The Gregarious Railfan
CLASSIC RAILROAD PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES
Alphabetical list
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Palmdale Cutoff
Location:  Southern California, through Cajon Pass   
Railroad:  UP (ex SP)   
Significance:  Bypass route for trains avoiding Los Angeles area congestion.   
Peavine
Location:  South central Virginia and north central North Carolina  
Railroad:  NS (ex N&W)   
Significance:  Twisting line to Winston-Salem NC from Roanoke, VA   AKA the Pumpkin Vine
Penn Route
Location:  Between northern New Jersey and Chicago, IL  
Railroad:  NS (ex NS, ex Conrail)   
Significance:  Identified as a long distance route between the Northeast and the Midwest implemented as a result of acquisition of its part
of Conrail by NS.  According to NS this corridor is the shortest rail rout between New Jersey and Chicago.  
Penn Station
Location:  New York City (Manhattan)    N 40.75056, W 73.99353   Google map   
Railroads:  Amtrak; Long Island Rail Road; NJ Transit; (ex Pennsylvania RR)   
Significance:  One of two large passenger railroad stations in NYC (The other is Grand Central Terminal)  Though there were once many
"Pennsylvania Stations in northern cities served by multiple railroads, where each had a different passenger facility (for example, Baltimore's
main passenger station is Penn Station), when used by itself, the name now typically refers to the station in NYC.
Piedmont Route
Location:  Pennsylvania to North Carolina  
Railroad:  NS (ex NS, ex Conrail)   
Significance:  Identified as a long distance route between the Northeast and the Midwest implemented as a result of acquisition of its part
of Conrail by NS.
Powder River Basin
Location:  East-central Wyoming, typically focusing on the areas between Gillette, WY and Douglas, WY,; but also stretching into portions
of South Dakota and Montana.  
Railroads:  On the Orin Line: BNSF and UP; BNSF handles maintenance and dispatching for the joint owners.  There are sections of the
PRB served only by BNSF.  
Significance:  Major coal producing region. Provides some of the highest freight traffic densities in North America.
Note: Though travel conditions in the area improved considerably in the 1990s due to continued development, this is still a remote area
subject to temperature extremes year round as well as possibility of fierce winds in open areas that offer no shelter. Between to the two
key cities of Gillette and Douglas, even the main highway has almost no locations for obtaining basic supplies like food and gasoline. Off the
main highway you will not find any supplies at all.
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Promontory Summit
See Golden Spike National Historic Site
Proviso Yard
Location:  Just east of Elmhurst, IL    N 41.89753, W 87.90076   
Railroad:  UP (ex CNW)   
Significance: Major freight classification yard for UP's westbound freight. UPs Global II intermodal yard is located on the south edge of
Proviso.
Pumpkin Vine
Alternate name for the Peavine
See the Peavine, above.