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Trains & Railroads: Links & Resources

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Pennsylvania Heritage: There have been active railroads in Pennsylvania since 1827, and there are a number of Web site providing information where visitors can view examples of both historic and modern-day railroading. Here are our recommendations for the best of them: Pennsylvania Tourism, Where & When in Pennsylvania, and Dream Vacation Magazine. (03/18/22)
Winter Photo Junket on the Silverton & Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad (3/13/05)
Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Operating six days a week during summer & fall, this train takes tourists through the San Juan Mountains from Chama, New Mexico, to Antonito, Colorado. Click here for a 2004 field report. (9/26/04) (Link updated July 15, 2019)
"The Impossible Railroad:" The San Diego & Arizona Eastern Railroad, now known as the Carrizo Gorge Railroad, is back in business, and trains are once again crossing the tallest curved wooden trestle in the world.
Virginia and Truckee Railroad: This site features a very cool 360 aerial view of the V&T Maintenance Yard (and Virginia City) captured in August 2018 and also a virtual tour inside the V&T’s Locomotive #18 during some maintenance work. The site is maintained by Howard Goldbaum who is a professor at the University of Nevada Reno, and his site has great photos and fascinating descriptions. (Updated October 9, 2019)
Canyon Diablo, Arizona: Guy Randall's visit to this ghost town, which was originally an 1880's railroad camp, includes photos of the amazing trestle that is still in use today plus a few tall tales about the hardy folks who lived and worked in the area.
27,000 Photos:13 categories of train-related images, ranging from bridges, tunnels, and steam locomotives to in-cab shots. Kudos to Chris Kilroy for making this great resource available.
RTA Recommends
Tourist Trains 2021
Tourist Trains Guidebook, Eighth Edition
, by Trains Staff and Contributors

 Railroads of Colorado, by Claude Wiatrowsk

Art of the Streamliner
The Art of the Streamliner
, by Bob Johnston

Pacific Fruit Express, by Anthony Thompson & Bruce Jones

Santa Fe Railroad, by Brian Solomon

All Aboard!: The Complete North American Train Travel Guide, by Jim Loomis

20th Century Limited, by Karl Zimmerman

The Great Train Robbery, by Michael Crichton
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Old Trains Never Die: They give weekend rides at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California!

All Aboard: Travelogues about journeys on Amtrak and Via Rail Canada with plenty of photos
Tourist Trains 2003: The latest edition of this great guidebook cover train-related attractions in Canada and the U.S.
Train Orders Online: This site requires registration & a small annual fee, but provides unrivaled access to information about nationwide train operations and stunning photography of trains from around the world.
Rail Camp: High schoolers can work on steam, electric, & diesel locomotives in Newark, Delaware and Tacoma, Washington. (Updated July 15, 2019)
California State Railroad Museum: California's premier train destination (3/27/05) (Link updated July 15, 2019)
Gold Country Train Rides: Six-mile round-trip excursions on trains powered by steam locomotives in Jamestown, California (Link updated July 15, 2019)
Railroad Historical Societies: Exhaustive index of organizations throughout the United States (Link updated July 15, 2019)
The Durango & Silverton Narrow-Gauge Railroad: Colorado Rocky Mountain Adventure

"The Richest Real Estate Ever Discovered":Ride a vintage train through the Copper Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona
Still Making Tracks: The Steam Trains of Ely, Nevada
The World-Famous "Loop": Train Watching in California's Tehachapi Mountains
Queen of the Short Lines: The Virginia & Truckee Railroad in Virginia City, Nevada
All-Terrain Transport: View the U.S. Army's "Overland Train" at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona
Railroad No More: A Hike through Washington's Snoqualmie Pass Train Tunnel


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