What is your favorite RailRoads?

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

  1. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    The Lines of the Twin Ports without a doubt.Now this includes a variety,but what a variety!!
    Mainline Haulers-GN,NP,SOO,CN,Milw,CNW,UP,CB&Q,BN,BNSF
    Ore Haulers-DM&IR,GN,NP,SOO,BNSF
    Bridgelines-DM&IR, DW&P

    Now as an example,The Main freight haulers to the area were the Great Northern and the Northern Pacific.However to give you an idea of the amount of rail traffic the twin ports had in the sixties,
    The SOO ran 9 locals every day 7 days a week in the Duluth-Superior area.And they werent hauling 1/10th the freight of the other 2.That is alot of traffic.
    And How can you beat the sheer dominating structure of an Ore Dock??
    Granted we will all have a favorite for 1 reason or another.Mine is of course based on the fact i grew up a stones throw from the original DM&IR roundhouse(the one built in the late 1800'snot the new one built in the 20's)and while they werent in mainline service anymore,watching an M-class Steamer steaming ore in the yard was a sight to awe any youngun.

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  2. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Nice photo of the Steam Engine!!!
  3. SundayNiagara

    SundayNiagara New Member

    Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe! Nuff said!
  4. castlerock

    castlerock New Member

    I model the C&O as I worked for the C&O like Brakie also worked same time for the B&OCT. Then The B&O , Chessie , CNW, SOO,WC Castlerock
  5. Nscale4

    Nscale4 Member

    My favorite railroad(s) are CSX,NS,UP,& West Tenn. shortline. I like up because when I was a little kid they let me get one a loco & start it. I got some water in return. :D Wish I had a camera then. :(
  6. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    in no particular order.
    • Birmingham Southern
    • Conrail
    • Indiana Harbor Belt
    • Burlington Northern
    • Chicago North Western
    • Southern Pacific
  7. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

  8. I was raised on the Erie main, so that's one. The NYS&W was a block away, so that's two, and the Lackawanna...three. Then there's the Sacremento Northern, the South Shore Line, the East Broad Top, the PRR, the NYC, the L&HR, the L&NE, the D&H...whew! Did I get 'em all in? :eek: Oh, yeah, the Hudson Electric! :thumb:
  9. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    OK..........C&O, B&O, D&H, LIRR, Sumpter Valley Railway, Western Pacific, SP&S, D&RG (narrow gauge), C&NW.
    Then there's the Sag Harbor Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Wiscasset Bucksport & Schoodic Point, Shinnecock Hills Lumber Co., Sagaponack Montauk & Cindys Harbor,(Hey, I wouldn't have named them if they weren't my favorites):D :D :D
  10. Flangehead

    Flangehead Member

    Not in order, but here it is-

    Western Maryland

    Pennsylvania, especially the ex Northern Central lines

    Ma & Pa

    Norfolk & Western

    Katy My Uncle was a conductor and gave me tours of the shops in Parsons, Kansas during my childhood visits there. Burned in the railroad bug real good.
  11. ceebeenq

    ceebeenq Member


    A little late on this thread, but :( I have some favorites I never saw. Thanks to books and magazines, I've become a big fan of my namesake road, and WP- which was part of UP before I ever saw any of it, but have railfanned its territory several times. Spectacular! I worked for C&NW so they are up there.
    Also by way of history have really started to appreciate NKP and the Wabash: ballsy smallish railroads that ran hotshot trains. The Great Northern and NP are great ones because of their expanse and rugged territory also.
    I could keep going, (DRGW! ATSF!) but maybe I'll keep my favorites list to under a dozen. ;) :D :thumb:
  12. mopac spkjpr

    mopac spkjpr New Member

    Hers is my list:
    MOPAC, Dad and his dad worked for them.Also had a Great
    Grandfather killed on this line in the steam era.
    MKT, Dad's dad worked for them and Dad grew up down the
    street from the shop here.
    ICG, mom's dad worked for them.

    Dislike the UP because it closed the shop here and we lost the Blue engines and the "screaming eagle" logo.
  13. kf4jqd

    kf4jqd Active Member


    Thanks Guys for the Rock Island pictures! If you are a RI fan and want a picture CD. Email me your address. I have a CD with over 200MB of RI pictures on it that I have downloaded off the internet!

    My other favorit road is The southern. My Grandfather was an engineer on it before WWII.


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  14. RioGrande

    RioGrande Member

    The sig say's it all!
  15. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Even though I worked for the NYC, and then Penn Central... my favorites are two roads from my childhood up in the north country, the Great Northern, and the Montana Western Railway.

  16. firefighter1811

    firefighter1811 New Member

    conrail,Prr,Pc, Csx, Ns, all shortlines,
  17. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Very nice choice firefighter1811.

    I am even starting to like Norfolk Southern :)
  18. firefighter1811

    firefighter1811 New Member

    thanks I thought so

  19. jdscales040

    jdscales040 Member

    I too am a little late in responding, but my favorites in order of importance are;

    #1 The B&O My grandfather was a locomotive engineer running out of Brooklyn Jct., (New Martinsville) WV and an uncle who was a locomotive engineer working out of Glenwood (Pittsburgh), PA.

    #2 The EL I worked for the EL (ERIE side) from 1967 to 1976. Enjoyed every minute.

    #3 Conrail 1976-1999 R.I.P. many many great times and one heck of a lot of good friends.

    #4 NYS&W Heck I grew up with the Squeek. Passiac Jct, BT, Rochelle Park Bridge and Little Ferry.

    #5 CNJ gotta love those H-24-66's ans H-15-44's.

    #6 NS My last employer and good people.

    John D.
  20. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    John, it's never too late to respond to a thread LOL :D :D :D

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