For Railfans and History Seekers

Explore Rail History is primarily a comprehensive record of the history of the railroad industry and its relation to the development of the United States. It traces the people, the development of the cities, railroads, railroad facilities (Stations, Roundhouses, Yards), railroad equipment, and trains in the United States. Each became a critical factor in the growth of this country in the 19th and 20th Centuries and the westward migration of the population. See “Railroad Importance” link at the top of this page. There is also much information on railroads in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia (India, Vietnam, China, Japan), Africa and the Caribbean Islands.


Over 200,000 catalog entries are arranged for fast and easy access including 23,000 railroad histories, 31,000 location, structure and facility histories , and 79,000 Bibliographic entries (Books, Articles, Annual Reports, Maps, Drawings…) Glossary terms, Biographies and Locomotive entries providing the answers to over 2 million unique questions. Future improvements will include direct access to the data: see Database Menu, Bibliographic, Location, Railroad History, Glossary, Biographic, and Locomotive examples.