Heritage Railways in The United States of America

Heritage Railways in The United States of America

In the United States, heritage railways are known variously as tourist, historic, or scenic railroads. Most are remnants of original railroads. Others are reconstructed railroads, having been scrapped at one point and then rebuilt with tourism in mind. Some heritage railways preserve entire railroads in their original state using original structures, track, and motive power.

Examples of heritage railroads in the US by type of preservation:

Remnant Heritage Railways

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Colorado & New Mexico
Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, Ohio
Heber Valley Railroad, Utah
Reconstructed Heritage Railways

Sumpter Valley Railroad, Oregon
Virginia and Truckee Railroad, Nevada
Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway, Maine

Original Heritage Railways

Nevada Northern Railway, Nevada
California Western Railroad, California
Delaware and Ulster Railroad, New York
Stewartstown Railroad, Pennsylvania
Strasburg Rail Road, Pennsylvania

Some do not fit in the above categories, like the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, which is a sub-operation of the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad. The SL&RG is primarily a freight operation, on former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad track, but owns and operates a steam locomotive and a fleet of passenger cars, most of which are painted in D & RGW colors.

Many heritage railways in the United States host special living history events, like annual reenactments of historic activities. In addition, they may feature an archive or library of railroad-related materials.

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