List of U.S. Class I railroads
List of U.S. Class I railroads identifies current and previous class I railroad, plus
Amtrak; with brief description of the railroad company mergers or organization. As of 2005a Class I railroadin the United Stateshas an operating revenueexceeding $319.3 million. There are currently seven, as well as two Canadian railwaysthat would qualify. The classification was started in the 1930s, with the cutoff at $1 million until 1956. Many railroads have become Class II or III due to the rising cutoff; others have been merged or leased by others.
Current Class I railroads
The BNSF Railway reporting mark|BNSF is the second-largest Class I railroad in the United States, serving mainly the land west of the
Mississippi River. It was formed in 1996 as a merger of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway into the Burlington Northern Railroad, and was known as the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway until 2005. BNSF is based in Fort Worth, Texas.
CSX Transportation reporting mark|CSXT is the third-largest Class I, serving the area east of the
Mississippi River. The company was formed in 1986 as a renaming of the Seaboard System Railroad, and in 1987 the last of a long line of consolidations saw the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway merging into CSX. CSX absorbed the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad in 1991. In 1999 CSX began operating its portion, 42%, of the former Conrail system through its lease on the new Conrail subsidiary New York Central Linesreporting mark|NYC.
Grand Trunk Corporation/CN
The Grand Trunk Corporation is the corporation under which the CN operates railroads within the United States. The Grand Trunk Corporation also includes the Illinois Central Railroad. The CN identity is being phased in over the U.S. lines.
Kansas City Southern Railway
The Kansas City Southern Railway reporting mark|KCS is the smallest of the Class I railroads, with a main line from
Kansas City, Missourisouth to Port Arthur, Texas. It is owned by KCS Industriesalong with the Texas Mexican Railway and Grupo Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana, extending its line south into Mexicoas the NAFTA Railway. The company was chartered in 1890 as the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad, completing its line from Kansas City to the Gulf of Mexico(at Port Arthur) in 1897. In 1900 it was reorganized as the Kansas City Southern Railway. In 1997 the KCS acquired the Gateway Western Railway, formerly part of the Alton Railroad, extending its system from Kansas City to East St. Louis, Illinois.
Norfolk Southern Railway
The Norfolk Southern Railway (
AAR reporting markNS), usually called Norfolk Southern, is a major Class I railroad in the United States, owned by the Norfolk Southern Corporation. The company operates 21,500 route miles in 22 eastern states, the District of Columbiaand the province of Ontario, Canada. The most common commodity hauled on the railroad is coalfrom mines in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. The railroad also offers an extensive intermodal network in eastern North America. The current system was planned in 1982 with the formation of the Norfolk Southern Corporation, merged on December 31 1990with the lease of the Norfolk and Western Railwayby the renamed Southern Railway, and augmented on June 1 1999with the acquisition of over half of Conrail.
oo Line Railroad
The Soo Line Railroad reporting mark|SOO is the United States arm of the
Canadian Pacific Railway, serving Chicago, Illinoisand the areas to the east and west. In 1985 the Soo Line purchased the Milwaukee Road and attempted to operate its old duplicate trackage as a wholly owned subsidiary railroad, the Lake States Transportation Division. This plan didn't work out too well for the Soo; most of the LSTD and most of the original Wisconsin Central Railwaywas sold in 1987 to the newly formed Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation.
The Soo Line is a part of the Canadian Pacific Railway system. As time passes, more and more Soo Line equipment is being repainted into the Canadian Pacific's current paint scheme, slowly erasing the Soo's identity as a subsidiary railroad.
Union Pacific Railroad
The Union Pacific Railroad is the largest railroad in the United States. Its primary
AAR reporting markis UP.
The Union Pacific's route map covers most of the central and western United States, westward of Chicago and New Orleans. It has achieved this size thanks to purchasing a large number of other railroads; notable purchases include the
Missouri Pacific Railroad, Chicago and North Western Railway, Western Pacific Railroad, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and Southern Pacific Railroad(which itself was purchased by the Rio Grande before UP purchased it).
Union Pacific's chief competitor is the BNSF Railway, which covers much of the same territory in the
Western United States. Union Pacific is based in Omaha, Nebraska.
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Amtrak reporting mark|AMTK and AMTZ is the brand name of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, created on
May 1, 1971, by the mergers of several rail passenger services, as the United States' intercity passenger train system. "Amtrak" is a portmanteauof the words "American" and "track".Fact|date=June 2007
Amtrak is a
quasi-governmental agency; all of its preferred stock is owned by the federal government. The members of its board of directors are appointed by the President of the United States, and are subject to confirmation by the United States Senate. Some common stock is held by the private railroads that transferred their passenger service to Amtrak in 1971. Though Amtrak stock does not pay dividends and is not routinely traded, a small number of private investors have purchased Amtrak stock from its original owners.
Amtrak employs over 19,000 people. The nationwide network of 22,000 miles (35,000 km) of routes serves 500 communities in 46 states of the United States, with some of the routes serving communities in Canada. In fiscal year 2006, Amtrak served an estimated 25 million passengers, a company record.
Former Class I railroads
Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad
The Akron, Canton and Youngstown Railroad reporting mark|ACY ran west from
Mogadore, Ohiovia Akron to Delphos, Ohio. The line from Mogadore to Akron opened in 1913, and in 1920 it leased the Northern Ohio Railway, continuing its line west from Akron to Delphos. The Norfolk and Western Railway gained control in 1964, at the same time as the N&W merged the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate Road), but the AC&Y continued to operate independently until it was merged into the N&W in 1982. The line was sold in 1990 to the new spinoff Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.
Alabama Great Southern Railroad
The Alabama Great Southern Railroad Company reporting mark|AGS was organized in 1877 as the successor to the Alabama and Chattanooga Railroad (A&C). The A&C had completed about 230 miles of a planned 293-mile line from Chattanooga to Meridian, Mississippi. About 25 of these miles were in Georgia, including a section from Trenton to Wauhatchie that was built in 1860 as the Wills Valley Railroad. After 1895 the A&C was controlled by the Southern Railway. Today it is a division of Norfolk Southern Railway.
The Alton Railroad reporting mark|A or CA ran from
Chicago, Illinoissouthwest via Alton, Illinoisto East St. Louis, Illinoisand Kansas City, Missouri. The line was completed from Alton to Joliet outside Chicago in 1855, and in 1856 it reached Chicago, acquiring the name Chicago and Alton Railroad reporting mark|C&A in 1862. In 1879 it leased the Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago Railroad, giving it access to Kansas City. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad bought the railroad in 1929, and in 1931 it was reorganized as the Alton Railroad. The B&O sold it in 1943 and it was bought by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad at bankruptcy in 1947. The Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, successor to the GM&O, sold the main lines except Chicago-Joliet to the new spinoff Chicago, Missouri and Western Railway. The CM&W quickly failed; the Southern Pacific Railroad bought the Joliet-East St. Louis line in 1989 and the Gateway Western Railwayacquired the Kansas City line in 1990. In 1997 the Kansas City Southern Railway acquired the GWWR.
Ann Arbor Railroad
The Ann Arbor Railroad reporting mark|AA ran from
Toledo, Ohionorth via Ann Arbor, Michiganto Frankfort, Michigan. The company started as the Toledo, Ann Arbor and Northern Railroad, and after several renamings became the Ann Arbor Railroad in 1895. From 1905 to 1910 the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad controlled it. The Wabash Railroad controlled it from 1925 to 1963, at which time it was sold back to the DT&I until 1976, when it was to be merged into Conrail. However, Conrail would have abandoned most of the route, and the State of Michiganbought the AA to prevent that. Conrail operated the full line for about a year, after which the Michigan Interstate Railwaytook over operations. In 1983 the line was split among three short lines - Michigan Interstate Railway, Tuscola and Saginaw Bay Railwayand Michigan Northern Railway. In 1984 the T&SB took over the MN, and the MI was reorganized as the Ann Arbor Railroad in 1988. The section operated by the current Ann Arbor Railroad is south of Ann Arbor, which is the portion that Conrail would have retained.
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway reporting mark|ATSF had a main line from
Chicago, Illinoisto Los Angeles, Californiawith many branches. It started as the Atchison and Topeka Railroad, and was consolidated into the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1863. In 1996 the AT&SF merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay Railway
Atlanta and West Point Rail Road
The Atlanta and West Point Rail Road reporting mark|A&WP; AWP ran from
Atlanta, Georgiawest to West Point, Georgiaon the Alabamastate line. Together with the Western Railway of Alabama it formed the " West Point Route" through Montgomery, Alabamato Selma, Alabama. The company started as the Atlanta and LaGrange Rail Road, finished in 1854; the Atlanta and West Point Rail Road name was adopted in 1857. The Georgia Railroad and Banking Company gained control in 1875, and after various sales of that company it ended up being owned half-and-half by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The L&N merged with the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (the ACL's successor) to form the Seaboard System Railroad in 1983, and the separate company was unnecessary and was quickly merged into the Seaboard.
Atlantic Coast Line Railroad
The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad reporting mark|ACL was a major system in the
Southeast U.S.with a main line from Richmond, Virginiato Tampa, Florida. The Atlantic Coast Line name was assigned in 1898 to the sections in South Carolinaand Virginia(the latter including the 1833 Petersburg Railroad) and in 1900 to the North Carolinasection. In 1967 the ACL merged with the competing Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad.
Atlantic and Danville Railway
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad reporting mark|B&O; BO had a main line from
Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniavia Baltimore, Marylandand Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniato Chicago, Illinois, with additional lines to Rochester, New York, St. Louis, Missouri, and numerous branches. The first section near Baltimore opened in 1830, and the original main line to Wheeling, West Virginiaon the Ohio Riverwas completed in 1853. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway gained control in 1963, and the B&O and C&O gained control of the Western Maryland Railway in 1967. B&O was operated as part of the Chessie Systemfrom 1973, with the WM being merged into the B&O in 1983. In 1987 the B&O was merged into the C&O, which itself merged into CSX Transportation later that year.
Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western Railway
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad
The Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad (B&LE; reporting mark BLE) was a railroad company operating mainly in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The railroad's main line ran from the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, Ohio to industrial city of North Bessemer, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, a distance of 153 miles. The company has operated continuously since its founding in 1897 until it was purchased by Canadian National Railway in 2004. The B&LE formerly had passenger service, but is now strictly a freight hauler
Boston and Maine Railroad
The Boston and Maine Railroad reporting mark|BM was a large system serving much of northern
New England, with lines to Boston, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Troy, New Yorkand many New Hampshireand Vermontpoints. It started out as the Andover and Wilmington Railroad, and was completed as a branch of the Boston and Lowell Railroadinto Mainein 1843. The Boston and Maine Railroad name was first used in 1835 in New Hampshire, and in 1842 for the whole line. The B&M later took over the B&L and many other lines and systems. B&M was reorganized outside of Conrail after a 1970 bankruptcy, and was bought by the Guilford Rail Systemin 1983 along with the Delaware and Hudson Railway and Maine Central Railroad. In 1990 [http://stb.dot.gov/decisions/readingroom.nsf/ce02ea332d99ba468525709d0000b52c/30934dc93dbb7be8852565f50063c6d7?OpenDocument] GRS leased the B&M to the Springfield Terminal Railway, formerly a tiny subsidiary of the B&M, to reduce labor costs.
Burlington Northern Railroad
The Burlington Northern Railroad reporting mark|BN was formed in 1970 as a merger of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway and Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway. The BN acquired the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway in 1980, and absorbed the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway.
Burlington-Rock Island Railroad
Cambria and Indiana Railroad
Central of Georgia Railroad
The Central of Georgia Railroad reporting mark|CG owned a large system in Georgia and into neighboring states. It began as the Central Rail Road and Canal Company, becoming the Central Rail Road and Banking Company in 1835 and the Central of Georgia Railway in 1895. From 1909 to 1948 it was controlled by the Illinois Central Railroad, and by the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway from 1956 to 1963. In 1963 the Southern Railway bought the CG, and in 1971 the Southern merged several other companies - the Georgia and Florida Railroad,
Savannah and Atlanta Railwayand Wrightsville and Tennille Railroad- with the CG, renaming it the Central of Georgia Railroad.
Central Railroad of New Jersey
The Central Railroad of New Jersey reporting mark|CNJ owned a system in
New Jerseyand west to Scranton, Pennsylvania. It started out as the Elizabethtown and Somerville Railroad, and was renamed to the CNJ in 1849. In 1870 it leased the Lehigh and Susquehanna Railroadto reach Scranton, and was under Philadelphia and Reading Railway control from 1883 to 1887. From 1946 to 1952 the Pennsylvanialines (former L&S) were leased to a new company, the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania, in a failed tax dodge. In 1976 the CNJ was merged into Conrail. Most of the former CNJ lines are now owned by New Jersey Transitand operated through trackage rightsby Conrail on behalf of CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway; part of the line in Pennsylvania went to NS in the 1998 Conrail breakup.
Central Railroad of Pennsylvania
The Central Railroad of Pennsylvania reporting mark|CRP was a short-lived subsidiary of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. In 1946 the CNJ created a separate company (renamed from the short CNJ-operated
Easton and Western Railroad) to operate their lines in Pennsylvaniato avoid some New Jersey taxes. The attempt failed and operations were merged back in 1952.
Central Vermont Railway
The Central Vermont Railway reporting mark|CV had a main line from
New London, Connecticutnorth through Vermontto near Montreal, Quebec. It started out in 1843 as the Vermont Central Railroad, with renamings to the Central Vermont Railroad in 1872 and Central Vermont Railway in 1899. The Canadian Grand Trunk Railwaygained control during the 1899 reorganization, passing it along to the Canadian National Railwayin 1923. In 1995 the CN sold off the majority of the CV, which was renamed as the New England Central Railroad. Thus there are a lot of railroads.....
Charleston and Western Carolina Railway
The Charleston and Western Carolina Railway reporting mark|C&WC had a main line from
Port Royal, South Carolinavia Augusta, Georgiato Spartanburg, South Carolina. It started out as the Port Royal and Augusta Railway, owned by the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company. In 1881 the Central Rail Road and Banking Company bought the line, selling it to the State of South Carolinain 1894. In 1896 it merged with the Port Royal and Western Carolina Railway to form the C&WC, and the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad gained control in 1897. It continued to operate independently until 1959, when it was merged into the ACL. The majority of the line is still used by CSX Transportation.
Chesapeake and Ohio Railway
The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway reporting mark|CO had a main line from
Newport News, Virginiawest to Cincinnati, Ohioand beyond to Chicago, Illinois. It started out in 1836 as the Louisa Railroad, and eventually merged in 1868 with the Covington and Ohio Railroadto form the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. In 1878 the name was changed to Railway. In 1963 the C&O gained control of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and they jointly gained control of the Western Maryland Railway in 1967, becoming part of the Chessie System holding companyin 1973. The B&O absorbed the WM in 1983 and merged into the C&O in 1987; the C&O merged into CSX Transportation later that year.
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (AAR reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or as the Q, the railroad served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive tracking in the mountain states the Q used the slogan "Everywhere West".
Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad
The Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad reporting mark|CEI had main lines from
Chicago, Illinoissouth to Evansville, Indianaand St. Louis, Missouri(splitting in northern Illinois). It served mainly as a bridge linewith much passenger and freight traffic continuing to the U.S. South. The line started out as the Chicago, Danville and Vincennes Railroad, and was completed from Chicago to Evansville in 1871 in conjunction with the Evansville and Illinois Railroad and Evansville, Terre Haute and Chicago Railway. The C&EI was formed in 1877 as a reorganization of the CD&V, and leased the other sections. In 1963 the Interstate Commerce Commissionawarded control to the Missouri Pacific Railroad, stipulating that the branch to Evansville and a half interest in the combined line to Chicago be sold to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. That sale occurred in 1969, and in 1976 the C&EI merged into the MP.
Chicago Great Western Railway
The Chicago Great Western Railway reporting mark|CGW linked Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City. It was founded in 1885 as a regional line between St. Paul and the
Iowastate line called the Minnesota and Northwestern Railroad, but through acquisition and construction, the railroad, named Chicago Great Western after 1909, developed into an innovative and efficient addition to the competitive markets it served. It survived the two World Wars and two periods of bankruptcy to be merged with the Chicago and North Western Railway(CNW) in 1968, which abandoned most of the CGW's trackage.
Chicago and Illinois Midland Railway
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad
The Milwaukee Road, officially the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the midwest and northwest of the United States from 1847 until its acquisition by and merger with the Soo Line railway in 1985–1986. The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. While the railroad does not exist as a separate entity anymore, it is still commemorated in buildings like the historic Milwaukee Road Depot in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in railroad hardware still maintained by railfans, such as the Milwaukee Road 261 steam locomotive.
Chicago and North Western Railway
The Chicago and North Western Railway (AAR reporting marks: CNW, CNWS, CNWZ; unofficial abbreviation: C&NW) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was also known as the North Western. Union Pacific bought them in 1995.
Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark RI) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was also known as the Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, THE ROCK. Its ancestor, the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad, was incorporated on February 7, 1851 and operated its first train on October 10, 1852. Once an acquisition target of the Union Pacific Railroad, the company went into receivership for its third and final bankruptcy in 1975, and after attempts to reorganize failed, the company was liquidated, operating its final train on March 30, 1980.
Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway
Commonly known as the "Omaha Road", CStPM&O operated trackage from Chicago to St Paul and St Paul to Omaha with a main branchline that reached from St Paul to Ashland, Wisconsin on Lake Superior. Another branchline reached from near Eau Claire, Wisconsin to Superior, Wisconsin crossing the St Paul/Ashland branch at Spooner, Wisconsin which made the famous "Omaha X" in northwestern Wisconsin. CStPM&O was owned primarily by the Chicago & Northwestern, but retained its identity as an independent carrier until 1957 when C&NW leased the CStPM&O and merging it fully in to the C&NW in 1972.
Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific Railway
Colorado and Southern Railway
Colorado and Wyoming Railway
Columbus and Greenville Railway
Conrail (AAR reporting mark CSAO), officially the Consolidated Rail Corporation, is an American railroad company. It operates three networks - the North Jersey, South Jersey/Philadelphia and Detroit Shared Assets Areas, where it serves as a local carrier and switching company for CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway. This arrangement is often referred to as Conrail Shared Assets Operations, the basis of the current reporting mark.
Conrail (AAR reporting mark CR) was formed on April 1, 1976 as a federally-funded takeover of the major railroad companies in the Northeast, all of which were financially failing. Against all predictions, Conrail managed to turn a profit, and on August 22, 1998 (the Control Date), most of Conrail's track was split between two newly-formed Conrail subsidiary limited liability companies - 42% to New York Central Lines, to be operated by CSX, and 58% to Pennsylvania Lines, to be operated by Norfolk Southern. (The names were chosen because of the former owners of the main lines west from New Jersey/New York City into Ohio, the New York Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad.) Conrail continued to operate its former system until June 1, 1999 (Day One, the Closing Date or the Split Date). The three shared assets areas were kept to avoid giving one railroad an advantage in those areas.
Delaware and Hudson Railway
The Delaware and Hudson Railway (D&H) (AAR reporting mark DH) is a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway, giving it access to New York City and other parts of the northeastern United States. It was formerly an important bridge line, connecting New York with Montreal, Quebec. The company started out as the Delaware and Hudson Canal, running from Kingston, New York on the Hudson River southwest to Port Jervis, New York on the Delaware River and beyond to the anthracite coal fields at Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The canal company later built a railroad, one of the first railroads in the United States, later known as the Delaware and Hudson Company and then the Delaware and Hudson Railroad until 1968. The railroad company has called itself "America's oldest continually operated transportation company".
Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad
Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad (DRG or D&RG) generally referred to as the Rio Grande, became the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad (DRGW or D&RGW) in 1920. The D&RGW served mainly as transcontinental bridge line between Denver, Colorado, and Salt Lake City, Utah, and a major origin of coal and mineral traffic with a motto of Through the Rockies, not around them. The Rio Grande was the epitome of mountain railroading, operating the highest mainline rail line in the United States over 10,240 ft (3121 m) Tennessee Pass in Colorado and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge. At its height around 1890, the D&RG had the largest operating narrow gauge railroad network in North America. Known for its independence, the D&RGW operated the last private long haul passenger train in the United States, the Rio Grande Zephyr.
Denver and Salt Lake Railway
Detroit and Mackinac Railway
Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad
Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railroad
Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway
Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway
Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railway
Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway
Erie Lackawanna Railway
Florida East Coast Railway
The Florida East Coast Railway (AAR reporting mark FEC) is a Class II railroad operating in the US state of Florida; in the past, it has been a Class I railroad. The FEC is renowned as the railroad that built the first railroad bridges to Key West that have since been rebuilt into road bridges for vehicle traffic, now known as the Overseas Highway. It was originally known as the Florida Coast and Gulf Railway and then the Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Indian River Railway; for more information and other former railroads merged into the line, see the family tree below.
Fort Worth and Denver Railway
Georgia Railroad and Banking Company
Georgia and Florida Railroad
Georgia Southern and Florida Railway
Grand Trunk Western Railroad
The Grand Trunk Western Railroad (GTWR, GT post-1960, AAR reporting mark GTW) is a subsidiary railroad of the Canadian National Railway's Grand Trunk Corporation operating in the midwestern United States. A CN system-wide rebranding beginning in 1995 has seen the GT logo and name largely replaced by its parent company. The GT line serves as CN's connection between Port Huron and Chicago, Illinois, where the railroad connects to CN subsidiaries Wisconsin Central Ltd. and Illinois Central, as well as other US railroads.
Great Northern Railway
Green Bay and Western Railroad
Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway
Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad
Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad
The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio (AAR reporting mark GMO) was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes from Chicago to Mobile, Alabama and Kansas City, Missouri.
Illinois Central Railroad
The Illinois Central (AAR reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was a railroad carrier in the central United States, with its primary routes from Chicago to New Orleans and Sioux City, Iowa.
Illinois Central Gulf Railroad
On August 10, 1972 the Illinois Central Railroad merged with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. In the 1980s, the railroad spun off most of its east-west lines and many of its redundant north-south lines, including much of the former GM&O. Most of these lines were bought by other railroads, including entirely new railroads, such as the Chicago, Missouri and Western Railway and Chicago Central and Pacific Railroad. On February 29, 1988, the ICG dropped the "Gulf" from its name and again became known as the Illinois Central Railroad.
Illinois Terminal Railroad
International-Great Northern Railroad
Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway
Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad
Lehigh and Hudson River Railway
Lehigh and New England Railroad
Lehigh Valley Railroad
Long Island Rail Road
Louisiana and Arkansas Railway
The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway (AAR reporting marks LA) was a
railroadthat operated in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The railroad's main line extended 332 miles, from Hope, Arkansasto Shreveportand New Orleans. Branch linesserved Vidalia, Louisiana(opposite Natchez, Mississippi), and Dallas, Texas.
Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas Railway
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Maine Central Railroad
Midland Valley Railroad
Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway
Mississippi Central Railroad
Missouri Pacific Railroad
Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railway
New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad
New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railway
New York Central Railroad
New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad
New York Connecting Railroad
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad
New York, Ontario and Western Railway
New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway
Norfolk and Western Railway
Northern Pacific Railway
Northwestern Pacific Railroad
The NWP served the
Redwood Empireof California between the San Francisco North Bay to Eureka. For many years it ran as a Southern Pacific subsidiary and was eventually consolidated into the SP.
Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka Railway
Oregon Electric Railway
Oregon Trunk Railway
Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway
Penn Central Transportation
Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines
Pere Marquette Railway
The Pere Marquette Railroad was formed in December 1899 by the merger of the Flint & Pere Marquette RR, the Chicago & West Michigan Ry and the Detroit, Grand Rapids & Western RR. On March 12, 1917 it was renamed the Flint & Pere Marquette Ry. Operating primarily in the state of Michigan, it also had lines in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and the Canadian provence of Ontario. It was renamed the Pere Marquette Railway on March 12, 1917 and was absorbed by the Chesapeake & Ohio Ry on April 1, 1947. The Pere Marquette name was revived in the mid 1980s by Amtrak as the name of the route running between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
Piedmont & Northern Railway
Piedmont & Northern was created in the 1914 consolidation of two physically separated 2-year-old Duke Power electric interurbans, Piedmont Traction Co. in North Carolina and Greenville, Spartanburg & Anderson in South Carolina. P&N replaced electric operation with diesel 1951-1958, and was acquired by Seaboard Coast Line on July 1, 1969.
Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad
Pittsburg, Shawmut and Northern Railroad
Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railway
The Reading Company reporting mark|RDG, usually called the Reading Railroad, and officially known as the Philadelphia and Reading Rail Road and then the Philadelphia and Reading Railway until 1924, operated in southeast
Pennsylvaniaand neighboring states. Until the decline in anthraciteloadings in the Coal Regionafter World War II, it was one of the most prosperous corporations in the United States. However, the reduced coal traffic, coupled with highwaycompetition and short hauls, forced it into bankruptcy in the 1970s. The Reading Company's railroad was merged into Conrailin 1976, but the corporation lasted into 2000 disposing of real estate holdings. Since the railroad served Atlantic City, New Jersey, "Reading Railroad" is also a property in the popular board game Monopoly.
Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad
acramento Northern Railway
t. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway
t. Louis-San Francisco Railway
t. Louis, San Francisco and Texas Railway
t. Louis Southwestern Railway
an Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad
eaboard Air Line Railroad
eaboard Coast Line Railroad
eaboard System Railroad
pokane International Railroad
pokane, Portland and Seattle Railway
taten Island Rapid Transit Railway
outhern Pacific Railroad
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia Railway
Tennessee Central Railway
Texas Mexican Railway
The Texas Mexican Railway Company is a Class II railroad (formerly a Class I railroad) that operates as a subsidiary of
Kansas City Southern Railwayin Texas. It is often referred to as the Tex-Mex, or TexMex, Railway. On January 1, 2005, Kansas City Southern (KCS) took control of The Texas Mexican Railway Company and the U.S. portion of the Texas-Mexican Railway International Bridgein Laredo, Texas. The railroad is a vital link in KCS's rail network, connecting The KCS and TFM, S.A. de C.V. While Tex-Mex remains a separate legal entity, KCS and Tex-Mex are operated as one railroad.
Texas and New Orleans Railroad
Texas and Northern Railway
Texas and Pacific Railway
Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad
Western Railway of Alabama
Western Maryland Railway
Western Pacific Railroad
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway
Wisconsin Central Railway
Wisconsin Central Limited
Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad
The Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad was a part of the Illinois Central Railroad system, running west of the main line from
New Orleans, Louisiananorth to Memphis, Tennessee. It was incorporated in 1882 by the Illinois Central to build from Jackson, Mississippinorth to Yazoo City and beyond. The IC bought the Memphis-New Orleans Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railwayand merged it into the Y&MV in 1892, forming its main line. In 1946 the IC leased the Y&MV, merging operations.
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Class III railroad — The Buckingham Branch Railroad is a typical example of a Class III shortline in Virginia. A Class III railroad, as defined by the Surface Transportation Board, is a railroad with an annual operating revenue of less than $20 million (1991 dollars) … Wikipedia
List of Massachusetts railroads — Contents 1 Common freight carriers 2 Passenger carriers 3 Defunct railroads … Wikipedia
List of Florida railroads — Contents 1 Current railroads 1.1 Common freight carriers 1.2 Private freight carriers … Wikipedia
List of New Jersey railroads — Contents 1 Common freight carriers 2 Private freight carriers 3 Passenger carriers … Wikipedia
List of Colorado railroads — This transport related list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Contents 1 Common freight carriers 2 … Wikipedia