Listen twice, talk once.
Hands down the Southern Railway. Followed by the N&W, Norfolk Southern, and Atlantic Coast Line.
Wants: 1. high-quality, sound equipped, SD40-2s, C636s, C30-7s, and F-units in BN. As for ones that don't cost an arm and a leg, that's out of the question....
2. An end to the limited-production and other crap that makes models harder to get and more expensive.
1. Union Pacific
4.Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF)
My "favorites" have changed with age. As a kid it seemed like everything I had was Burlington Northern or Sante Fe. Looking back it was mostly because those were the easiest things to get for my train set.
My favorites today are:
1: Missouri Pacific (I grew up near their yard in Spring, TX.)
2: Burlington Northern (specifically remembering the SD-40-2's rumbling through the Iowa countryside.)
3: Union Pacific (They run the old MOPAC lines and I still live in the same area.)
I generally favor the railroads around me. Southern Pacific came through here as did MKT.
1.Southeastern Continental Rwy. (my freelanced RR)
2. Southern Rwy. (Serves the South)
3. Southern Pacific Rwy.
4. Norfolk southern
5. Atchison, topeka, and Santa Fe
Clemson University c/o 2018
Building a protolanced industrial park layout
As a Chicagoian it's hard to choose but here it goes.
1 ICG, Grew up along the Iowa Division, also gotta love the orange/white and orange/gray paint schemes and Paducah rebuilds
2 C&NW,Also lived within walking distance of Proviso Yard (SD40-2's)
3 BN My Grandparents lived in Brookfield within walking distance of the station.
4 IHB Who doesn't love a good belt line, also photographed it alot on the early 90's
5 CSX lots of cool paint schemes in the early 90's
6 KCS got hooked on a trip to Kansas City in '94 or '95
7 Grand Trunk, Geeps and Auto parts
8 Belt Railway of Chicago, Chicago's only Alcos and an MP-15 thats been wearing a bicentennial paint scheme for 30 years
9 Chicago Central, short lived but knew how to make an intresting lash-up
10 CGW before my time really but ran two blocks from my house would have loved to see the great F unit lash-ups in person
11 On some level really any railroad that does business in Chicago and some that don't
1.PRR. RAN THROUGH MY AREA
2.CR..railroad I grew up watching
3.D&RGW(narrow gague one)
5. Funny but AMTRAK
1. Delaware & Hudson
2. Soo Line
4. New York, New Haven, & Hartford
5. Norfolk & Western
6. Canadian Pacific
1. Santa Fe
2. Southern Pacific
3. Union Pacific
4. Burlington Northern
5. Rio Grande
7. Present-day Canadian National