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American Heritage Railways
http://americanheritagerailways.com/
AHRW is the country's premier tourist rail operator and the industry expert in rail-related special event management.


American Trails
http://www.americantrails.org/
American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America's network of interconnected trails.

Brazoria Heritage Foundation
http://www.brazoriahf.org/
BHF seeks to preserve, protect, restore and rebuild historic properties in and adjacent to Brazoria for the benefit of current and future residents and tourists to learn of and enjoy our history.   BHF sponsors the Brazos Valley Railroad Society and this website.

Brazos Valley Modular Railroad Association
http://pages.suddenlink.net/bvmrra/
BVMRRA is a loose-knit group of HO-scale enthusiasts who got together to build a modular HO-scale layout.   We began in 1998 when Jeff Cermin made the suggestion that we should have a modular layout in the Bryan/College Station area.   Who knew that four corners and four six-foot modules forming a 10' by 22' layout would grow into a modular layout capable of filling a 40' by 40' room?

BrazosBlog
http://brazosblog.blogspot.com/
BrazosBlog is dedicated to preserving the history of four bridges ― past, present, and future ― crossing the Brazos River at Brazoria, Texas.

Bryan/College Station Model Railroad Society
http://www.bcsmrrs.com/
BCSMRRS owns and operates the HO scale Gulf Texas and Western Railroad.   The model railroad is housed in a 20' x 40' building in Bonham Park located on the north side of Bryan, TX at the corner of Russell and Montana Streets.   The club hosts one open house per year in conjunction with the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club Annual Layout Tour of Houston.

Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
http://cprr.org/
The Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) is the former name of the railroad network built between California and Utah that formed part of the "First Transcontinental Railroad" in North America.   It is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad
http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/
Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains is a precious historic artifact of the American West.   Built in 1880 and little changed since, the C&TSRR is the most spectacular example of steam era mountain railroading in North America.

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
http://dennisondepot.org/
The small village of Dennison, Ohio lies halfway between Columbus, OH and Pittsburgh, PA, exactly 100 miles to the east and west of these major cities.   This was not a coincidence, but specifically chosen because a steam engine only went 100 miles before it had to take on coal, water and change crews.   Thus, Dennison is a true railroad town in every sense — it was founded in 1864 as a water stop for the railroad.   Dennison became one of the most complete railroad shops and yards in the country at the turn-of-the 20th Century, boasting 40 acres of railroad shops, 21 passenger trains a day, 21 freight trains a day and 3,000 railroad employees.   Dennison was on the most direct route from New York City to St. Louis.   The Village became a freight and passenger terminal and the headquarters for the Panhandle Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Don's depot
http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/
This project began in 1946 when I decided to start collecting railroad photos and take pictures.   I had been reading Railroad Magazine, and there was a section for people who did this.   I joined the Engine Picture Club and was a proud card carrying member. You can read the rest of the story on the introduction page.

Galveston County Model Railroad Club
http://www.gcmrrc.org/
The GCMRRC is a club of 22 members with a common interest in trains and modeling.   Member interests include scratch model building, electric work, track work, landscaping, and discussing trains.   The GCMRRC is open on Saturdays from 11:00 am till 4:00 pm and by special appointment (contact us to request a special tour time).   Drop by the Texas City Museum and visit our model layouts at your own pace, or have one of our members tour you through and answer your questions.

Galveston Railroad Museum
http://www.galvestonrrmuseum.com/index.htm
The Galveston Island Railroad Museum, owned and operated by the Center for Transportation and Commerce, is a non-profit corporation.

Golden Spike National Historic Site
http://www.nps.gov/gosp/index.htm
On May 10, 1869 the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory and forged the destiny of a nation.   Golden Spike National Historic Site shares the stories of the people and settings that define the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Handbook of Texas Online
http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/
Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association, and distributed in partnership with the University of North Texas.   Please see the introduction for further details

Heber Valley Railroad
http://hebervalleyrr.org/
The Heber Valley Historic Railroad's history began in 1899, when trains served the pioneers who first settled the valley.   In the early 1970's, the railroad became the "Heber Creeper," a tourist passenger train operating on a seasonal basis. We now operate as a non-profit organization focused on tourism, education and the restoration of historical railroad equipment.   The Heber Valley Railroad is reminiscent of the typical short-line railway that could be seen in many parts of Utah and throughout rural America during the "Golden Years" of U.S. railroading.

Historic Jefferson Railway
http://jeffersonrailway.com/
HJR recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading on our narrated day trains.   Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chuggin, Old Engine #7 will take you on a 40-minute scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou.   As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you'll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.

History of Railroads and Maps
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/rrhtml/rrintro.html
Surveying and mapping activities flourished in the United States as people began moving inland over the inadequately mapped continent.   The settlement of the frontier, the development of agriculture, and the exploitation of natural resources generated a demand for new ways to move people and goods from one place to another.   Privately-owned toll or turnpike roads were followed first by steamships on the navigable rivers and by the construction of canals and then in the 1830s by the introduction of railroads for steam-powered trains.

History of Railroads in the United States
http://thehistoryprofessor.us/bin/histprof/misc/railroads.html
Several European countries had a few primitive railroads as early as the mid-1500's, but they were used mainly to bring up wagonloads of coal or iron ore from underground mines.   The mining railroads consisted of two wooden rails that extended down into the mines and across the mine floors.   Men or horses pulled wagons with flanged wheels along the rails.   The wagons moved more easily along the rails than they did over the rutted or muddy entrances and floors of the mines.

Houston Area "G" Gaugers Model Railroad Club
http://www.donaldburger.com/hagg.htm
The local club for large scale model railroaders in the Houston area is the Houston Area "G" Gaugers Model Railroad Club.   The Club has been in existence for several years. Members include those running LGB, Aristocraft, and live steam.   In addition to live steam, DC, battery power and command control are used by various members. Some members have indoor railroads and most have outdoor railroads.

Houston Area Live Steamers
http://hals.org/
HALS is devoted to live steam modeling: from locomotives, to stationary engines, to tractors and boats, with a particular emphasis on model trains large enough to ride.   Our members own engines and trains in 1", 1-1/2", 2-1/2" and 3" scales and our dual gauge track serves both 4-3/4" and 7-1/2" gauges.   A Gauge One track has been in operation for two years and is one of the largest Gauge One tracks in the area.

Houston Railroad Museum - see See Texas Railroading Heritage Museum

Houston Tinplate Operators Society
http://htos.org/
HTOS is an organization of O-gauge train modelers whose principal interests range from true tinplate (pre and postwar) to near-scale 3-rail operation.   Our organization was founded in 1988 by a group of people who wanted to have fun running Lionel and compatible trains.   HTOS is dedicated to promoting research of 3-rail O-gauge trains and fostering the education of people in the field of model railroading.

Lealand-West: A Beginner's Guide To Model Cars
https://www.lelandwest.com/Why-Leland-West/
Educational toys never go out of style, regardless of the variety of video games and other electronic distractions produced over time.   When it comes to developing both the creative and technical parts of a child’s mind, an option worth considering is building a scale model.   There are several different types of scale models.   One of the most popular involves building model cars.   A simple visit to a hobby shop or car show may be all it takes to get kids interested in this particular type of activity.

Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum
http://www.ci.brownwood.tx.us/LRM/Default.htm
Located in Brownwood, Texas, the Lehnis Museum exhibits the railroad history of Brownwood, Central Texas and the American Southwest.   The exhibits include railroad lanterns, model trains of all sizes and ages, railroad equipment, interactive telegraph equipment used to send telegraph messages, railroad videos, photographs of railroad employees, structures and trains, and the sights and sounds of trains, trains, trains.

Mike's Railway History: America's First Trains
http://mikes.railhistory.railfan.net/r013.html
To understand the early trend of railway development in America we must first glance at the origins of American transport in general.   The pioneers who built the first railways in the States were confronted by difficulties — political, social, and topographical — bearing little relation to those which their contemporaries in Britain were called upon to face.   Viewed in its true perspective, the story of what these pioneers achieved is one of the most inspiring chapters in the history of America.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/
Welcome to the website of the Miniatur Wunderland, the largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Northern Germany.   In addition to important information such as opening hours, entrance fees and directions, you have the opportunity to exchange views with other like minded fans, have a look at photos, or go shopping in our online-shop.

Missouri Pacific Historical Society
http://www.mopac.org/
Welcome to the Missouri Pacific Historical Society website.   Whether this is your first visit or your 100th we hope that you will clearly see why we proudly promote the rich heritage of the mighty MoPac, Texas & Pacific, C&EI, Missouri-Illinois, the KO&G as well as the whole MP family of railroads.   We warmly extend our invitation to you to join the Society and help keep this history alive.

Mobile Hobbies: Train History and Modeling!
http://www.mobilemarketing.am/train-history-modeling.html
Trains use various fuels to power them and there are different types depending on the purpose they serve. There is such a rich history behind the railway system and the sound, function, and appearance of trains have fascinated children and adults alike for many years. This fascination has led to the study and building of model trains. Trains have opened many doors for greater transport and communication all through the world bringing fans and hobbyists of all ages together; sharing their knowledge and love through magazines, websites, conventions, and group associations.

Model Railroad Data.com
http://www.modelrailroaddata.com/
Over 5,000 railroad links.   We've searched the web to bring you the best in railroad websites.   Hop on board at the Information Train Station and travel to train sites around the world.

Moving West: The History of the Transcontinental Railroad
http://www.upack.com/moving-west-the-history-of-the-transcontinental-railroad
In the 1800's trains began to emerge as an option for travel for people.   Train routes started to show up in the east as well as west; however, the two parts of the country were still separate.   But, with the signing of the Pacific Railway Act of 1862, it was ordered to have two major railway companies, the Central Pacific Railway and the Union Pacific Railway, work on a railroad that would connect the country.   The two companies started the project in 1863 and were completed in 1869 with the final stake placed in the ground in Utah.

Museum of the American Railroad
http://www.museumoftheamericanrailroad.org/
Founded in 1963, the Museum of the American Railroad is a not-for-profit Texas corporation dedicated to celebrating the heritage and exploring the future of railroads through historic preservation, research, and educational programming.   The museum collects artifacts and archival material from the railroad industry to exhibit and interpret their significance in American life and culture.   Exhibits and general programs are provided year-round.   Educational programs are available to local schools and universities through study trips, in-class programming and outreach, and online resources.

National Association of Timetable Collectors
http://www.naotc.org/
As small railways grew into systems and long distance travel became more customary, the need for a timetable to display more information soon exhausted the limitations of a single sheet of paper.   To facilitate this distribution and the presentation of timetables from various companies in an organized fashion, printers settled on a standard dimension of four inches wide by nine inches tall for most timetables intended for the public.   First in the form of folded large sheets and later in the form of a double folded, stapled booklet, these timetables presented the offerings of the various railways to the public.   Many were highly ornate and reflected the very latest in printing technology of their era.   When the airlines began commercial operations in 1927, they followed along a similar path.

National Model Railroad Association
http://www.nmra.org/
NMRA, an organization of model railroaders, advances the worldwide scale model railroading community through education and standards as well as advocacy and fellowship.

National Railway Historical Society
http://www.nrhs.com/
NHRS is the leader in rail fun.   Whether you enjoy riding railways, operating trains, taking photographs, restoring vintage equipment, preserving and revitalizing railroad structures, writing books or articles on current events, talking about rail history and watching trains.

Operation Lifesaver
http://www.oli.org/
Operation Lifesaver's National Office in Alexandria, Virginia provides support for the programs in each state.   Educational brochures and videos, coloring books for children and training information are also developed by the National office.

Pacific Railway Act
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/PacificRail.html
The Pacific Railway Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 1, 1862.   This act provided Federal government support for the building of the first transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869.

Railcar Photos
http://www.railcarphotos.com/index.php
RailCarPhotos is a website dedicated to cataloging and archiving train photos. We are a community driven website, encouraging our visitors to contribute photos and information to make the site more complete. This website is useful to historians, railfans, modelers, and people seeking information about railroads, locomotives, rolling stock, and areas of operation.

Railfan & Railroad Magazine
http://railfan.com/
Welcome to the Railfan & Railroad Archive, where we present classic articles and columns that have appeared in our magazine since 1974.   Archived articles and columns are added monthly.

Railfan.net
http://www.railfan.net/
Welcome to The Railfan Network!   Over One Million Rail Images - By Railfans For Railfans.

Railroad.net: the Railroad Network
http://www.railroad.net/
First launched in 1996 - Railroad.net is one of the oldest and most trusted internet destinations for the railroad enthusiasts.   The website boasts one of the top railroad forums in the world with over 11,000 members and 900,000 posts.   Railroad.net also serves as an online railroad museum with historical photos and articles which can't be found anywhere else on the world.   A portion of our archives were contributed by some of the people that actually helped to build some of the nation's railroads in the early 1900's.

Rails West: Interpreting Tracks, Trains and People in the American West
http://www.railswest.com/
Like the industrial revolution that created it, the steam locomotive and its railroad connected our Nation, forever changed American life, created folk heroes and gave new meaning to the American Dream. Railroads provided faster, safer and less expensive transportation, and played a central role in the development and growth of the farms, ranches, mines, industries, towns, cities and population of California, Nevada, Oregon and the American West.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
http://www.railstotrails.org
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and a state office in Florida, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy connects, builds, protects and promotes rail-trails and their far-reaching benefits.
Trails in Texas

Railway Museum of San Angelo
http://railwaymuseumsanangelo.homestead.com/
The Historic Orient/Santa Fe Depot,Inc. is the Museum's non-profit corporate name and operates the Railway Museum with a volunteer-only staff and relies on donations of money, artifacts and volunteer time from people like you help us stay open and to be able to expand so we can show more of our total collection.

RFD-TV: Rural America's Most Important Network
http://www.rfdtv.com/
RFD-TV claims to be "Rural America's Most Important Network," and indeed it is — most of its schedule is devoted to agriculture-based programs.   However, its regular schedule includes two series of railroad-related programs:
   •  Trains and Locomotives
   •  I Love Toy Trains
    Mondays 5:00 pm and Tuesday 3:30 am
    Thursdays, 3:00 pm and Fridays 1:30 am
RFD-TV is carried by DirecTV (Channel 345), Dish Network (Channel 231) and many cable TV systems.

Riverview Trains
http://www.riverviewtrains.com/
You're on the Right Track with Riverview Trains.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum
http://www.rosenbergrrmuseum.org
Welcome to the RRM web site. Our museum opened in 2002 and has been growing ever since.

San Jacinto Model Railroad Club
http://sanjac.leoslair.com/
You are invited to join the San Jacinto Model Railroad Club if you are an active model railroader or interested in becoming one. Meetings are the First Tuesdays of January through November, except in July when the first Tuesday falls on the July 4th holiday, then the meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday. at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet. Meeting time is 7 to 9 pm. Visitors are welcome.

Sugar Land Railroad
http://lifeonthebrazosriver.com/SugarLandRailroad.htm
The historic route of the Sugar Land Railroad, by John Walker, Rosharon, Texas.

Telegraph History – Communication in Every Nation!
http://www.qrtaggenerator.com/telegraph-history.html
The invention of the telegraph marked a pivotal point in world history because it inspired the Industrial Revolution by increasing the speed and efficiency of business and politics, and has been credited to bringing about World War I because it created conflict between countries.   World communication gave rise to powerful allies, as well as enemies as the electric telegraph enabled global negotiations and disagreements.

Texas State Railroad
http://www.texasstaterr.com/
Texas State Railroad, established 1881, is truly a Texas Treasure!   This historic train travels through the scenic piney woods and hardwood creek bottoms of East Texas where rolling hills, nature and wildlife abound.

Texas State Railroad Society
http://www.tsrrsociety.org/index.html
We are a society that will serve those who wish to volunteer skills and talents in the interests of preservation, education and charitable acts involving the Texas State Railroad and the area through which it passes.   It should be of appeal to local historians, nature lovers, and rail fans, or simply those who love the Texas State Railroad.

Texas Railroading Heritage Museum
http://www.texasrrmuseum.org/
The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum is currently closed while we complete plans for our move.   No date has been set for the museum's reopening.   A note on our name: The Texas Railroading Heritage Museum was known as the Houston Railroad Museum until early 2014 when the name was changed to reflect the broader scope of the museum's rail car, artifact and archive collections and to prepare for a relocation to a suburban Houston community.

Texas Transportation Museum
http://www.txtransportationmuseum.org/index.php
TTM is an all volunteer organization that collects, preserves and displays historically significant transportation equipment and related items.   We operate a working passenger railroad, several model train layouts and many road vehicles.   We provide an educational and entertaining experience which interprets how developments in transportation technology shaped and continue to impact daily life.

Trains Magazine - The magazine of railroading
http://trn.trains.com/
Get the most from your Trains magazine subscription. As a subscriber not only do you get the greatest in Railroading delivered to your door every month but you also get access to our daily News Wire, our online Railroad Maps feature, and our extensive photo archive.

TrainWeb
http://www.trainweb.org/
TrainWeb has been providing free web hosting services since 1996 to rail enthusiasts and organizations that offer rail-related information and photographs for the enjoyment and education of the public.   We are the busiest railroad community on the web.

Union Pacific Historical Society
http://www.uphs.org/
Founded in 1984, UPHS is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Union Pacific Railroad from its beginning in 1862 to the operation as it is today.   The society is not supported by, or affiliated with, the railroad other than the preservation of its rich and colorful history.

Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society
http://www.wplives.org
The Western Pacific Railroad Museum at Portola is home to North America's largest and most complete collection dedicated to telling the story of one railroad.   It is also one of the few places where you can experience rail history in a truly "hands-on" way.   Come sit in the cab of the world's largest and mightiest diesel locomotive, climb aboard passenger cars from the California Zephyr, and take the throttle of a real locomotive under your control.

Western Railway Museum
http://www.wrm.org/
Take a 10-mile electrically powered train trip through the peaceful, picturesque Monotheism Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway.   As a living history museum, the Western Railway Museum gives visitors the opportunity to ride authentic historic streetcars and interurban electric trains from all over California and the western United States.