Links to Other Groups

This page contains links to railroad sites on the World Wide Web. First are for organizations we represent in T-Shirt and book form. Second are general railroad links we've found interesting, and we hope you'll find them interesting, too! If you have a site you think would fit in here, please drop us a line!

As the Web is constantly changing, some of the links might get stale. Let us know if there are problems.

Groups we've worked with:

  • Friends of the 4449 This is the group that runs the Daylight excursions in the Pacific Northwest. Their web site will keep you up to date on the status of the 4449 as well as upcoming trips.
  • Northwest Rail Museum The Northwest Rail Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the excitement and history of steam engines and rail travel, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. We are located in Portland, Oregon, although we have no permanent location at this time. Our ultimate goal is to establish a museum site where the SP 4449 engine and other important artifacts can be stored and displayed. The museum has no paid staff and all money that is donated to or earned by the museum goes directly toward the maintenance and restoration of equipment and the pursuit of a permanent site. The excursions operated by the museum are designed to commemorate rail history events and educate the public about rail travel. Please visit our website for information on upcoming excursions.
  • Here's a great site full of pictures of the Daylight on trips since 1976. These are from an ardent fan of the Daylight who enjoys sharing his passion with us in the form of some really great pictures. Enjoy
  • Feather River Rail Society in Portola, California. This historical and educational preservation society maintains the 37 acres of old Western Pacific yard (now leased from the Union Pacific). You can rent driving time in the cab of a diesel engine where you control the throttle and brake. Here is their un-official main page. And here's a road map to get you there (by car...).
  • Friends of the Milwaukee 261 operate one of the big mainline steam locomotives that still gets out on Class 1 railroads. This summer, we supplied the shirts for the Friends as they ran the 261 over 5,000 miles on public excursions and BNSF Employee Appreciation Specials. Visit their site to see which trips you can ride on and enjoy mainline steam while you still can!
  • Jamestown 1897. Celebrating 100 years of railroading in the Motherlode area of California. Steam excursions start April 5th through October (weekends only). Lots of pictures.. bunch of information.
  • Now called the BNSF, it's the merger result of Burlington Northern and Santa Fe.
  • Union Pacific. Now owns Southern Pacific which merged with Cotton Belt and Denver and Rio Grande Western. Union Pacific has previously purchased the Chicago and Northwestern, and the Western Pacific which bought the Sacramento Northern which grew out of the Oakland, Antioch and Eastern.
  • Amtrak. Providing passenger service across American.
  • Indian Valley Locomotive Works. Reproductions of antique steam railroad books and audiobooks with railroad themes.
  • Central Pacific Railroad Historical Site Provides great pictures and history of the Central Pacific Railroad.

Railroading!

Railroads: Past and Future

  • Train Dispatcher If you want to play for hours, this is the program for you. See what it's like to be a dispatcher on a busy mainline railroad. It will hook you!
  • California State Railroad Museum. The clean display museum in Sacramento, California displays locomotives, cars and building. See how railroads influenced the state. Jamestown 1897, just southwest of Sonora, is a working railroad with grease and sweat still oozing from the tracks.
    Both locations offer train rides Spring, Summer and Fall.
  • Historic Rails With thousands of train and railroad-related products, Historic Rail is the #1 supplier for railfans and modelers. From books and videos, to models and prints, to collectibles and giftware and more, we offer the best variety and value in railroading products you will find anywhere. See how we have made shopping easier, more convenient and more enjoyable than ever by viewing our great selection of railfan favorites using the link provided.
  • Golden Gate Railroad Museum Now located on the former SP Niles Canyon line, the GGRM now shares facilities with the Niles Canyon Railway. Their showpiece, SP 2472 is a P-8 Pacific that has run many miles since being removed from display at the San Mateo Fairgrounds and has just been overhauled and certified to operate again. There are several historic pieces of rolling stock including the RPO that was on the ill-fated City of San Francisco that got stuck at Emigrant Gap in the snowstorms of the early 1950 time frame.

    Steam Returns!

    After 50 Years, SP Pacific Class Passenger Steam Returns to Niles Canyon! The Golden Gate Railroad Museum in partnership with the Pacific Locomotive Association will be running a series of special trains over Memorial Day Weekend 2008 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last SP passenger excursion train pulled by a Pacific class locomotive through Niles Canyon.

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