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State of Florida
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Abandoned Railroads of Florida -
Thousands of miles of railroads have been abandoned in the United States, much of it in the last 30 years. All of these railroad lines have a history and a story. This web site is dedicated to the preservation of the history of each of these former railroad lines.

Florida Central Railroad -
The Florida Central Railroad (FCEN) was acquired from CSX Transportation in 1986. FCEN operates 65 miles of track and interchanges with CSXT in Orlando Florida.

Florida Dept. of Traqnsportation Rail Office -
The history of railroading in Florida spans almost 170 years and is closely linked with the state s development and growth. While the sound of a steam whistle echoing through the pine forests of north Florida evokes romantic images of a frontier past, the real impact of rail transportation has been the development of the urbanized Florida we know today.

Florida Heritage Collection Railroads -
The growth of railroads in Florida before the Civil War was limited to a few companies who tried to connect major cities with cities in other states. It was perhaps the lack of railroads in Florida that made the state less of a battleground than other Confederate States. But after the Civil War, the growth of railroads exploded.

Florida Railroads -
A depository of varied records for Florida Railroads.

History of the Florida East Coast Railway -
In 1912, a proud Henry Flagler rode the first train into Key West, marking the completion of the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway's overseas railroad connection to Key West and the linkage by railway of the entire east coast of Florida. The FEC was the product of Flagler's resources and imagination.


Links updated for:  Feb 19, 2014

State of Georgia
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Central of Georgia Railroad Company -
The Central of Georgia Railway Company operated trackage in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. In 1929 trackage totaled 1,944 miles, but by 1956 the figure was 1764 miles and in 1970 the Central of Georgia operated only 1729 miles. The railroad began as a cotton hauler, chartered on December 20, 1833 as the Central Railroad and Canal Company of Georgia, one of the earliest chartered railroad companies in the United States. - quote from the web site.

Central of Georgia Railway Historical Society -
The dawn of the railroad age in America came in 1827 with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company. Within ten years, the railroads gave birth to Atlanta. In the 1830's, three railroads were chartered by the Georgia state legislature. Two were built by private capital: the Georgia Railroad (Augusta) and the Macon & Western (Macon). The third railroad, the Western & Atlantic (W&A) was to be built by the State of Georgia. Its purpose was to connect the Tennessee and Chattahoochee Rivers.

Georgia Southern & Florida RR Historical society -
Railroads played an important role in the development of Georgia. The Georgia Southern & Florida RR Historical society is a nonprofit educational organization chartered in the state of Georgia for the preservation of information related to the GS&F and affiliates including the Macon & Birmingham Railway, Macon & Atlantic Railway, Atlantic Valdosta & Western and Hawkinsville & Florida Southern Railway.

Southeastern Railway Museum -
Welcome to the Southeastern Railway Museum web site. The museum is located in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. It is owned and operated by the Atlanta Chapter, National Railway Historical Society and is staffed almost completely with volunteers.

The Family Tree of North American Railroads -
This is a compiled chart of major North American railroad mergers, takeovers, and controls. Most date after 1900 but there are some exceptions. Railroad names represent the railroad-handling part of a corporate entity, if different from the corporate name. This "Family Tree" the chart to Class 1, former Class 1, or major Regional lines. This chart represents only the "top" of the theoretical chart. Many roads had predecessors too numerous to include here and many roads simply dissappeared through various circumstances.

Western and Atlantic Railroad -
Battle of Allatoona Passs, Civil War. Few, if any Civil War battle sites contain as many original landmarks, earthworks, and undisturbed physical features as can be witnessed at Allatoona today. The battle that occurred here on Oct. 5, 1864 is an introduction to the ill-fated plans of John Bell Hood, the aggressive but mediocre general who assumed command of the Confederate Army during the fall of Atlanta.


Links updated for:  Jan 6, 2014

State of Hawaii
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All Aboard the Sugar Train -
Little is left of these interesting, little, narrow-gauge trains except for museum exhibits. A small portion of the Oahu Railway still exists. But to get a real feel for railroading -- Hawaiian style -- ride the Lahaina-Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad. Also see Lahaina Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad (listing below)

Hawaii's Railroad Treasures -
Abandoned railroads can sometimes be compared to ancient civilizations. They live no more, but inevitably, they leave all sorts of artifacts behind for people to rummage through, examine, and wonder about.

Hilo's Railroads -
The 1946 tsunami destroyed what once was an important means of transportation into and out of Downtown Hilo - the railroad trains. The trains carried lumber, boulders, meat, chicken, as well as passengers.

Lahaina Kaanapali and Pacific Railroad -
"The Sugar Cane Train - Railroads traveled through the history of Hawaii for more than 100 years, hauling sugar cane to the mills, and transporting workers between their homes and the canefields. Steam locomotives became a picturesque part of the Hawaiian landscape, sounding their haunting whistles as they rounded a mountain curve, or plowed along narrow-guage track between fields of sugar cane and plantation villages." - The Sugar Cane Train website.


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State of Idaho
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Abandoned Railroads of Idaho -
Part or all of this line was built by the Intermountain Railway to serve the mining areas in the mountains above Boise.

Eagle Rock Railroad Historical Society -
"We are dedicated to preserving the history of railroading in Southeast Idaho and the surrounding areas through the use of model railroading and historical displays." — Web site quote.

Eastern Idaho Railroad -
Snake River Route A 268 mile railroad that's bigger than a classic short line, but smaller than a regional carrier, has picked up were Union Pacific left off in the desert region of southeastern Idaho. Most of it's Locomotive fleet is made up of Second-Generation diesels that once worked in places as diverse as the Feather River Canyon, Moffat Tunnel, and Horseshoe Curve.

All Aboard -
A Northwest Rail Journey explores the role that the railroads played in the creation of Idaho and the West. This ninety minute program, together with the companion half hour OUTDOOR IDAHO show, Riding the Rails,  takes viewers on several memorable train rides through the northwest.


Links updated for:  Jan 6, 2014

State of Illinois
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Active & Abandoned Railroads -
Multiple sites by County.

Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society -
"Between 1850 and 1860, the rail system in the state of Illinois grew to serve the entire state. The railways were instrumental in the development of the state, allowing farm produce, mineral ore and coal to be transported with ease." - Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society

Illinois Railroads, 1850-1860 -
Between 1850 and 1860, the rail system in the state of Illinois grew to serve the entire state. The railways were instrumental in the development of the state, allowing farm produce, mineral ore and coal to be transported with ease.

Illinois, the Railroads, and the Civil War -
The expansion of railroads in the North played a major part in the North's defeat of the South in the Civil War. Railroads were still in their early stage when the Civil War began. "The oldest lines in the United States had been operating a little more than thirty years, and on many of the roads, the new iron rails were scarcely rusted and the hastily laid ties were still green," according to railroad historian Robert Sutton.

The Growth of Chicago in the 1850's -
In 1850, Chicago was a city of 30,000 people. By the end of the decade, its population had more than tripled to 109,000.1 The entire state of Illinois, which by 1860 had become the fourth most populous state in the Union, experienced explosive development during the decade of the 1850s. This development was felt most in and around the city of Chicago, which became a transportation and commercial center almost overnight.


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State of Indiana
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Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad -
"The Chicago SouthShore & South Bend Railroad is a strategically located 87 mile Short Line carrier connecting Northwest Indiana's industrial complex with 19 transcontinental, regional, and local railroads, including those within the Chicago Switching District." - CSS & SBR website

Indiana Railroads 1832-1900 -
The history of the railroad in Indiana began in earnest in 1838, when the first steam train traveled from North Madison to Graham's Ford, carrying Governor James Wallace, legislators, and other dignitaries on an 8 mph, 15-mile inspection trip.

Histories of Indiana Railroads -
The first steam train ride in Indiana took place on November 29, 1838, when Governor James Wallace and a group of fellow Hoosiers inaugurated service along fifteen miles of track on the state-financed Madison & Indianapolis Railroad. But the English locomotive in use for that historic ride actually belonged to a Kentucky company. It was hastily borrowed when the M & I's own first locomotive was lost at sea during transport.

Railroads of Indiana -
In 1832 the Indiana legislature chartered eight possible railroad lines connecting the state to its neighbors, to the Ohio River, and to Lake Michigan. In 1838 the first train left North Madison carrying dignitaries on an inspection trip fifteen miles to Graham's Ford, and the railroad age in Indiana was launched.


Links updated for:  Jan 6, 2014

State of Iowa
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Hamilton County Railroads -
Multiple listings with historic backgrounds of the railroads of Hamilton County, Iowa. Seven railroads are listed.

Iowa Falls Railroads -
"I remember the two big depots - the Rock Island and the Illinois Central and the great, puffing, behemoths chugging through the area 24 hours a day - freight trains, passenger trains, troop trains, and circus trains - oh, the excitement of seeing a circus train unload here at the Illinois Central depot". As told by Bill Riley" - quote from the website.

Iowa Northern Railroad -
"The Iowa Northern Railway was originally created from former Rock Island Railroad trackage from Cedar Rapids to Manly, Iowa. The line was purchased by a combination of grain shippers that feared losing rail access to the grain processing industries Cedar Rapids hosts. The line was operated only during grain moves in the early years. eventually a short branch from Vinton to Dysert was abandoned and the tracks removed." - quote from the website.

Life as a Pioneer -
Traveling west... Pioneer settlers traveling to Iowa used many different kinds of transportation. One man, named William Buxton, settled in Carlisle, Iowa in 1851. In 1853, he traveled back to England to claim an inheritance. While on his return trip to Iowa he kept a journal telling of his travels. The Journal of William Buxton gives specific details about how he traveled.


Links updated for:  Jan 6, 2014

State of Kansas
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History of Kansas Railroads -
Click on year for that time period's information, topics = Railroads, Publications, Staff, Links, Loans, Safety, Rail Home

Orphan Trains of Kansas -
Beginning in 1854, charitable institutions in New York City began sending orphans on trains to the west to find new families, feeling that the children would fare better out west than on the streets of New York. Orphan trains arrived in Kansas between 1867 and 1930, and some 5000-7000 children were placed in Kansas homes.

Railroads in Kansas -
Welcome to the Kansas railroad site. We are endeavoring to make available the history of the railroads in the State of Kansas. Stephen Chinn created and developed this site for the Kansas Heritage Server. Now we hope to expand and further develop his efforts concerning railroad history in Kansas. We welcome any pertinent articles or stories that may add to this site.

The Great Overland Station -
A history of what was once considered the premier railroad passenger station in the West. Topeka, Kansas.

University of Kansas -
The Routes of Railroads through Kansas. Railroad Development in Kansas, pre 1878-1890; Early Railroad History in Kansas.


Links updated for:  Jan 6, 2014

State of Kentucky
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A Historical Overview -
The Commonwealth of Kentucky has been served by railroads for well over a century and a half, and for most of that time, railroads, with their primary and secondary routes, helped form the backbone of the states transportation network.

Hardin Southern Railroad -
Rails were first laid on this route through the Jackson Purchase in 1890 by the Paducah Tennessee and Alabama Railroad, then building south from Paducah, Kentucky toward Florence, Alabama.

History of the Railroads in Kentucky -
Multiple links lists, all about Kentucky (and associated) Railroads.

Kentucky Railway Museum -
Located in the Heartland of Kentucky, the Kentucky Railway Museum is one of the oldest rail museums in the United States. Founded in Louisville in 1954, KRM now owns 17 miles of the ex-Louisville & Nashville Lebanon branch with operating headquarters in New Haven, Kentucky and a passenger boarding area in Boston, Kentucky.

Short Line Railroads in Kentucky -
A list (with map) and background of short line railroads in the state.


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