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The first drawing outlines the majority of American (and Canadian) railroad mergers that have taken place during the 1900's (we're 16 years into the next century and millennium, and it still seems weird to refer to it in that manner, it feels so 18-hundreds-ish!)
The heritage railroads are around the edge, what we have today is in the middle, and what we might have in the future is the big question mark. The heritage railroads are what was generally around during the 1950-1960 years. The only railroad that has prevailed since it's inception in the 1800's is the Union Pacific - way to go UP! And can you believe the Conrail split-up is already 17 years behind us!
I have a few corrections to make already, as I stopped by a CN PDF and noted the following: The IC merged in 2001, the WC merged in 2003, Great Lakes Transportation merged in 2005, and the BCR merged in 2005.
This page will load pretty slow, even on hi-speed, as the JPEGs are full size around half a meg each. The BNSF chart is 1.6meg. Please send me any additions or corrections.
Disclaimer: A lot of the info... dates,
railroad names, etc, came off the internet, some from Wikipedia, so it may not
be as accurate as it should (or could) be, but they give the viewer a fairly
good idea of the family history and when things happened. NEW 7-16-2010
I apologize up front for this page not being friendly to portable devices, but that's the way it goes..... the pictures are just to big, and I'm not a software guru!
See the bottom of the page for a comprehensive BNSF Family chart, sans dates.
PDF of the C&O Chart is here
I came across a BNSF PDF that had a two-page spread on their history, which I combined into one JPEG, and edited the grammar in the title. Now, if it just had the dates :-)
I found it here: http://www.bnsf.com/about-bnsf/our-railroad/company-history/pdf/History_and_Legacy.pdf
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. I do these pages because I love spending my time doing them - although I do a reasonable amount of research to make sure the information presented is accurate! :-) :-)
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, myindexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, oooooooops, oh well! :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
BTW, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here. Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.
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