120th Anniversary of the Pacific Locomotive

This month ModelTrainStuff celebrates the 120th anniversary of the Pacific-type locomotive, wheel arrangement 4-6-2. More than any other wheel arrangement the Pacific dominated high speed passenger service and express freight service in the United States from 1902 through 1950 when steam locomotives began to surrender to Diesel-Electric locomotives. When a new wheel arrangement was introduced …

Founder’s Day – Honoring the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

This month at ModelTrainStuff we’re paying tribute to the founding of America’s first common carrier the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad on February 27th, 1827. The B&O Railroad Museum once issued a poster with the legend “America Grew Up on Trains” and the B&O railroad started our Nation on that glorious journey. The B&O had to …

The History of the Chicago and North Western Railway

The Chicago and North Western Railway was in many ways the quintessential midwestern railroad. Operating thousands of miles of trackage primarily serving agricultural customers, the company was also known for its high speed intercity passenger services. At its peak, the railroad was ranked as one of the largest owners of total track mileage in the …

The History of Norfolk Southern and its Predecessors

The Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) is one of the “big four” class one freight railroads currently headquartered in the United States. While the Union Pacific and BNSF dominate the western half of the country, the Norfolk Southern Railway operates alongside CSX as one of the largest operators based east of the Mississippi. Maintaining 21,500 route …