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    Industries along the tracks: Breweries

    Greetings, Where are trackside breweries traditionally located? In cities, out in the country (the 'boonies' or 'sticks') or somewhere inbetween? Also; are they located mostly in the eastern third of the U.S., central third of the U.S. or western third of the U.S.? Thank you
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    Comparing and constrasting MoPac, CB&Q and Rock Island railroads histories...

    Greetings, I was recently reviewing the history of three different classic railroads in the midwest. Missouri Pacific, Chicago Burlington and Quincy and Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific. Here's my quick assesment so far: 1)Missouri Pacific was more or less cobbled together by many mergers...
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    Oats are too light to be moved by rail and have to be transported how?

    Greetings, I was reading a brief passage in a book about how grains are handled at a trackside grain industrial elevators, that said the following, and I'll quote it (so it's the book saying it and not me): "Oats also traveled by rail (around the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries), but...
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    Why do railroads pull cars not from their own company?

    Greetings, I am new to the world of railroading. I read recently that any given railroad's trains will usually or most likely be pulling a majority of their own cars, labeled and scripted with their own name. Example: a BNSF train of mixed freight with a train made up of mixed car types the...
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    Where do covered hopper cars filled with grain go to anyway and what happens to them?

    Greetings, I was wondering if somebody could tell what happens to all these long strings of covered hopper cars filled with grain such as wheat? Where are they going to anyway? What happens when they get there? Once empty hoppers get filled with grain at a grain elevator, I haven't a clue...
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    What are some regional and shortline railroads located in the central great plains?

    Greetings, Anybody know about any regional or shortline railroads located in the four-state area of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska? I'm interested in ones not only from the present but also the past too. I'm somewhat interested in regional and shorline railroads from the other...
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    Any idea's what these old railroad map abbreviations mean?

    Greetings, I was looking at an old "Frisco" system map I found at my local library due to it being near the region I live. The map I found in a book was date 1912. I was looking at some of the other nearby railroads on the map and couldn't make out some of the abbreviation letters marked on...
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    Newbie quesion: what is a "grainger line"?

    Greetings, Can someon please tell me what a "grainger line" is? Yes, I'm a noob... :rolleyes: Thank you
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    What is the purpose of raising the hoods on Alco RS models and high-hoods in general?

    Greetings, Can somebody please explain to me the purpose of high-nose diesel locomotives in comparison to low-nose models? I am especially interested in what its purpose would be in modifying a low-nose to make a high-nose 'hammerhead' (like a hammerhead shark I presume), in this photo of an...
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    Doesn't the cetral part of the U.S. receive plant-grown produce from the eastern U.S?

    Greetings, Doesn't the central part of the U.S. receive plant-grown produce from the eastern one third of the U.S. at all, either in the past or in the present? I just read in a book that the central part of the U.S. (the "midwest"), received reefers "loaded with Pacific Fruit Express produce...
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    Looking for a junction location connecting CB&Q, CR&P and MoPac in the midwest

    Greetings, I was wondering if any rail-fan might be familiar with any railroad junctions located in the four-state area of the central U.S. consisting of Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas that connected the following railroads: Burlington Route (CB&Q), Rock Island (CR&P), and Missouri...
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    Can anyone recommend a book with really good railroad maps?

    Greetings, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a book or books that shows good, large and clear (in high quality print) maps of all the various different railroads in the U.S.? I have tried looking and haven't had much luck so far. I've looked on the internet and at my local library...
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    Why is BNSF not repainting their old diesel locomotives to the new paint scheme?

    Greetings, I did a little casual rail fanning today and saw a Santa Fe diesel in the old blue and yellow paint scheme in a yard. I think it was a four axle road switcher of some type but I'm not for sure because I was doing the spying after dark =) I also saw in the same yard a green...
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    Cabooses still being used?

    Greetings, Can anyone tell me why there is a caboose being pulled along by a BNSF switcher in today's modern railroad world? Granted, the windows are all boarded up, but still, the fact remains, it appears to be in active service and not retired... =) Thank you
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    What are some of the oldest diesel locomotives still in service today?

    Greetings, I was wondering if someone could tell me which diesel locomotive models are some of the oldest continously serving to see regular duty even in today's railroad environment? And which railroads seems to have a lot of them? Thank you
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    Taking a ride on a restored classic- Burlington Route's Nebraska Zephyr

    Greetings, I've been watching a few videos on YouTube showing the Burlington Route Nebraska Zephyr. These videos don't look all that old to me (just a year or two old at the most). How does one go about getting a ride on one of these restored classic trains, such as this one? Thank you
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    What kinds of freight do these midwestern railroads specialize in carrying?

    Greetings, I have been compiling a list of all the railroads I've seen in and around the area in which I live from both the past and present (by diesel locomotive sightings). I'm just a casual, novice rail-fan and was trying to get some idea of what kinds of different freight all the different...
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    What kinds of freight does the Kansas City Southern specialize in carrying?

    Greetings, What kinds of freight did the Kansas City Southern (KCS) railroad carry both in the past and present to make it such an overwhelming success that it is today? Is there a particular kind of freight that it specialized in that made it what it is today? Thank you
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    What kinds of crops and produce did midwestern railroads carry traditionally speaking

    Greetings, I am interested in learning more about what kinds of plant-based crops and produce that the railroads in and around the central part of the midwest (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri) such as Burlington Route (CB&Q), Rock Island, Missouri Pacific (MoPac) and Missouri Kansas and...
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    When did railroads switch over from steam power to diesel power?

    Greetings, I was wondering if someone could tell me when railroads in the U.S. (particularly in the midwest, but especially Burlington Route, Rock Island and Missouri Pacific) began switching over from steam powered locomotives to diesel powered locomotives? Thank you is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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