What is your favorite RailRoads?

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by Chessie6459, Dec 26, 2003.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    What is your favorite RailRoads? You can have more than one favorite RailRoad. Here are my favorites, PRR, Chessie System, WM, L&N, B&O, C&O, EBT, &, Long Island.
  2. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    Favorite Railroads

    At the top of my list is the New York, New Haven and Hartford. Next in line is the New York Central, followed by the Pennsylvania. I suppose this is because these are the roads I grew up with; but I have yet to find any railroad that I didn't like.
  3. geep15

    geep15 New Member

    At the top of the list would be the Frisco. In no particular order, the rest are:
    • Katy
    • Missouri Pacific
    • Kansas City Southern
    • Rock Island
    • Union Pacific, pre-Borg
    • whatever shortline is in front of my camera lens :D
  4. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    LiveSteamer you ask a hard question after thinking on it i would say any of the Colorado mountain lines and hers why:D
  5. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    You can have more than one favorite railroad. I posted it right this time and put What Is Your Favorite RailRoads, LOL. Do you have anymore photo's. Just Asking. I have some photo's from the western maryland and chessie system that my dad took back in the 70's. I have them on my independent live steamers website under the prototype section.
  6. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Penn Central of course! But I do pay homage to its founding roads, the NYC and Pennsy. My few years in Iowa also helped create a fondness for the Rock Island Line and the Chicago Northwestern.
  7. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer


    Do you have any photo's of the Rock Island Line? Just asking.
  8. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Sorry, no I don't. When I was a college student at Central U of Iowa in Pella (1977-81), the Rock ran a branch line right through campus. I'd see an old maroon unit roll through with some grain cars or open hoppers. Wish I'd thought to take pics!
  9. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That is ok. I was just wondering.
  10. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    My favorite railroad is the Western Pacific. The Alaska RR, SP&S, Milwaukee and GN would follow as runners up. Southern Pacific and Santa Fe don't really come to mind when I think of neat railroads.


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  11. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    I found various Rock Island pics. :wave:
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  15. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Those are some awesome photo's you have there.
  16. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    I like the C&O,B&O,N&W,PRR and NYC..I model the C&O and Chessie(c&o) as well as my own Columbus & Hocking Valley.
    I think this should say it all for the reason I like the C&O.


    What more can I say? :D
  17. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    My favorite roads are Reading, Lehigh & New England, B&O, CNJ, C&O, Western Maryland, Chessie, PRR, and Penn Central.
  18. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Hi all:
    My faves all have ties to family, except for the B&O. Grew up watching those. Like the C&IM, C&EI and N&W. As you can tell, coal figures prominently in my modeling future. But all also ran passenger and freight at their peaks.

    The Chicago & Illinois Midland is a nice system to model. Many coal loading points, major yard in Springfield along with a large Pillsbury plant, barge loading facility in Havana, and interchange points for several mid and northwestern RRs. One of the last RR to retire their steam (12/55). Ordered the last 4-4-0 engines built for a class one RR in the country (6/27, scrapped 8/53).

  19. trainworm

    trainworm Member

    even though i am now modeling the SP, my favorite is still the Union pacific.

    why? you may ask....

    well, the UP is never afraid to try something new. just look at the double diesels, the turbines, and the massive steam locos. then, there is their active steam program. plus, i dont think anyone can point out another class 1 that willingly gives away locomotives and rolling stock to museums, or one that preserves it's history like the UP.

    then there is their beautiful set of preserved passenger cars. ones not reserved for executives like all the other railroads, but ones that you and me can ride in.

    of course, there has to be a second place, and it is the Southern pacific. they conquered the west and went afraid to try new things while doing it.

    third would be the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. my dad worked for them as a kid and thats what got me interested in them. once i did a little research i found it to be a pretty interesting railroad. so now i spend all my time whining to manufacturers to get them to make more C&EI locomotives and rolling stock.
  20. ddavidv

    ddavidv Member

    I haven't travelled enough to probably appreciate them all, but:

    Pennsy: GG1's!
    East Broad Top
    Ma & Pa (very close to me)
    Western Maryland (my new love...how did I miss this one all these years?)

    The Reading was my local road while growing up, so I have some affinity for it.
    Can't say I'm fond of the Penn Central. They will always be forever linked in my mind with the demise of the good times. Painting the engines black was, uhm, appropriate. :cry:

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