What better way to experience the majesty and grandeur of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado than by narrow gauge railroad! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad line runs between the old mining towns of Durango and Silverton, Colorado. The tracks run along the steep sides of a mountain high above the Animas River. Railroad tracks are normally 4 feet 8 1/2 inches wide, but because the engineers had so little room to build, the Durango-Silverton

What better way to experience the majesty and grandeur of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado than by narrow gauge railroad! The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad line runs between the old mining towns of Durango and Silverton, Colorado. The tracks run along the steep sides of a mountain high above the Animas River. Railroad tracks are normally 4 feet 8 1/2 inches wide, but because the engineers had so little room to build, the Durango-Silverton

Uyuni Train Cemetery, Bolivia    One of the major tourist attractions of southwestern Bolivia is an antique train cemetery. It is located 3 km (1.9 mi) outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports.

Uyuni Train Cemetery, Bolivia One of the major tourist attractions of southwestern Bolivia is an antique train cemetery. It is located 3 km (1.9 mi) outside Uyuni and is connected to it by the old train tracks. The town served in the past as a distribution hub for the trains carrying minerals on their way to the Pacific Ocean ports.

Photo courtesy of Austin History Center, Austin  Public Library ~ The first streetcars, pulled by teams of two or three mules, began running in January 1875, when Austin's population was only about 7,500. The mules ruled the rails until they were supplanted by Shipe's electric cars. But the mule-drawn cars had problems, too. On its inaugural journey, the first mule-drawn car -- operated by the Austin City Railroad Company, which was owned by John M. Swisher, a banker, came off the tracks and…

Photo courtesy of Austin History Center, Austin Public Library ~ The first streetcars, pulled by teams of two or three mules, began running in January 1875, when Austin's population was only about 7,500. The mules ruled the rails until they were supplanted by Shipe's electric cars. But the mule-drawn cars had problems, too. On its inaugural journey, the first mule-drawn car -- operated by the Austin City Railroad Company, which was owned by John M. Swisher, a banker, came off the tracks and…

Early steam locomotives did not function well going in reverse. Instead, a turntable turned the locomotive around and then it was pulled into a stall for maintenance work. This 1890 photo shows a roundhouse of BNSF predecessor the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (A&P) in Needles, Calif. Roundhouses featured a semicircle design to accommodate early steam locomotive’s limited maneuvering capabilities. The owners of A&P incorporated the Saint-Louis and San Francisco Railway (Frisco) in 1876. In the…

Early steam locomotives did not function well going in reverse. Instead, a turntable turned the locomotive around and then it was pulled into a stall for maintenance work. This 1890 photo shows a roundhouse of BNSF predecessor the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad (A&P) in Needles, Calif. Roundhouses featured a semicircle design to accommodate early steam locomotive’s limited maneuvering capabilities. The owners of A&P incorporated the Saint-Louis and San Francisco Railway (Frisco) in 1876. In the…

"Above the Animas River in southwestern Colorado, the Durango and Silverton's #481, a 1925 built Baldwin product heads for home in Durango."

"Above the Animas River in southwestern Colorado, the Durango and Silverton's #481, a 1925 built Baldwin product heads for home in Durango."

How many of us model southwestern landscapes? - Model Railroader Magazine - Model Railroading, Model Trains, Reviews, Track Plans, and Forums

How many of us model southwestern landscapes? - Model Railroader Magazine - Model Railroading, Model Trains, Reviews, Track Plans, and Forums

Steam returns to the Buchanan Branch... For the first time in over 55 years, steam returns to the N&W Buchanan Branch on the head end of an NS and TVRM sponsored public excursion. Enroute to Devon, W.Va. from Grundy, Southern 2-8-0 No. 630 crosses Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River on its 25 mile run to Ought One from downtown Grundy. The public excursions operated a total 71-mile excursion through rural southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and the southern edge of West Virginia....

Steam returns to the Buchanan Branch... For the first time in over 55 years, steam returns to the N&W Buchanan Branch on the head end of an NS and TVRM sponsored public excursion. Enroute to Devon, W.Va. from Grundy, Southern 2-8-0 No. 630 crosses Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River on its 25 mile run to Ought One from downtown Grundy. The public excursions operated a total 71-mile excursion through rural southwestern Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and the southern edge of West Virginia....

The Georgia Southwestern Railroad (reporting mark GSWR) is a Class III short line railroad company that operates over 234 miles of track in southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. Beginning in 1989 as a division of the South Carolina Central Railroad on a pair of former CSX Transportation lines The railroad was formerly a RailAmerica property before going independent, and in 2008 it was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming Inc

The Georgia Southwestern Railroad (reporting mark GSWR) is a Class III short line railroad company that operates over 234 miles of track in southwestern Georgia and southeastern Alabama. Beginning in 1989 as a division of the South Carolina Central Railroad on a pair of former CSX Transportation lines The railroad was formerly a RailAmerica property before going independent, and in 2008 it was acquired by Genesee & Wyoming Inc

RailPictures.Net Photo: SSW 6889 St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) EMD SD45T-2 at Ballard, Illinois by Dan Tracy

RailPictures.Net Photo: SSW 6889 St. Louis Southwestern (Cotton Belt) EMD SD45T-2 at Ballard, Illinois by Dan Tracy

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