four to Oakland and two to Sacramento.
Amtrak Transcontinentals in California
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California-bound rail travelers from the east have three choices to reach the Golden State: California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle. A look back through the years including the now-defunct Desert Wind
Amtrak Surf Line: Pacific Surfliners and San Diegans
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Stretching from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, the Surf Line has become Amtrak's second busiest route. See the Pacific Surfliner and San Diegan in action along with trains from predecessors Santa Fe and Southern Pacific.
American Freedom Train
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Three different steam locomotives hauled this special created to celebrate America's Bicentennial as it crisscrossed the United States.
Northern California Commuter Rail
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Where once there was only one commuter carrier, Southern Pacific between San Jose and San Francisco, today there are three: Caltrain (former SP), Altamont Commuter Express, and the newest, SMART (Sonoma-Marin Rapid Transit).
Southern Pacific Daylight GS-4 #4449
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This powerful and beautiful 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive hauled the Coast Daylight and other SP varnish. It came back from retirement to haul numerous specials and excursions, including the American Freedom Train.
Kansas City Southern's Southern Belle business train
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KCS honors its passenger flagship with a spiffy business train hauled by three FP9s.
Union Pacific Diesel Specials
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See beautiful diesel locomotives in UP's traditional armour yellow livery and special commemorative paint schemes pulling long trains of yellows cars reminiscent of the days when UP domeliners seemed to go Everywhere West.
Southern Pacific Streamliners
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In the years after World War II Southern Pacific went from being the most bullish railroad on passenger service to one of its biggest detractors. It continually downgraded service until Amtrak took over what remained.
Conrail's Crown Jewels
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Conrail's business train, decked out in Pullman green and deluxe gold and hauled by as many as three EMD E-8s, was a class act.
CSX Passenger Trains 2021-
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CSX has extensive passenger operations that include office car specials, trips to major events like the Kentucky Derby, track geometry trains and the annual Santa Claus train over the northern section of the fallen flag Clinchfield Railroad.
To the Grand Canyon by Rail
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The Grand Canyon Railroad, operating a 64-miles former Santa Fe branch to the eponymous natural wonder, is one of the best tourist railroads in the United States. It operates both steam and diesel locomotives.
BNSF Passenger Trains
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Though it is a Class I freight carrier, BNSF maintains a fleet of passenger cars for business trains, employee specials and entertaining VIPs.
Remember Santa Fe Warbonnets
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The Santa Fe's warbonnet paint scheme on passenger diesel locomotives was one of the most iconic in railroading. It appealed to travelers and modellers alike, and helped brand Santa Fe all the way from Chicago to California and Texas.
Amtrak in Arizona
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The northerly Southwest Chief and southerly Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle cross the state and give riders a taste of desert scenery.
Discover Alaska by Rail
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The beauty of America's 49th state is unequaled. Enjoy it with these views of Alaska's best trains: Denali Star, Coastal Classic, Glacier Discovery, Aurora Winter Train and White Pass & Yukon.
Iconic Railroad Bridges
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The best of the best trains on bridges.
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ALCO RS-3 locomotive in classic paint schemes.
Trains on Bridges - Hawaii
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CSX River Line
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Connecticut Valley Railroads
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