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Ferrocarriles de Virginia en "The Old Dominion State"

Los ferrocarriles de Virginia cuentan con operaciones típicas de los Apalaches, un montón de carbón que se mueve desde el vertedero hasta el agua de la marea con pendientes rígidas sobre Blue Ridge que debe ser conquistado para completar el viaje. Sin embargo, el Commonwealth también incluye operaciones que no se encuentran a menudo en las llanuras costeras de los estados de los Apalaches. & # Xa0 Virginia alberga el puerto de Norfolk / Newport News, una gran instalación en la costa este que maneja un importante tráfico de contenedores y envíos de carbón. & # Xa0 In Además, el estado alberga líneas principales de norte a sur como la antigua Línea de la Costa Atlántica, Sur y Seaboard Air Line. & # xa0 Desde la perspectiva de un entusiasta de los trenes en ese momento, ofrecía una exhibición bastante ecléctica de operaciones.

El Old Dominion State puede que ya no sea el hogar de nombres como Norfolk & Western o Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac, pero hoy los sucesores CSX Transportation y Norfolk Southern continúan operando muchas de sus líneas y otras banderas caídas. Además, Virginia cuenta con un puñado de líneas cortas, la mayoría de las cuales se encuentran en las regiones orientales del estado (o directamente a lo largo de la costa).

Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 # 382 serpentea a lo largo de la legendaria "Abingdon Branch" (Abingdon, Virginia-West Jefferson, Carolina del Norte), conocida coloquialmente como "Virginia Creeper", con un tren mixto (carga / pasajero) el 1 de octubre de 1956. Abandonado en 1977, hoy el derecho de paso es Virginia Creep Trail.

Los ferrocarriles de Virginia se remontan a 1830 cuando se contrató el ferrocarril de Petersburgo para conectar Petersburg, Virginia con Garysburg, Carolina del Norte. A una distancia de aproximadamente 62 millas, el ferrocarril abrió su línea principal en 1833 y después de operar durante 65 años, se fusionó con el Ferrocarril de Richmond y Petersburgo en marzo de 1898 y finalmente se convirtió en parte del sistema de la Línea de la Costa Atlántica. La ruta del ferrocarril de Petersburg original se convirtió en la principal línea principal de la Atlantic Coast Line hacia Richmond y hoy sigue siendo una arteria importante en el sistema sucesor de CSX Transportation, más de 170 años desde que se construyó la ruta. Petersburg, Virginia llegaría a conocer muchos de los ferrocarriles más famosos del sur.


Historia

El Washington, Cincinnati & amp St. Louis Railroad (WC & ampStL) fue fletado en 1871 en Virginia como un ferrocarril de vía estrecha que operaría desde Washington, DC al oeste hasta Elkton, Harrisonburg y Bridgewater, Virginia, a través del centro de West Virginia, antes de terminar en Cincinnati, Ohio. 2 Se adquirió un derecho de paso y se inició una nivelación antes de que se agotaran los fondos para WC & ampStL en 1874.

En 1892, varios promotores incorporaron Chesapeake, Shendun & amp Western Railroad para transportar carbón desde West Virginia hasta Chesapeake & amp Ohio Railroad (C & ampO) en Gloucester Point, Virginia. 2 El ferrocarril pasó rápidamente a llamarse Chesapeake y amp Western Railroad (C & ampW). Se proyectó que el C & ampW cruzaría las montañas Allegheny a través de North River Gap al oeste de Harrisonburg, 1 utilizando una parte del derecho de paso WC & ampStL. 2

La construcción del C & ampW comenzó en 1895 en Harrisonburg, 2 y el 23 de marzo de 1896 se inauguró un segmento de 26 millas entre Bridgewater y Norfolk & amp Western Railway (N & ampW) en Elkton. 1 Incluyó la construcción de tiendas de ferrocarriles en Elkton. La ruta incluía una pendiente del 2% de cinco millas sobre la montaña Massanutten al oeste de Elkton y una pendiente del 1.8% en Keezletown Hill.

El C & ampW reorganizado como el Ferrocarril occidental de Chesapeake (CW) en 1901, y comenzó la construcción de una extensión en Virginia Occidental y otra a través de las Montañas Blue Ridge en Powell & # 8217s Gap, financiada por el inversionista de Nueva York Thomas Stokes que quería desarrollar minas de carbón en el oeste del condado de Rockingham. 2 Pero después de que se vio envuelto en tecnicismos financieros, su hermano compró el control de C & ampW en 1900 y lo renombró Tidewater y el ferrocarril de West Virginia, aunque el nombre volvió a ser CW en 1901.

Una sección de la extensión de CW se completó en Stokesville en North River Gap para servir a varios ferrocarriles madereros en 1902. Desafortunadamente, el carbón de Virginia occidental y # 8217 resultó ser de poco valor y no hubo suficiente financiamiento para construir el CW más al oeste o al este. A pesar de la falta de ingresos por carbón y debido a su exclusión de un ferrocarril conjunto de Baltimore & amp Ohio (B & ampO) y N & ampW & # 8220 Union Station & # 8221 en Harrisonburg, la compañía construyó una estación más grande y más elaborada en la ciudad en 1913.

El CW entre Stokesville y Mt. Solon fue desmantelado en 1930 después de que los ferrocarriles madereros de los que dependía dejaron de operar, y el resto de Bridgewater fue abandonado en 1933. 2

Stokes continuó operando el CW hasta su muerte en 1926. 2 La compañía luego cayó en manos de su patrimonio que administraba mal el ferrocarril. Después de que los intereses japoneses ofrecieran comprar la línea por valor de chatarra en 1938, el gerente general Don Thomas adquirió la CW. La compra fue respaldada por N & ampW, quienes vieron la línea como un conector importante para su ferrocarril.

El CW se expandió en 1942 cuando adquirió el B & ampO entre Harrisonburg y Lexington. 1 A continuación, la empresa desmanteló el segmento de Lexington a Staunton porque era redundante. El N & ampW asumió el control directo del CW en 1954.

La línea CW original entre Bridgewater y Pleasant Hill al norte fue desmantelada en 1987 debido a la falta de tráfico y en 1989, las tiendas del ferrocarril en Elkton fueron demolidas. 1 El antiguo B & ampO al sur de Pleasant Valley fue suspendido en 1985 y, en 1993, fue vendido al Buckingham Branch Railroad, que se convirtió en el Shenandoah Valley Railroad.

Aunque el CW nunca alcanzó sus altas expectativas, una porción significativa de la línea permanece activa hoy como Norfolk Southern Chesapeake Western Branch.


Estaciones de ferrocarril de West Virginia - Historia

La estación de tren de Parkersburg B&O en 1897.
Cortesía de Dan Kemper.

Mirando al oeste hacia Green Street, la estación de tren y Sixth Street en la década de 1930. St. Xavier está a la derecha.

La estación como se veía en la década de 1890.

Los hombres se paran frente a la estación en 1907.

Mirando al sureste desde la esquina de Sixth y Avery, alrededor de 1915.

Mirando hacia el oeste en Sixth Street al otro lado de la calle desde la estación de tren a principios del siglo XX,
puede ver dónde se elevan las vías en Avery Street. El edificio alto era el
Van Winkle Hotel en la esquina de Avery. Ahora es una escuela de belleza
(Foto cortesía de Artcraft Studio, 519-521 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 485-5771.)

En esta foto mirando hacia el este, los Parkersburgers se reúnen en la estación y en Sixth Street, posiblemente en 1917.

El hotel Van Winkle se encontraba en la esquina noroeste de Sixth y Avery.
Ahora es un edificio de oficinas y una escuela de belleza.
(Foto cortesía de Artcraft Studio, 519-521 Market Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 485-5771.)

Los shriners se reúnen frente a la estación B&O en la década de 1930.

Mirando hacia el este hacia la estación y Sixth Street desde lo alto de Avery Street Park-O-Loft en la década de 1950.
El pequeño edificio de ladrillos en el medio de la toma era el Amvets (American Veterana) Club en Sixth and Green.

Mirando hacia el este en Sixth Street hacia la esquina de Avery: un tren sale de la
estación y entra en el acceso largo al puente que cruza el río Ohio.


La línea de ferrocarril B&O de Baltimore llegó a Parkersburg en 1857, y hasta que el puente del ferrocarril, que se extiende desde la esquina de las calles 6th y Avery hasta la ciudad de Belpre, se construyó sobre el río Ohio, la ciudad fue una terminal desde la cual todos los suministros y los pasajeros tenían que ser trasladados en ferry o barco de vapor para conectar con el ferrocarril Marietta & Cincinnati. La estación de 6th Street fue construida en 1883 y arrasada en 1973. La foto de arriba, mirando hacia el oeste en la década de 1950, muestra la estación de la izquierda, Avery Street en la distancia cercana y la torre de St. Francis Xavier en Market Street en el medio.

Mirando hacia el este en 1967 desde el puente del ferrocarril B&O, Garfield Avenue está en primer plano y Sixth Street corre hacia el este debajo de las vías elevadas. El edificio rojo en la esquina suroeste de Ann Street es la Iglesia Metodista Henry Logan. Destacan al fondo el Chancellor Hotel y el Union Trust Building en Seventh y Market, y la aguja blanca de la Primera Iglesia Bautista en Market y Ninth.

Las vías aéreas en Sixth Street, 1940. entre Ann y Juliana.
(Foto cortesía de Ben Barnett.)


Parado al este de Sixth y Green, está mirando hacia el oeste hacia el último tren de pasajeros que se detuvo en Parkersburg, la mañana del 5 de mayo de 1973. A la izquierda está la parte trasera de la primera casa en la cuadra 500 de Sixth Street. En construcción se encuentra el edificio de United Bank en Fifth y Avery. También puede ver la cima de St. X.

Un tren se encuentra en la estación en 1940. La torre de Washington Junior High School en Seventh and Green está al fondo.


Sobre

Estamos buscando nuevos voluntarios para nuestro puesto de Recepción / Docente. Como organización sin fines de lucro, confiamos únicamente en voluntarios para mantener el museo abierto de manera regular.

Recepción / voluntario docente:

Día completo (9 a. M. A 5 p. M.) / Medio día a. M. (9 a. M. A 1 p. M.) / Medio día por la tarde (1 p. M. A 5 p. M.)

Esta posición incluye la admisión, las ventas de la tienda de regalos, contestar el teléfono, limpiar ligeramente (quitar el polvo según sea necesario) y responder las preguntas de los visitantes sobre la exhibición y el museo.

¿Interesado en ser voluntario? por favor contáctenos

NUESTRA MISIÓN

El propósito del West Virginia Railroad Museum, Inc. es ser un recurso cultural dedicado a educar a los visitantes y a la comunidad sobre la historia del ferrocarril de West Virginia y # 8217.

Esta misión se logrará mediante la recolección, preservación e interpretación de locomotoras, material rodante, artefactos, fotografías y objetos de interés directamente relacionados con los ferrocarriles y el ferrocarril en Virginia Occidental. Además de las exhibiciones estáticas, los equipos selectos de la colección se restauran y operan durante todo el año para demostrar la tecnología de vapor, gasolina y diesel y brindar a los visitantes una experiencia de primera mano de nuestra historia ferroviaria a través de las vistas, los sonidos y las sensaciones. de un viaje en tren.

El Museo del Ferrocarril de West Virginia estimulará el desarrollo del turismo económico mediante la promoción de la esencia y el espíritu del legado ferroviario de West Virginia & # 8217 a través de programas educativos que incluyen operaciones, seguridad e interpretación de equipos, estructuras, ingeniería y vías férreas históricas.

** No estamos afiliados a Durbin & amp Greenbrier Scenic Railroad **


Estaciones de ferrocarril de West Virginia - Historia


Una breve historia de Grafton

Una postal muestra el río Tygart serpenteando a través de Grafton y las empinadas colinas del valle en forma de copa en el que se encuentra.

Una foto aérea de 1931 muestra una curva en S en la Ruta 50 de los Estados Unidos en Laurel Mountain.

Y otra postal da una indicación del terreno montañoso de Grafton, también en la Ruta 50 de los EE. UU. Al este de Grafton.


Rodeado de tierras de pastoreo y minas de carbón dispersas, Grafton está construido sobre las empinadas colinas de un valle en forma de copa ubicado en el río Tygart, como se muestra en la postal de la derecha.

En 1773, por preferencia, William Robinson adquirió aproximadamente 400 acres en el área que ahora es Grafton, pero nunca la cultivó ni la desarrolló. Cuando los equipos de construcción irlandeses del ferrocarril de Baltimore y Ohio llegaron en 1852, `` todo el campo era todavía una maraña de vides y zarzas silvestres '', según `` West Virginia, A Guide to the Mountain State ''. Porque Grafton fue el final del línea de ferrocarril para cuatro divisiones del B & ampO, cuando se completó el ferrocarril, una comunidad cobró vida allí.

La ciudad se incorporó en 1856 las historias difieren en cuanto a cómo Grafton obtuvo su nombre.

Algunos historiadores creen que recibió su nombre de John Grafton, quien trabajó para B & ampO como ingeniero civil durante la construcción del ferrocarril.

Otros piensan que recibió su nombre de los equipos de construcción del ferrocarril. No es que haga que esta versión sea más cierta, pero en sus declaraciones en Grafton el 16 de octubre de 1948, como parte de su visita de la & quot; Plataforma trasera & quot a West Virginia, el presidente Harry Truman dijo: & quot; Siempre me ha gustado la historia que leí una vez sobre cómo Grafton obtuvo su nombre. Según lo recuerdo, parece que los equipos de construcción del ferrocarril que vinieron aquí hace unos 100 años llamaron a este lugar en el ferrocarril el punto de 'injerto en' porque muchos ramales estaban enganchados a la línea principal aquí ''.

LA GUERRA CIVIL
Debido a sus ferrocarriles y tiendas, Grafton fue de importancia estratégica durante la Guerra Civil y, con el tiempo, fue ocupada por tropas tanto de la Unión como de la Confederación. Ambos lados se dieron cuenta de la urgencia de controlar la región y, como resultado, Grafton y el área del condado de Taylor se convirtieron en un sitio de lanzamiento para lo que se reconoce como la primera batalla terrestre organizada de la Guerra Civil, que tuvo lugar en Philippi. Haga clic aquí para ver la placa del centenario del puente cubierto de Philippi. A continuación, a la derecha, se encuentra una postal del puente.

Esta postal muestra el B & ampO Roundhouse que se construyó entre la ciudad de Grafton y el río Tygart.

La primera batalla terrestre de la Guerra Civil tuvo lugar en Filipos, al sur de Grafton.

El cementerio contiene los restos de Thornsberry Bailey Brown, quien se cree que fue la primera víctima de la Unión en la Guerra Civil cuando fue asesinado por un centinela confederado el 21 de mayo de 1861.

Después de la guerra, que resultó en la creación de Virginia Occidental como un estado de la Unión cuando se separó del resto de Virginia en 1863, la ciudad de Grafton continuó creciendo, impulsada por las industrias ferroviaria, maderera y manufacturera.

En 1867, el Mayor R. C. Bates, bajo la dirección del Departamento de Guerra de los Estados Unidos, seleccionó un pequeño sitio de tres acres adyacente al cementerio de Maple Avenue en Grafton como cementerio nacional para las víctimas de la Unión en Virginia Occidental.

En 1868, el primer gobernador de Virginia Occidental, Arthur I. Boreman, dedicó el cementerio, que había sido fundamental para ubicarlo en el estado.

Aunque algunos soldados confederados finalmente fueron enterrados en el Cementerio Nacional de Grafton, la gran mayoría de las tumbas contienen soldados de la Unión y el cementerio ahora está cerrado para nuevos entierros.

Después de la guerra, cuando B & ampO extendió ramales hacia las regiones circundantes para transportar madera y carbón, Grafton se convirtió en el centro de comercio y transporte de las ciudades cercanas de carbón y madera. Alrededor de 1870, se construyó un gran aserradero en el área para cortar troncos, que se llevaron flotando por el río Tygart para ser procesados ​​en madera.

Según "West Virginia, una guía del estado montañoso", en 1872 Grafton aspiraba a convertirse en la capital del estado. Los delegados de los condados cercanos, presididos por Joseph Johnson, se reunieron aquí y redactaron resoluciones instruyendo a sus delegados a la Convención Constitucional en Charleston a buscar la remoción de la capital de Charleston. Aunque fracasó en esto, [Grafton] logró convertirse en la sede del condado en 1878 ".

El censo de los EE. UU. De 1880 mostró que la población de Grafton era de 3030 y que el condado de Taylor en su conjunto era de 11,453. Veinte años después, en 1900, la ciudad de Grafton tenía casi 12.000 residentes y siguió creciendo, pero a un ritmo más lento, hasta la década de 1920.

Arriba a la izquierda, el 15 de mayo de 1962, la histórica Iglesia Andrews, construida en 1873, se convirtió en el Santuario del Día Internacional de la Madre y en 1967 la congregación abandonó el edificio para ubicarlo en una nueva iglesia. Arriba a la derecha, una postal muestra el First National Bank of Grafton.

En 1911, el B & ampO Railroad abrió una impresionante nueva estación que sirvió a Grafton hasta mediados de la década de 1970. Se muestra arriba, junto al hotel Willard, que también está cerrado.

DÍA DE LA MADRE
En 1908, la señorita Anna Jarvis solicitó que se llevara a cabo un servicio en la Iglesia Metodista Andrews en Grafton para honrar a su madre, Anna Reeves Jarvis, y a otras madres de todo el mundo. Este primer servicio del Día de la Madre se realizó el 10 de mayo de ese año, y en 1914 el Congreso autorizó al presidente a designar el segundo domingo de cada mayo como Día de la Madre. Haga clic aquí para ver un plato del Día de la Madre.

Antes de la construcción de las carreteras interestatales, llegar a Grafton en automóvil o camión era un desafío. Las principales carreteras hacia Grafton, U.S. 50 y U.S. 119, eran famosas por sus curvas cerradas y su terreno montañoso con algunos de los cortes de carreteras más profundos del país.

Como se señaló anteriormente, el ferrocarril B & ampO desempeñó un papel importante en el crecimiento de la ciudad de Grafton y proporcionó empleo a generaciones de familias. En agosto de 1911, el ferrocarril dedicó una impresionante nueva estación que sirvió a la ciudad hasta mediados de la década de 1970. La estación B & ampO se construyó junto al hotel Willard de seis pisos que recibió su nombre de Daniel Willard, presidente del ferrocarril B & ampO en el momento de su construcción. Cuando abrió, The Willard era considerado uno de los hoteles más elegantes de Virginia Occidental, y la estación combinaba su elegancia con sus columnas de mármol en el vestíbulo de pasajeros.

La mayor parte de Grafton actual se construyó entre 1890 y 1930, y la ciudad continuó prosperando durante la primera mitad del siglo XX. Sin embargo, en 1952, cuando la Carr China Company cerró, dejó a cientos de residentes sin trabajo, al igual que la planta Hazel-Atlas Glass cuando cerró a finales de la década. En 1958, las mujeres de Grafton organizaron un desfile por el centro de Grafton como parte de "Operation Survival" y llevaron una pancarta que proclamaba que se necesitaban 1.500 puestos de trabajo. Sus esfuerzos recibieron atención nacional y ayudaron a Grafton a alentar a un fabricante de juguetes de plástico para bebés a mudarse al área. Grafton fue nombrada Ciudad All-American en 1962.

Sin embargo, a principios de la década de 1980, el ferrocarril trasladó cientos de puestos de trabajo a Jacksonville, Florida, y como resultado la ciudad recibió otro revés económico importante. La población se ha reducido a poco menos de 5.000. Aunque Grafton ciertamente ha visto días mejores, parece estar doblando la esquina y ahora se dirige en una dirección más positiva. Están comenzando a abrir nuevos negocios a lo largo de Main Street y Grafton está experimentando un nuevo desarrollo residencial y comercial por primera vez en muchas décadas.

La mayor parte de la información anterior se obtuvo de las siguientes fuentes:
& quotWest Virginia, a Guide to the Mountain State & quot; compilado por trabajadores del Programa de Escritores de la Administración de Proyectos de Trabajo, 1941, Tour 22
& quot Images of America, Taylor County & quot; preparado para la Sociedad Histórica y Genealógica del Condado de Taylor, Arcadia Publishing, 2000
Sitio web de la ciudad de Grafton West Virginia, la sección Historia de Grafton y
Sitio web del cementerio nacional de Virginia Occidental, la sección de información histórica.


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Bytown Railway Society: restauración y operación de una serie de piezas de equipos ferroviarios históricos ubicados en el Museo de Ciencia y Tecnología de Canadá en Ottawa, Ontario, Canadá

C&O New River Subdivision: recursos para modelar o aprender sobre el ferrocarril C&O en New River, particularmente durante la era de transición del vapor al diesel

Subdivisión Piedmont de C&O: narra la historia y el desarrollo de la subdivisión Piedmont del ferrocarril Chesapeake y Ohio en Virginia Central, con fotos, mapas e información sobre modelos.

C. Biblioteca Conmemorativa Robert Craig - Materiales que documentan la historia del transporte ferroviario en Canadá, con énfasis en el este de Ontario.

Ferrocarril de Cambria e Indiana: historia e imágenes del C&I, conocido principalmente como un camino del carbón en el oeste de Pensilvania

Sitio de investigación del ferrocarril Atlántico de Canadá: historia y listas de este ferrocarril de Ontario, Canadá

Viaducto de Cantón: el segundo puente de arco de piedra múltiple más antiguo que todavía se utiliza en la línea principal en el Cantón de EE. UU., Massachusetts

Cape Cod Chapter, NRHS - Conserva la historia del ferrocarril de Cape Cod West Barnstable, Massachusetts

Central New York Chapter, NRHS - Dedicado a la preservación y restauración de depósitos y equipos ferroviarios únicos Marcellus, Nueva York

Proyecto 113 del Ferrocarril Central de Nueva Jersey - Restauración de una locomotora de vapor CNJ 0-6-0 en Minersville, Pensilvania

Central Terminal Restoration Corporation: fundada en 1997 para supervisar la estabilización y restauración de Central Terminal en Buffalo, Nueva York

Sociedad Histórica del Ferrocarril Central de Vermont: documenta y conserva la historia del Ferrocarril Central de Vermont y sus sucesores, y publica una revista trimestral, The Ambassador.

Sociedad histórica de Chesapeake y Ohio: dedicada a la historia del ferrocarril de Chesapeake y Ohio, sus predecesores y sucesores.

Sociedad histórica del sistema Chessie: preservando la historia del ferrocarril del sistema Chessie

Ferrocarril de barcos Chignecto: historia de un ferrocarril de 17 millas construido para transportar barcos entre la Bahía de Fundy y el Golfo de San Lorenzo, abandonado en 1892 antes de su finalización

Club de ferrocarriles de Cincinnati: aficionados interesados ​​en los ferrocarriles que van desde los primeros caballos de hierro del siglo XIX hasta el presente y el futuro Cincinnati, Ohio

Historia de Cincinnati Traction: mapas, fotos e historia de las líneas de tranvía, interurbano y ferroviario del área de Cincinnati, Ohio

Metro abandonado de Cincinnati: recorrido detallado de la historia, noticias y fotografías de Cincinnati, el metro de Ohio, que comenzó en 1920 y nunca se completó

Ferrocarril Cincinnati, Líbano y Norte - Ferrocarril del suroeste de Ohio adquirido por el Ferrocarril de Pensilvania y luego abandonado en la década de 1970

Cleveland & Eastern Interurban Historical Society & Museum: conserva artefactos y materiales relacionados con los ferrocarriles interurbanos del noreste de Ohio

Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway History - Información histórica del informe anual de 1913 del New York Central Railroad

CNR en Ontario: ayuda a los investigadores y modeladores que buscan información sobre las estaciones de Canadian National Railway en Ontario, Canadá

Torres de carbón: fotografías de torres de carbón de principios del siglo XX

Imágenes históricas de Coast Cities Railway Co. - Imágenes de la línea de tranvía de Coast Cities desde Long Branch hasta Sea Girt, Nueva Jersey entre 1888 y 1931

Páginas ferroviarias de Colin Churcher: Historia de los ferrocarriles en Ottawa y en todo Canadá

Collis P. Huntington Chapter, NRHS: patrocina las excursiones en New River Train desde Huntington a Hinton, West Virginia, y opera el Huntington Railroad Museum

Columbus Ohio Union Station: historia y fotos de las tres Union Stations que ocuparon esencialmente el mismo sitio desde 1850 hasta 1976 en Columbus, Ohio

Connecticut Eastern Chapter, NRHS - Opera el Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum Willimantic, Connecticut

Sociedad histórica de Conrail: fomenta la escritura, la recopilación y la preservación de material histórico y contemporáneo asociado con Conrail

Instalación de motores Crestline PRR: narra la historia de las instalaciones de motores de ferrocarril de Pensilvania en Crestline, Ohio

Crestline Roundhouse Preservation Society: preservando la historia del ferrocarril de Pensilvania en Crestline, Ohio

Túnel Crozet: historia y fotos del famoso túnel ferroviario de 4273 pies a través de las montañas Blue Ridge, completado bajo la dirección de Claudius Crozet en 1858

Historia de CSX: historia y fotos de los ferrocarriles que componen CSX, específicamente aquellos que todavía tenían motores con pintura original en el momento de la fusión.

Historia del ferrocarril de Delaware y Hudson - Historia de D&H por The Bridge Line Historical Society

Museo virtual de Delaware y Hudson: fotos, historias y listas recopiladas por los fanáticos de D&H en todo el mundo

Delaware Valley Chapter, NRHS - Se reúne mensualmente en Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Detroit & Mackinac Railway Historical Society: conserva la historia del D&M que operó en Michigan desde 1894 hasta 1992

Iniciativa de preservación digital de Dominion Atlantic Railway (DARDPI): historia y fotos de un ferrocarril de bandera caída en el oeste de Nueva Escocia

Ferrocarril en espiral de Dunderberg: historia y fotos de un ferrocarril de recreo construido parcialmente en 1890-1891 en una montaña cerca de Jones Point, Nueva York

Fotos del ferrocarril en espiral de Dunderberg: las fotos muestran los restos de un ferrocarril de gravedad incompleto al norte de la ciudad de Nueva York

Durand Railroad Days: celebración anual de la herencia ferroviaria en Durand, Michigan

Early Railroads: récords y primeros pasos para la construcción y operación de ferrocarriles en los EE. UU. Y en todo el mundo

Túneles ferroviarios East Broad Top - Historia y fotos de los dos túneles ferroviarios abandonados de EBT

Líneas eléctricas en el sur de Ontario: historia y fotos de carros y tranvías en el sur de Ontario, Canadá

Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society: preserva la historia de las operaciones de pasajeros de Erie Lackawanna y restaura los vagones comedor originales a su condición de funcionamiento completo

Sociedad histórica y técnica de Erie Lackawanna: difunde la historia y la información del ferrocarril Delaware, Lackawanna y Western, el ferrocarril Erie, el ferrocarril Erie Lackawanna y sus líneas constituyentes y afiliadas.

Sociedad histórica de Erie Lackawanna: preservando la historia de los ferrocarriles Delaware Lackawanna & Western, Erie y Erie Lackawanna para el fan, historiador y modelador

Ferrocarril Erie - Historia y fotos de los ferrocarriles Erie, Lackawanna y Erie Lackawanna, por Fred Stratton

Essex Railway Station - Estación de tren de piedra restaurada construida en 1887 en Essex, Ontario, Canadá

Fallen Flag Railroads of New Jersey: mirada retrospectiva a los ferrocarriles de Nueva Jersey a través de mapas, perfiles de características físicas y de vías, reglas de operación y horarios en la era anterior a Conrail y New Jersey Transit

Flying Yankee Restoration Group - Partnership with the State of New Hampshire to restore and preserve historic rail equipment

Forgotten NY Subways & Trains - Extensive collection of photo essays from New York City including abandoned stations, former routes, the High Line, unique signage, freight operations, and more

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society - Operates Nickel Plate Road Berkshire-class steam locomotive No. 765 from New Haven, Indiana

Friends of Kingston Station - Advocates for the historic Kingston Station in southern Rhode Island

Friends of the East Broad Top - Educational and historical society dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the East Broad Top Railroad National Historic Landmark in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Friends of the NYW&B Highbrook Highline - Proposes to convert a section of former New York, Westchester & Boston Railway railbed into a two-acre greenway in Pelham, New York

Friends of The QueensWay - Plans to convert the former Long Island Railroad Rockaway Beach Branch into a 3.5-mile recreation path and park in Queens, New York

Friends of the Steam Train - Supports the return of service on the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield Steam Train near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Friends of the Stewartstown Railroad - Preserving the Stewartstown Railroad in southern York County, Pennsylvania

Friends of the Valley Railroad - Preserves vintage rolling stock and structures at Connecticut's Valley Railroad Company, home of the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

French Creek Valley Railroad Historical Society - Preserves the railroad history of Crawford County with a variety of railcars on display Meadville, Pennsylvania

GG1 Homepage - History, specifications, and survivor list for the Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1 electric locomotive

Gorham Historical Society & Railroad Museum - Historic 1907 Grand Trunk Railroad depot houses an extensive collection of railroad equipment and railroadiana, plus a model railroad Gorham, New Hampshire

Grand Central Terminal - Diagrams of tracks, signals, and interlockings at NYC's GCT from 1931 into the 1960s

Grand Trunk Western Historical Society - Rosters, photos, newsletter, and society information Durand, Michigan

Grand Trunk Western Railroad - History and photos of the GTW in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

Griffith Historical Park & Depot Museum - Railroad history exhibits in a 1911 Grand Trunk Railroad depot Griffith, Indiana

Guelph Historical Railway Association - Dedicated to preserving the railway history of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, including the Guelph Junction Railway, Toronto-Guelph Radial Railway, Great Western Railway, Grand Trunk, Galt and Guelph Railway, Wellington Grey and Bruce Railway, CP, CN, and Guelph Street Railway

Haley Tower Historical & Technical Society - Operates the Wabash Valley Railroader's Museum museum with working interlocking tower in Terre Haute, Indiana

Halifax & Southwestern Railway Digital Preservation Initiative (HSWDPI) - History and photos of a western Nova Scotia fallen flag railway

Harrisburg Chapter, NRHS - Operates the Harris Tower Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Hespeler Heritage Railway Station Association - Dedicated to the purchase and restoration of the CN (ex GTR) railway station in Hespeler, Ontario, Canada

High Line Virtual Tour - Photos of New York City's High Line prior to its conversion to a greenway

High Line, Friends of the - Non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line, a 1.5 mile elevated rail structure on the West Side of Manhattan, New York

Historic Bridges of Michigan and Elsewhere - Photos, maps, histories, and technical information about railroad and highway bridges in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and neighboring states

Historical USGS Topographic Maps - Free historical USGS topographic map collection by railroad historian Chris Marshall, including New England and Mid Atlantic states

Hoboken Shore Railroad - Photos and historical information about this abandoned railroad in Hoboken, New Jersey

Hocking Valley Railway Information Center - Brings together fans of the HV and its successors (C&O, CSXT, I&O) and affiliates (T&OC, K&M, Z&W) in Ohio site includes photos, building diagrams, route guides, roster, and more

Hoosac Tunnel Then and Now - Photos and information about the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel in northwest Massachusetts

Horseshoe Curve Chapter, NRHS - Preserves and maintains historical equipment and information relating to railroads in Blair County, Pennsylvania

How Things Worked On The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad - A former railroad electrician explains in words and pictures how to hump boxcars, how ice air conditioners worked on passenger equipment, how the Genny Motors work, a diagram of trucks, and how to pull the pin

Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse of Jersey City - History, photos, and preservation strategies for a 1908 subway powerhouse

Industrial & Offline Terminal Railroads of New York - Extensive histories, maps, and photos of former industrial railroads and locomotives in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, and Manhattan

Jersey Central Chapter, NRHS - Preserves and restores railroad equipment and sponsors fan trips Westfield, New Jersey

Keystone Crossings - Extensive history of The Pennsylvania Railroad, by Jerry Britton

Kinzua Bridge - Petition for the restoration of Kinzua Bridge in Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania, struck by a tornado on July 21, 2003 Kinzua was constructed in 1882, 301 feet high and 2053 feet long

Kodtrak - History of the Ontario & Western, New York Central, Rail City, and other New York railroads

Lackawanna Cutoff Then & Now - History and photos of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad's 28.5-mile New Jersey Cutoff between Port Morris and Slateford Junction

Lake Odessa Michigan Depot - Photos and history of the Queen Anne style depot, built around 1888 by the Detroit, Lansing & Northern Railroad

Lake Shore Railway Historical Society, NRHS - Operates a museum in a restored 1899 New York Central passenger station North East, Pennsylvania

Lancaster Chapter, NRHS - Railroad historical society in Christiana, Pennsylvania

Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society - Operates the 16-mile Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad between Milford and Cooperstown, New York

Lehigh Valley Railroad - Maps, timetables, and photos of the LV in Pennsylvania and New York

Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society - Preserves the memory of the LVRR and its employees in upstate New York

Lehigh Valley Railroad Survivors - Database of surviving LVRR locomotives, rolling stock, structures, and routes

Lenawee County Railroad - Map, photos, and history of the shortline LCRC which operated in Adrian, Michigan from 1977 to 1990

Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association - Preserves the legacy of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road that ran between Ligonier and Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Little River Railroad and Lumber Company - History of life on the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains

Locomotive Records - Guide to the earliest, fastest, heaviest, largest, and most powerful steam locomotives

Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) History - History of the LIRR since its inception in 1834

Lowline - Aims to convert the former Williamsburg Bridge Trolley Terminal beneath Delancey Street into New York City's first subterranean park

MACK Locomotive Restoration - Preserving the last locomotive built by the Mack Truck Company in 1939

Manheim Historical Society - Preservation of some of the landmarks that have characterized the Borough of Manheim, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas, including Birney Trolley Car #236 and the Manheim Railway Station (built in 1881)

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society - Preserves the heritage of the historic Ma & Pa Railroad with train rides in Muddy Creek Forks, Pennsylvania

Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts - Organizes specially-chartered excursion trains in cooperation with Amtrak, Boston's MBTA, and many other railroads in the Northeast

Merwinsville Hotel Restoration - The last trackside railroad hotel east of the Mississippi, built in 1842 as a meal stop for travelers on the Housatonic Railroad Gaylordsville, Connecticut

Metropolitan Union Terminal - Historical information about the New York Ontario & Western (NYO&W)

Michigan Central Station Preservation Society - Dedicated to the restoration of the 1913 train station in Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Passenger Stations - Photos and histories of several stations in Michigan, by Louis Van Winkle

Michigan Railroad History Conference - Bi-yearly conference with scholarly papers on railroad history presented at various locations in Michigan

Mid-Michigan Railway Historical Society - Sponsors railfanning trips to visit railroad facilities and model railroads, displays and operates a modular HO layout, and meets for railfan slide/video shows Flint, Michigan

Middletown & New Jersey Railway Historical Society - Dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Middletown Unionville & Water Gap, Middletown & Unionville, Middletown & New Jersey, and other area railroads

Midwest Railway Preservation Society - Owns more than 20 pieces of vintage rolling stock including Mikado steam locomotive #4070 at the former B&O Roundhouse in Cleveland, Ohio

Military Railroads & Locomotives of the New York Metropolitan Area - History of railroads and locomotives that were located on military bases and installations throughout the New York area

Monongahela & Duquesne Inclines - History of the two remaining incline railways in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Montour Railroad Historical Society - Dedicated to preserving the history of the Montour Railroad, a coal-hauling shortline that operated in the areas south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania between 1879 and 1985

Mountain State Railroad & Logging Historical Association - Collects, preserves, and interprets the history of shortline and industrial railroads and the forest and mining industries of West Virginia, and sponsors the annual railfan weekend at the Cass Scenic Railroad

Mt. Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society - Working to restore the incline railway at Beacon, New York

Muskegon Railroad Historical Society - Preserves Michigan railroad history and operates O, HO, and N scale model railroad layouts Muskegon, Michigan

Nashua City Station - Resource about the railroads and electric railways in and around the city of Nashua, New Hampshire

New England Railroad History and Modeling Page - Historical, roster, and modeling information on the Boston & Maine Railroad and other New England Railroads

New England Steam Corporation - Aims to restore and operate Maine Central 4-6-2 steam locomotive #470

New Haven Railroad Historical and Technical Association - Dedicated to the preservation of the history of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Company

New Jersey Midland Railroad Historical Society - Dedicated to preserving the history of the railroads that have operated in New Jersey, with special emphasis on the New Jersey Midland, successor NYS&W, and connecting and affiliated lines

New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center - Preserving the history of railroads and other transportation in New Jersey

New York Central System Historical Society - History, photos, books, and membership information

New York City Abandoned Subway & Elevated Stations - History, diagrams, and photos of abandoned stations

New York Railroad Enthusiasts - Group of railfans, photographers, historians, and modelers in the New York City area

New York State Railroads - Articles cover a variety of rail history topics in New York State, including the New York Central Railroad

New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society - Preserves the rich railroad history of New Jersey, most specifically the NYS&W

New York's Capital District - History of New York's Capital Region railroads, industries, and inventions

New York, Westchester & Boston Railway - History, maps, rosters, and photos of a electric commuter railroad that operated from 1912 to 1937 in the Bronx and Westchester County, New York

Newfoundland Railway - History of the 906 mile narrow gauge railway that operated from 1898 to 1988 on the island of Newfoundland, Canada

Newtown Branch Preservation Foundation - Seeks to preserve the Reading Railroad's Newtown Branch northeast of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Niagara Frontier Chapter, NRHS - Dedicated to the preservation and education of railroad history in western New York, the province of Ontario, and neighboring regions

Nicholson Online - Photos and history of the Nicholson Bridge (Tunkhannock Viaduct) in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, built by the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad in 1915

Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society - Dedicated to preserving and disseminating information concerning the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad and its predecessor railroads

Norfolk and Western Historical Society - Preserves the history of the Norfolk & Western and Virginian railroads

North Central Pennsylvania Railroads - Historic maps, photos, and articles about railroads and stations

North Jersey Chapter, NRHS - Meets monthly in Bloomfield, New Jersey

North Jersey Electric Railway Historical Society - Specializing in the history of northern New Jersey's electric railways

Northeast Pennsylvania Railroads - Photos of abandoned railroads in northeast Pennsylvania

Northern New England Railroads - Extensive illustrated guide to the historical and present day operations of railroads in New England, including Central Vermont, Vermont Railway, Green Mountain, Boston & Maine, Maine Central, Grand Trunk, Bangor & Aroostook, and more

Northern Ohio Association of Railroad Societies - Blanket organization with a desire to help all area rail groups communicate with each other and to promote their common interests in the community

Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. - 15" gauge live-steam train rides with Engine 901 from Israelite House of David, plus displays of railroad artifacts Findlay, Ohio

Nova Scotia Railway Hall of Fame - Honoring the builders of Nova Scotia's Iron Roads

Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society - Information about many railway heritage sites and museums in Nova Scotia, Canada

Ohio Railroad Stations Past & Present - Photos and information about train stations throughout the state

OldNYC.com - Explores some of the many facets of New York City's transportation infrastructure, including virtual tours of abandoned and little used railroad lines

Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society - Chapter of the NRHS dedicated to preserving the heritage of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway Middletown, New York

Ottawa Railway History Circle - Members interested in researching railway subjects in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Penn Central - Historical information about the Penn Central Railroad

Penn Central Railroad Historical Society - Preserves the history of the Penn Central Transportation Company, including its people and equipment, its heritage before its formation in 1968, its all-too-brief life, and its slow fade into Conrail

Penn Central Railroad Online - FAQ, photos, maps, rosters, clipart, and more, by Jerry Jordak

Pennsylvania Coal Company Gravity Railroad - Brief history of the PCC's coal-hauling gravity railroad, plus photos of its abandoned tunnel near Scranton, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Railroad Erie County Branches - Documents the PRR branches that served Erie County, Pennsylvania, including the Philadelphia & Erie, Erie & Pittsburgh, and Chautauqua branches

Pennsylvania Railroad Stations Past & Present - Photos and information about train stations throughout the state

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society - Preserving the heritage of "The Standard Railroad of the World" for future generations, with 11 local chapters throughout the US

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society New England Chapter - Dedicated to the study and preservation of the Pennsylvania Railroad (1846-1968)

Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society Philadelphia Chapter - Preserves the history and memory of the Pennsylvania Railroad operations in the greater Philadelphia area

Pere Marquette Historical Society - Collects and disseminates information regarding the Pere Marquette Railroad, a Class One road which served Michigan, Ontario, Indiana, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Philadelphia Belt Line Railroad History - Owns 16.3 miles of track along the Philadelphia waterfront, operated by Conrail Shared Assets, CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Canadian Pacific

Philadelphia Trolley Tracks - Comprehensive site with photos, maps, and rosters of trolleys in Philadelphia and Norristown, Pennsylvania, now operated by SEPTA

Phillipsburg Railroad Historians - Operates a museum and the Centerville & Southwestern miniature railroad in Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Pittsburg & Shawmut Railroad Historical Society - Preserves the history of a coal hauling railroad that has operated for nearly 100 years in Jefferson and Armstrong counties in western Pennsylvania

Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society - Dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of the Pittsburg, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Company, a Western Pennsylvania and New York coal hauling railroad, as well as its predecessor lines

Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railway Co. Hi-Line - History, photos, documents, and modeling of the P&WV and its connections

Pittsburgh Incline Railways - History and photos of the Monongahela Incline and Duquesne Incline in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Potomac Chapter, NRHS - Railfans in the Washington DC area

Pottstown & Reading Chapter, NRHS - Meets monthly in Exeter Township, Pennsylvania

Quakertown Train Station Historical Society - Preserving the 1902 Reading Railroad station in Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Quebec Central Railway - History, map, photos, and more about the QCR

Railroad History Archive - Several collections by the University of Connecticut Libraries, including the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Archives

Railroad Stations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts - Devoted to the location, history, and current uses of railroad stations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts

Railroads in Historic Burlington City - History of railroads since 1834 in Burlington City, New Jersey

Railway Chronicles - Video documentary series and website dedicated to chronicling the history of Canadian railways including those in Eastern Ontario

Railway Historical Society of Northern New York - Working to restore a Shay engine and Rutland Railroad combine car Croghan Depot, New York

Railways of Eastern Ontario - History and timelines of eastern Canada railways including Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie Bytown & Prescott Brockville & Ottawa Irondale Bancroft & Ottawa Grand Trunk Canadian National Canadian Pacific

Railways of Ottawa - History of various Ottawa Canada railway subjects

Raritan River Railroad - Photos and history of the 12.6-mile shortline that operated between South Amboy and New Brunswick, New Jersey

Ravenna Railroad Historical Society - Preserving the history of the railroads in Ravenna, Ohio, and working to acquire two interlocking towers

Reading Company Technical & Historical Society - Operates the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum in Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Reading Railroad Online - Information on the history, equipment, and operations of the Reading Company, once a 1,300 mile railroad system in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware

Reading Viaduct Project - Aims to develop an elevated linear park on the former Reading Railroad Viaduct in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Record Railroad Routes - Guide to the highest, steepest, and longest railroad grades worldwide

Remembering the Maine Central Railroad - Rosters, photos, and drawings of MC rolling stock

Remsen Depot - Replica of the original 1890's depot serves the Adirondack Scenic RR Remsen, New York

Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society - Preserves the history of the RF&P through education, historical and technical research, preservation, and modeling

Rick's Monon Railroad Site - Photos, Train Gifs, history, maps, and rosters of the Monon in Indiana

Rob's PRR Page - Pennsylvania Railroad rosters, equipment diagrams, signal plans, photos, and other historical documents

Rochester & Eastern Rapid Railway - Pictures and information about this electric interurban railway that connected Rochester and Geneva, New York from 1903 to 1930

Rochester Chapter, NRHS - Preserves the railroad history of Rochester and Western New York

Rochester Subway - Historical information and photos from the Rochester Industrial Rapid Transit Railway in Rochester, New York

Rochester Subway Tour - Photo tour of the abandoned subway in Rochester, New York

Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad - History and photos of the former Central New York railroad

Runaway - Complete dispatcher audio, transcript, photos, and news articles of a runaway Canadian National train in 1987

Rutland Railroad Historial Society - Preserving the history of the Rutland Railroad Rutland, Vermont

Shohola Glen Switchback Gravity Railroad - History of a gravity railroad built in 1886 that served Shohola Glen Amusement Park in Northeast Pennsylvania

South Pennsylvania Railroad - History, maps, and photos of a railroad that was never completed but was to become the base for the Pennsylvania Turnpike

South Simcoe Railway Heritage Corporation - Owns steam-era passenger coaches, freight equipment, and locomotives, including Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive #136, operated at the South Simcoe Railway in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada

Southampton Railroad Station Society - Dedicated to restoring the train station on the former Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Newtown Branch in Southampton, Pennsylvania

Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society - Leads many restoration efforts including recently completed 0-6-0 Alco switcher and ETR steam locomotive No. 9 St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada

Steam Operations of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway at Hinton, WV - 30 years of research, history, and drawings of the C&O yard and shops at Hinton, West Virginia

STEAM Railroad Museum - Locomotives and rolling stock undergoing restoration in Minerva, Ohio

Stewartstown Railroad - History of a shortline railroad in southern York County, Pennsylvania

Stuff That's Gone - Photos and history of abandoned railroad stations, bridges, tunnels, and other structures in Pennsylvania

Susquehanna Valley Railway Historical Society - NRHS chapter meets monthly in Vestal, New York

Sussex Branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad - History, maps, photos, and modeling information about the DL&W Sussex Branch

Switchback Gravity Railroad Foundation - History, virtual ride, and trail information about the Mauch Chunk Switchback, a coal hauling railroad built in eastern Pennsylvania (Jim Thorpe to Summit Hill) in 1927

The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Train - Commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's funeral train from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Illinois

The 470 Railroad Club - Preserves the history of the Maine Central and New England railroading Portland, Maine

The Alphabet Route - Histories, rosters, maps, photos, timetables, and more about the Midwest and Northeast railroads that joined together in 1931 to compete against the New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroad, including the Nickel Plate, Wheeling & Lake Erie, Pittsburgh & West Virginia, Western Maryland, Reading, Central Railroad of New Jersey, Lehigh & Hudson River, and New York, New Haven & Hartford

The Broad Way: A Pennsylvania Railroad Home Page - Historical documents, photos, maps, railfan guides, and more about the PRR

The Embankment - Aims to develop a public park on the half-mile elevated stone structure that once carried the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Hudson River

The Franz Swing - History and photos by a telegraph operator who revisits this historical station in Ontario, Canada

Thurman Station Association - Dedicated to rebuilding the train station in Thurman, New York

Thurso and Nation Valley Railway - History of the last logging railway in eastern Canada

Toronto Railway Historical Association - Committed to preserving Toronto's railroad heritage by creating a museum in the John St. roundhouse Ontario, Canada

Toronto Transportation Commission - Unofficial site with history, roster, photos, modeling information, and preserved equipment listing

Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Historical Society - Prototype and modeling information about the TH&B which existed from 1892 through 1987 and served the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada area

Train Records - Guide to the fastest, longest, and heaviest trains in U.S. and world history

Train Wrecks - Guide to the earliest, deadliest, and strangest train wrecks, crashes, derailments, and accidents

TrainsAreFun - Long Island Rail Road history, maps, photos, and modeling information

Tremont Underground Theater Space (TUTS) - Proposal to convert an abandoned Boston subway tunnel into theaters, galleries, and trolley museum

Tri-State Railway Historical Society - Meets monthly in Morristown, New Jersey

Tri-States Railway Preservation Society - Maintains railroad memorabilia exhibits in Port Jervis, New York

Twin Forks Chapter, NRHS - Dedicated to the past, present, and future of railroading on Long Island, New York

UC&SV Route - Aims to restore train service on the former Lackawanna Railroad grade between Bridgewater and Richfield in central New York

Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society - Chapter of the NRHS, focused on the railroad history of the Catskills and Hudson Valley including the U&D, Delaware and Northern, Catskill Mountain, Catskill & Tannersville, and Otis Elevating Railroads

United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey - Supports the preservation of historical railroad equipment and artifacts for the proposed New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Heritage Center

United States Capitol Subway System - Three underground electric light rail systems operated by the US Government connect the Capitol Building to the House and Senate office buildings in Washington, DC

Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter, NRHS - Meets monthly in New Hartford, New York

Vermont Historical Society - Information about railroad operations in and around Bellows Falls, Vermont

ViaductGreene - Advocates for the creation of more than two miles of linear greenspace along the former Reading Railroad Viaduct, City Branch, and Pennsylvania Avenue Tunnel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wabash Railroad and Michigan Railroads - Historical photos of the Wabash Railroad and Michigan short lines and logging railroads

Wabash Railroad Historical Society - Dedicated to the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, data, photos, and drawings on the history, operation, and equipment of the Wabash Railroad and its predecessors

Walker Transportation Collection - Photos, slides, maps, documents, artifacts, and models of most transportation methods used in New England Beverly, Massachusetts

Walkway Over The Hudson - New York's historic Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge reopened in 2009 as a pedestrian bridge and state park over the Hudson River

Washington DC Chapter, NRHS - Sponsors a series of trips, tours, events, and excursions

West Jersey Chapter, NRHS - Dedicated to preserving the rich rail heritage of a region steeped in rail history, regional folklore, and American traditions Palmyra, New Jersey

West Virginia Railroad Museum - Restoring steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and rolling stock to be operated on 122 miles of state-owned trackage in the Elkins, West Virginia area

Western Connecticut Chapter, NRHS - Preserves railroad knowledge and history in the greater New England area, and operates the SONO Switch Tower Museum in South Norwalk, Connecticut

Western Maryland Railway Historical Society - Preserves the history of the WM, including a collection of artifacts, memorabilia, photos, and N scale layout in a former depot in Union Bridge, Maryland

Western Maryland Railway West Sub - Extensive history, photos, and maps of the Western Maryland West Subdivision between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland, as well as the East, Hanover, Lurgan, Connellsville, Thomas, and George's Creek Subdivisions

Western Maryland Survivors, LLC - Supports the preservation, restoration, and operation of surviving Western Maryland Railway equipment

Western New York Railway Historical Society - Dedicated to preserving Western New York's railroad heritage through restoration projects and other events

Wheeling & Lake Erie Historical Society - Chapter of the Nickel Plate Road Historical & Technical Society dedicated to preserving and disseminating information about the Wheeling and Lake Erie railroad, past and present

Winifrede Railroad - Shortline railroad in West Virginia that closed in 1988

Wopsononock Railroad & Resort - History of a former narrow gauge railroad and resort near Altoona, Pennsylvania


We’re scouting for volunteers for our 2020 season. Are you a railroad buff with knowledge to share? Are you a “people person” who likes to meet visitors from near and far? Are you an educator who has great ideas for railroad-related programming?

Whoever you are, we’d love to bring you aboard as a West Virginia Railroad Museum Volunteer. We will officially open for the 2020 season on April 25th, and our new exhibit will be 󈧘 – 󈧘 Visions: 100 Years of West Virginia Railroading.

Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more!


Orange and Alexandria Railroad

Chartered in 1848, the O&A made Alexandria its headquarters including a yard and shop area. Construction of the railroad started southward in 1850 at a point along the Potomac River waterfront. Tudor Hall, later renamed Manassas Junction (located in the area of today's Fairview Avenue road crossing east of the Manassas Amtrak passenger station), was reached in October 1851. The rails reached Gordonsville in 1854 where a link with the Virginia Central RR (later to become the Chesapeake & Ohio RR) provided a through route to Richmond and Charlottesville. Using trackage rights on the Virginia Central to reach from Gordonsville to Charlottesville, the O&A built southward from Charlottesville to reach Lynchburg by 1860.

The O&A RR was the first railroad constructed on the south side of the Potomac River near Washington, DC. At that time a wagon road bridge across the Potomac existed at the site of today's Long Bridge, but was not able to carry the weight of rail traffic. All freight and passenger traffic across the river had to be carried by horse drawn wagon to reach the B&O in Washington. In 1854 an affiliate of the O&A RR called the Alexandria & Washington RR (A&W RR) was chartered which completed a line in 1858 from Alexandria the six miles to the foot of the bridge. To meet the need to ship supplies south during the Civil War, a new bridge was constructed in 1863 capable of carrying rail traffic. During the war the A&W RR was taken over by the US Government and the line was extended over the new bridge to a connection with the B&O RR in Washington. The US Military Railroad operated the A&W along with its connections, the Alexandria, Loudon & Hampshire, and the north end of the O&A RR as part of the Military Railroad of Northern Virginia. After the war the A&W RR, along with its extension to the B&O RR in Washington, was operated by the Washington, Alexandria and Georgetown RR.

In 1866, after the end of the Civil War, the B&O began to buy control of the O&A RR. Then, in 1870 under the control of the B&O RR, the Manassas Gap RR was merged into the O&A RR and the combined line was named the Orange, Alexandria & Manassas RR. Meanwhile the B&O suffered a serious setback in 1870 when the Baltimore & Potomac RR (B&P RR), a subsidiary of the PRR, built a line from Baltimore to Pope's Creek with a branch line from Bowie via Benning, Md to Washington and the Long Bridge. Then, through legal tactics, the B&P RR gained control of the Long Bridge. In the process the PRR severed the B&O's connection to the O&A and the south as the PRR also gained control of the line on the Virginia side of the river from the bridge to Alexandria in 1872. The B&O's response was to build a new branch line from their main line at Hyattsville, Md. to a point on the Potomac River across from Alexandria, Va. A car float operation was established to ferry freight cars across the river to connect with the tracks of the Orange, Alexandria & Manassas RR. This arrangement would remain in place until the turn of the century when the Potomac Yards were constructed.

In 1872 the OA&M RR was merged with the Lynchburg & Danville RR to form the Virginia & North Carolina RR which was renamed the following year as the Washington City, Virginia Midland & Great Southern RR which entered receivership in 1876. Also in 1876, the Charlottesville & Rapidan RR was incorporated to construct a direct line between Orange and Charlottesville. This line was eventually merged into the Southern railway and today serves as Norfolk Southern's mainline between the two cities. The original line between Orange and Gordonsville was leased to the Chesapeake & Ohio RR.

In 1881 the WC,VM&GS RR was reorganized by the B&O RR and the name was shortened to Virginia Midland RR (VM RR). The VM RR was leased to the Richmond & Danville RR in 1886. The R&D RR along with the VM RR became part of the Southern Railway in 1894.

Southern Railway is the product of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined, reorganized and recombined since the 1830s. The nine-mile South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Co., Southern's earliest predecessor line, was chartered in December 1827 and ran the nation's first regularly scheduled passenger train - the wood-burning "Best Friend of Charleston" - out of Charleston, S.C., on Christmas Day 1830. By 1833, its 136-mile line to Hamburg, S.C., was the longest in the world. As railroad fever struck other Southern states, networks gradually spread across the South and even across the Allegheny Mountains. Charleston and Memphis, Tenn., were linked by 1857, although rail expansion halted with the start of the Civil War. Known as the "first railroad war," the Civil War left the South's railroads and economy devastated. Most of the railroads, however, were repaired, reorganized and operated again. In the area along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, construction of new railroads continued throughout Reconstruction.

Southern Railway, as it came into existence in 1894, was combination of the Richmond & Danville system and the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad. The company owned two-thirds of the 4,400 miles of line it operated, and the rest was held through leases, operating agreements and stock ownership. S outhern also controlled the Alabama Great Southern and the Georgia Southern and Florida, which operated separately, and it had an interest in the Central of Georgia. Southern's first president, Samuel Spencer, drew more lines into Southern's core system. During his 12-year term, the railway built new shops at Knoxville, Tenn., and Atlanta, and purchased more equipment. He moved the company's service away from an agricultural dependence on tobacco and cotton and centered its efforts on diversifying traffic and industrial development. By the time the line from Meridian, Miss., to New Orleans was acquired in 1916 under Southern's president Fairfax Harrison, the railroad had attained the 8,000-mile, 13-state system that marked its territorial limits for almost half a century. The Central of Georgia became part of the system in 1963, and the former Norfolk Southern Railway Co. was acquired in 1974.

Southern and its predecessors were responsible for many firsts in the industry. Its predecessor, the South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Co., was the first to carry passengers, U.S. troops and mail on steam-powered trains, and it was the first to operate at night. In 1953, Southern Railway became the first major railroad in the United States to convert totally to diesel-powered locomotives, ending its rich history in the golden age of steam.

From dieselization and shop and yard modernization, to computers and the development of special cars and the unit coal train, Southern often was on the cutting edge of change, earning the company its catch phrase, "The Railway System that Gives a Green Light to Innovations." In 1982 the Southern Railway merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway to form Norfolk Southern.


The B&O Richwood Branch was originally built as the West Virginia & Pittsburgh Railroad (WV&P), which was incorporated on January 30, 1876. 5 It consisted of the Clarksburg, Weston & Midland Railroad (CW&M) and the Buckhannon River Railroad (BR). 11

The CW&M, incorporated on April 10, 1889, 11 comprised of the following:

  • Weston & West Fork Railroad, formed on March 4, 1875, attempted to construct 24.9 miles of track between Clarksburg and Weston.
  • Clarksburg, Weston & Glenville Railroad, incorporated on August 6, 1878, finished the work of the Weston & West Fork. By September 1879, 24.9 miles of narrow-gauge track was open between Clarksburg and Weston.
  • Buckhannon & West Fork Railroad, incorporated on April 10, 1882, built 15.8 miles of narrow-gauge track from Weston to Buckhannon.
  • Buckhannon River Lumber Company, incorporated on October 15, 1885, constructed 13.3 miles of narrow-gauge line from Buckhannon to Indian Camp Run (Calico Run) in 1886.
  • Weston & Elk River Railroad, formed on February 20, 1889, attempted to build a line from Weston south towards Charleston via the Elk River. No line was built.

The Buckhannon River Railroad, formed on August 13, 1889, was never built. 11

The WV&P fell into receivership in 1898 and on June 1, the WV&P was acquired by Johnson N. Camden and Clarence Cary. The railroad’s projected southern terminus was then modified to be the mouth of the Williams River near present-day Cowen, in Webster County, to extract the area’s virgin timber forests.

The WV&P was extended from Weston south to Sutton via Flatwoods in 1890-91, and to Camden-on-Gauley in 1891-92. 4

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

On August 31, 1899, 5 the WV&P and its 17 locomotives, 18 passenger cars, and 530 freight cars were leased by the B&O. 4 (It was not until December 31, 1990, that the WV&P was fully merged into the B&O’s ultimate successor, CSX. 5 )

The renamed B&O Richwood Branch was completed to Richwood in 1901, providing a railroad connection between the B&O and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (C&O). 5

At the time, Richwood was known as Cherry Tree Bottoms and had a population of 27. 6 Richwood, named so because of the area’s rich abundance of timber, incorporated in 1901 and rapidly developed. By 1930, the town had blossomed to a population of nearly 7,000. 7 It boasted the Steele-Wallace Clothespin Factory, the largest in the world at the time, the Cherry River Boom & Lumber Company, the Cherry River Paper Company, the J.D. Wescott & Son broom and chair factory, and the Wm. F. Mosser Company, the largest sole leather factory. 8

Further north, Weston developed as the center of several glass manufacturing plants. 14 The companies were initially drawn to the region because of the availability and affordability of natural gas, which made glass production competitive.

The freight depot at Lost Creek became the largest shipping point for cattle on the entire B&O in the state. 12 By 1923, it became the largest cattle shipping point east of the Mississippi River with 275 cars needed to carry between 4,000 to 5,000 cattle. The depot had been built in 1892 by the WV&P and served unbroken blocks of grazing lands for cattle controlled by the Goff, Gore, Haymond, Lowndes, Lucas, Maxwell, and Reynolds families. By the 1930s, the county had become one of the biggest beef cattle producing regions in the eastern United States.

Coal mining was developed around Richwood after the Great Depression but collapsed after 500 coal mining jobs were lost in 1984 and 1985. 7

Mergers

The C&O took financial control of the B&O in 1963. 2 The B&O at that point already had a controlling interest in the Western Maryland Railway (WM). In 1973, the three railroads were brought together under one identity, the Chessie System. The WM was formally merged into the B&O in 1976.

In 1980, the Chessie and the Seaboard Coast Line, which controlled the Louisville & Nashville, the Clinchfield, and Georgia railroads, merged to form the CSX Corporation. 2 Despite the consolidation, CSX never had its own identity until 1986, when all of the merged entities was renamed CSX Transportation (CSX).

In April 1987, the B&O was formally absorbed into the C&O, which merged into CSX in August. 2

Abandonment

The first abandonment of the B&O Richwood Branch came in the 1940s when the line between Weston and Orlando was abandoned. 15 The B&O opted to route through trains from Orlando northeast to Buckhannon via the Coal & Coke Railway, and then west to Weston via the B&O Pickens Branch (originally the Weston & Buckhannon). The Coal & Coke had been acquired by the B&O in 1916, becoming their Charleston Branch. dieciséis

During the 1970s and 1980s, increased foreign competition caused one glass company after another to close in Weston. With little originating traffic in the city, CSX discontinued use of the Richwood Branch between Weston and McWhorter on August 25, 1989. 13

After the coal mines around Richwood never reopened, CSX abandoned the Richwood Branch between Cowen and Richwood in 1990. 9 The Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail-Trail committee purchased the right-of-way for $189,000 after securing a $69,000 grant from the Georgia-Pacific Company, which operated a large mill in Richwood. The company retained the rights to operate the trail as a logging haul road during the off-season to move cut timbers into Richwood.

In September 1998, the state dedicated the new six-mile Cranberry Tri-Rivers Rail-Trail, which followed the Cherry and Gauley Rivers between Richwood and Enoch Branch near Allingdale. 9 The multi-use path included a long trestle over the Cranberry River and the 640-foot Sarah’s Tunnel. The trail is planned to extend from Enoch Branch to Cowen along the abandoned branch’s mainline and from Bolair to Cowen on a former spur to a coal mine.

In 1999, CSX abandoned the section of the Richwood Branch between McWhorter and the former B&O St. Louis mainline in Clarksburg. 10

The remaining active portions of the B&O Richwood Branch became the CSX Cowen Subdivision, which extended south from Grafton to Philippi, Buckhannon, Burnsville, and Cohen.

Transferir

On March 25, 2005, the Appalachian & Ohio Railroad (A&O), a part of Watco Companies, took over operations of the former Cowen Subdivision. 1 (The sale also included the former Pickens Subdivision, from Hampton Junction to Alexander.) The A&O had connections to the WVC at Tygart Junction, the BEEM at Alexander, and the Elk River Railroad at Burnsville.

The A&O was expected to move 90,000 carloads in the first year, 1 with coal comprising 95% of the route’s traffic. Coal was expected to be shipped from the mines to power plants in the North and Mid-Atlantic states. The A&O held onto the line for just a short time before turning it over to Four Rivers Transportation, now P&L Transportation, on May 15, 2006. 3 P&L Transportation is jointly owned by the P&L Railway and CSX.


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