Mainline Railroad Photos
Section re-organized Summer 2011
North America still reigns supreme for
freight traffic on rails. Europe and Asia pale in comparison.
However where the US may have the rail, it does not have much for
passengers like the other continents.
operates the national intercity passenger rail system. Amtrak's pride
and joy is the high speed Northeast Corridor between Washington DC and
Boston. Electrification is complete between the two cities. The new Acela
Service started in December 2000. Another corridor for Amtrak is in the Pacific
Northwest. It does not have the speed or frequency as the NE. However, it does have
unique tilting equipment known as Talgos.
Then there are the freight
railroads. On the West Coast the big railroads are down to
just the Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
special trains that run on mainline rails and
excursion railways. This includes
SP4449, UP Challenger, Olympic Special, and many tourist railways. For
preserved railroad equipment, please see the
railway museum section of this website
A new section under development with focus on
railway stations with their unique architecture and history.
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