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Subway Al
  The Subway Al Whistle and Rollsign store.
SubwayAl offers a variety of antique transportation items, including original, mint copies of the famous 1972 New York Subway Map (by Massimo Vignelli), and an assortment of Vellum roll sign sections from retired New York Subway Cars.
Railyard Studios
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For the railfan who has money to spare, don't we all? From the June 2015 issue of Railfan & Railroad Magazine, "On the Menu" column comes Railyard Studios. They build furniture and accessories from scrapped railroad materials. Some of the pieces are more than $6000!

This is neither a solicitation, nor a recommendation. I make NO commission or payment from this.
Travel Back to Railroad History  

A page about the history of railroads from a travel Consultant.

New York on Tap   Get your subway travel direction to many bars in New York!
This map combines Google's API with OnNYTurf's beautiful hand drawn subway map to present a database of over 1,600 New York City bars.
Scale Products * From the Union Pacific Railroad to Disney World and Six Flags, to dozens of mom and pop businesses and everything in between, if you have a need for signals, locomotives, props, obstacles, exhibits or displays, please take a look at some of our past and current projects
Headlight
Large, 27" tall by 14" wide x 10" deep and features a 5000 hour bulb.
They sell for $295.00 plus Shipping
Please be sure to mention the JoeKorNer when ordering.
ABRACADATA
Model railroad design and operation
Brooklyn Pix
Brooklyn Collectibles (www.brooklynpix.com) has offered high-quality photographic views of Brooklyn and New York City neighborhoods to the public since 1980. The archives boast thousands of images of theatres, high schools, Coney Island, Ebbets Field, trolleys, railroads and subways, stores, and regular street scenes. Pictures are mostly from the 1890 to 1965 era.
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Trains Magazine Publisher
Dave Keller's
LIRR Book

Photos in the book include
Pennsy-leased K4s “Pacific” class #5406 as she pulls Sunday-only train #4229 from Yaphank,
G5s #25 is pulling westbound train #4227 from Central Islip State Hospital
The pair of “Budd cars” is in “Scoot” service, laying up on the north siding at Patchogue
Dave's Trains
Specializing in Postwar (1945 - 1969) Lionel Trains

Newkirk Imagaes
  The website for the New York City Subways Calendar.
Since the very first wall calendar in 1993, the subway calendars I have published are mostly a look back to the way the New York subway system used to look. Back to the days when subway and elevated cars were lit by incandescent lights, cooled by ceiling fans and entry into the system was by a dime sized brass subway token.
NY Subway.com   This New York Subway site is not affiliated with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) of New York or any other government body, transit agency, provider or aiffiliate of the New York Subway system. However, it contains maps, news and information about the NYC Subway system. Recently added are directions to all three NY Area Airports.
World Subway Map   Transit Maps of the WorldTransit Maps by Mark Ovenden, by Mark Ovenden is available from Amazon Books.

From the Amazon page:

Transit Maps of the World is the first and only comprehensive collection of historic and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. Using glorious, colorful graphics, Mark Ovenden traces the history of mass transit-including rare and historic maps, diagrams, and photographs, some available for the first time since their original publication. Transit Maps is the graphic designer’s new bible, the transport enthusiast’s dream collection, and a coffee-table essential for everyone who’s ever traveled in a city.

Train-Sim.Com
This site is intended to serve as a central meeting place for the train-sim community
Each forum has links to files you can download, message forums, information like FAQs and more. See Fred Fred Barbieri's NYSubway Sim.
TrainSimmer.com.   The Web's number one Train Simulation site
Railfan & Railroad
R&R magazine on line edition from Carstens Publications. My favorite since issue #1 in 1974!

This was posted on Facebook August 22, 2014.
I still haven't received the June issue and had e-mailed them a few times, but received no answer.

Railfan & Railroad Magazine Friday, August 22 at 4:53pm ·
It is with regret that Carstens Publicatons, Inc. will be closing permanently at close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been a leading publisher of leading hobby magazines for over 50 years. Unfortunately the current economic climate has placed us in this position. Discussion is continuing with several parties who expressed desire to take on the continuance of the magazines. At this point there is still hope that all three titles will remain in existence. But I can offer no guarantees. We thank you for your patronage over the years, and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
-- Henry R. Carstens, President


Update August 30, 2014!
(Bucklin, Missouri) – White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, effective September 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Carstens Publications’ final issues of the two titles are the June issues, and future issues will be produced by White River Productions. Staff assignments for the two publications have not yet been determined. Included in the agreement is the Books Division of Carstens Publications, which will continue under White River Productions.

Not included is Flying Models magazine.

A combination July-Oct issue arrived Oct 17. My subscription was exteneded to March 2015.

See the Press Release

Trains on Tracks
Model railroad shop in Chelmsford, MA specializing in O/O27 and G scales.
Lionel Corp
Lionel Trains

The Lionel corporation of our childhood. This includes Quicktime files of some of their historic models.
The Restaurant by George Becker  

The book is out of print and unfortunately George passed away in 2012.

"The Restaurant" is a narrative of life in the North Bronx during the 1940's , as viewed by the author. It centers around a restaurant that was owned and operated by his dad at the Woodlawn Subway Station. It also has a lot to say about the neighborhood near the Mosholu Parkway Subway station, where he and his family lived, and a has a few words about the Yankee Stadium. So, whether you are getting this book for yourself or as a gift for someone else, we will be taking a ride on the IRT over Jerome Avenue to a time and place where boys had to wear knickers, and were told that when they grew up they could wear long pants, a place where street games and chalked up streets were the norm.
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RAILROAD Folklore

Here is a selection of train stories excerpted from:

"A Treasury of RAILROAD FOLKLORE"

by B.A.Botkin & Alvin F.Harlow

Bonanza Books, New York, 1953

The Runaway Federal Express

It was 1953, President Eisenhower was about to inaugurated and a GG-1 crashed into Washington Union Station.

The First Train Dispatching by Telegraph

The Superintendent of the Erie was on a train returning to Hoboken and got tired of waiting for the westbound!

Phoebe Snow and the Road of Anthracite

Poem about Ms. Snow and her dress of White on the road of Anthracite.

Casey Jones and the Wreck of the CANNONBALL

The story of the last train operated by Casey.

Engineer's Expedient

This is a narrative given by an engineer who saved himself and his train by some quick thinking.

On the Witness Stand

These items are quotes from railroad employees who were called upon to provide testimony in railroad accidents.

A Catch

The Engineer's Exam

Strange Laws

Railroad Laws of an interesting kind
Exchange of Priviledges Two RR presidents negotiating free rides


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Railroad Information

A friend found a link about this wreck. It is acually a museum recreation of a train that crashed through the buffers at Montparnasse Station, Paris in 1895! Follow the link to read about both the original and the museum.

Fare Evasion How passengers and employees tried to beat the fares. This is for historic information only and is NOT meant as a how to.

Flash Mobs in Train Stations

Frozen in Grand Central Terminal This is a prank on a "grand" scale. Over 200 people gathered at Grand Central Station in New York to pull off a 'frozen in place' act. The onlooking travelers who weren't part of the act were mystified as to what was going on.
Flash Mob Bolero A flash mob orchestra at Copenhagen Central Station. Note how the members show up just as their part comes into the music.
And for the exact opposite Sound of Music - Central Station Antwerp (Belguim)
Comparative Time-Table - 250K

Comparative Time-Table- 1MB
Before the four US time zones were created, each city had its own standard time.Each railroad used the local time of its market, or the time used in its main headquaters. This presented many problems for the lines that spanned many miles east to west. In the reprint of the June 1868 Official Railway Guide a Comparative Time-Table was provided showing the local time when it was noon in Washington, DC.
Two sizes of the scan are provided, 250K and 1MB
Driving Around New York City - 1928 Harold Lloyd Movie including Babe ruth as a passenger in the cab plus many shots of old New York trolleys, elevated trains and double decker buses.
Electric Railroads Tillers Folly live performance of Electric Railway with photos and movie clips of trolleys and interurbans.
FRA Railroad Map U.S. Government information system.
This information system, including all related equipment, networks, and network devices, is provided for U.S. Government-authorized use only. Unauthorized or improper use of this system is prohibited, and may result in civil and criminal penalties, or administrative disciplinary action. The communications and data stored or transiting this system may be, for any lawful Government purpose, monitored, recorded, and subject to audit or investigation. By using this system, you understand and consent to such terms.
How not to maintain tracks The Ore Train an old steam locomotive setup hauling ore and other raw materials on a rural branch line for an industrial site in China.. great sounds of the engine in action, the volume may be a little on the loud side.
Kate Shelly A poem by MacKinlay Kantor. This story is true; Kate Shelley was The Iowa Heroine who crawled across the Des Moines River Bridge in 1881 to save a Chicago and North Western passenger train
Map of scheduled and some real time transit, buses, subways, and trains in the world. Be sure to watch an express train like the #5 in the Bronx. It doesn't follow the tracks, but takes a straight line between 149th & 3rd and E.180th St!
Click on a bullet and some details about the trip will be displayed.
Menu Menu A collection of menus going back as far as WWII.
Hearty Appetite
Military Specifications One (humorous) take on why US railroads have standard gauge 4'-8.5". The Snopes Urban Legend page explanation.
NORAC Definitions Test
EDITED by JASON HAYNES
My score was without studying.

I tried again and got 73%. There are 49 questions and I think the same ones come up, but in different order each time.
Open Railway Map This project was founded in December 2011 in order to create a world-wide, open, up-to-date and detailed map of the railway network, based on OpenStreetMap. The domain was registered on April 27th, 2013 and the corresponding website was launched in mid 2013. Since then it has received constant improvement. In February 2014 the project moved to a new server. In April 2014 a dedicated map for mobile phones was launched.
The Photographers Right PDF file from a Portland, Oregon Lawyer. Some interesting points related to photographer security issues.
Police chase on the track! See this police officer is chasing a motorcycle and he crosses a railroad track and the cycle goes on the ROW and ...
Private Rail Car Train buffs are facing jail after building their own ramshackle locomotive and taking it on the public rail network. The six-seater train - made out of garden furniture and salvaged train parts - was powered by an electric motor and even had its own refreshments car in the shape of a crate of beer. (December 2009)
Rethink New York Some interesting proposals:
The region's 26 commuter rail lines are split between three terminals—Grand Central, Hoboken, and Penn Station—and run by four operators—MetroNorth, NJTransit, LIRR, and Amtrak. This disconnect forces passengers to make multiple transfers to travel between systems. For example, to travel to Washington, DC from Mount Kisco, NY (on the Harlem Line), commuters have to first ride Metro-North to Grand Central and then take two subway lines to get to Penn Station before catching an Amtrak train..
Rocket Science Rocket Science as it pertains to railroading.
Steam Engine Classifications 4-6-2 Pacific, 4-6-4 Hudson, 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and more
Steam engine whell arrangements and their nick names (from NMRA data sheet)
Streetcar Accidents You Tube video of a number of streetcar accidents from around the world. It's amazing how stupid people can be! The whole video is about 20 minutes. Look out for a few articualted buses being hit in the accordion by a streetcar.
Subway World Series History of all of the Subway Series and other intra city contests
by Michael J. Rudolf
Switching puzzle Get two trains to pass each other on a single track line.
Why is there Crushed Rocks Between Train Tracks From ANSWERS.Com
This is Why There Are A Ton Of Crushed Rocks Between Train Tracks
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft on a TRAIN The Soyuz TMA-13 is transported to its launchpad for the Oct. 10, 2008 flight (AFP)
Texas Railroad History from Home Advisor Reported to me by Tom and Brittney Lanny, friends of the JoeKorNer, an interesting feature from Home Advisor. It includes some rail related information and links.
The Vegetable Market An interesting place to put a market. Can you say dual mode usage?
Union Pacific What a way to run a railroad.
At 01:11, watch the kid get picked up.
Would it have hurt the UP if they held that other freight, know there were folks on the ROW taking movies?
Wayne's Trains Jokes(?) From a friend of the JoeKorNer.
When the Lights go out Two short stories about what happens on the subway when the power goes out.
World's Luckiest Track Inspector Two of the trains are the German InterCityExpress (ICE), which can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Don't these guys use flagging protection?


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RAILROAD WEB SITE LINKS

AAPRCO The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners
Our mission is to promote the operation, ownership, and enjoyment of the Private Passenger Railcar.
About Train A Valuable Train Information Resource and Directory.
Alaska Railroad You'll know from the very moment you climb aboard the Alaska Railroad you're riding on the best train in the world.
AMTRAK USA National Passenger Trains
Portal Bridge Project information about replacing the Portal Bridge between Newark and New York on the NEC.
Friends of AMTRAK

FOA Yahoo Group
Friends of Amtrak, by Craig S. O'Connell, is an internet advocacy effort supporting continued funding for Amtrak by providing information on legislation and Amtrak operations. Friends of Amtrak has been working on behalf of Amtrak since 1995.
AAR Association of American Railroads
Austrailian Railroads
New South Wales Railway
Country Link Country lines
Cityrail Sydney city and inter-urban lines
Olympic Games train services
Links suggested by Ian Brady of Waverton, Sydney, NSW in honor of the 2000 Olympics.
Baltimore MTA Maryland Mass Transit Administration - Baltimore and MARC service
Bombardier Transport Subway and light rail equipment manufacturer
Burlington Northern/Santa Fe
Canadian National
CONRAIL
Flying Scottsman This is the official home on the web of Flying Scotsman Railways. History and currnet status of this famous British engine.
The Luxury Trains Train tours of India
MARC Washington DC - Maryland Commuter lines
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Scenic Train Rides on the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad. This road is also a freight RR.
History of the Missouri Pacific This link was suggested by the students at the Compton Community Center. They were doing research for a project about trains and during their searching for resources, they found thejoekorner.com. They suggested the link to the MoPac.
New Jersey Transit
ARC Tunnel

Corporate Page
S. Berliner III Webmaster
Bill Russell Webmaster
The New York & Atlantic Links
Norfolk - Southern
Palaces on Wheels Explore India aboard Palace on Wheels and feel the difference.

These appear to be two different operations, though the cities visited do overlap.

Palace on Wheels The Palace on Wheels is the last word in the luxury travel in India.
Railroad.net Homepage Links to many railroad related web resources.
Reading & Northern Formerly the Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern. A real RAILFAN friendly line. Check out the Train Watching page.
Train Travel
Rail Enthusiasts
Recreation Resources Directories of liesure time activities.
Safe Driving Video Some great steam clips used to show good driving habbits - produced in 1935 by Chevrolet !
Shohola Township, Pike County, Pa. Shohola,the Lenni Lenape native American word for "Place of Peace", shares the name of a Township, Creek and Village on the Delaware River.
This is a web page with the history of this town on the old Erie Railroad. Follow the links for some interesting reading.
US DOT United States Department of Transportation
Union Pacific Great photos of the lines and equipment
Vacation by Rail - a Blog by Patricia Jenkins Links to various rail and transit sites with an eye toward using and visiting them for vacation travel.


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Transit System WWW Sites

Subway/Light Rail Map Quiz Can you name the North American Cities by Subway or Light Rail Map?
I only got 11 right on my first try, but all of them have been in service over 50 years or so.
A few days later, I ran it again, but I enlarged the view and was able to get 17 of 23. There is a 10 minute time limit, you can skip any you don't know immediately and the page automatically returns to the ones skipped until time runs out.
American Public Transportation Association APTA
Friends of AMTRAK

FOA Yahoo Group
Friends of Amtrak, by Craig S. O'Connell, is an internet advocacy effort supporting continued funding for Amtrak by providing information on legislation and Amtrak operations. Friends of Amtrak has been working on behalf of Amtrak since 1995.
Atlanta MARTA - Photos Not allowed
Bay Area Rapid Transit BART
Baltimore Baltimore MTA
100th Anniversary NYCT construction Engineering News Record
Engineers Are Digging Deep To Rebuild New York’s Subways New York City’s subway turns 100 with $2-billion program to improve functionality and aesthetics (4/12/2004 Issue) By Aileen Cho
Subway and light rail equipment manufacturer Bombardier Transport
Boston MBTA
Animation of Boston Green line beyond Lechmere. Point to a station and see the plan, click on a station and see an animation at the platform level.
The darker side of Boston Editied by Mark Richards Bad Transit
Chicago Transit Authority CTA
The CTA March 25, 2014 Airport accident as it happened! Tweo lucky guys too!
From the CTA
Blue + Green = Pink
Using the reactivated Paulina Connection, some 54th/Cermak trains will be routed via Lake to the Loop.
Chicago MetroRail MetroRail
Cleveland, Ohio Regional Transit Authority
Dallas, TX DART Main Page
DART Green Line construction
Denver Denver RTD
Electirc Railway Journal - circa 1930 The Electric Railway Journal is available as PDF scans of various issues from the 1930's. I quickly found articles about the design of the IND R-1 cars in the June 1931 issue.
Federal Transit Administration. US Dot department responsible for transit issues US FTA
Hong Kong Hong Kong MTR Video of Hong Knog stations set to Do-Re-Mi music.
Los Angeles LA-MTA
Miami, Fla Metro Dade Transit
Multi-City Maps.
New link replacing the original, which appears to be off line
City Subway/Metro Maps. A guide from Page & Moy, a travel web site.
New Jersey Transit NJTransit
Full web site information and links
Interactive Secaucus Transfer
!00th Anniversary of Hoboken Terminal
(PDF File)
Portal Bridge - Project information about replacing the Portal Bridge between Newark and New York on the NEC.
Schedule Links
Hudson - Bergen LR & Newark City Subway
PRESS_RELEASE HBLR
River Line Web page
NJT Rail
New York City MTA Web Site
Meadowlands Train Service
The New York Stop A Valuable New York Information Resource and Directory.
Guide on how to get to the New York Area Airports from New York City NYSubway.com directions to all three NY Area Airports.
Address to address guide to riding the NYC Subway system. Two different sites. Hop Stop
Works in IE and Netscape 7+
Subway Info
Only works in Internet Explorer
Norfolk, Va Tide Light Rail Simulation The Tide light rail will extend 7.4 miles on an east to west alignment from the East Virginia Medical Center through downtown Norfolk, continuing along the Norfolk Southern right-of-way, adjacent to I-264, to Newtown Road. Eleven stations will be constructed along the route with four park and ride locations that provide access to major areas such as Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College (Norfolk Campus), Harbor Park, City Hall, MacArthur Center, and the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Service is set to begin in 2010.
PATCO - Lindenwold Line PATCO
Philadelphia, Pa SEPTA
100 Years of the Market Street Elevated Line from the Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh, Pa PATransit
PATH (NY-NJ)

An assortment of Hudson & Manhattan and PATH items
PATH
Portland TriMet Tri Met web page
Max Green line
Tri-Met Video Page
St Louis MetroLink
New Mexico Railrunner - Albuquerque New Mexico Railrunner
The commuter line through Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rails through the Fire!

Shoreline East - New Haven to New London SL EAST
Roosevelt Island Tramway RI Tramway
San Diego, Ca North County Transit District, NCTD including the Sprinter
San Francisco, Ca Cable Cars
MUNI
Real time track - car status of the
Muni Subway
under Market St. Watch the trains move between Church and Embarcadero.
Market St Railway is a member supported non-profit and historic preservation partner of Muni, the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Our website brings you news and information about San Franicsco's historic streetcars and cable cars.

List of the Historic PCC and other cars that run on the Market & Wharves Line F.
Here is the information for the car honoring Brooklyn #1053
Originally built for the Philadelphia Transportation Company, Philadelphia PA in 1947 as car No. 2721

Mobilizing the Region
Tri-State Transportation Campaign

News and opinion from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Updated daily, Monday-Friday.

The MTA Fuels the Upstate Economy, Too

The Argument for the Ravitch Plan to aid the MTA finances

Watch the Acronym! Is it the South Lake Union Trolley or Streetcar?
World's Best subway Maps

Mass transit maps can be a big part of the visual culture of cities. The more iconic the map, the more likely it is to be turned into a t-shirt, an umbrella, even a shower curtain. Here's a look at 20 different subway system maps that serve as a window into the culture of their respective cities.

Toronto Canada TTC
Traffic and Transportation Start Page
Links to both Transit and traffic information
Traffic and Transportation
Washington, DC WMATA


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Transit and Rail Museum WWW Sites

Air Horns This page provides information on North American diesel locomotive air horns. We have attempted to provide detailed and accurate information regarding the many different types of diesel locomotive air horns that have been used in North America.
Difficult to find, but a nice operation. BaltimoreStreetcar Museum
Bronx Terminal, Run by the Central Railroad of NJ The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ or CNJ) was not new to operations in the Bronx, and had originally utilized the shared Harlem Transfer facility along with the Baltimore & Ohio, Erie and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroads prior to 1906. It was at that time the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western purchased the sole operating rights for that facility, leaving the other railroads to build their own terminals on the Harlem River.
Brooklyn City Streetcar Company, Inc The Spirit of Brooklyn Rides the Trolley
Brooklyn: trolleys crisscrossing its streets; the Dodgers, heroes of the working class; Coney Island, America’s Playground; the bustling piers, home of one of the greatest commercial empires in the world; a unique accent recognized far and wide. Not just a place; a universal state of mind.
Electroliners A look at the distinctively designed Electroliners that once ran on Chicago's North Shore Line
Conecticut Electric Railway Association CERA Online
ERA Electric Railroaders' Association
Founded in 1934, the ERA is a non-profit educational organization consisting of people from all walks of life interested in the history and progress of electric railways.
Essex Steam Train
Essex Ct.
The Essex Steam Train and Riverboat ride is a fun-filled trip for adults and children of all ages!
Two coal-fired locomotives available to pull our collection of lovingly restored railroad cars.
Flying the Subway Express Modern Mechanix artcile from 1937 about the 'NEW' IND subway.
Green Mountain (former Rutland) A Vermont rail museum
H&M Jersey City Powerhouse This is a preservation group looking for support for rebuilding this facility. Joe Korman and the JoeKorNer are NOT making recommendation either way, just posting the link.
Inland Empire Railway Historical Society Inland Empire Chapter of the
National Railway Historical Society
at Spokane, Washington
Lehigh Valley RR Links LV Web Sites (arranged in order of estimated usefulness to LV modelers)
London's Mail Rail London needed an off street way to distribute the mail. In 1909 a committee was established to consider all the proposed schemes, eventually recommending a 2? gauge, twin electric line to be constructed in a 70-foot deep tunnel running from the Paddington District Office to the Eastern District Office in Whitechapel Road. The line with a length of six miles and total track distance of 23 miles would run through intermediate stations at the Barrett Street, Wimpole Street, New Oxford Street, the main London sorting office at Mount Pleasant, King Edward Street and Liverpool Street.
The system was closed in 2005.
Illinois Railway Museum The Illinois Railway Museum, as you see it today, is the result of decades of effort by a dynamic group of dedicated volunteers. All of the buildings, track, locomotives and cars were assembled here at Union on what was once farmland. Our main line trackage was laid on the vacant right-of-way of the Elgin & Belvidere Electric railway. Why would rational adults freely contribute so much of their time and treasure to creating this repository of railroad history?
Market St Railway Market Street Railway is a member supported non-profit and historic preservation partner of Muni, the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Our website brings you news and information about San Franicsco's historic streetcars and cable cars.
Miniatur Wunderland From an e-mail I received:

World's largest model railroad.
The "Miniatur Wunderland" model railroad in Hamburg , Germany is the largest in the world, covering 16,146 square feet of space with more than 10,000 train cars running around its 6.8 miles of HO scale track.
Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad Scenic Train Rides on the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad. This road is also a freight RR.
Missed Connnections

Missed connections

The history behind New York City’s missing subway lines. An interesting take on the letters and numbers used on the subway system.
MRIA Model Railroad Industry Association
National Capital Trolley Museum DC Transit and predecessors
NMRA National Model Railroad Association
New York Central Historical Society The NYCSHS was organized in March 1970 by several former employees of the New York Central. The mission of the NYCSHS is to perpetuate the legacy of the New York Central railroad and its predecessor lines and subsidiary roads through the acquisition and preservation of their various histories, traditions, documents, records, and artifacts; and through the dissemination of accurate information in a manner that is consistent with good stewardship and preservation.
New York Postcards A USGenWeb Archives Web Site
New York, Westchester, and Boston
ON-LINE ARCHIVE OF THE NEW YORK, WESTCHESTER & BOSTON RAILWAY: 1912-1937
Pennsylvania RR Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society
R-36 Preservation R36 Preservation Inc. is a nonprofit organization established to restore and preserve the 1964 St. Louis Car IRT R36 cars 9586 and 9587 on the New York City Subway's IRT #7 Flushing Route. These cars were built in 1964 for World's Fair service and we plan to eventually run charter, excursion and special event service with these cars as well as educating about their history and the New York World's Fair.
Railroad Museum of Long Island The boiler from engine LIRR steam engine #39 is now at the Strasburg RR backshop undergoing refurbishment.This is a link to the Lancaster OnLine video.
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania The Museum was officially opened in 1975, and has steadily grown in its collections of historic equipment and railroad materials, in its public programs, and in its prestige as a world-class museum of railroad history.
Roster of Preserved North American Electric Railway Cars This roster contains over 2,000 preserved historic electric railway cars which operated on North American electric railways. Each roster entry contains known information about the car's configuration, equipment and ownership history. Brief histories are available for some cars, as well as photos.
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum The mission of the San Diego Model Railroad Museum is to preserve the heritage of railroading through a series of miniature representations of California railroads; research and preserve the history of model railroading; and educate the public in the many different aspects of railroading.
Shore Line Trolley Museum
Formerly the Branford Trolley Museum.
BERA Web Page
Months Open for Trolley Rides
May Saturday and Sunday
June, July and August Seven days a week
September and October Saturday and Sunday
Special Events Throughout the year
The Museum is about to raise the collection to protect it from floods. I bought a brick in support of the effort.
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Seashore Trolley Museum
Kennebunkport, Maine.
Seashore
Society of Model Engineers The Oldest model railroad club in America
Steamtown National Historic Site
Scranton, Pa
Steamtown
Strasburg Railroad America's oldest short-line railroad, where you'll ride authentically restored passenger cars pulled by a huge, coal-burning steam locomotive.
Westchester Model Railroad Club "O-GAUGE LIONEL TRAINS!"
Yonkers, New York As one of the most fun places in Westchester County, the Westchester Model Railroad Club amazes young and old, men and women alike.


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BAHN Simulation

BAHN
That great simulation program from Germany.
Version 3.84 is current - some of the JoeKorNer files require it
Version 3.81 or 3.83 is required for most of the NYC subway and rail layouts
Bahn 3.84 was released July 2007, however, many of my layouts will not run directly, because of the way multi-level track crossings are handled. See notes for each zip set.

BAHN Home Page Latest Version
NYCSR BAHN Index

Joe's BAHN Layouts

Chicago L's
Requires BAHN 3.84

This will also work on BAHN 3.85
Four layouts of the Chicago L system including:
1940 - Before the subways opened
1950 - State St ans part of Dearborn subways opened
1975 - Dan Ryan median opened and through rout with Lake via the Loop
2007 - O'Hare, Midway and Pink lines open. Lake-Southside and Howard-Dan Ryan trhrough routed
Philadelphia Rail Systems
Requires BAHN 3.83 or 3.84
Philadelphia has it all - Subway, elevated, light rail, PCC trolley, high speed interurban, heavy rail. This simulation shows it all:
Broad St Subway
Market Frankford
Regional Rail
Subway Surface light rail
Girard Ave PCC cars
Media and Sharon Hill
Norristown High Speed
NJT Atlantic City service
There are two layouts in the zip file, one is for version 3.83 and the other is 3.84
Additional changes in the 3.84 version include ACELA trains and weekend service.
Hudson Bergen Light Rail
Requires BAHN 3.83 or later
A series of layouts that document the major expansions of this northern New Jersey system.

. . . . . . . . hblr-history.txt is a file describing the layouts.
hblr.nt3 is always a copy of the most recent file from the list below:

  1. 1999 - Layout showing training cars in operation
  2. 2001-4 - Original service as the line opened 4/15/2000 from 34th and Westside to Exchange Place.
  3. 2001 - 11 - Newport Center opens with single track operation between Washington Ave and Newport
  4. 2001 - Both tracks open to Newport Center.
  5. 2002 - Opening to Hoboken.
  6. 2003 - Opening to 22nd Street.
  7. 2004 - Opening to Lincoln Harbor - using tracks to Port Imperial to relay PIF trains.
  8. 2004-alt - Alternative routing using single track into Hoboken. PIF trains used the north track and the Westside and Bayonne train used the south track. This operation was used for a very short time.
  9. 2005 - Opening to Port Imperial Ferry.
  10. 2006 - Opening to Tonnelle Ave. Tonnelle train operate between Tonnelle and Hoboken.
  11. 2007 - fine tunes the schedule to avoid backups at the terminals.
  12. 2011 - Extended Bayonne line to 8th St. Added weekend schedules.
BMT System
Requires BAHN 3.84
This version uses version 3.84 of BAHN. Use the zip file below for BAHN 3.83 compatible layouts.
Among other things, BAHN 3.84 allows more accurate multilevel track layouts. You can see it immediately at the load location Stillwell Ave for the el in Coney Island. Use CTL-Page Up or CTL-Page Down to see the levels.


This will also work on BAHN 3.85
Updated 11/23/2011
The files for 1997 to 2005 have been corrected with the F train local in Brooklyn. (5/31/2004)
The 2004 and 2005 files have a more accurate alignments for the Canarsie Line at Atlantic Ave (6/5/2004)
Franklin shuttle corrected in 2001 - 2005 Layouts (6/6/2004)
Stillwell Ave tracks 1 & 2 corrected for 2004 & 2005 layouts (6/11/2004)
1970 (first Chrystie St service) layout with NX (2 trains) added
Some signal systems were corrected.
Winter and summer operations at Stillwell Ave have been shown by splitting the 1950 layout into two files 1950w and 1950s (July 2008)
  1. Els - Myrtle, Fulton, Lexington, Fifth. Brooklyn's elevated legacy recreated in BAHN from diagrams published in 1975 by the Electric Railroader's Association
  2. 1950s - Lex and Fulton els still running. The SSSS Coney Island service & Stillwell summer operations
  3. 1950w - Lex and Fulton els still running - Stillwell winter operations
  4. 1954 - Just before Culver taken by IND
  5. 1959 - BMT connected to IND in Queens and Culver running the D trains
  6. 1970 - First post Chrystie St service - includes NX, QJ and RJ
  7. 1980 - Second post Chrystie St service, KK, M to Coney Island
  8. 1997 - Operation with only 6th Ave tracks of Manhattan Bridge tracks working
  9. 1999 - Operation during the rebuilding of the 63rd Street tunnel tracks
  10. 1999WB - temporary service while the track approaches to the Williamsburg Bridge are reconstructed
  11. 2001W - Service operated between the 9-11 attack and the re-opening of the service through Whitehall St.
  12. 2001 - Service with the opening of the 63rd Connection and the swap of tracks over the Manhattan Bridge.
  13. 2002 - Service with Stillwell Ave closed for renovation 2002-2004
  14. 2004 - Service with 4 tracks on Manhattan Bridge and Stillwell reopened with all but the N train operating there. Added Revenue collection trains.
  15. 2005 - Stillwell Ave fully operational - 5/29/2005
  16. 2005 - 12/20 strike service
  17. 2008P - Proposed service R to Queens and and N via bridge 24/7 - Not put into operation
  18. 2008 - All post 1970 cars in service
  19. 200X - Added 2nd Ave Subway between 63rd and 96th Street with the Q train extended there
  20. 2009 - Combined BMT-IND layout with 2009 service
  21. 2009 - Doomsday budget services 2009.
  22. 2009 - G extended to Church Av for viaduct work
  23. 2009 - Brighton Line station rehabilitation
  24. 2010 - Doomsday service - V replaces M
  25. 2010 - Modified doomsday M runs via 6th Ave (Brighton and Culver work not shown)
  26. 2011 - Culver viaduct work phase 1. NB trains use express through S-9. NSB skip 15th and FHP
  27. 2011-12 - Culver viaduct work phase 2 - all trains use express through S-9. SB skip 15th and FHP
  28. See the IND set for information
  29. 2013 - R train split Mon-Fri for Montague Tunnel repairs. Weekend via Manhattan Bridge.
  30. 2014 - M train extended to Essex St weekends (June) & R restored to full operation (in the fall)
BMT System
Requires BAHN 3.83
15 layouts in one zip file! -
The files for 1997 to 2005 have been corrected with the F train local in Brooklyn. (5/31/2004)
The 2004 and 2005 files have a more accurate alignments for the Canarsie Line at Atlantic Ave (6/5/2004)
Franklin shuttle corrected in 2001 - 2005 Layouts (6/6/2004)
Stillwell Ave tracks 1 & 2 corrected for 2004 & 2005 layouts (6/11/2004)
1970 (first Chrystie St service) layout with NX (2 trains) added
  1. Els - Myrtle, Fulton, Lexington, Fifth. Brooklyn's elevated legacy recreated in BAHN from diagrams published in 1975 by the Electric Railroader's Association.
  2. 1950 - Lex and Fulton els still running
  3. 1954 - Just before Culver taken by IND
  4. 1959 - BMT connected to IND in Queens and Culver running the D trains
  5. 1970 - First post Chrystie St service - includes NX
  6. 1980 - Second post Chrystie St service
  7. 1997 - Operation with only 6th Ave tracks of Manhattan Bridge tracks working
  8. SB - what the BMT should be is the Manhattan Bridge were in service and the Q on Broadway!
  9. WB - temporary service while the track approaches to the Williamsburg Bridge are reconstructed
  10. Memorial service operated between the 9-11 attack and the re-opening of the service through Whitehall St.
  11. 2001 - Service with the opening of the 63rd Connection and the swap of tracks over the Manhattan Bridge.
  12. 2002 - Service with Stillwell Ave closed for renovation 2002-2004
  13. 2004 - Service with 4 tracks on Manhattan Bridge and Stillwell reopened with all but the N train operating there.
  14. 2005 - Stillwell Ave fully operational - 5/29/2005
  15. 2005 - 12/20 strike service
Brooklyn Trackless Trolley
Requires BAHN 3.85
System included, St. Johns, Bergen St, Lorimer, Tompkins, Flushing, and Graham. Coaches operated between 1948 to 1960. Now three layouts:
  1. The original for the lines converted in 1960
  2. The short extensions abandoned in 1954 and the Cortelyou Road line
  3. The pre-1954 services plus seven proposed lines: 32 - Fifth Ave, 41 - Flatbush Ave, 53 - Metropolitan Ave, 58 - Flushing-Ridgewood, 59 - Grand Street, 63 - Coney Island Ave, 69 - Vanderbilt Ave
NY City - Railroads
Most older versions of this layout require BAHN 3.83. The main file runs on version 3.84. An new version repersenting 2008 service has been added.

The latest will also work on BAHN 3.85
10/10/2009 - Adjusted weekend M&E service: Gladstone-Summit & Hoboken-Bay St Shuttles
7/13/2009 - corrections to Yankees - 153 on MN and Meadowlands Line on NJT
5/31/2009 - Cosmetic improvements at many locations. Added MN Yankee Stadium station w/NH & Harlem trains stopping there.
5/19/2009 - Changed the LIRR and MNCR trains to M-7 cars.
5/16/2009 - Added NJT Meadowlands Sports Station, Hoboken shuttle and, New Haven special.
4/29/2009 - Corrected track and stations on LIRR Oyster Bay Line and Ronkonkama Station. Changed the LIRRH train from Ronkonokama to Hicksville Shuttle to thru train Mon-Fri days and added two more consists.

3/20/2008 -Renamed a few more NJT routes to make them more obvious. Made the Raritan Valley trains wrongrail into track 5 Newark over night. Moved Grove Street and NCS extension to a more geographically correct place. Sent some NJT trains to Sunnyside yard in the mid day periods.

3/3/2008 - Extended the New Haven line east to New London. Converted the AMTRAK NEC trains to ACELA equipment.
Weekday KEYSTONE service with original Metroliner cars and electric locomotives were added.
Curves were added to some of the New Jersey Transit lines for more realism. Additional corrections were made in the Meadowlands area for NJT trains. The Montclair-Boonton line was converted to weekdays only. The Spring Valley line had weekend service added. Both of these reflect 2008 service.
PATH night and weekend service was modified for the round robin 33-HOB-JS-HOB-33 servcie. Weekend single track, with a work train was added between Journal Square and Harrison.
Many route names were changed to make more sense with the expanded services added to the layout.

5/26/ 2007 - Extended MNCR lines using a track diagram of the system. Added the NJT Casino train between NY and Atlantic City. Added trains in storage at various yards, Modified Penn Station, NY for turning AMTNH trains.
4/29/2007 - added detail to the Newark Airtrain, some Philadelphia commuter trains. Fixed a problem in the Meadowlands with the single track used by the Raritan and Bayhead trains. This also fixed the Bayhead trains to always enter Hoboken with the diesel on the west end.
The text file now includes the codes used for the route names.
3/7/2006 - added Bayonne Flyer to HBLR and made changes to Hoboken terminal of HBLR
2/24/2006 - Added HBLR service to Tonnelle Ave. Deleted CNJ shuttles between Newark and NJC and Bayone and Cranford
11/16/2005 - Newark City Subway extension to Broad St
Improved track layouts at a number of locations based on observations
Extended NEC to Philadelphia & Atlantic City
9/19/2004 - HBLR extension to Lincoln and the Riverline
A separate layout showing and alternative track operation for Hoboken on the HBLR
1/17/2004. JFK Airtrain added between the airport and Howard Beach and Jamaica.
Now includes the Hudson-Bergen Light rail with the to Hoboken. The Newport Center service is in a separate layout in the zip file.

2001 - Memorial service operated between the 9-11 attack. No service to WTC is in a separate layout in the zip file.
IND Not Built
Requires BAHN 3.81
New in 2007, the BAHN 3.84 version has more realisatic graphics for the multi-level locations like Central Park West, west 4th Street and other locations. The 2004 version is included in the set that uses the older 3.83 version of BAHN.
The IND system today is only 2/3 what it was planned. This is a BAHN Layout that shows what might have been. Now with NYC Subway cars.
With extensions as shown in the ERA New York Division Bulletins:
  1. The Concoourse to Gun Hill Road (2/16/2004)
  2. Jamaica to Springfield Blvd. (3/24/2004)
  3. Pitkin Ave Extension to 105th St (5/12/2004)
  4. Archer Ave extension to Springfield Blvd
Included in BMT set Myrtle, Fulton, Lexington, Fifth. Brooklyn's elevated legacy recreated in BAHN from diagrams published in 1975 by the Electric Railroader's Association.
Staten Island Trolley Lines 1918 Plus more Long before the Geothals, Bayonne, & Verrazano Bridges and Outerbridge Crossing were built, trolley operated on many North Shore streets and as far south as Richmondtown. Also, there were Trackless Trolleys (the TT car house still stands in 1997) and of course the SIRT had three lines in operation. I tried to show it all one one BAHN layout.
Brooklyn Trolley Lines The Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers, Peter Witts, PCC's, Coney Island, Canarsie, they're all here. Now three files All lines till about 1930, lines abandoned after 1945 and a text file with the description of both layouts.
What's NewIND History set
Requires BAHN 3.84

This will also work on BAHN 3.85
29 files tracing the construction and services on the IND Division between 1932 and the present.
Updated 11/23/2011
  1. 1932 - Take the A train and the AA also
  2. 1933-02 - extended to Jay St
  3. 1933-03 - extended to Bergen St
  4. 1933-07 - Concourse Opens
  5. 1933-10 - Queens line opens to Roosevelt Ave , Crosstown to Nassau Ave, and Brooklyn to Church Ave
  6. 1936-01 - Houston St opens to East Broadway
  7. 1936-12 - Houston extended to Jay, Fulton St opens to Rockaway Ave, and Queens extended to Continental Ave
  8. 1937 - Queens line extened to 169th Jamaica and Crosstown connected to Bergen St
  9. 1940 - 6th Ave opens between 53rd and West 4th (local only) and World's Fair line
  10. 1946 - C extended to Utica in Rush hours and HH shuttle is discontinued
  11. 1950 - Fulton line extended to Euclid, A operates express and Jamaica extended to 179th
  12. 1959 - BMT Culver and Liberty elevated lines connected to IND, Rockaway line opens on LIRR, and 60th St connection made to BMT
  13. 1967 - Chrystie St opens to BMT Manhattan Bridge
  14. 1968 - Chrystie St opens to Willimasburg Bridge, 6th Ave express and 57th/6th opens
  15. 1976 - service consolidations
  16. 1988 - single letter line names, Archer Ave opens
  17. 1998 - B and C swap north terminals, 57th/6th connected to Queensbridge via 63rd St.
  18. 1999 - Temporary use of 63rd connection to BMT during track work
  19. 2001 - 63rd connector opens, F routed via 63rd, and V via 53rd St
  20. 2004 - Normal service. Revenus Collection Trains
  21. 2008 - C operates day time only, A local in Manhattan at night
  22. 2009 - Combined BMT-IND layout with 2009 service
  23. 2009 - Doomsday budget services 2009. - No real affect on IND services
  24. 2009 - G extended to Church Av for viaduct work
  25. 2009 - Brighton Line station rehabilitation
  26. 2010 - Doomsday service - V replaces M
  27. 2010 - Modified doomsday M runs via 6th Ave (Brighton and Culver work not shown)
  28. 2011 - Culver viaduct work phase 1. - northbound trains use express through S-9. NB skip 15th and FHP
  29. 2011-12 - Culver viaduct work phase 2 - all trains use express through S-9. SB skip 15th and FHP
  30. 2012 - Trains retun to the local tracks, but skip Smith-9th St
  31. 2013 (projected) - The G train is permanently extended to Church Ave.
IRT History for BAHN 3.84
Requires BAHN 3.84
This version uses version 3.84 of BAHN. Use the zip file below for BAHN 3.83 compatible layouts.
Among other things, BAHN 3.84 allows more accurate multilevel track layouts. You can see it by navigating to Rodgers Junction in Brooklyn or the Lexington Line north of Grand Central. Use CTL-Page Up or CTL-Page Down to see the levels.
This will also work on BAHN 3.85
Now 20 layouts tracing the history of the construction of the IRT Division - Updated 8/15/2009
Corrections were made to the 1922, 1930, 1939, and 1942 layouts on the Pelham line: no express service and the Westchester yard leads were made on one level.
  1. 1903 the Manhattan els have not been elecrified. Steam rules the sky. Engines drop back or run around trains.
  2. 1904 - the first subway opens between City Hall and 145th St. The els have been converted to electric operation.
  3. 1906 The Lenox Ave line is open with connections to the Bronx
  4. 1908 The subway works its way into Brooklyn and southern Bronx
  5. 1922 The IRT subway is almost complete except for the end of the Flushing line and no lines have been closed yet.
  6. 1930 The IRT subway is almost complete, but the els are beginning to be torn down.
  7. 1939 6th Ave and 34th St Els gone
  8. 1942 9th Ave el reduced to Polo Grounds shuttle, 2nd Ave north of 59th St abandoned
  9. 1948 Astoria and Flushing split, 2nd Ave el gone. Westchester yard leads get flyovers. Pelham Express added.
  10. 1953 City Hall (3rd Ave) abandoned, West Farms and Bronx Park abandoned
  11. 1960 3rd Ave abandoned in Manhattan, Polo Gorunds Abandoned More New cars.
  12. 1970 Red cars (R-29/33), 7th Ave south terminals swapped. 59th Lex express added.
  13. 1999 All cars red or R-62 - corrected for no Lenox shuttle
  14. 2001 - Memorial service operated after the 9-11 attack. No service to South Ferry.
  15. 2004 - All Redbirds out of service - including a reefed train! 1-9 skip stop - corrected for no Lenox shuttle. Added Revenue Collection train
  16. 2005 - 12/20 strike service
  17. 2007 - current service - corrected for no Lenox shuttle
  18. 2008 - Lenox Shuttle reinstated
  19. 2009 - New South Ferry station opens 3/16
  20. 2009 - X-4 - June 2009 the TA experimented with using the middle track on the Jerome Line in the AM rush hour.
  21. 2015 - Sept 13 opeing of 34th St-Hudson Yard station
IRT History for BAHN 3.83
Now 16 layouts tracing the history of the construction of the IRT Division - these will not be updated
  1. 1903 the Manhattan els have not been elecrified. Steam rules the sky. Engines drop back or run around trains.
  2. 1904 - the first subway opens between City Hall and 145th St. The els have been converted to electric operation.
  3. 1905 The Lenox Ave line is open with connections to the Bronx
  4. 1908 The subway works its way into Brooklyn and southern Bronx
  5. 1922 The IRT subway is almost complete except for the end of the Flushing line and no lines have been closed yet.
  6. 1930 The IRT subway is almost complete, but the els are beginning to be torn down.
  7. 1939 6th Ave and 34th St Els gone
  8. 1942 9th Ave el reduced to Polo Grounds shuttle, 2nd Ave north of 59th St abandoned
  9. 1948 Astoria and Flushing split, 2nd Ave el gone
  10. 1953 City Hall (3rd Ave) abandoned, West Farms and Bronx Park abandoned
  11. 1960 3rd Ave abandoned in Manhattan, Polo Gorunds Abandoned More New cars.
  12. 1970 Red cars (R-29/33), 7th Ave south terminals swapped. 59th Lex express added.
  13. 1999 All cars red or R-62
  14. 2001 - Memorial service operated after the 9-11 attack. No service to South Ferry.
  15. 2004 - All Redbirds out of service - including a reefed train!
  16. 2005 - 12/20 strike service
Metropolitan Street Railway Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester streetcars from the 1946 ERA maps and Tracks of New York, Volume 1, Metropolitan Street Railway - 1907 © 1971
Route letters and numbers are in the form of GIF files scanned from the above documents.
New Haven New Haven, Ct based on the 1944 ERA track diagram. This is not a zip file, but a ready to run NT3 BAHN format.
NYW&B This is a direct run Bahn file. THE NEW YORK, WESTCHESTER & BOSTON RAILWAY: 1912-1937, was a suburban line that operated from the Bronx to White Plains and Port Chester. After the abandonment, much of the line became overgrown. But the portion in the Bronx between E180th St and Dyre Ave is today's #5 Lexington-Dyre subway line. See more about he line at the NYW&B Web site.
NYCT 2005 The complete NYCT subway service in 2005. The original layout was built by Steve Hoskins. It was modified by John C. Michno and Tyrone Banks. It uses some support and car files designed by Robert Mammero. All of the files are in the zip file.
This layout was sent to me by Tyrone Banks


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