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Class 1 Railroads in the 1950s
Posted by nanaimo73 on Friday, September 9, 2005 12:17 PM

This is a list of the 127 class 1 railroads in the 1950s as defined by the I.C.C. These railroads had revenue over $1,000,000 per year, and does not include terminal railroads. Several of these are just paper railroads which are owned by another class 1 railroad. Until 1967 Texas had a law that any railroad operating there had to be headquartered in the State. I have included several other railroads (without numbers) for various reasons.

One benefit of having 127 class 1 railroads in the 48 contiguous States was that most of the States had their own interesting list of class 1s.

Class 1 Railroads operating in each State during 1950-
Alabama- AGS, ASAB, ACL, CG, GMO, IC, LN, NC, SLSF, SAL, SOU, WA
Arizona- ATSF, SP
Arkansas- RI, IC, KCS, LA, MV, MP, SLSF, SSW, TP
California- ATSF, GN, NWP, SN, SP, UP, WP
Colorado- ATSF, CBQ, RI, CS, CW, DRGW, MP, UP
Connecticut- CV, NH
Delaware- BO, PRR, RDG
Florida- ASAB, ACL, FEC, GF, GSF, LN, SLSF, SAL, SOU
Georgia- AWP, ACL, CG, CWC, GA, GF, GSF, LN, NC, SAL, SOU, WA
Idaho- MILW, GN, NP, SI, UP
Illinois- ATSF, BO, CO, CEI, CIM, CNW, CBQ, CGW, CIL, MILW, RI, EJE, ERIE,
....GTW
, GMO, IC, ITC, LN, MSTL, SOO, MP, MI, NYC, NKP, PRR, SSW, SOU
....TPW
, WAB, WC
Indiana- BO, CO, CEI, CIL, MILW, EJE, ERIE, GTW, IC, LN, NYC, NKP, PRR, SOU, WAB
Iowa- ATSF, CNW, CBQ, CGW, MILW, RI, CMO, GN, IC, MSTL, TPW, UP, WAB
Kansas- ATSF, CBQ, CGW, RI, KCS, KOG, MV, MKT, MP, SLSF, UP
Kentucky- BO, CO, CBQ, CIL, CNTP, CRR, GMO, IC, LN, NC, NYC, NW, PRR, SOU, TC
Louisiana- ATSF, RI, GMO, IC, KCS, LA, LN, MP, NONE, SSW, SOU, SP, TNO, TP
Maine- BAR, BM, CN, CP, MEC
Maryland- BO, NW, PRR, WM
Massachusetts- BM, CV, NYC, NH
Michigan- AA, BO, CO, CNW, MILW, DM, DTS, DTI, DSA, GTW, LSI, SOO, NYC,
....PRR
, WAB, WC
Minnesota- CNW, CBQ, CGW, MILW, RI, CMO, DMIR, DWP, DSA, GN, GBW, IC,
....MSTL
, SOO, NP, WC
Mississippi- AGS, C&G, GMO, IC, LN, MSC, MP, NONE, SLSF, SOU
Missouri- ATSF, BO, CEI, CBQ, CGW, MILW, RI, GMO, IC, ITC, KCS, LN, MKT, MP,
....MI
, NYC, NKP, PRR, SLSF, SSW, SOU, UP, WAB
Montana- CBQ, MILW, GN, SOO, NP, UP
Nebraska- ATSF, CNW, CBQ, CGW, MILW, RI, CMO, IC, MP, UP, WAB
Nevada- SP, UP, WP
New Hampshire- BM, CN, CV, MEC
New Jersey- BO, CNJ, DLW, ERIE, LHR, LNE, LV, NYC, OW, NYSW, PRR, PRSL, RDG, SIR
New Mexico- ATSF, RI, CS, DRGW, SP, TP
New York- BO, BM, CV, CO, DH, DLW, ERIE, LHR, LNE, LV, LI, NYC, NKP, NYCN, NH,
....OW
, PRR, RUT, SIR, WAB
North Carolina- ACL, CRR, LN, NW, NS, SAL, SOU
North Dakota- CNW, MILW, GN, SOO, NP  
Ohio- ACY, AA, BO, BLE, CO, CNTP, DTS, DTI, ERIE, LN, NYC, NKP, NW, PRR, PLE,
....PWV
, WAB
Oklahoma- ATSF, RI, KCS, KOG, MV, MKT, MP, OCAA, SLSF
Oregon- GN, NP, SP, SPS, UP
Pennsylvania- BO, BLE, CI, CNJ, DH, DLW, ERIE, LHR, LNE, LV, MGA, MTR, NYC
....NKP
, OW, PRR, PS, PLE, PWV, RDG, WM
Rhode Island- NH
South Carolina- ACL, CWC, CRR, GF, SAL, SOU
South Dakota- CNW, CBQ, MILW, RI, CMO, GN, IC, MSTL, SOO
Tennessee- AGS, CG, RI, CNTP, CRR, GMO, IC, LN, MP, NC, SLSF, SSW, SOU, TC
Texas- ATSF, BSLW, RI, FWD, IGN, KCS, KOG, LA, MKT, MP, NOTM, SLBW, SLSF
....SSW
, SAUG, SP, TNO, T&N, TP, TM
Utah- DRGW, SP, UP, UTAH, WP
Vermont- BM, CN, CP, CV, DH, MEC, RUT
Virginia- AD, ACL, BO, CO, CRR, LN, NW, NS, PRR, RFP, SAL, SOU, VGN
Washington- MILW, GN, NP, SI, SPS, UP
West Virginia- BO, CO, MGA, NYC, NKP, NW, PRR, PWV, VGN, WM
Wisconsin- AA, CO, CNW, CBQ, MILW, CMO, DMIR, DSA, GTW, GN, GBW, IC, SOO
....NP
, WC
Wyoming- CNW, CBQ, CS, CW, UP
Dist of Col.- BO, CO, PRR, RFP, SOU
 
Mileage, total operating revenue, revenue ton-miles, and number of locomotives (diesel,steam,electric) are based on 1950.

1-Akron, Canton and Youngstown - ACY
171 miles, $5,051,782 tor, 282,730,000 rtm, 18 (7d,11s).
States served- OH
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Akron, Canton & Youngstown incorporated in 1907, completed its line in 1913. Purchased by N&W at time of Nickel Plate merger in October 1964. Dissolved by N&W successor Norfolk Southern Corp. on January 1, 1982. Trackage included in May 17, 1990, sale to new regional Wheeling & Lake Erie.
The Wheeling and Lake Erie operate 118 miles from
Mogadore to Carey, Ohio.
The west end, from Carey to Delphos, has been abandoned. 
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2-Alabama Great Southern - AGS
316 miles, operated as part of the Southern.
States served- AL, MS, TN
This class 1 railroad was a subsidiary of the Southern Railway, and extended
 from Chattanooga, TN, to Meridian, MS. The Southern also owned the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific running north from Chattanooga, and the New Orleans and Northeastern, between Meridian and New Orleans. Together the 3 class 1 subsidiaries connected Cincinnati and New Orleans, a route still important to Norfolk Southern today.

x-Alton, 959 miles, became part of GM&O in 1947.
States served- IL, MO
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Alton & Sangamon chartered in 1847, renamed St. Louis, Alton & Chicago in 1850's. Chicago & Alton organized in 1861 to buy StLA&C. C&A controlled by Union Pacific and Rock Island 1904-07, then Clover Leaf 1907-1912. C&A entered receivership and was bought by Baltimore & Ohio in 1929, renamed Alton Railroad in 1931, restored to independence March 10, 1943, and acquired by Gulf, Mobile & Ohio May 31, 1947.
The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio merged with Illinois Central during 1972 to form Illinois
Central Gulf
. ICG realized it had too much track, and began selling their non-core lines. The former Alton lines were sold off on May 17, 1987, creating the Chicago, Missouri and Western. The CM&W went bankrupt, and Southern Pacific bought the St. Louis to Chicago line, now part of Union Pacific. The line to Kansas City became the Gateway Western, now part of Kansas City Southern. 

3-Ann Arbor - AA
294 miles, $9,400,000 tor, 636,189,000 rtm, 46 (23d,23s).
States served- MI, OH, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Ann Arbor's first ancestor dated from 1869. AA incorporated in 1895, and was controlled by Detroit, Toledo & Ironton 1905-1910, by Wabash 1925-1963, and by
DT&I again 1963-1976. The State of Michigan bought AA from DT&I, and designated Michigan Interstate as operator October 1, 1977. Operation split in 1983 among MI on south end, Tuscola & Saginaw Bay in middle, and Michigan Northern on north end. T&SB took over MN in 1984. Ann Arbor Railroad, established October 7, 1988, runs Toledo-Ann Arbor

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4-Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - ATSF
13,073 miles (longest in USA 1950),$522,675,610 tor, 29,800,000,000 rtm, 2,022(967d,1,055s).
States served- AZ, CA, CO, IL, IA, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chartered in 1859 as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. created on September 22, 1995, when BN bought AT&SF's corporate Parent. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway merged into Burlington Northern Railroad on December 31, 1996, and BN renamed Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.
The ATSF was America's longest railroad during the 1950s, and remained so until the 1968 Penn Central merger. The Santa Fe was notable for stability, and their route map went through few changes from the 1930s until it merged the Toledo, Peoria and Western during 1983

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5-Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay - ASAB
81 miles, $3,021,347 tor, 173,394,000 rtm, 13 (d).
States served- AL, FL
R
unning from Dothan Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico at Panama City, Florida, the
Atlanta and St. Andrews Bay was one of America's smaller class 1s. Several years ago the A&SAB changed its name to The Bay Line, which remains in use. 
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6-Atlanta and West Point - AWP
93 miles, and Western Railway of Alabama, 133 miles, were jointly operated. 226 miles, $8,739,973 tor, 3,700,000,000 rtm, 54 (17d,37s).
States served- GA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Atlanta & La Grange chartered in 1847 and opened in 1854, renamed Atlanta & West Point in 1857. Montgomery Rail Road organized in 1854, and its successors taken over by Western Rail Road of Alabama in 1870. Georgia Railroad in 1875 acquired stock in A&WP and jointly purchased, with Central of Georgia, the WofA, which in 1883 was reorganized as Western Railway of Alabama. A&WP and WofA operated together as the "West Point Route," and were closely affiliated with the Georgia Railroad. The two WPR corporate shells did survive, for a time, the 1983 Seaboard System amalgamation of operations.
The former A
&WP route linking Atlanta with West Point, GA, continues to be operated by CSX. 
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7-Atlantic and Danville - AD
205 miles, $1,465,434 tor, 85,603,000 rtm, 6(d).
States served- VA
The Atlantic and Danville connected
Norfolk with Danville, Virginia. It was operated as part of the Southern railway from 1899 to 1949. After several years of independence,
it went bankrupt in 1960 and bought by N&W. Norfolk Southern runs more than half of it today.

8-Atlantic Coast Line - ACL
5,542 miles, $133,658,119 tor, 7,500,000,000 rtm, 758 (280d,478s).
States served- AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Oldest ancestor, Petersburg Railroad, opened in 1833; it and Richmond & Petersburg merged in March 1898 and in November 1898 took the name Atlantic Coast Line. Merger with paralleling Seaboard Air Line Railroad, proposed in 1958, took place on
July 1, 1967, creating Seaboard Coast Line
.
Seaboard
C
oast Line also owned several other railroads, the most important of them being the Louisville and Nashville. SCL merged with L&N, A&WP, WRA, GA, CRR, and C&WC to form Seaboard System. The next step involved Seaboard System joining with the Chessie system to form CSX. 
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9-Baltimore and Ohio - BO
6,188 miles, $402,541,896 tor, 27,546,419,000 rtm, 1,982 (512d,1,460s,9e,1gas).
States served- DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Baltimore & Ohio was chartered on February 28, 1827, and opened on May 24, 1830, as the first common-carrier railroad in the U.S., and was the first to offer scheduled passenger and freight service to the public. Chesapeake & Ohio acquired control in May 1962. On April 30, 1987, B&O, at age 160 the nation's oldest railroad, ceased to exist as it was merged into Chesapeake & Ohio, by then a subsidiary of CSX Transportation.
The former B&O mainline between Chicago and Philadelphia continues to play an important role for CSX, but several other lines have been abandoned or sold off

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10-Bangor and Aroostook - BAR
602 miles, $11,605,608 tor, 389,624,000 rtm, 83(38d,45s).
States served- ME
The Bangor and Aroostook was located
inside Maine, although they crossed into Canada, at St. Leonard. The BAR, with additional trackage acquired from Canadian Pacific, is now part of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic. 
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11-Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western - BSLW
146 miles, part of Missouri Pacific's Gulf Coast Lines.
States served- TX
The BSL&W was one of the Gulf Coast Lines, 4 separate class 1 railroads o
perating in south Texas. The New Orleans, Texas and Mexico was owned by Missouri Pacific, and in turn owned the the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western, The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico and the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf. All 4 of these class 1 railroads were merged into MP during March 1956. Missouri Pacific was acquired by Union Pacific during 1982.

12-Bessemer and Lake Erie - BLE
203 miles, $23,842,342 tor, 2,000,000,000 rtm, 112(23d,89s).
States served- OH, PA
The Bessemer and Lake Erie ran
 from the Pittsburgh area to Lake Erie at Conneaut, Ohio. It was purchased by Canadian National in 2004, and is disappearing into CN. 
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13-Boston and Maine - BM
1,702 miles $86,580,762 tor, 3,200,000,000 rtm, 436(194d,242s).
States served- ME, MA, NH, NY, VT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Boston & Maine's oldest component was the Andover & Wilmington, opened in August 1836. By 1843 it and two other railroads consolidated as the Boston & Maine, which through numerous consolidations amassed a 2000-mile network blanketing Massachusetts and reaching not only Portland, Maine, but northern New Hampshire and Vermont and eastern New York State. After a dozen deficit-ridden years, B&M went bankrupt in March 1970. Rather than go into Conrail, B&M stayed independent and revived, and was bought by Guilford Transportation Industries in 1983.
G
uilford Transportation Industries, which includes the former Boston and Maine and
the Maine Central, is now doing business as Pan Am Railways. 
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xx-Burlington-Rock Island, 228 miles
States served- TX
Extended
 from Dallas through Houston to Galveston. Was owned by the CB&Q and CRI&P until 1950 when they decided to operate the trackage directly.
The former B-RI is now part of BNSF.

14-Cambria and Indiana - CI
35 miles, $1,493,706 tor, 51,529,000 rtm, 8(s).
States served- PA
The C&I was located in Cambria and Indiana Counties,
Pennsylvania. It hauled
soft coal for its owner, the Bethlehem Steel Company. All of the former Cambria and Indiana has been abandoned.

15-Canadian National - CN in New England
172 miles, $2,477,757 tor, 115,475,000 rtm, 19 (s).
States served- ME, NH, VT
Canadian National's New England trackage re
ached from Portland, ME, to Canadian border at Norton, VE. CN sold the line during 1999, and it became the St. Lawrence
and Atlantic Railroad.

16-Canadian Pacific - CP (Maine)
234 miles, $5,076,464 tor, 350,724,000 rtm, 10 (s).
States served- ME
Canadian Pacific's eastern mainline cut
 across Maine from Quebec to New Brunswick, and also had two smaller branches into northeastern Maine. CP called this track their International of Maine Division. During 1994 CP sold the eastern end to the Eastern Maine Railway, and the western half to the Canadian American Railroad. The CDAC lasted until 2003, and it is now part of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic.

17-Canadian Pacific - CP (Vermont)
90 miles, $2,349,801 tor, 161,740,000 rtm, 0.
States served- VT
Canadian Pacific's line in Vermont reached down from Farnham, Quebec and passed through Richford and Newport
and ended at Wells River. It was sold to the Canadian American as the Northern Vermont Railroad. During 2003 the NVR was replaced by the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railroad. 

18-Central of Georgia - CG
1,815 miles, $39,060,945 tor, 2,600,000,000 rtm, 221 (56d,165s).
States served- AL, GA, TN
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Construction began from Savannah as Central Rail Road & Banking Company of
Georgia in December 1835. Controlled by Illinois Central 1909-48, and by Frisco 1956-61. Became a subsidiary of Southern Railway on June 17, 1963, and merged into Southern Railway system on June 1, 1971
.
The majority of the CoG is still owned and operated by Norfolk Southern

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19-Central of New Jersey - CNJ
410 miles, and with Central of Pennsylvania, 620 miles,$60,156,000 tor, 1,200,000,000 rtm, 317 (105d,212s).
States served- NJ, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Elizabethtown & Somerville opened from Elizabethport to Elizabeth, N.J., in 1836 as a horse-drawn railroad. Somerville & Easton incorporated in 1847 and bought the E&S in 1849 and adopted the name Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. Philadelphia & Reading controlled CNJ 1883-87. CNJ entered bankruptcy March 22, 1967, and was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976.
Currently there is not a lot left of the Central of
New Jersey, although New Jersey Transit owns about 100 miles. 
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20-Central of Pennsylvania - CNJ
210 miles, operated as part of the Central of New Jersey.
States served- PA
The Central of Pennsylvania was a paper railroad owned by the Central of New Jersey, and followed the CNJ into
 Conrail during 1976.

21-Central Vermont - CV
421 miles, $10,752,626 tor, 583,640,000 rtm, 51 (3d,48s).
States served- CT, MA, NH, NY, VT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Opened in 1849 as Vermont Central. Reorganized in 1889 as Central Vermont with Canada's Grand Trunk as majority stockholder. Control passed to Canadian National in 1923. CN sold CV to RailTex Corp. in February 1995, which renamed it New England Central. RailAmerica bought RailTex in 2000

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22-Charlestown and Western Carolina - CWC
343 miles, $4,909,912 tor, 332,419,000 rtm, 44 (16d,28s).
States served- GA, SC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Charleston & Western Carolina was built by the Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. as the Port Royal & Augusta. Control passed to Central of Georgia in 1881, to the state of South Carolina in 1894, and to Atlantic Coast Line in 1897. Merged into ACL on December 31, 1959.
The Charlestown and Western Carolina was mainly
in South Carolina, plus a short stretch in Georgia. It became part of Seaboard System and is still part of CSX, from Spartanburg on the north end to Yemassee, near Savannah.

23-Chesapeake and Ohio - CO
5,118 miles,$318,676,867 tor, 30,300,000,000 rtm, 1,322 (263d,1,059s).
States served- IL, IN, KY, MI, NY, OH, VA, WV, WI, DC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chesapeake & Ohio was created in the 1868 consolidation of the Virginia Central, whose ancestors dated to 1836, and the Covington & Ohio, chartered in 1853. C&O acquired control of the Hocking Valley in Ohio in 1911, and of Baltimore & Ohio in 1962. C&O became a subsidiary of the new Chessie System entity on June 17, 1973.
CSX has hung on to most of the C&O trackage it inherited
. The West Virginia coal lines and the line to Newport News continue to be important. 
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24-Chicago and Eastern Illinois - CEI
886 miles, $30,577,220 tor, 1,800,000,000 rtm, 83 (d).
States served- IL, IN, MO
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Evansville & Illinois chartered in 1849 to build north from the Ohio River. System completed from Chicago south in 1872, sold at foreclosure in 1877 as Chicago & Eastern Illinois. Missouri Pacific began merger discussions in 1959. After MP,
Louisville & Nashville, and Illinois Central each petitioned the ICC for C&EI control, it ruled in 1963 for MP, stipulating that MP sell L&N the Evansville line, which occurred in 1969. L&N also bought a half-interest in the line from Woodland Jct., Ill., where the ownership split, into Chicago. Missouri Pacific merged C&EI on October 15, 1976.
Union Pacific absorbed MP on December 22, 1982, and absorbed operations but didn't formally merge MP out of existence until 1997
.
The Chicago and Eastern Illinois
is now operated by UP and CSX, with little change since it was split between MP and L&N. 
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25-Chicago and Illinois Midland - CIM
130 miles, $10,462,727 tor, 622,114,000 rtm, 31 (s).
States served- IL
The Chicago and Illinois Midland o
perated southwards from Peoria IL, and was an important carrier of coal. It is now in the Genesee and Wyoming family and named Illinois and Midland. 
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26-Chicago and North Western - CNW
8,001 miles, and with Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha, 9,569 miles, $222,659,151, 12,800,000,000 rtm, 1,266 (376d, 890s).
States served- IL, IA, MI, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI, WY
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Galena & Chicago Union, Chicago's first railroad, began construction in 1848. In 1855 the Chicago, St. Paul & Fond du Lac was organized to extend northwestward from near Chicago. CStP&F was reorganized in 1859 as Chicago & North Western, which in 1864 consolidated with Galena & Chicago Union. C&NW became employee-owned in 1970. After years of operating affiliation on its main line with Union Pacific but no UP control, all C&NW stock was acquired by UP on April 27, 1995, and UP merged C&NW
on June 23 of that year
.
Acquisition of the Chicago and North Western gave Union Pacific entry into the
Powder River Basin, and extended the mainline from Council Bluffs to Chicago. 
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27-Chicago, Burlington and Quincy - CBQ
8,830 miles,$245,247,561 tor, 16,755,823,000 rtm, 1,108 (448d,657s,3g).
States served- CO, IL, IA, KS, KY, MN, MO, MT, NE, NM, SD, TX, WI, WY
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Aurora Branch chartered February 12, 1849; renamed Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
on February 14, 1855. Control acquired by Great Northern and Northern Pacific in 1901. Absorbed in March 1, 1970 Burlington Northern merger, along with Great Northern; Northern Pacific; and Spokane, Portland & Seattle
.
The mainlines of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy pay a key role for
BNSF, and provide access to the Powder River Basin coal fields. 
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28-Chicago Great Western - CGW
1,474 miles, $33,150,847 tor, 2,800,000 rtm, 136 (134d,2g).
States served- IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Construction began at St. Paul, Minn. southward in September 1884 under A.B. Stickney. Reorganized as the Chicago Great Western in 1892. System essentially completed through acquisitions of other lines to Chicago, Omaha, and Kansas City by 1903. Merged into Chicago & North Western on July 1, 1968.
The
Chicago and North Western abandoned most of the CGW following the passage of the Staggers Act in 1980. 
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29-Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville - CIL, MON
also known as the Monon, 541 miles, $19,752,299 tor, 1,200,000,000 rtm, 57 (d).
States served- IL, IN, KY
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
New Albany & Salem chartered in 1847 and opened in southern Indiana in 1851. Reorganized as Louisville, New Albany & Chicago in 1873. System formed an "X" crossing at Monon, Ind., and slogan "Monon Route" (pronounced MOE-non) was first used in 1882. Reorganized as Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville in 1897. Name changed to Monon Railroad on January 10, 1956. Acquired by Louisville & Nashville on July 31, 1971.
About two thirds of the former Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville is still o
perated by CSX. Most of the Amtrak Cardinal route between Chicago and Indianapolis uses former Monon trackage. 
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30-Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific - MILW
10,671 miles, $255,541,649 tor, 16,300,000,000 rtm, 1,307 (358d,837s, 112e).
States served- ID, IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, SD, WA, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Milwaukee & Waukesha Rail Road chartered in 1847, opened in 1850 as Milwaukee & Mississippi. Milwaukee & St. Paul, an 1863 reorganization of the 1858 La Crosse & Milwaukee, in 1872 acquired the St Paul & Chicago. In 1873 it built from Milwaukee to Chicago and added "Chicago" to its name to become CM&StP. Between 1905-09 it
built the Pacific Extension to Seattle and Tacoma. After a 1925 bankruptcy, it
emerged in 1928 as Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific. Bankrupt again in 1977, it shed the Pacific extension and other lines in 1980-83, then was courted by Chicago & North Western, Grand Trunk Western, and Soo Line, and was awarded to Soo in February 1985. Soo Line merged the Milwaukee Road on January 1, 1986
.
About 4500 miles of the Milwaukee Road's track still exists, with the Iowa, Chicago
and Eastern and BNSF Railway having over 1100 miles each. 
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31-Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific - RI, ROCK
7,610 miles, $17,888,594 tor, 12,100,000,000 rtm, 661 (255d, 405s).
States served- AR, CO, IL, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, NE, NM, OK, SD, TN, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Construction began on the Chicago & Rock Island in 1851; renamed Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in an 1866 reorganization that included the Mississippi & Missouri across Iowa. In 1964, Union Pacific applied to merge CRI&P; the Interstate Commerce Commission took a decade to approve it, with a condition that Southern Pacific purchase the southern half. By then RI had deteriorated and UP and SP no longer wanted it. RI declared bankruptcy in 1975; after a labor strike, it ceased operation on March 31, 1980. The vast majority of RI's 7000 miles wound up being acquired by other carriers; among the largest chunks were 965 miles to SP's Cotton Belt; 750 to Chicago & North Western; 750 to regional Kyle Railroad; 645 to a subsidiary of the former Katy (now part of UP); and 550 Iowa Railroad, succeeded by today's regional Iowa Interstate.
Union Pacific now has about 2000 m
iles of the former Rock Island, mostly from St. Paul in the north to Fort Worth and out to New Mexico. More than a dozen other railroads have another 2000 miles or so of line. 
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32-Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Omaha - CMO
1,617 miles, operated as part of the C&NW.
States served- IA, MN, NE, SD, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
What came to be known as the "Omaha Road" began as the Tomah & Lake St. Croix
in Wisconsin on April 1, 1863. After expansions and consolidations it acquired the name Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha on May 25, 1880. Controlled by Chicago & North Western after 1882 and operated as a part of C&NW system, comprising the lines north of Elroy, Wis., and Omaha to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Ashland, Wis. The corporation lasted until 1957, and its official identity was maintained until 1972
.
The former CSPM&O was acquired by Union Pacific during 1995 as part of the Chicago and North Western
.

33-Cincinati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific - CNTP
336 miles, operated by the Southern.
States served- KY, OH, TN
This line
 running south from Cincinnati to Chattanooga, TN, was built by Cincinnati,
and is still owned by the City. It was leased to the Southern Railway, and remains leased to Norfolk Southern today.  

34-Clinchfield - CRR
317 miles, $20,455,863 tor, 1,800,000,000 rtm, 104 (28d,76s).
States served- KY, NC, SC, TN, VA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
South & Western Railroad incorporated in 1905, renamed Carolina, Clinchfield & Ohio
in 1908. Leased jointly by Atlantic Coast Line and Louisville & Nashville in 1924, who named the operating organization, an unincorporated entity, the Clinchfield Railroad Company. Creation of Seaboard System Railroad on December 29, 1982, rendered the separate Clinchfield entity unnecessary
.
The former Clinchfield line
 from Spartanburg, SC, north through the mountains to Elkhorn City, KY, remains in use by CSX. 
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35-Colorado and Southern - CS
739 miles, and with Fort Worth and Denver, 1,869 miles, $35,400,190 tor, 2,100,000,000 rtm, 141 (38d,103s).
States served- CO, NM, WY
From the Trains Magazine website-
Colorado Central opened a standard-gauge line from Denver in 1870. Several predecessors, including Fort Worth & Denver City, consolidated as Colorado & Southern in 1898; two-thirds control of C&S-FW&DC acquired by CB&Q in 1908.
FW&DC drops "City" in 1951 to become Fort Worth & Denver. C&S officially merged into Burlington Northern in 1981; FW&D merged into BN in 1982
.
The Colorado and Southern - Fort Worth and Denver line between the Wyoming coal fields and Texas power plants became an important link for BN. Since the BNSF merger, the line south of Pueblo sees a concentration of northbound empties, while loaded coal trains prefer the flatter ex ATSF line to the east. 
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36-Colorado and Wyoming - CW
41 miles, $2,567,709 tor, 19,422,000 rtm, 20 (3d,17s).
States served- CO, WY
Colorado and Wyoming was an unusual class 1, as it consisted of three parts located
in two States. The biggest part ran west from Trinidad, CO, while the other sections were in Pueblo, CO, and Guernsey, WY.


37-Columbus and Greenville - C&G
168 miles, $1,994,204 tor, 98,683,000 rtm, 9 (7d,2s).
States served- MS
The Columbus and Greenville crossed
Mississippi, linking Greenville to the west with Columbus to the east. It was merged into Illinois Central Gulf during 1972, and
regained independence during 1975. 
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xx - Cotton Belt - see St. Louis Southwestern

38-Delaware and Hudson - DH
793 miles, $54,834,836 tor, 4,600,000,000 rtm, 333 (100d,233s).
States served- NY, PA, VT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Delaware & Hudson, calling itself the longest-lived transportation company in the U.S., dates to an 1823 charter of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co. "The D&H" operated 
the first steam locomotive on rail in the U.S., the Stourbridge Lion, in 1829. Amid modern Northeastern U.S. railroad uncertainty, D&H came under Norfolk & Western's wing in 1968; returned to independence in 1972; expanded as a forced competitor to the new Conrail in 1976; was acquired by Guilford Transportation in 1984; was placed in bankruptcy by Guilford in 1988; was sold to Canadian Pacific in January 1991; became part of subsidiary St. Lawrence & Hudson in 1996; reverted back to CP in 2000; and was placed under control of the Soo Line in 2001. D&H remains a Soo subsidiary but is operated as part of CP's overall system
.
Canadian Pacific has had difficulty making a profit from the D&H, and has been
granting rights to other railroads over the lines looking for the answer. 
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39-Delaware, Lackawanna and Western - DLW
966 miles, $82,343,568 tor, 4,100,000,000 rtm, 311 (133d,178s).
States served- NJ, NY, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Cayuga & Susquehanna completed in 1834 between Owego and Ithaca, N.Y. Consolidation of successors Delaware & Cobb's Gap and Lackawanna & Western in
1853 formed the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western. Track gauge converted from 6-foot to standard on March 15, 1876. Exploration of combination with Erie Railroad began in 1954, and merger occurred October 17, 1960, as Erie-Lackawanna
.
Erie Lackawanna was folded into Conrail during 1976. The surviving DL&W lines are
now run by several railroads, with the New York, Susquehanna and Western and Canadian Pacific owning the most.
 

40-Denver and Rio Grande Western - DRGW
2,387 miles, $66,123,375 tor, 4,900,000,000 rtm, 382 (170d,222s).
States served- CO, NM, UT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Denver & Rio Grande incorporated in 1870 to build south from Denver as 3-foot-gauge. D&RG leased the affiliated standard-gauge Rio Grande Western, building southeast
from Salt Lake City, in 1882. Dotsero Cutoff opened in 1934, forming connection with Denver & Salt Lake; D&SL merged on April 11, 1947. Denver & Rio Grande Western was acquired by Philip Anschutz in 1984. On August 9, 1988, Anschutz bought Southern Pacific and adopted that name as the operating label for the combined system. Union Pacific acquired control of SP on September 11, 1996
.
Union Pacific currently operates the majority of the former D&RGW, mostly to serve Colorado coal mines. 
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xx-Denver and Salt Lake
232 miles, merged into D&RGW in 1947.
States served- CO
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Construction began from Denver west in 1902 as Denver, Northwestern & Pacific; reorganized in July 1912 as Denver & Salt Lake. Moffat Tunnel, named for DNW&P founder David H. Moffat, opened February 26, 1928. Denver & Rio Grande Western acquired D&SL stock beginning in 1930's and merged D&SL on April 11, 1947.
The former Denver and Salt Lake between Denver and Craig, Colorado, remains in use as part of Union Pacific.
 

41-Detroit and Mackinac - DM
232 miles, $2,256,562 tor, 124,566,000 rtm, 7 (d).
States served- MI
The Detroit and Mackinac o
perated north along Lake Huron from Bay City, Michigan.
It is now called the Lake State Railway. 
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42-Detroit and Toledo Shore Line - DTS
50 miles, $7,479,368 tor, 372,781,000 rtm, 28 (3d,25s).
States served- MI, OH
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Pleasant Bay Railway incorporated in March 1898. In 1899 PB purchased Toledo & Ottawa Beach and renamed itself Detroit & Toledo Shore Line. Sold in 1902 jointly to Grand Trunk Western and Toledo, St. Louis & Western (the "Clover Leaf"). Line fully opened to Detroit in 1903. TStL&W interest passed to successor Nickel Plate Road in 1923, then to Norfolk & Western in 1964. Grand Trunk Western bought N&W's half interest in 1981 and immediately merged D&TSL.
The former D&TSL is now Canadian National's Shore Line Sub.
 

43-Detroit, Toledo and Ironton - DTI
464 miles, $17,939,733 tor, 731,032,000 rtm, 59 (14d,45s).
States served- MI, OH
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Detroit, Toledo & Ironton created in 1905 merger of Detroit Southern and Ohio Southern, the latter previously the Detroit & Lima Northern. Under control of Henry Ford 1920-1929. Sold to Pennroad Corp., allied with Pennsylvania Railroad, in 1929. Wabash and PRR subsidiary Pennsylvania Co. bought out Pennroad in 1951. Pennsylvania Co. sold DT&I to Grand Trunk Western June 24, 1980; GTW merged DT&I December 31, 1983. GTW parent Canadian National sold DT&I in 1997 to RailTex,
which reorganized it as regional Indiana & Ohio Railway. RailTex was bought by RailAmerica in 2000.
 
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44-Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range - DMIR
564 miles, $46,176,305 tor, 3,700,000,000 rtm, 160 (s).
States served- MN, WI
O
perated around and north of Duluth, Minnesota, until May 10, 2004 when it was purchased by Canadian National. 
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45-Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic - DSA
539 miles, $7,093,373 tor, 468,599,000 rtm, 33 (15d,18s).
States served- MI, MN, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway incorporated in 1887 as a consolidation of several Upper Michigan ore-country railroads. The "South Shore" came under
Canadian Pacific control in 1890. It was reorganized in 1949 after a 12-year bankruptcy as Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad. Name changed to Soo Line Railroad as the DSS&A corporate structure survived in the December 31,1960, amalgamation with Soo and Wisconsin Central
.
The remaining DSS&A trackage in northern Michigan went into the new regional railroad Wisconsin Central, which was later acquired by Canadian National.

46-Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific - DWP
175 miles, $4,389,860 tor, 328,874,000 rtm, 16 (s).
States served- MN
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Earliest predecessor Duluth, Virginia & Rainy Lake, a logging road, dates to 1901, and soon was purchased by Canadian Northern. Line extended north to Fort Frances, Ontario, in 1908, renamed Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific in 1909, and reached Duluth in 1912. With Canadian Northern, became part of Canadian National in 1918. DW&P still exists on paper but is operated as part of CN.
The Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific has grown in importance for CN since the NAFTA accord was introduced, followed by the acquisition of Illinois Central and Wisconsin Central.  

47-Elgin, Joliet and Eastern - EJE
238 miles, $48,909,654 tor, 1,700,000,000 rtm, 149 (d).
States served- IL, IN
From its base in Joliet, the EJ&E continues in encircle Chicago. Lines run north to Waukegan, IL, and east to Gary, IN

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48-Erie - ERIE
2,245 miles, $166,190,465 tor, 10,400,000,000 rtm, 574 (339d.235s).
States served- IL, IN, NJ, NY, OH, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
New York & Erie chartered in April 1832. The first train ran in 1841 on 6-foot gauge track. Reorganized as Erie Railway in 1859. Entire system was standard-gauged on June 22, 1880. Erie merged with Delaware, Lackawanna & Western October 17, 1960, to form Erie-Lackawanna. (The hyphen was dropped in 1963.) In 1968, EL was forced onto Norfolk & Western but kept separate; EL filed for bankruptcy June 22, 1972,
after damage by Hurricane Agnes, and was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976
.
Conrail did not have a need for the Erie Lackawanna, especially the western half. The former Erie lines linking New Jersey with Buffalo and Youngstown continue to survive under several owners. West of Youngstown, very little is left. 
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49-Florida East Coast - FEC
571 miles, $26,890,358 tor, 812,214,000 rtm, 115 (44d,71s).
States served- FL
The Florida East Coast still links
Jacksonville and Miami, although it has lost most of it's branch lines. FEC is one of the few railroads that has been using the same name for over 100 years. 
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50-Fort Worth and Denver - FWD
1,130 miles, operated with Colorado and Southern.
States served- TX
From the Trains Magazine website-
Colorado Central opened a standard-gauge line from Denver in 1870. Several predecessors, including Fort Worth & Denver City, consolidated as Colorado & Southern in 1898; two-thirds control of C&S-FW&DC acquired by CB&Q in 1908.
FW&DC drops "City" in 1951 to become Fort Worth & Denver. C&S officially merged into Burlington Northern in 1981; FW&D merged into BN in 1982
.
The Colorado and Southern - Fort Worth and Denver line between the Wyoming coal fields and Texas power plants became an important link for BN. Since the BNSF merger, the line south of Pueblo sees a concentration of northbound empties, while loaded coal trains prefer the flatter ex ATSF line to the east.


51-Georgia - GA
326 miles, $8,766,717 tor, 570,177,000 rtm, 57 (16d,41s).
States served- GA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chartered in 1883 as Georgia Railroad, became Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. in 1836. Leased jointly to Louisville & Nashville and Central of Georgia in 1881; CofG interest later passed to L&N, which assigned it to Atlantic Coast Line. In 1983 the new Seaboard System Railroad bought the Georgia Railroad from the banking firm and merged the operation.
The Atlanta to Augusta mainline, and the Camak to Milledgeville branchline, are still used by CSX. 
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52-Georgia and Florida - GF
359 miles, $2,994,608, 198,862,000 rtm, 33 (9d,24s).
States served- FL, GA, SC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Formed as Georgia & Florida from four short lines in 1906. Acquired by Southern Railway in February 1962, and merged into Southern's Central of Georgia when Southern absorbed CofG on June 1, 1971.
About 100 miles of the G&F is still in use, mainly in Georgia, and mostly by shortlines. 
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53-Georgia Southern and Florida - GSF
397 miles, was part of the Southern.
States served- FL, GA
The Georgia, Southern and Florida extended 257 miles from Macon, GA, through Valdosta to Jacksonville, with a 134 mile branch from Valdosta to Palatka, GA
.

54-Grand Trunk Western - GTW
974 miles, $57,339,292 tor, 3,100,000,000 rtm, 197 (58d,139s).
States served- IL, IN, MI, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Canada's Grand Trunk Railroad dates to 1852. Western extension reached Port Huron, Mich., by 1858 and Chicago in 1880. GT's financial problems extending Grand Trunk Pacific to Canada's west coast brought GT under government ownership and into Canadian National in 1923. CN incorporated Grand Trunk Western in 1928 to consolidate GT properties in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. In 1970 CN created Grand Trunk Corp. to operate its three major U.S. subsidiaries: GTW, Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific, and Central Vermont. GTW still exists on paper but is operated as part of Canadian National.
CN's former Grand Trunk Western mainline between Ontario and Chicago has benefited a great deal from the NAFTA agreement, and the subsequent addition of Illinois Central. 
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55-Great Northern - GN
8,316 miles, $221,722,945 tor, 16,000,000,000 rtm, 1,012 (424d,568s,20e).
States served- CA, ID, IA, MN, MT, ND, OR, SD, WA, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Minnesota & Pacific chartered in 1857. Its successor, and others, renamed by James J. Hill to Great Northern in 1881. Absorbed in March 1, 1970 Burlington Northern merger, along with Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Northern Pacific; and Spokane, Portland & Seattle.
Burlington Northern's Chicago to Seattle mainline was mostly GN west of Minneapolis, and remains an important part of the BNSF Railway. 
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56-Green Bay and Western - GBW
224 miles, $3,816,276 tor, 241,027,000 rtm, 13 (8d,5s).
States served- MN, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Green Bay & Lake Pepin was chartered in 1866, opened in 1871, and finished across Wisconsin in 1873. After control by a Lackawanna affiliate, reorganized as
Green Bay & Western in 1896. Eastern extension to Lake Michigan incorporated in 1890 as Kewaunee, Green Bay & Western, absorbed by GB&W after World War II. Shortline firm Itel Corp. acquired GB&W in 1979. In 1991 Itel combined management of 255-mile GB&W with that of Fox River Valley, a 214-mile regional linking Milwaukee and Green Bay spun off to Itel by Chicago & North Western on December 19, 1988. On August 28, 1993, Wisconsin Central Ltd. acquired GB&W and FRV, placing them under a new subsidiary named Fox Valley & Western
.
Wisconsin Central was purchased by Canadian National during 2001, and CN operates about half of the former Green Bay and Western today. 
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xx-Gulf Coast Lines was a group of four class one railroads owned by Missouri Pacific. The New Orleans, Texas and Mexico, The Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western, The St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico and the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf operated in south Texas from Louisiana to Mexico. The Gulf Coast Lines were merged into MP during March 1956.

xx-Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe - GCSF, ATSF's lines in Texas and Louisiana east of Sweetwater.
States served- LA, OK, TX
On August 1, 1965, the GC&SF was merged into the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company. BNSF now runs GC&SF lines east of Sweetwater, TX, and south of Purcell, OK,
to Galveston and Beaumont, TX.
 

57-Gulf, Mobile and Ohio - GMO
2,898 miles, $78,428,088 tor, 5,400,000,000 rtm, 244 (d).
States served- AL, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, TN
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Gulf, Mobile & Ohio incorporated November 10, 1938, to acquire Mobile & Ohio (which dated to 1852) and Gulf, Mobile & Northern (to 1890), a deal completed in September 1940. GM&O merged with Illinois Central on August 10, 1972,
to form Illinois Central Gulf
.
During the 1980s, the ICG sold or abandoned almost all of the GM&O lines, and
changed it's name back to Illinois Central. Most of the trackage in Mississippi became the Gulf and Mississippi Railroad, which eventually was incorporated into KCS. GM&O acquired the Alton Railroad during 1947, thus reaching Chicago and Kansas City. The former Alton lines went on to become regional Chicago, Missouri and Western, now split between UP and KCS. 
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58-Illinois Central - IC
6,539 miles, $275,968,155 tor, 19,200,000,000 rtm, 1,262 (133d,1,129s).
States served- AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, NE, SD, TN, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Illinois Central was chartered in 1851 to build north-south through Illinois. Renamed Illinois Central Gulf with August 1972 GM&O merger. After shedding more than two-thirds of its mileage in the 1980's, mostly to new regionals, ICG on February 29, 1988, changed its name back to Illinois Central. Canadian National purchased IC on February 11, 1998, and merged it on July 1, 1999.
Illinois Central became North America's most efficient railroad during the 1990s, thanks to Hunter Harrison and his concept of a scheduled railroad. Mr Harrison's concepts
have now turned CN into the most efficient railroad, a larger version of the Illinois Central. 
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59-Illinois Terminal - ITC
462 miles, $10,780,000 tor, 440,611,000 rtm, 62 (19d,43e).
States served- IL, MO
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
The Champaign-Urbana (Ill.) streetcar system bought by William B. McKinley in 1890 was the foundation of an electric interurban system that expanded and became
Illinois Traction System. Parent Illinois Power & Light bought Illinois Terminal Railroad, an Edwardsville-Alton line, in 1928. In the post-interurban era, nine Class 1's formed a company to jointly acquire IT, done in June 1956 as the Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. ITRC was purchased solely by Norfolk & Western on September 1, 1981, and operations were integrated on May 8, 1982
.
Very little is left of the Illinois Terminal outside of the Alton area, where Norfolk and Western picked up several key customers. 
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60-International-Great Northern - IGN
1,089 miles, $34,408,437 tor, 2,225,853,000 rtm, 134 (57d,77s).
States served- TX
The IGN came under
Missouri Pacific control in 1924, although it could only reach the railroad through the Texas Pacic, also under MP control. International-Great Northern's mainline linked Fort Worth with Galveston, and Longview with Laredo. The Laredo line has become quite important for Union Pacific since acquiring Missouri Pacific.

61-Kansas City Southern - KCS
891 miles, $39,354,451 tor, 3,000,000,000 rtm, 177 (93d,84s).
States served- AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, TX
From the Trains Magazine website- 
Kansas City Southern, which began as the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf in 1890, was completed to the Gulf of Mexico in 1897. The KCS name dates from a turn-of-the-century reorganization in which founder Arthur Stilwell was ousted. KCS acquired Louisiana & Arkansas in 1939, and remained a stable mid-sized system until the 1990's, when, beset with mega-mergers all around, began expanding by acquiring regional lines and linking up with Mexico, marketing its newly expanded system under the banner the Nafta Railway
KCS has expanded to St Louis with the acquisition of Gateway Western, to Meridian, MS, with MidSouth, to Mexico with the Texas Mexican, and throughout Mexico
with the acquisition of full ownership of TFM. Purchase of unwanted ATSF trackage has extended the Dallas line to Fort Worth. 
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62-Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf - KOG
327 miles, $5,544,029 tor, 373,976,350 rtm, 39 (22d,17s).
States served- KS, OK, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Midland Valley; Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf; and Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka all controlled by Muskogee Company and operated jointly. MV incorporated in 1903, acquired KO&G in 1925. KO&G had incorporated in 1918 as successor to bankrupt Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf. OCAA incorporated in 1923 to acquire Shawnee Division of Missouri-Kansas-Texas, which was reorganizing. Muskogee Co. authorized sale of all rail stocks to
Texas & Pacific in 1962. T&P acquired control in September 1964 but sold OCAA to Santa Fe. MV merged into T&P April 1, 1967. KO&G merged into T&P on April 1, 1970

The usefulness of the Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf came to an end when Union Pacific acquired the superior route of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas between Kansas and Texas.
 

63-Lake Superior and Ishpeming - LSI
156 miles, $3,738,412 tor, 94,831,000 rtm, 35 (5d,30s).
States served- MI
The Lake Superior and Ishpeming, although on a smaller scale,
continues to haul ore in Michigan's upper peninsula.

64-Lehigh and Hudson River - LHR
96 miles, $3,012,030 tor, 276,42, 000 rtm, 11 (d).
States served- NJ, NY, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Warwick Valley opened in 1862 as 6-foot-gauge line, standard-gauged in 1880. It was extended southwest as Lehigh & Hudson River, a name adopted for both lines in 1882. L&HR filed for bankruptcy on April 18, 1872, and was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976
The northern part of the L&HR was reborn in the 1980s for NYS&W's stack trains. 
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65-Lehigh and New England - LNE
191 miles, $8,473,101 tor, 385,349,000 rtm, 33 (d).
States served- NJ, NY, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Earliest ancestor, South Mountain & Boston, was chartered in 1873. Several reorganizations later, one in 1895 produced the Lehigh & New England. Never a solid performer, L&NE petitioned for abandonment in 1960; Jersey Central acquired about 40 miles' worth, but the rest was abandoned in 1961
Some of the Pennsylvania trackage went into Conrail, and a few pieces still survive. 
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66-Lehigh Valley - LV
1,229 miles, $71,236,124 tor, 4,500,000,000 rtm, 262 (179d,83s).
States served-  NJ, NY, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill & Susquehanna was incorporated in 1846 to build from the coal center of Mauch Chunk, Pa., to Easton, where the Lehigh River flows into the Delaware. Renamed Lehigh Valley Railroad in 1853 and opened in 1855. By the 1930's, Pennsylvania Railroad owned 31% of LV stock, increased to full ownership in 1961. LV filed for bankruptcy on June 21, 1970, and was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976.
Norfolk Southern, and several shortlines, operate most of the former mainline. Most of the branches, on the other hand, have been abandoned over the years. 
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67-Long Island - LI
365 miles, $49,316,227 tor, 102,600,000 rtm, 124 (54d,43s,27e).
States served- NY
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Long Island Rail Road was chartered in 1834, and controlled by Pennsylvania Railroad from 1900 to 1966, when PRR sold LIRR to newly created Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Authority, now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Long Island Rail Road currently handles only passengers, as freight operations
were sold off to the New York and Atlantic during 1997. 
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68-Louisiana and Arkansas - LA
756 miles, $21,450,683 tor, 1,408,773,000 rtm, 61 (37d,24s).
States served- AR, LA, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Louisiana & Arkansas' first ancestor, Louisiana Railway & Navigation, built between
New Orleans and Shreveport during 1896-1907, and extended to McKinney, Texas, near Dallas, in 1923 by acquiring a Katy branch. A southwestern Arkansas logging road begun in 1896 had been renamed Louisiana & Arkansas Railway by 1906, and in 1928 LR&N and L&A merged, taking the L&A name. Kansas City Southern acquired all L&A stock in 1939 and operated it as part of the system, but kept L&A as a subsidiary until 1995

As Kansas City Southern continues to evolve, the former L&A line from Shreveport to Dallas becomes more important, while the New Orleans line remains stagnant. 
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69-Louisville and Nashville - LN
4,778 miles, $219,696,677 tor, 15,000,000,000 rtm, 842 (202d,640s).
States served- AL, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OH, TN, VA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Louisville & Nashville was chartered by the State of Kentucky in 1850 to link its namesake cities. Control acquired by Atlantic Coast Line in 1902. ACL successor Seaboard Coast Line merged with L&N on December 29, 1982, to form Seaboard System Railroad, a subsidiary of CSX Corporation.  
Louisville and Nashville's line are still playing an important role for
CSX. 
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70-Maine Central - MEC
981 miles, $23,983,123 tor, 3,200,000,000 rtm, 436 (194d,242s).
States served- ME, NH, VT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Maine Central was incorporated in 1862 to consolidate the Androscoggin & Kennebec and Penobscot & Kennebec, whose earliest predecessor dated to 1846. In 1870 MEC converted from 5-foot, 6-inch gauge to standard gauge and soon came under control of the Eastern Railroad, a control that passed to Boston & Maine in 1884. B&M control ended in 1914, but the two kept a corporate affiliation that lasted until December 29, 1955. After control by firms outside railroading, MEC was sold to Guilford Transportation Industries in June 1981
Most of Maine Central's
 routes were leased to Springfield Terminal, and now Guilford Transportation calls itself the Pan Am Railways. 
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71-Midland Valley - MV
334 miles, $2,051,175 tor, 138,145,820 rtm, 14 (8d,6s).
States served- AR, KS, OK
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Midland Valley; Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf; and Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka all controlled by Muskogee Company and operated jointly. MV incorporated in 1903, acquired KO&G in 1925. KO&G had incorporated in 1918 as successor to bankrupt Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf. OCAA incorporated in 1923 to acquire Shawnee Division of Missouri-Kansas-Texas, which was reorganizing. Muskogee Co. authorized sale of all rail stocks to
Texas & Pacific in 1962. T&P acquired control in September 1964 but sold OCAA to Santa Fe. MV merged into T&P April 1, 1967. KO&G merged into T&P on April 1, 1970.
 
The Midland Valley between Tulsa and Muscogee is now run by Union Pacific. 

xx - Milwaukee Road - see Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific  

72-Minnesota and St. Louis - MSTL
1,406 miles, $20,881,599 tor, 1,500,000,000 rtm, 70 (64d,6s).
States served- IL, IA, MN, SD
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Minnesota Western chartered in 1853. Name changed to Minneapolis & St. Louis in 1870. M&StL purchased Iowa Central in 1912, and in 1956 M&StL purchased the
latter-day Minnesota Western, a 1924 creation unrelated to the original. Chicago & North Western purchased M&StL's railroad assets on November 1, 1960

About 300 miles of the M&STL is still in use, mostly by Union Pacific and the
Twin Cities and Western.
 

73-Minnesota, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie - SOO, (including the Wisconsin Central)
4,197 miles, $67,800,767 tor, 4,900,000,000 rtm, 296 (94d,202s).
States served- IL, MI, MN, MT, ND, SD, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic was incorporated in 1883 to build from the Twin Cities east to a connection with Canadian Pacific. In 1888 MSSM&A,
Minneapolis & Pacific, and two others consolidated to form the Minneapolis, St. Paul, & Sault Ste. Marie. The nickname "Soo Line" comes from the pronunciation of the word Sault. On December 31, 1960, MStP&SSM merged with subsidiaries Wisconsin Central Railroad and Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic to form Soo Line Railroad. CP for decades owned 56% of Soo, and tried in the 1980's to sell it, but in 1990 wound up acquiring full ownership. Soo remains a CP subsidiary but is operated as part of the system

Canadian Pacific operates the MSP&SSM mainlines west of the Twin Cities, while Canadian National has most of the former trackage on the eastern half. 
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74-Mississippi Central - MSC
149 miles, $2,430,663 tor, 122,128,000 rtm, 13 (s).
States served- MS
The Mississippi Central crossed
southern Mississippi between Natchez and Hattiesburg. It was merged into Illinois Central during 1967. Canadian National uses about 95 miles of the former MSC. 

75-Missouri-Kansas-Texas - MKT
3,246 miles, $77,582,228 tor, 4,578,651,000 rtm, 294 (119d,175s).
States served- KS, MO, OK, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Incorporated in 1865 as Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch (no relation to UP proper). Name changed to Missouri, Kansas & Texas in 1866. The ampersand was dropped and a hyphen substituted (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) in a 1923 reorganization. Holding company Katy Industries created in 1967. After an off-and-on 3-year courtship, Union Pacific, through subsidiary Missouri Pacific, absorbed MKT (but not Katy Industries) on August 12, 1988
Beginning in 1980, the MKT had a subsidiary railroad named the Oklahoma-Kansas-Texas, consisting of nearly 400 miles of the former Rock Island in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. The OKT followed the MKT into Union Pacific. 
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xx-Missouri, Kansas, Texas of Texas - MKT
Texas subsidiary of the MKT, merged into MKT during 1960.
  
 

76-Missouri Pacific - MP
6,960 miles, $220,366,395 tor, 14,800,000,000 rtm, 863 (295d,568s).
States served- AR, CO, IL, KS, LA, MS, MO, NE, OK, TN, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chartered in 1851 as Pacific Railroad, opened in 1852, renamed Missouri Pacific in 1870. Major early components included St. Louis & Iron Mountain, chartered in 1851; International & Great Northern (1873); and Gulf Coast Lines, a 1913 merger creation. All, plus others, came under Jay Gould control in 1879. Union Pacific absorbed MP on December 22, 1982, and absorbed operations but didn't formally merge MP out of existence until 1997
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77-Missouri-Illinois - MI
172 miles, $4,724,154 tor, 166,019,000 rtm, 20 (2d,18s).
States served- IL, MO
O
perated between Salem, Illinois and Bismarck, Missouri, with a ferry connecting the two parts across the Mississippi River. The M-I was merged into Missouri Pacific on November 1, 1978.

xx-Monon, see Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville.

78-Monongahela - MGA
178 miles, $6,184,845 tor, 555,472,000 rtm, 54 (s).
States served- PA, WV
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Monongahela Railway was incorporated in 1900 jointly by Pennsylvania and
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. In 1925 Baltimore & Ohio was admitted and ownership split into thirds. P&LE sold its third to Conrail in 1989, and B&O successor CSX did the same a year later. Conrail absorbed Monongahela in 1992
.
The former Monongahela went to Norfolk Southern during the June 1999 Conrail disposition. 
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79-Montour - MTR
51 miles, $2,809,579 tor, 107,460,000 rtm, 24 (3d,21s).
States served- PA
O
perated west of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River. The Montour closed in 1983
and was abandoned during 1986.

xx-Muskogee Company, this was a group of three class 1 railroads, Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf, Midland Valley, and Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka.
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Midland Valley; Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf; and Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka all controlled by Muskogee Company and operated jointly. MV incorporated in 1903, acquired KO&G in 1925. KO&G had incorporated in 1918 as successor to bankrupt Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf. OCAA incorporated in 1923 to acquire Shawnee Division of Missouri-Kansas-Texas, which was reorganizing. Muskogee Co. authorized sale of all rail stocks to Texas & Pacific in 1962. T&P acquired control in September 1964 but sold OCAA to Santa Fe. MV merged into T&P April 1, 1967. KO&G merged into T&P on April 1, 1970
.
Less than 75 miles of the Midland Valley still exist, and virtually nothing of the KO&G or the OCAA survives. 
 

80-Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis - NC
1,049 miles, $35,798,616 tor, 2,200,000,000 rtm, 176 (107d,69s).
States served- AL, GA, KY, TN
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Nashville & Chattanooga incorporated in 1845, opened in 1851, and connected in 1854 at Chattanooga with the Western & Atlantic, which was owned by the State of Georgia, having been chartered in 1836 and opened in 1850. Renamed Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis in 1873. Louisville & Nashville bought a majority interest in 1879, and merged NC&StL on August 30, 1957. Many consider this the beginning of the "modern merger movement."
Today CSX relies on former NC&STL track for their Nashville to Atlanta and Nashville to Memphis routes. 


81-New Orleans and Northeastern - NONE
203 miles, this was part of the Southern Railway.
States served- LA, MS
O
perated from New Orleans to Meridian, MS, as an extension of another Southern Property, the Alabama Great Southern.

82-New Orleans, Texas and Mexico - NOTM
191 miles, this was part of Missouri Pacific's Gulf Coast Lines.
States served- TX
The New Orleans, Texas and Mexico was owned by Missouri Pacific, and in turn owned the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western, the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico and the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf. These four class 1 railroads were known as the Gulf Coast Lines, and were merged into MP during March 1956. 
 

83-New York Central - NYC
10,727 miles, $759,684,769 tor, 39,100,000,000 rtm, 3,489 (828d,2,522s, 139e).
States served- IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WV 
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
The Mohawk & Hudson Rail Road was incorporated in 1826 and opened in 1831 between Albany and Schenectady, N.Y. In 1853, several railroads linking Albany and Buffalo consolidated as New York Central, which through the years assumed control of Boston & Albany; Michigan Central; Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis (the "Big Four"); Ohio Central; and Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. NYC in 1957 announced intent to merge with rival Pennsylvania, and merger as Penn Central was finally effected February 1, 1968.
After Penn Central joined several other railroads to form Conrail, much of the traffic was concentrated on the former NYC routes, and Conrail became a modern day New York Central. CSX acquired most of Conrail's NYC lines, and Norfolk Southern also picked up some key parts. 
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84-New York, Chicago and St. Louis - NKP (Nickel Plate)
2,192 miles, $146,923,939 tor, 10,500,000,000 rtm, 474 (82d,392s).
States served-IL, IN, MO, NY, OH, PA, WV 
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Lake Erie & Western assembled in 1879-1880 from Fremont, Ohio, to Bloomington, Ill. New York, Chicago & St. Louis incorporated in 1881 for a Buffalo-Chicago line, a project reported as the "great double-track nickel-plated railroad," a nickname that stuck. Nickel Plate Road system, including NYC&StL and W&LE, merged into Norfolk & Western on October 16, 1964. This N&W expansion included purchase of Pennsylvania Railroad's Columbus-Sandusky (Ohio) line to connect existing N&W with the NKP-Wabash network.
Norfolk Southern continues to operate the majority of the "Nickel Plate", although much of it has been short lined or abandoned. 
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85-New York Connecting - NYCN
20 miles, and was operated by the NY,NH&H.
States served- NY
The New York Connecting started at Port Morris, went over the Hell Gate bridge, through Sunnyside Jct, and joined the Long Island RR at Fresh Pond Jct. Trackage rights over the Long Island were used to reach Bay Ridge. Amtrak has the northern half while CSX owns the Sunnyside to Fresh Pond line.
 

86-New York, New Haven and Hartford - NH
1,794 miles, $150,764,985 tor, 3,800,000,000 rtm, 530 (338d,84s,108e).
States served- CT, MA, NY, RI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
The oldest ancestor of what became the New York, New Haven & Hartford was the Old Colony Railroad, which opened in 1845. On August 6, 1872, the New York & New Haven and the Hartford & New Haven were consolidated as NYNH&H. The last of several reorganizations occurred July 7, 1961, and the bankrupt "New Haven" was forced onto newly created Penn Central on December 31, 1968.
The
New York to Boston and Springfield lines are now operated by Amtrak. Providence and Worcester is the biggest operator of the remaining freight lines. 
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87-New York, Ontario and Western - OW
541 miles, $7,101,331 tor, 451,393,000 rtm, 49 (d).
States served- NJ, NY, PA
Linked Cornwall,
on the Hudson River, with Oswego on Lake Ontario, and had trackage rights on the NYC down to Weehawken, NJ. The entire railroad was abandoned during 1957. 
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88-New York, Susquehanna and Western - NYSW
120 miles, $5,110,476 tor, 88,997,000 rtm, 20 (d).
States served- NJ
O
perated from Jersey City across New Jersey, ending just short of the Delaware Water Gap. Much of the route saw a revival during the 1980s as a new NYS&W began running double stack service for Sea-Land. 
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xx-Nickel Plate, see NYC&STL. 
The New York, Chicago and St. Louis was located between Buffalo on the east and Chicago and St. Louis to the west.

89-Norfolk and Western - NW
2,126 miles, $167,996,440 tor, 16,300,000,000 rtm, 486 (s).
States served- KY, MD, NC, OH, VA, WV
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Norfolk & Petersburg chartered in 1850; it and two companions renamed from Atlantic, Mississippi & Ohio to Norfolk & Western Railroad in 1881. Pennsylvania Railroad began purchasing interest in 1900, and by 1964 owned one-third. PRR bowed out as the Penn Central merger pre-planning precipitated N&W expansion by merger of NKP, Wabash, et al, in October 1964. N&W and Southern Railway assumed common ownership under Norfolk Southern Corp. in merger of June 1, 1982.
The old Norfolk and Western had an excellent route structure, and almost all of the old system is still part of Norfolk Southern. 
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90-Norfolk Southern - NS
643 miles, $9,573,562 tor, 603,545,000 rtm, 43 (18d,25s).
States served- NC, VA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Elizabeth City & Norfolk began construction in 1880, renamed Norfolk Southern Railroad in 1883, renamed Norfolk Southern Railway in 1942 after receivership. NSR was bought by Southern Railway on January 1, 1974, and merged into Southern's Carolina & Northwestern, which assumed the NS name. Carolina & Northwestern name reinstated in 1981 so NS name could be used for the big N&W-Southern merger.
The central part of the old Norfolk Southern was turned into the East Carolina Business Unit, an internal NS short line, during 2002. The west end had been previously transferred to the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western, and the eastern end to the Chesapeake and Albemarle.  
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91-Northern Pacific - NP
6,899 miles, $167,228,070 tor, 11,200,000,000 rtm, 868 (207d,661s).
States served- ID, MN, MT, ND, OR, WA, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Construction began in 1870, six years after charter as the land-grant Northern Pacific. Absorbed in March 1, 1970 Burlington Northern merger, along with Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Great Northern; and Spokane, Portland & Seattle.
BNSF continues to operate most of the former Northern Pacific mainlines, although several hundred miles across Montana is now Montana Rail Link. 
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92-Northwestern Pacific - NWP
331 miles, $10,358,390 tor, 576,352,000 rtm, 56 (10d,46s).
States served- CA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Northwestern Pacific was incorporated in 1907 by Southern Pacific and Santa Fe to consolidate several smaller roads north of San Francisco. SP bought Santa Fe's interest in 1929, and merged NWP in October 1992. NWP had no equipment of its own after 1960. Portion north of Willits sold to Eureka Southern on November 1, 1984; portion south leased to California Northern on September 26, 1993. Cal Northern relinquished lease to new company, which adopted NWP name. Northern portion now North Coast Railroad, and all of NWP owned by a local authority.
Service may resume in the future on at least some of the former NWP.
 

93-Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka - OCAA
132 miles, $974,080 tor, 65,893,830 rtm, 8 (4d,4s).
States served- OK
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Midland Valley; Kansas, Oklahoma & Gulf; and Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka all controlled by Muskogee Company and operated jointly. MV incorporated in 1903, acquired KO&G in 1925. KO&G had incorporated in 1918 as successor to bankrupt Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf. OCAA incorporated in 1923 to acquire Shawnee Division of Missouri-Kansas-Texas, which was reorganizing. Muskogee Co. authorized sale of all rail stocks to Texas & Pacific in 1962. T&P acquired control in September 1964 but sold OCAA to Santa Fe. MV merged into T&P April 1, 1967. KO&G merged into T&P on April 1, 1970.
Very little is left today of the Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka. 
 

xx-Oregon Electric, was a subsidiary of Spokane, Portland and Seattle.
States served- OR
The
Oregon Electric ran from Portland through Salem to Eugene, and with a few branches it served most of the Willamette Valley. The SP&S acquired control during 1910, and it was included in Burlington Northern in the 1970 merger. Most of the remaining trackage is now part of the Portland and Western.

xx-Oregon Trunk, was part of Spokane, Portland and Seattle.
States served- OR, WA
The Oregon Trunk stretched from Wishram, WA down to Bend, in the center of Oregon
. The Great Northern Railway continued south from Bend into California to meet up with the Western Pacific forming the Inside Gateway Route, which is now part of BNSF. 

xx-Panhandle and Santa Fe, was part of ATSF.
States served- OK, TX
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe's lines in
 Texas west and north of Sweetwater were operated as this subsidiary. These lines also reached to Boise City, Shattuck and Clinton in Oklahoma. Most of this trackage is currently utilized by BNSF.

94-Pennsylvania - PRR
10,112 miles, $895,918,119 tor, 49,900,000,000 rtm, 3,800 (1,175d, 2,356s,267e,2g).
States served- DE, IL, IN, KY, MD, MI, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WV, DC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Pennsylvania Railroad chartered April 13, 1846; by 1852, ran from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. PRR extended its empire by leasing, acquiring, and consolidating other roads including Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne & Chicago; Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis ("Panhandle"); and Vandalia. PRR announced in 1957 its intent to merge with rival New York Central, and merger as Penn Central effected Feb. 1, 1968.
Penn Central declared bankruptcy June 21, 1970, and was taken over by Conrail on April 1, 1976. Conrail concentrated traffic mostly on their former New York Central routes, and the PRR system became segmented. About 4200 miles of PRR lines remain in use, about half under Norfolk Southern, and the rest by about 40 other operators. 
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95-Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines - PRSL
373 miles, $9,366,762 tor, 181,590,000 rtm, 10 (6d,4s).
States served- NJ
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
The Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines was the jointly owned June 25, 1933, consolidation of Pennsylvania Railroad's West Jersey & Seashore, which dated from 1896, and Reading Company's Atlantic City Railroad, an 1883 narrow-gauge acquisition. PRSL was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976.
Much of the PRSL is still in use, mostly as part of Conrail Shared Assets or under New Jersey Transit. 
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xx-Pere Marquette
1,949 miles, became part of Chesapeake and Ohio in 1947.
States served- IL, IN, MI, NY, OH, WS
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Formed January 1, 1900, by consolidation of Chicago & West Michigan (which dated from 1872); Detroit, Grand Rapids & Western; and Flint & Pere Marquette. The Van Sweringen brothers of Cleveland acquired control in 1924, and their Chesapeake & Ohio took control in 1928. Pere Marquette was merged into C&O on June 6, 1947.
CSX continues to operate the Detroit-Chicago and Toledo-Saginaw lines, while most of the remainder has been short lined or abandoned.

96-Pittsburg and Shawmut - PS
97 miles, $2,545,156 tor, 135,004,000 rtm, 18 (s).
States served- PA
O
perated north east of Pittsburgh from Freeport Jct. to Brockway. As the requirements to be a class 1 railroad were raised, to P&S became a shortline. On April 26, 1996, it was purchased by Genesee and Wyoming, and became part of the Buffalo and Pittsburgh. 
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xx-Pittsburg, Shawmut and Northern
190 miles.
States served- NY, PA
The PS&N extended from Brockway, in Jefferson Co, PA, north to Hornell, NY. After 40 years of bankruptcy it was abandoned during 1947. 
 

97-Pittsburgh and Lake Erie - PLE
221 miles, $41,835,001 tor, 2,100,000,000 rtm, 216 (41d,175s).
States served- OH, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie was chartered in 1875. New York Central subscribed to 15% of the stock, gained control in 1889, and thereafter operated it as part of the NYC system. When successor Penn Central-which owned 92% of P&LE stock-went bankrupt in 1970, P&LE went independent, and in 1976 it stayed out of Conrail. New private owners, caught by the steel industry's decline, offered P&LE for sale in the 1980's. Several scenarios faltered over labor issues, and P&LE in 1991 sold part of its main line, on which B&O had been a long-time tenant, to CSX. On September 11, 1992, CSX bought the remainder through subsidiary Three Rivers Railway, later dissolved. 
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98-Pittsburgh and West Virginia - PWV
132 miles, $8,484,259 tor, 483,115,000 rtm, 28 (5d,23s).
States served- OH, PA, WV
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Line completed in 1904 by George Gould as the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway to link the Wheeling & Lake Erie in Ohio with Pittsburgh. WPTR was succeeded after receivership by Pittsburgh & West Virginia in 1916. P&WV leased by N&W in October 1964 in conjunction with the N&W merger of Nickel Plate Road; lease transferred to the new Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway on May 17, 1990, a spinoff by N&W successor Norfolk Southern. 
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99-Reading - RDG
1,313 miles, $118,952,178 tor, 6,900,000,000 rtm, 466 (191d, 275s).
States served- DE, NJ, PA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Philadelphia & Reading chartered in 1833, opened in 1842, became a property of the holding firm Reading Company in an 1896 reorganization. (Note: Proper pronunciation is redding.) Reading entered bankruptcy in November 1971 and was among the properties conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976.
The Reading was under the control of the Baltimore and Ohio, and controlled the Central of New Jersey, and also owned one third of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines. The lines from Reading to Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Allentown see heavy use today by Norfolk Southern. 
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100-Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac - RFP
118 miles, $23,991,601 tor, 831,229,000 rtm, 105 (55d,50s).
States served- VA, DC
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac began in 1834 at Richmond. Link to Washington completed in 1870 by a Pennsylvania Railroad subsidiary. On July 31, 1901, six connecting railroads gained equal interest of 64% of RF&P through newly created Richmond-Washington Company-PRR, ACL, B&O, C&O, SAL, and Southern-and the Washington-Quantico segment was turned over to RF&P. Through mergers, CSX came to own 80% of other roads' RF&P stake and Norfolk Southern 20%; one-fourth had been owned since the beginning by Virginia, eventually through its Retirement System. In a complex deal involving the state that separated RF&P's railroad and its real estate, CSX Transportation acquired the railroad and absorbed operations at the end of 1991. 
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xx - Rock Island - see Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific 

101-Rutland - RUT
407 miles, $5,641,359 tor, 240,741,000 rtm, 48 (s).
States served- NY, VT
The Rutland o
perated mostly in Vermont, and had lines running west to Ogdensburg, New York, and south to Chatham, New York. Service ended in 1961, and now the Vermont Railway runs about half of the former system. 
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102-Sacramento Northern - SN
271 miles, $3,117,801 tor, 50,307,000 rtm, 25 (6d,19e).
States served- CA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Sacramento Northern, a vast San Francisco Bay Area interurban, was formed in 1918 to take over the Northern Electric Co., which dated from 1905. Western Pacific acquired control of SN in 1921 and gradually absorbed its functions and abandoned most of its lines. SN was still an entity when Union Pacific acquired WP, and SN, in 1982
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103-St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico - SLBW
606 miles, was part of Missouri Pacific's Gulf Coast Lines.
States served- TX
O
perated in south Texas from Houston to the Mexican border at Brownsville. The SLBW was merged into Missouri Pacific during 1956 and Union Pacific is still running a majority of the trackage. 

104-St. Louis-San Francisco - SLSF
4,635 miles, $121,383,409 tor, 7,800,000,000 rtm, 629 (288d, 363s).
States served- AL, AR, FL, KS, MS, MO, OK, TN, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Begun in Missouri as branch of Pacific Railroad in 1853. Name changed from Atlantic & Pacific to St. Louis-San Francisco-"Frisco" for short-as part of 1875 receivership. Acquired by Burlington Northern on November 21, 1980.
The St. Louis-San Francisco also owned the class 1 St. Louis-San Francisco and Texas Railroad, along with class 2 railroads Quanah, Acme and Pacific in Texas, and the Alabama, Tennessee and Northern in Alabama. Most of the SLSF is operated currently by BNSF.  
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105-St. Louis, San Francisco and Texas - SLSF
159 miles, the Texas lines of the SLSF.
States served- TX
Texas law required the SLSF to operate it's Texas lines as a separate subsidiary, headquartered in the State. This subsidiary was merged into it's parent during 1963.
 

106-St. Louis Southwestern - SSW
1,569 miles, $62,525,910 tor, 4,151,193,000 rtm, 176 (74d,102s).
States served- AR, IL, LA, MO, TN, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
St. Louis Southwestern began as the 3-foot-gauge Tyler Tap Railroad, opened in 1877 in eastern Texas. Its successor, St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas, was standard-gauged in 1886. The nickname "Cotton Belt Route" is historic; the emblem, designed by Charles Ware at the railroad's request, replaced a cotton bale in 1885. StLA&T was acquired by the new St. Louis Southwestern of Jay Gould in 1891. Southern Pacific acquired SSW control on April 14, 1932, strengthening a relationship established in 1919, and operated it as part of the SP system. Ownership conveyed to Union Pacific in the August 11, 1996 SP merger, and SSW was subsequently absorbed by UP.


107-San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf - SAUG
317 miles, was part of Missouri Pacific's Gulf Coast Lines.
States served- TX
The SAU&G operated
in southern Texas. From San Antonio, lines spread west around Uvalde City, and south to Corpus Christi. The western trackage has been abandoned, but the line to Corpus Christi continues to be used by Union Pacific. 

108-Seaboard Air Line - SAL
4,146 miles, $135,536,777 tor, 8,300,000,000 rtm, 628 (348d,280s).
States served- AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Portsmouth & Roanoke Rail Road formed in 1832, reorganized as Seaboard & Roanoke in 1846. Several subsequent mergers, including the Raleigh & Augusta Air-Line being acquired by the Raleigh & Gaston in 1871, by 1881 created a collection known as Seaboard Air-Line System. Merger of Seaboard Air Line Railroad with paralleling Atlantic Coast Line, proposed in 1958, took place on July 1, 1967, creating Seaboard Coast Line.
The Seaboard Coast Line became the Seaboard System, and then merged with the Chessie System to form today's CSX. 
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xx - Soo Line - see Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie 

109-Southern - SOU
6,344 miles, $320,634,172 tor, 18,300,000,000 rtm, 1,536 (624d,912s).
States served- AL, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, SC, TN, VA, DC 
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
First ancestor, South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company, was completed from Charleston to Hamburg in 1833. Southern Railway was chartered in 1894. Under Southern Railway System, many components retained a corporate identity (e.g., Alabama Great Southern; Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texas Pacific; New Orleans & Northeastern). Southern merged with Norfolk & Western Railway on June 1, 1982, to form the Norfolk Southern Railway, a component of Norfolk Southern Corp.
The Southern Railway also included four other class 1's, the Cincinnati, New Orleans and Texas Pacific, the Alabama Great Southern, the New Orleans and Northeastern, and the Georgia Southern and Florida. 
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110-Southern Pacific - SP
12,441 miles, including the Texas and New Orleans, $598,262,728 tor, 58,400,000,000 rtm, 2,383 (811d,1,572s).
States served- AZ, CA, LA, NV, NM, OR, TX, UT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
First SP ancestor chartered in Texas in 1851. Sacramento Valley opened in California in 1851. Central Pacific incorporated in June 1861, connected its line to Promontory, Utah, with Union Pacific to form first transcontinental railroad May 10, 1869. San Francisco & San Jose opened in 1864 and was merged by Southern Pacific. CP acquired SP by 1868. Four Texas properties consolidated in 1934 as Texas & New Orleans. T&NO was merged into SP in 1961. Anschutz Corp., owner of Denver & Rio Grande Western, purchased SP on August 8, 1988, retained Southern Pacific Lines as system name. Union Pacific acquired control of SP on September 11, 1996.
Southern Pacific owned three other class 1's, the St. Louis Southwestern, the Northwestern Pacific, and the Texas and New Orleans. 
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111-Spokane International - SI
152 miles, $2,321,063 tor, 116,756,000 rtm, 8 (d).
States served- ID, WA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Spokane International was built from its namesake Washington city to a connection with Canadian Pacific at the Idaho-British Columbia border in 1906.
The Spokane International was controlled by Canadian Pacific between 1917 and 1941, and then by Union Pacific since
October 6, 1958.
It is now part of UP's Spokane subdivision.

112-Spokane, Portland and Seattle - SPS
931 miles,$26,738,515 tor, 1,975,649,000 rtm,118 (70d,48s),
States served- OR, WA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Incorporated by James J. Hill in 1905 as Portland & Seattle. Name changed to Spokane, Portland & Seattle in 1908. SP&S was financed and owned jointly by Hill's GN and NP. Absorbed in March 1, 1970 Burlington Northern merger, along with Chicago, Burlington & Quincy; Great Northern; and Northern Pacific.
The SP&S operated the Oregon Electric, reaching from Portland south to Eugene. It also had the Oregon Trunk, which ran from Wishram, WA, to Bend, OR. Most of the SP&S, OE and OT is still utilized by BNSF. 
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113-Staten Island Rapid Transit - SIR
30 miles, $2,911,141 tor, 18,027,000 rtm, 8(d).
States served- NJ, NY
O
perated on Staten Island NY. and into NJ. Built during 1889 and owned by the Baltimore and Ohio until 1985.

114-Tennessee Central - TC
286 miles, $4,778,539 tor, 249,554,000 rtm, 32 (15d,17s),
States served- KY, TN
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Tennessee & Pacific dates from 1871. By 1900 one of several "Tennessee Centrals" ran east to Emory Gap; western extension reached Hopkinsville, Ky., in 1904. During receivership 1904-1913, TC, divided at Nashville, was controlled by Illinois Central and Southern. After years of unprofitability, TC was split in May 1968 among IC (west of Nashville), Southern (east of Crossville), and Louisville & Nashville (middle). NS operates the east end; Nashville & Eastern the middle, and Central of Tennessee Railway & Navigation a short portion west of Nashville. Two segments were torn up. 
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115-Texas and New Orleans - TNO
The Texas and New Orleans was the eastern part of Southern Pacific, in Texas and Louisiana.
States served- LA, TX
Texas law required railroads o
perating in the State to be headquartered there, resulting in this eastern Southern Pacific subsidiary. The Texas and New Orleans was created out of four properties consolidated together in 1934. The T&NO was merged into SP during 1961.

116-Texas and Northern - T&N
8 miles, $1,243,253 tor, 14,604,000 rtm, 7(3d,4s).
States served- TX
The Texas and Northern w
as the shortest class one, began operating 8 miles of track around Lone Star, Texas, during 1948. Today it is still operating as a short line, serving the steel industry.

117-Texas and Pacific - TP
1,856 miles, $70,731,267 tor, 3,900,000,000 rtm, 231 (97d,134s),
States served- AR, LA, NM, TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chartered by Congress as Texas Pacific in 1871 to build westward from Marshall, Texas; name soon changed to include ampersand. Missouri Pacific obtained stock beginning in 1923, and by 1930 owned all T&P preferred stock and the majority of common stock. MP merged T&P on October 15, 1976. Union Pacific absorbed MP on December 22, 1982, and absorbed operations but didn't formally merge MP out of existence until 1997.
The New Orleans to El Paso mainline is still a key part of Union Pacific, while most of the branchlines have been spun off or abandoned.  

118-Texas Mexican - TM
162 miles, $3,344,519 tor, 86,466,000 rtm, 17 (d),
States served- TX
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Texas Mexican, or "Tex-Mex," traces its beginning to the Corpus Christi, San Diego & Rio Grande Narrow Gauge, chartered to build from Corpus Christi to Laredo in 1875. It was renamed Texas-Mexican in 1881 and came under control of the National Railways of Mexico, but after 1902 that interest was held in the U.S. In 1982 NdeM sold Tex-Mex to a private Mexican firm. KCS acquired a 49 percent interest in 1996, and now uses it to link KCS and the newly privatized eastern Mexican carrier TFM, in which KCS also has an interest.


119-Toledo, Peoria and Western - TPW
239 miles, $6,021,430 tor, 313,720,000 rtm, 12(d),
States served- IL, IA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Toledo, Peoria & Western's first ancestor, Peoria & Oquawka Eastern Extension begins construction, began construction in 1855, three years after charter. Renamed Toledo, Peoria & Western in an 1880 reorganization. Half interests bought by Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and Pennsylvania Railroad in 1960. ATSF bought PRR's half after 1976. TP&W merged into Santa Fe on January 1, 1984. Main line sold by AT&SF on February 1, 1989 to new investors, who reused TP&W name. Acquired by RailAmerica in September 1999, still operated as TP&W
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 120-Union Pacific - UP
9,720 miles, $465,283,516 tor, 30,300,000,000 rtm, 1539 (564d,975s).
States served- CA, CO, ID, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Union Pacific has the right name-it's the last major U.S. rail system whose name has never changed, dating from its charter in 1862 to build the nation's first transcontinental westward from Omaha, Nebraska. Construction began in 1865, and was completed on May 10, 1869. Also notable for their longevity are Union Pacific's shield-shaped emblem (1886) and yellow color scheme on its passenger cars and locomotives (1930's).
Union Pacific has grown into the largest railroad in North America by absorbing the Missouri Pacific, Western Pacific, Missouri Kansas Texas, Chicago and North Western, Denver and Rio Grande Western and the Southern Pacific. 
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121-Utah - UTAH
111 miles, $1,468,433 tor, 124,248,000 rtm, 13 (s).
States served- UT
The Utah Railway began operating during
1914, and continues hauling coal to this day.

122-Virginian - VGN
608 miles, $33,213,159 tor, 3,300,000,000 rtm, 151 (107s,44e).
States served- VA, WV
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Deepwater Railway incorporated in West Virginia, acquired in 1902 by Henry Huttleston Rogers, who incorporated Tidewater Railway in February 1904 to build to Norfolk. Name changed to Virginian Railway in 1907. Acquired by Norfolk & Western on December 1, 1959.
Norfolk Southern continues to operate much of the Virginian's rail lines. 
FallenFlags Photos
 

123-Wabash - WAB
2,393 miles, $104,357,675 tor, 6,900,000,000 rtm, 459 (167d,292s).
States served- IL, IN, IA, MI, MO, NE, NY, OH
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
First track in Wabash system, Northern Cross Railroad, chartered in Illinois about 1837. The name "Wabash" first appeared in 1853 with organization of Lake Erie, Wabash & St. Louis. Assembled as system by Jay Gould in 1879. In 1915, one of a series of reorganizations created the Wabash Railway. Majority interest later owned by Pennsylvania Railroad. In pre-planning for Penn Central merger, Wabash leased to Norfolk & Western, and effected with merger of Nickel Plate, et al., on October 16, 1964.
The former Wabash Detroit to St. Louis and Kansas City lines are an important part of today's Norfolk Southern Railway. 
FallenFlags Photos

124-Western Maryland - WM
837 miles, $40,507,412 tor,3,200,000,000 rtm, 223 (54d,169s).
States served- MD, PA, WV
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Chartered as Baltimore, Carroll & Frederick Rail Road on May 27, 1852. Name was soon changed to Western Maryland, and opened in November 1862. Baltimore & Ohio acquired a strong minority interest in 1927, and B&O and C&O acquired full control in 1967. WM went into Chessie System in 1973, and B&O formally merged WM on May 1, 1983.
About half of the Western Maryland has been abandoned. CSX runs most of what is left, and shortlines such as the Maryland Midland operate the remainder. 
FallenFlags Photos
 

125-Western Pacific - WP
1,524 miles, $49,348,111 tor, 3,600,000,000 rtm, 217 (127d,90s).
States served- CA, NV, UT
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Taking the same name as the original Sacramento-Oakland part of the Central Pacific, Western Pacific was incorporated in 1903 to extend the Gould empire west of Utah, and was finished in 1909. Santa Fe and Southern Pacific wanted WP in 1962, but neither got it. Union Pacific did, merging WP on December 22, 1981.
Union Pacific uses the former WP between Salt Lake City and the Bay area, while the Inside Gateway line north of Keddie, CA, has been sold to BNSF. 
FallenFlags Photos
 

126-Western Railway of Alabama - WA
133 miles, and the Atlanta and West Point, 93 miles, were jointly operated. 226 miles, $8,739,973 tor, 3,700,000,000 rtm, 54 (17d,37s).
States served- AL, GA
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Atlanta & La Grange chartered in 1847 and opened in 1854, renamed Atlanta & West Point in 1857. Montgomery Rail Road organized in 1854, and its successors taken over by Western Rail Road of Alabama in 1870. Georgia Railroad in 1875 acquired stock in A&WP and jointly purchased, with Central of Georgia, the WofA, which in 1883 was reorganized as Western Railway of Alabama. A&WP and WofA operated together as the "West Point Route," and were closely affiliated with the Georgia Railroad. The two WPR corporate shells did survive, for a time, the 1983 Seaboard System amalgamation of operations.
CSX operates the West Point to Montgomery section, while the western end to Selma was sold to the M&B Railroad.  
FallenFlags Photos


xxx-Wheeling and Lake Erie
506 miles, merged into the NYC&STL in 1949.
States served- OH, WV 
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Wheeling & Lake Erie Rail Road began construction from Martin's Ferry, Ohio, northwest in 1873. Leased by Nickel Plate Road on December 1, 1949. W&LE merged into NKP successor Norfolk & Western, by then a Norfolk Southern subsidiary, on September 16, 1988; spun off in sale on May 17, 1990, by NS to a group which used Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway name.
Most of the former Wheeling and Lake Erie's track is part of the current Wheeling and Lake Erie regional railroad.
  
FallenFlags Photos

127-Wisconsin Central - WC
Operated as part of the MSP&SSM
States served- IL, MI, MN, WI
From the Classic Trains Magazine website-
Wisconsin Central Railway incorporated in 1871, reached Ashland, Wis., in 1877; St Paul, Minn., in 1884; Chicago in 1886; and Superior in 1908. Leased by Northern Pacific 1890-93. Leased in 1909 by MStP&SSM-which gained access to Chicago, north-country ore deposits, and Wisconsin's Fox River valley-until WC's 1932 bankruptcy, after which Soo was WC's "operating agent." WC was folded into Soo Line Railroad in the 1960 merger.
During 1987 the Soo Line sold off the former Wisconsin Central lines to a new Wisconsin Central regional railroad. It was acquired by Canadian National during 2001. Today most of Wisconsin Central's trackage is operated by CN.

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Dale’s Trackside Guides

#1-Mississippi River Crossings
This is a study of the Railroad crossings over the Mississippi River.

#2-Amtrak’s Current Routes
A detailed accounting of which railroad owns every mile of track used by Amtrak.

#3-Class 1 Railroads in the 1950s 
A summary of the 127 class 1 railroads in 1950.

#4-The Milwaukee Road Mainline
Points of interest on the CMSP&P mainline from Chicago to Seattle and Portland.

#5-Montana Rail Link, I&MRL and IC&E Rosters 

#6-GP30 Ownership
A simple rundown of the dozens of owners of GP30 locomotives.

#7-Amtrak's Original Routes
A look at the routes used by Amtrak on May 1st, 1971.

#8-Continental Divide Crossings
A summary of the railroad crossings of the Continental Divide in North America

#9-Iowa's Counties
A listing of the railroads operating in Iowa's 99 Counties today and in
1985 and 1930.

#10-America's Regional Railroads
A look at the 62 current and former Regional Railroads in the United States

#11-AC Ownership
Owners of locomotives with AC traction motors

#12-Ohio's Counties
A listing of the railroads operating in Ohio's 88 Counties today and in
1985 and 1930.

#13-1980
A look at the events that took place during 1980 affecting America's railroads.

#14-Pieces of the Rock
Surviving rail lines and locomotives of the Rock Island Railroad.

#15-Amtrak's Abandoned Routes
A State by State list of routes previously used by Amtrak.

#16-Missouri River Crossings
A study of the Railroad crossings over the Missouri River.

Dale's Nexus 

Dale
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Posted by Railfan1 on Sunday, August 27, 2006 6:45 PM
So much info, so little time! Your work never fails to amaze me, thanks!
"It's a great day to be alive" "Of all the words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, It might have been......"
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Posted by nanaimo73 on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:06 AM
You're welcome. I find this a relaxing way to waste time. 
Dale
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Posted by Otimo on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 11:09 AM

Great info!  It's just what I was looking for!  Now all I have to do is find the comparable figures for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.  I have found the figures for the total miles of trackage in 1950 but can't find operating revenues or route miles.  Any idea what railroads they were comparable to in operating revenue and route miles in 1950? 

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