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Railroads, internationally, now and then

Written By venus on Monday, July 1, 2013 | 11:46 PM

Photo by Eduardo Bravin

The Delaware & Hudson RF-16 "Sharknoses" lead a freight run from Binghamton, New York, to Sayre, Pennsylvania, in July 1975. The D&H bought one of the last Baldwin-built Sharknoses, so named because of their sharklike pointed front, to operate passenger trains. When passenger service was discontinued, the locomotives were relegated to freight operation for their final days. 

Tamasopo River Canyon in Mexico, 1890

A New York Central passenger train passes along South Salina Street in Onondaga, New York, in 1920. Railroads on streets were common until lately. They were a convenient way of reaching train stations in the early days of railroading when automobiles did not exist and horses were smart enough to move aside when they saw a train coming.

Photo by Christopher Archambault

Street railways taken to the extreme. Several times a day, shopkeepers swiftly pack up their food stalls and pull back their canopies to let a train pass through a food market in Maeklong, some 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of Bangkok, Thailand.

The "Old Reliable" was the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, which originated in Kentucky and eventually extended to its namesake cities, plus Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans and Chicago. It got its nickname  from its reputation for operating its passenger and freight operations in a consistently efficient manner. The L&N was one of the strongest and most successful railroads of the South. Following the railroad consolations in the 1980s, the L&N is now operated by CSX.

An abandoned railway bridge built by the Montour Railroad near Pittsburgh. The Montour Railroad was a shoreline coal-hauler in southwestern Pennsylvania. Most of the railroad's track has since been abandoned.

Abandoned railway graveyard in Uyuni, Bolivia

Tracks at Cosnino, Arizona. Photographed on November 22, 2012

Cable car in San Francisco

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, one of the strongest railways of the South, tapped the coal reserves of West Virginia and Kentucky. It eventually extended to Cincinnati, Michigan, Chicago and Ontario, Canada. It now is part of the CSX system.

Freight train rushing through Wyoming in 1945; photo by Elliott Erwitt

Model: Troy Mars


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