|CLASSIC RAILROAD PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES
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Location: On Sherman Hill in Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne, WY
Significance: Third track with a lower gradient, added in 1952 - 1953. The earlier main tracks, still in use, have a 1.55 per cent grade;
the cutoff less than one per cent.
Location: Nashville Tennessee to Cleveland, OH or Detroit, MI
Significance: Identified as as one of CSXs long distance routes implemented as a result of CSX aquisition of its part of Conrail
Hell Gate Bridge
Location: New York City, spanning the East River from Queens to the Bronx
Railroad: Amtrak, CSX, & New York & Atlantic Rwy
Significance: Part of the Northeast Corridor northward from New York City, and a key rail gateway into and out of New York City.
Link to Todd Sestero's Queens - New York City Page
Location: Near the Canadian border, from Sandpoint, ID to Fargo ND.
Railroad: BNSF, Amtrak
Significance: Part of BNSFs northernmost transcontinental route thhrough Marias Pass. Route of Amtrak's Empire Builder.
Location: Northern California, from Oroville, CA to Bieber
Railroad: BNSF (with trackage rights on Union Pacific from Oroville to Keddie Wye and ex UP ex WP.
Significance: Part of the Inside Gateway route, the line continues north to Klamath Falls. The line is named for the steep climb away
Location: Extreme southeaster Tennessee, south of Knoxville N 35.18124, W 84.30039 Google map
Railroad: CSX (ex L&N)
Significance: A complete loop used to gain 62 feet in elevation.
Location: In the Berkshire Mountains between Boston and Albany Google map
Railroad: Guilford Transportation (ex Boston & Maine)
Significance: Took 14 years to complete, formally opened 1876. It is 4 miles 1,230 yards long.
Location: Near Altoona, PA on the Harrisburg-Pittsburg main line Google map
Railroad: NS (ex Conrail, ex Pennsylvania)
Significance: One time four-track main line on a sweeping curve used to manage change in elevation), now three-tracks, but still seeing
heavy traffic, including use of helpers.
Horse Shoe Curve
Location: West of Chillicothe, IL Google map
Significance: One time classic Midwest railfan photo location on Eidellstein Hill. The prime viewing and photo location is on private property
which was fenced off in 1996 after abusive behavior by "railfans" to the owner. Other viewing locations exist on Santa Fe Rd. in the area
of Eidelstein Hill.
Location: Over the Mississippi River at New Orleans, LA Google map
Railroad: New Orleans Public Belt (owner), UP
Significance: Huge, high bridge that clears the river at high water by 135 feet. The river is 3,524 feet at the bridge, however the steel
approaches necessary to gain sufficient height add an additional fur miles to the length of the structure. It is the souhern-most railroad
bridge over the Mississippi.
Huey P Long Bridge