Tag Archives: railroads

Working list: North America’s largest rail yards

Trains moving in the UP Bailey Yard – photo by author June 2021 Below is a working list of the largest active rail yard facilities in North America comprising 200 acres or more in acreage. Included are classification yards, rail … Continue reading

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“All aboard”: Ten planning lessons from riding USA railways

Moonlight over Fort Madison, Iowa After completing a long-distance trip across much of the United States this week, it seemed appropriate to list those planning lessons learned from this and previous rail travel experiences. While much of my ridership has … Continue reading

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The Town That Was Moved Four Times!

The first of our new “Frontier Towns” series is about the historic Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. At the crossroads of multiple important and historic transcontinental routes lies the quaint Great Plains town of Julesburg, Colorado. This classic western … Continue reading

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North America’s newest intermodal railroad facilities – update #2

As a follow-up to the September 27, 2012, post on those cities with the most intermodal rail facilities in North America, here is a list of some of newest and most advanced intermodal rail facilities that have come on-line over the past … Continue reading

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When the node breaks…put logic back into logistics

I am writing everyone from a hotel room near the Denver and from my gate Denver International Airport. In case you didn’t see the update to the last post, my dream ride on the California Zephyr ended before it ever … Continue reading

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California Zephyr dreamin’…on such a winter’s day

Greetings from Boulder, Colorado, everyone! This evening I will be boarding Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Denver for the trip back east into the polar vortex. Not to say it’s not plenty cold and snowy here, but in comparison to what … Continue reading

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India railway map/Nations with most railway miles

Above is a cool 2013 railway map of India. For a little end of the year statistical trivia, below is a list of the 50 nations with the most railway mileage. United   States 224,792 (2011) China 98,000 (2012) Russia … Continue reading

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Mapping Atlanta’s train traffic

Got to admit that I had never seen this kind of map before stumbling across it recently. While common for streets and highways, I cannot recall an average daily train traffic map. It is a very useful and interesting  map of Atlanta, Georgia … Continue reading

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Riding the rails to/from college

Below is a list of college cities and towns and their fiscal year 2013 AMTRAK ridership data. Very large central cities with a 2010 Census population exceeding 500,000 (like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, Austin, … Continue reading

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Shush! – you’ve entered a railroad quiet zone

Following yesterday’s list of the states with the most and least number of railroad quiet zones, at the end of this blogpost is a list of those metropolitan areas in the United States with the most quiet zones. Texas has four metropolitan areas … Continue reading

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