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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