|CLASSIC RAILROAD PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES
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Location: Melrose, NC to Saluda, NC in western North Carolina Google map
Railroad: NS (ex Southern)
Significance: At 4.7 percent the steepest adhesion main line grade in the United States.
Sand Patch Grade
Location: Southern Alleghenies of south central Pennsylvania
Railroad: CSX (ex Chessie System, ex B&O)
Significance: CSX east-west route over the crest of the Allegheny Mountains at an altitude of 2,258 feet.
Link to my Sand Patch Grade page
Location: South of Albany, NY N 42.55370, W 73.83303
Significance: Major Eastern hub for CSX, and eastern terminus for many cross country trains.
Location: Northern California and southern Oregon
Railroad: UP (ex-SP); Amtrak
Significance: A twisting mountain crossing with steep grades, requiring helpers on heavy trains. Connection between California and the
Location: Harrisburg, PA to Roanoke, VA, Knoxville, and Chattanooga, TN paralleling I-81 much of the way.
Railroad: NS (ex NS and ex Conrail)
Significance: Identified as a NS long distance corridor between the Northeast and the Southeast, implemented as a result of acquisition of
its part of Conrail by NS.
Location: Southern Wyoming between Cheyenne, WY and Laramie, WY Google map
Significance: Highest point on the transcontinental railroad at 8,015 feet. Part of the original transcontinental railroad (the Overland
Route). The Harriman Cutoff, a third track, with a lower gradient was added in 1952-1953. The earlier main tracks, still in use, have a
1.55 per cent grade; the cutoff has less than 1 per cent.
Link to my Sherman Hill page
Location: Boston-New York City, via New London, CT and Providence, RI
Significance: Northern segment of the Norteast Corridor
Location: Central Utah, southeast of Salt Lake City Google map
Railroad: UP (ex SP, ex D&RGW); Utah Railway; Amtrak
Significance: Summit of the crossing of the Wasatch Mountains at 7,440 feet; double track main line with heavy traffic.
Link to my Soldier Summit page
Location: New Spencer Yard is located in Linwood, NC (in central North Carolina) N 35.73724, W 80.33782; old Spencer Yard located
in nearby Spencer is now the North Carolina Transportation Museum.
Railroad: NS (ex-Southern)
Significance: Major hub of the NS system on the Washington, D.C. - Atlanta, GA main line.
Location: Route from Minneapolis, MN to Kansas City, MO
Railroad: UP (ex CNW, ex RI)
Significance: Major north-south line of the former Chicago & North Western. Was the spine of many branches of the Rock Island in Iowa.
CNWs original Minneapolis-Kansas City route was abandoned after CNW acquired the more direct ex RI line in 1983
St. Clair Tunnel
Location: Under the St. Clair River between Port Huron, MI and Sarnia, ON, Canada N 42.96018, W 82.43301
Significance: Major U.S.-Canadian link, improved in the mid 1990s with a new tunnel capable of handling double stack containers and other
high-cube rail cars.
Location: Near Lanesboro, PA Google map
Railroad: Central New York Railroad, (NS has trackage rights)
Significance: Massive stone bridge, 120 feet high and 1400 feet long, consisting of 17 Roman arches. Constructed of blocks of cut
sandstone, the bridge was completed in 1848 and is still in use today.
State Line Tunnel
Location: Near Canaan, NY N 42.38000, W 73.44526 Google map
Railroad: CSX (ex Conrail)
Significance: Favorite photo location in the Berkshire Hills. Key route to Selkirk Yard, one of the major hubs of the CSX system.
Steamtown National Historic Site
Location: Downtown Scranton, PA Google map
Railroad: National Park Service operation; operates tourist trains off site on nearby railroads. The site itself is a is an ex-Delaware,
Lackawanna and Western yard.
Significance: The only U.S. National park dedicated to the interpretation of mainline steam railroad heritage.
Location: On Cajon Pass in Southern California N 34.32487, W 117.49398
Railroad: BNSF, UP
Significance: Photo location named after Richard Stein, famed western railroad photographer and historian.
Link to my Cajon Pass page
Location: North-central Washington State; site of Cascade Tunnel.
Railroad: BNSF, Amtrak
Significance: At 2,818 feet, major rail crossing of the Cascade Mountains. Key East-west route for intermodal traffic to and from the
ports of the Seattle-Tacoma area. It can handle double-stack traffic. See entry for Cascade Tunnel.
Suisun Bay Bridge
AKA The Benicia Martinez Rail Bridge
Location: North of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. N 38.04161, W 122.12298
Railroad: UP (ex SP); Amtrak
Significance: Largest and heaviest steel railroad bridge west of the Mississippi.
Link to my Benicia Martinez Rail Bridge page
Location: Near Summit of Cajon Pass, Southern California N 34.29914, W 117.47364
Railroad: BNSF, UP, Amtrak
Significance: named for early Cajon Pass photographer, Herb Sullivan, this is a much photographed heavy traffic location.
Link to my Cajon Pass page
Location: Queens, New York City, NY N 40.74828, W 73.93354
Railroad: Amtrak (ex-Pennsylvania); LIRR
Significance: Amtrak's major yard in the New York City area; on the electrified Northeast Corridor.
Location: New Orleans, LA to Los Angeles, CA (via Houston, San Antonia, El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix)
Railroad: UP (ex SP, mostly ex Texas & New Orleans); Amtrak
Significance: Major east-west route. Used by Amtrak's Sunset Limited
Location: Northern Arizona, on the Arizona Divide
Railroad: BNSF, Amtrak
Significance: Busy transcontinental freight route through spectacular desert scenery. Steep Grades.
Location: Southern California, between Los Angeles and San Diego.
Railroad: Amtrak, BNSF
Significance: Scenis line along the Pacific Ocean.
St. Charles Air Line
Location: Chicago, IL N 41.86074, W 87.62159
Significance: The St. Charles Air Line is a rail line located in Chicago, Illinois in which the BNSF Railway, Union Pacific Railroad, and
Canadian National Railway have interests. It is currently used by the Canadian National Railway for freight trains and by Amtrak passenger
trains. The line runs east from south of Union Station to a junction with Canadian National Railway at 16th Street interlocking (the CN
line then continues towards the shore of Lake Michigan, where it turns south under McCormick Place, passing over and then paralleling the
Metra Electric Line).
See a more complete description in the 'History' part in Wikipedia