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View Resource Empty CSX Hopper Train in the New River Gorge at Dawn (editor's title)
Winter sunrise over the New River Gorge

A westward CSX hopper train crosses the New River adding an element of modern railroading to a mountain landscape accentuated by pastel colors of the rising winter sun. CSX's former Chesapeake & Ohio New River Subdivision features two-main tracks that run on opposite banks of the river for 11 miles, from Hawks Nest to Sewell. The pair of modern high-horsepower diesel-electric locomotives are...

View Resource Abandoned Yard Office, St. Albans, West Virginia
Abandoned yard office beside active CSX tracks in St. Albans, West Virginia.

Abandoned CSX yard office in St. Albans, West Virginia, on August 4, 2010. Buildings of a residential neighborhood are visible in the background at right. The yard office is located in the middle of a wye where a single-track branchline (foreground) into the southern West Virginia coalfields joins the double-track mainline (background at left) between Newport News, Virginia, and Cincinnati, Ohio....

View Resource Adaptively Reused Oregon Electric Railway Station in Albany, Oregon (editor’s title)
Oregon Electric Railway Station, now a pizza parlor, in Albany, Oregon

Preservation of former railroad stations takes many forms, from visitor centers and museums to offices and restaurants to . . . pizza parlors. Ciddici’s Pizza of Albany bought the building in 1991 and restored it, retaining most of the original exterior features, especially the “OER” logo, made of ceramic, in the gable at the upper right. The station stands on the corner of SE. 5th Avenue and S....

View Resource A Treasured Southern Pacific Locomotive “First” Preserved (editor’s title)
Southern Pacific steam locomotive no. 1, the

The Southern Pacific’s first steam locomotive, named the “C. P. Huntington” in honor of one California’s four leading railroad developers, holds a place of honor at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Danforth, Cooke & Company of Paterson, New Jersey, built it in 1863 for the Central Pacific, which assigned it the number “3.” It was shipped around Cape Horn and arrived in...

View Resource Wisconsonian Returns to the Rails After 40-year Hiatus
Amtrak train arriving behind passenger Jack Holzhueter, preparing to board at Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Jack Holzhueter of Mazomanie, Wisconsin, prepares to board Amtrak train no. 7, the westbound Empire Builder, which is arriving behind him on the Canadian Pacific mainline in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, on the afternoon of April 29, 2010. From the 1940s into the 1960s, Holzhueter frequently rode passenger trains on the Chicago & North Western. While he has more recently traveled by train in Europe...

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