An important area of railroad history that
seems often to be overlooked is the history
of the railroad geography,
infrastructure, and traffic flows that
provided the raison d'être
of the railroad lines in the first place.
These pages provide both current and historical route descriptions, infrastructure
descriptions and data for places along those routes, and traffic descriptions and data for those routes.
Major Traffic Flows
Route histories and descriptions can be accessed from
the histories of
the traffic flows for the major types of
Freight Traffic Flows
Passenger Traffic Flows
The history of individual routes is
complemented by the Comparative Capacity
of Parallel Routes over the decades.
Train Control and Signaling
An important overlay on the route
infrastructure and traffic flow descriptions
is the history of train and traffic control,
and signaling along these routes.
Direct Access to Route Descriptions
For access purposes,
the routes have been divided into those within Regions having a complex network of lines, both local and those which provide
segments of Trunk Routes, and those which form part of the trunk routes carrying traffic from one part of the North American
Continent to another. Where a route segment falls into both categories, the descriptions in the Trunk Routes category are
usually at a lower level of detail than those in the Regions category:
The descriptions and data included here have been created and gathered
as part of my travels around the North American continent, both to NRHS Conventions
and Board Metings, and on other train trips, because I wanted
to know more about the railroads and the routes over which they operated, and the traffic that they carried than is typically
the concern of a locomotive-oriented rail enthusiast. In short, I wanted to know more about the various transportation businesses
that the railroad have been in, over the years, and the
infrastructure and facilities, beyond just the trains, that are or
have been required to carry the various types of traffic that are or have been carried over the years.
It is my hope that others will join me in this endeavor, and that the
result will grow into a complete database, not just a set of web pages.