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GP38
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Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« on: Nov 23rd, 2002, 3:50pm »
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What is your alltime list of favorite railroads.  1 PRR. 2 NYC. 3 B&O. 4 NKP. 5 C&O. 6 N&W. 7 GTW. 8 DT&I. 9 L&N.  10 I.C.  11 CB&Q 12 GN. 13  MP. 14 Chessie System. 15 N&W-NKP-Walbash merger. 16 Conrail. 17. SCL/L&N (Family Line Systems). (Hate that name)!! 18 Early BN. (before the SD40-2,C30-7 craze!! Howbout your favorites.

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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #1 on: Nov 23rd, 2002, 6:14pm »
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Here's my list (probably a partial, at that) . . .
 
1. SP 2. ATSF 3. Spokane Portland & Seattle 4. MILW 5. CNW 6. NYC 7. GM&O 8. Monon 9. C of NJ 10. ACL 11. C&O 12. FEC 13. Wabash 14. L&N 15. Erie.
 
Good topic, by the way!
 
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tommy meehan
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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #2 on: Nov 23rd, 2002, 6:41pm »
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Tough question  
 
1st Place - New York Central System
 
2nd Place - (tied) New Haven, EL, CNJ, Penn Central, RDG, Conrail, B&O, CNW, B&M, SLSF, IC, CRI&P.
 
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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #3 on: Dec 10th, 2002, 1:35pm »
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absolutley its prr.the action i use to see as a kid there was non stop

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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #4 on: Dec 10th, 2002, 7:09pm »
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Any railroad but if I list.........
 
The Chessie Roads-- B&O, C&O, WM
 
Also NYC, N&W,SR, VGN, PC, NKP, RDG, IC, GN, CB&Q
 


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #5 on: Dec 10th, 2002, 8:50pm »
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I would imagine that for most of us, it'd be the railroads we saw when we grew up, plus some that have caught our interest since we started actively studying trains:
 
1. B&O
2. PRR
3. Chessie
4. PC
5. WM RR
6. Ma & Pa
7. N&W
8. C&O
9. CNJ (love those camelbacks!)
 
Funny how CSX and NS haven't shown up on any lists.  
 


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #6 on: Dec 10th, 2002, 8:57pm »
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on Dec 10th, 2002, 8:50pm, B_n_O_Hendo wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Funny how CSX and NS haven't shown up on any lists.  

 
B n O,
 
Well, in a way they have, just in their broken down forms.


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #7 on: Dec 11th, 2002, 8:07am »
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My sentimental favorite...Lehigh & Hudson River.
Why?
1. It's the road that started me railfanning...I spent my teenage summers at my grandparents' place along the PRR's Bel-Del line, where the L&HR had trackage rights to Belvidere.
2. The L&HR carved out a niche for itself as a bridge route that kept it solvent well after the local giants had begun to fall.
3. Even when it fell to Conrail, it sold off equipment so it could pay its shareholders 100 cents on the dollar.
4. An all-Alco diesel roster.
 
-Charlie


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #8 on: Dec 11th, 2002, 8:34am »
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My favorites in order;
 
#1) B&O- Grandfather and uncle were both locomotive engineers. Grew up with it.
#2) Erie Lackawanna- Went to work for 'em in '67. The best.
#3) Conrail- Bulk of my RR Career, great to work for. We had a lot of great wonderful times.
#4) Norfolk Southern- Had a great boss (thanks Bob) and they took care of us. Next to Conrail, NS has the best scale inspection team going. Hated to have to leave.
John Durant


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #9 on: Dec 11th, 2002, 11:01am »
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Illinois Terminal  - was lucky enough to have ridden the entire line under wire.
Illinois Central -  Panama Ltd, City of NO, City of Miami and.....they all ran past my house.
PRR -  The Broadway, and others Standard RR of the World
NYC -  The Century and many others including the Riley
Wabash - Blue Bird, Banner Blue, Cannonball......classy trains
B&O -  The wonderful diners and food, as well as the trains.
CB&Q -  The Zephyrs and the 'racetrack' west of Chgo that went past where I lived after college.


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« Reply #10 on: Dec 12th, 2002, 6:18pm »
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1. Conrail, We grew up together...
 2. Erie Lackawanna.  
 3. Chessie, Gotta love the Cat..
 4. Southern Pacific. From my 5 tears in El Paso..


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« Reply #11 on: Dec 15th, 2002, 7:52pm »
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Funny not any L&NE fans here, or PRSL either.  O well at least I'am.  
 
 
1.) L&NE
2.) PRSL
3.) DLW
4.) NJT
5.) RDG
6.) CNJ


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #12 on: Dec 21st, 2002, 9:03pm »
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Well, here's an eclectic mix:
 
1. WB&H
2. L&NE
3. PRR
4. D&H
5. SP
6. W&NB
 
Accumulated from years of reading.  


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« Reply #13 on: Dec 22nd, 2002, 9:28am »
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1) NYC - Nothing came close to this RR's elegance and beauty.  It had arguably the most pristine/aesthetic steam locomotives.  Pioneered the development of both the Hudson and Berkshire type.  The most memorable railroad building in the world remains to remind us what the railroad once was : Grand Central Terminal.  NYC always had a presence of being 'there', under the Vanderbilt genius their lines were setup by the 1870s and were rarely altered afterwards.  They were stable.  And they also served New York City/New York Central go together hand in hand and that's where I live.  I also have to say that the New York Central's lines are some of the (if not the) most scenic in the world.  The Water Level Route is simply amazing from the austerity of Grand Central Terminal through the Hudson Valley on up to the Great Lakes.  But not only is it beautiful, but revolutionary at the time.  The NYC wasn't bothered with annoying grades or the burden of needing heavy articuleds.  Their services were fast and smooth, and their trains showed this.
 
2) PRR - PRR used to be my favorite, after awhile I began to appreciate the NYC more.  There's something about the PRR that makes it seem confused.  I think they were a bit too much of a lot of things instead of one thing: electrification, grades, built their own locomotives, designed new types of steamers way too late in the game, etc.  They also tried too heavily to impress the NYC which I think is kinda silly.  They also get bad marks  for allowing Penn Station's destruction.  but on the other hand they saved a lot of their steamers for posterity, whereas the NYC did not.  Bleh.  Oh well.
 
3) Milwaukee Road - The most far-reaching line ever, even though it lead them to destruction.  I also like the name. Very dignified.
 
4) NKP -  Evocative.


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Re: Alltime favorite Railroads.
 
« Reply #14 on: Dec 23rd, 2002, 8:45pm »
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Okay, here's my list. Being originally from the NY metro area, I have strong ties to a few and deep respect for others.
1. Erie  
2. DL&W
3. East Broad Top RR & Coal Co.  
4. New York Central
5. The Pennsylvania Railroad
6. New Orleans Public Service St. Charles Ave. streetcar line


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« Reply #15 on: Jun 8th, 2003, 12:03pm »
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1. Southern... I was young when they merged to form NS, but I still saw traditional Southern locomotives for years after while i was in grade school.
2. Santa Fe... Gotta love that warbonnet scheme.
3. The TAG (Tennessee Alabama and Georgia) This line was abandoned by SOU when i was younger, but it ran through some beautiful countryside between Gadsden and Chattanooga.
4. Seaboard System... Cause hey, it was the next line besides the soutehrn that ran close to my home.


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« Reply #16 on: Jun 8th, 2003, 4:30pm »
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1:  Central Railroad of New Jersey:  My great-grandfather was a station master.  He died on duty.
 
2:  PRR/Penn Central:  For a while I lived in an apartment next to the northeast corridor.  Non-stop action.  I'd sit on my back porch and watch trains all summer long.  
 
3:  Lehigh Valley: Another local I grew up watching.
 
4:  Rahway Valley:  One of the great local shortlines.
 
5:  Morristown and Erie - Not a fallen flag but a great shortline.


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« Reply #17 on: Jun 8th, 2003, 4:51pm »
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1. SP
2. ATSF
3. UP
4. Rock Island
5. Rio Grande
 


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« Reply #18 on: Jun 9th, 2003, 9:56am »
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Mine would have to be PRR, as I grew up in the Philly area and rode both its mainline trains and the suburban trains. B&O eliminated passenger service through Philly too early in my life ( in the mid 1950's) for me to remember more than one trip on that railroad. My second railroad would have to be the New Haven as my cousin was a chief steward on it's dining cars and I was able to make several trips to Boston on his pass.

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« Reply #19 on: Jun 10th, 2003, 9:48pm »
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NKP  and NYC, the railroads I started railfanning with, then the EL and Bessimer. To a lessor extent, PRR, then the AT&SF and Georgia, two railroads I got exposed to while serving for Uncle Sam. I always liked the original Gennesse and Wyoming, too.
       


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