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Abandoned Railroads of the US __ "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 these former rail lines." - illustrated - from Jimmy Summers - http://www.abandonedrailroads.com/

Britishsteam __ You will find a "Searchable Steam Database" of 30,500 Locomotives, galleries and more. - illustrated - from britishsteam.com - http://www.britishsteam.com/ .

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum - Transcontinental Railroad __ "Central Pacific Railroad construction in the 1860's. Stereoviews, engravings, maps, and documents are treasures of western Americana that illustrate the history of the first transcontinental railroad, built from Sacramento, California over the Sierra Nevada mountains, the to end of track at the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory, Utah where the rails were joined on May 10, 1869 with the Union Pacific Railroad from Omaha, Nebraska. CPRR stereograph images by Alfred A. Hart, A. J. Russell, Houseworth, Muybridge, Reilly, Savage, Watkins, and Anthony picture locomotives, snowplows, trains, scenery, bridges, tunnels, and snowsheds." What else can I add? - illustrated - from cprr.org - http://cprr.org/ 

Dates in Canadian Railway History __ An annotated timeline of Canadian rail history. - From railways.incanada.net - http://www.railways.incanada.net/candate/candate.htm 

 

History of Rail Transport __ "The history of rail transport dates back nearly 500 years, and includes systems with man or horse power and rails of wood or stone. Modern rail transport systems first appeared in England in the 1820s." You will find a good overview. - illustrated - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport 
 
History of rail transport in Great Britain __ "As early as 1676 railed roads were in use in Northumberland to ease the conveyance of coal from the mines to the banks of the river at Newcastle-on-Tyne. These were simply straight and parallel rails of timber on which carts with rollers drawn by horses enabled several wagons to be moved simultaneously." Learn about the world's oldest rail system. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport_in_Great_Britain 

History of Railroads and Maps __ Railroads, surveys and mapmaking have been partnered since the beginning of rail. You can learn about it, view historic maps and much more. - illustrated - From Library of Congress - http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/rrhtml/rrintro.html 

Rail museums - Railroad museums listing worldwide __ Just what the title claims. - From railmuseums.com - http://www.railmuseums.com/index.html 


 
Railroad History Archive, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut __ An enormous online resource for railroad history. "The premier collection is the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Archives which, at over 2,000 linear feet, comprises the largest single compilation of New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, better known as the New Haven Railroad, materials available at a single location." - illustrated - From uconn.edu - http://railroads.uconn.edu/ 

Railroad Museums: AUSTRALIA_-_NZ __ Here is a list of railroad museums of Australia and New Zealand. Excellent resources for Australian rail history. - from railmuseums.com - http://www.railmuseums.com/intl/AUSTRALIA_-_NZ/ 

Railroad Museums: UK __ Here is a list of railroad museums in the UK. - from railmuseums.com - http://www.railmuseums.com/intl/UK/ 

Railroad Timeline History __ "Important milestones in English and American railway development" Text links lead to additional materials. - From sdrm.org - http://www.sdrm.org/history/timeline/ 

Railway History Home Page __ "This site will take you back in time, to an age where only the rich could own a car or fly. The train was the only way many people could travel. So let me take you back in time to the mid 1930's, a time long ago where trains and steam power were still king ....." Click-to-read articles and resources. - illustrated - From Michael J. Irlam - http://mikes.railhistory.railfan.net/ 


 
The Railways of Canada Archives __ Many, many click-to-read articles and other resources about Canadian rail history. - From trainweb.org - http://www.trainweb.org/canadianrailways/index.html 

Search a Date in Railroad History __ Enter the day and month and you will learn what happened in railroading on that day over a period of several years. Excellent resource for the researcher. A lot of other information here too. - illustrated - From railwaystation.com - http://www.railwaystation.com/cgi-bin/search_today5.pl

Transportation History Collection: Railroads __ "The Transportation History Collection in the Special Collections Library of the University of Michigan contains a unique body of printed and visual materials on transportation technology and travel. Although there are printed items from as early as 1588, the majority of the material is from the 19th and early 20th centuries."  You may search the collection. - From lib.umich.edu - http://quod.lib.umich.edu/r/railroad/  

 

 

 

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