Government agency links

Federal and State Government Agencies

Tourist, leisure and historical sites

Tourist Railroads


Leisure Trips

  • Accent on Travel...travel agency specializing in individual rail trip bookings; includes links to tour operators and clients’ trip reports.
  • America By Rail...group tour operator providing full-escorted tours in the United States and Canada.
  • Grand Luxe Rail Journeys...providing luxury train service on an excursion schedule (formerly American Orient Express)
  • Rail Travel Center...group tour operator that provides fully escorted tours in the United States and Canada and Europe.
  • The Society of International Railway Travelers...Monthly publication specializing in rail adventures around the world; includes several club rail tours around the world, many to very exotic or unique destinations.
  • USA By Rail...Homepage for a complete guidebook to train travel in the United States, also available at the NARP Bookstore.

Historical and Railfan organizations

  • National Railway Historical Society...a non-profit, educational group with many chapters across the country
  • John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library...part of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, has several collections of interest to railroad history reasearch (including a large archive donated by the Association of American Railroads)
  • The Morse Telegraph Club, Inc....an international non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraphy and American Morse Code.
  • 20th Century Railroad Club...Based in Chicago, this large organization draws both people who are interested in trains as a hobby, and those who want to preserve and expand scheduled services

Transit agency links

Intercity Passenger Train Service in the United States

  • Amtrak...The National Railroad Passenger Corporation—intercity passenger rail service in the United States.
      • Amtrak Guest Rewards Amtrak’s frequent traveler rewards program.
      • Office of Inspector General...designated by law to “to supervise and conduct audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse affecting” Amtrak
      • Trails and Rails...partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service to educate passengers on a selected area’s natural and cultural heritage
      • Amtrak California...Caltrans’ site for state-supported Amtrak corridors
      • Amtrak Capitols...Frequent corridor service between the the Bay Area, Sacramento, and points East, with state support from California
      • Amtrak Cascades...Services on the Pacific Northwest Corridor running from Vancouver to Seattle, Portland, and Eugene, using Talgo trains, with state support from Washington and Oregon
      • The Downeaster...Service between Boston (North Station) and Portland, Maine, with state support from Maine, see also
      • Downeast Riders, a website for passengers, including crew pictures and biographies
      • Hiawatha Service...Frequent corridor service between Chicago and Milwaukee, supported by Wisconsin and Illinois
      • Heartland Flyer...Service supported by the State of Oklahoma between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, TX
      • Keystone Service...Frequent corridor service between New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, PA, with state support from Pennsylvania
      • Michigan Services...Amtrak service from Chicago along three lines to many Michigan destinations
      • Texas Eagle...Amtrak Intercity’s service from Chicago to St. Louis, Little Rock, Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, Tucson and Los Angeles

 

 

  • AAPRCO...the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, many of whose members offer charter services which are listed at this site

 

 

  • Greyhound...The largest intercity bus carrier in the U.S. is also an important Amtrak Thruway bus service provider and has schedule information for other carriers too



Regional, Commuter, Transit and Other Rail Service By State
Includes service that is existing, under construction or in the final planning stages

Alabama

No regional or local rail transit service.

Alaska

No regional or local rail transit service

Arizona

Tucson: Tucson Modern Streetcar: scheduled to begin service in 2013

Arkansas

  • Little Rock: River Rail: Streetcar line between downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

California

Colorado

Connecticut

  • New Haven-New London: Shore Line East: Rail service connecting with Metro-North at New Haven, with some trips west to Stamford.
  • New Haven/Danbury/Waterbury-New York City: Metro-North Railroad Frequent 7-day service connecting Connecticut points to New York City operated jointly by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York State and the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida:

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

No regional or local rail transit service.\

Illinois

  • Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority: operates the subways and elevated rail lines within the City of Chicago, including the famous Loop
  • Greater Chicago: Metra: commuter trains serving Chicagoland, including into Wisconsin
  • East Saint Louis-Saint Louis: MetroLink

Indiana

  • South Bend-Michigan City-Gary-Chicago: South Shore Line (Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District): all-electric commuter service from Chicago to Gary, Michigan City and South Bend; America’s last true “interurban”

Iowa

No regional or local rail transit service

Kansas

No regional or local rail transit service

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

  • Brunswick-Rockland: Maine Eastern Railroad: Daily service, operates March through November. Will connect to the extended Amtrak Downeaster at Brunswick.

Maryland

  • Baltimore-Washington: Maryland Transit Administration: Operates Baltimore’s subway and light rail lines, MARC commuter trains (including service north to Aberdeen and Perryville and from Washington west to Brunswick and Frederick), and regional bus service
  • Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro): Subway and bus service throughout the Washington region, including Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
  • Proposed Metro Purple Line...Advocating for a new, crosstown, inner-beltway transit route in suburban Washington, D.C.

Massachusetts

Michigan

  • Detroit (downtown): The People Mover: Elevated rail transit line circling around downtown Detroit.

Minnesota

Mississippi

No regional or local rail transit service

Missouri

  • Greater Saint Louis: MetroLink: Light rail system.

Montana

No regional or local rail transit service

Nebraska

No regional or local rail transit service at this time, though Omaha is considering developing a streetcar or light rail.

Nevada

  • Las Vegas: Las Vegas Monorail: Downtown service
  • Reno is planning to develop a streetcar line

New Hampshire

No regional or local rail transit service at this time, though there are proposals to extend MBTA commuter rail service from Boston into the state

New Jersey

  • Camden-Lindenwold-Philadelphia: Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO): High-speed rapid transit service.
  • Northern New Jersey-New York City; Atlantic City-Philadelphia:New Jersey Transit: operator of light-rail, commuter trains, and an extensive bus network in the Garden State, including the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Line (Bayonne-Hoboken-Weehawken), Newark’s light rail lines, and the Trenton-Camden River Line.
  • Cape May Peninsula: Cape May Seashore Lines...offering a rail transit alternative on the traffic-choked Cape May peninsula
  • Newark Liberty International Airport: AirTrain EWR: Monorail linking the Amtrak/NJT Airport station to all terminals
  • Newark-Jersey City-Hoboken-New York City: Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) Trains: Two-line rail transit service
  • Trenton-Philadelphia: Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA): Regional Rail, subway and trolley services, including two Regional Rail lines connecting Trenton and West Trenton with downtown Philadelphia

New Mexico

New York

  • Buffalo: Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority: Light rail and subway operator
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport: AirTrain JFK: Monorail linking the airport to the New York subway at Howard Beach and Jamaica, and to the Long Island Rail Road at Jamaica.
  • Long Island-New York City: Long Island Rail Road: Frequent 7-day train service on 9 lines radiating from New York City all the way to the Island’s eastern tip
  • New York City and points north: Metro-North Railroad: Frequent 7-day service on 3 lines radiating from New York City’s Grand Central Terminal (to New Haven, White Plains-Brewster-Wassaic, and Yonkers-Croton Harmon-Poughkeepsie) and 2 lines continuing into New York State (Suffern and Port Jervis) from Hoboken Terminal and Secaucus, NJ
  • New York City: New York City Transit: Subways and buses in the five boroughs of New York, including the Staten Island Railway
  • Saratoga Springs-North Creek: Saratoga and North Creek Railway: 7-day service connecting to Amtrak at Saratoga Springs.
  • Syracuse: OnTrack: Shuttle train in downtown Syracuse
  • Utica-Thendara; Saranac Lake-Lake Placid: Adirondack Scenic Railroad: Thursday-Sunday service June through October connecting with Amtrak at Utica.

North Carolina

  • Charlotte: Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS): Operates LYNX light rail line, with additional lines in the planning process.
  • Light rail is planned for Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and there is proposed Raleigh-Durham-Greensboro commuter service

North Dakota

No regional or local rail transit service

Ohio

Oregon

  • Greater Portland: Tri-Met: 4-line light rail service connecting downtown Portland to North Portland, Gresham, Beaverton and Hillsboro, plus a commuter rail line between Beaverton and Wilsonville.
  • Portland: Portland Streetcar: Downtown circulator

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

  • San Juan: Tren Urbano: Metrorail in San Juan (website in Spanish only)

Rhode Island

South Carolina

No regional or local rail transit service

South Dakota

No regional or local rail transit service

Tennessee

  • Memphis: Memphis Area Transit Authority: Vintage streetcars operating on Main Street, Madison Avenue, and a Mississippi Riverfront loop.
  • Nashville-Mount Juliet-Lebanon: Music City Star: Commuter service east from Nashville’s Riverfront Station.

Texas

Utah

  • Salt Lake City-Sandy-Ogden: Utah Transit Authority: Operator of 4 light rail lines in Salt Lake City and FrontRunner commuter rail between SLC and Ogden

Vermont

No regional or local rail transit service

Virginia

  • Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax County: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro): Subway and bus service throughout the Washington region, including Maryland and Virginia suburbs.
  • Fredericksburg/Manassas-Washington: Virginia Railway Express: Monday-Friday commuter service in Northern Virginia.
  • Norfolk: The Tide: Light rail line operated by Hampton Roads Transit, with bus connections to Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News.

Washington

  • Seattle-Everett-Tacoma: Sound Transit: Commuter trains from Seattle north to Everett and south to Tacoma, and light rail lines in Seattle and Tacoma
  • Seattle: Seattle Waterfront Streetcar: Route 99 of King County Metro transit system

West Virginia

  • Martinsburg-Harpers Ferry-Washington: Maryland Transit Administration: Operates weekday rush-hour MARC commuter service serving three stations in the state’s Eastern Panhandle

Wisconsin

  • Kenosha: Kenosha Transit: Information on the city’s circulator streetcar
  • Kenosha-Chicago: Metra: commuter trains serving Chicagoland
  • Milwaukee light rail service is in the final planning stages

Wyoming

No regional or local rail transit service  

 

Canadian Passenger Rail

  • VIA Rail Canada...Canada’s principal intercity train service
  • Ontario Northland Railway...Operators of service between Toronto, North Bay, and Cochrane, the seasonal “Polar Bear Express” between Cochrane and Moosonee, and the year-round Little Bear mixed train between Cochrane and Moosonee (one of only two regularly-scheduled, non-tourist mixed trains remaining in North America; see below for the other)
  • Algoma Central Railway (operated by CN)...Runs into scenic Agawa Canyon and provides year-round service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst
  • Keewatin Railway Company...operator the other remaining mixed train in North America: between The Pas and Pukatawagan, Manitoba (connection at The Pas to VIA’s Northern Spirit).  Call (204) 627-2013 for more information.
  • Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc....operators of passenger rail service (isolated from Canadian rail network) between Sept-Iles, Quebec and Schefferville and Labrador City, Newfoundland.  Call (418) 960-0982 for more information.
  • TransLink...Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority, operator of transit services in the Vancouver, B.C. area, including SkyTrain and the West Coast Express commuter rail line
  • Calgary Transit...Operator of light rail line in Western Canada’s largest city
  • Edmonton Transit...Operator of a successful light rail line on the Canadian High Plains (click on “Transit” at the top of the screen)
  • AMT...The agency that runs Montreal’s commuter rail lines (default language is French, you may select English at the top of the screen)
  • STM...Montreal’s subways and buses; site in French and English
  • Niagara’s Transportation Center...information on public and other transportation on the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario
  • Toronto Transit Commission...Toronto’s subway and light rail services
  • GO Transit...Toronto-area commuter rail network
  • Transport 2000 Canada...The national group for users of public transportation in Canada, including rail and transit

The rest of the world

 

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RailEurope: One-stop source for American travelers going to Europe, containing train schedules and fares, including information on Eurail passes for unlimited travel between countries within a certain time period.

The Man in Seat Sixty-One: Guide to train travel around the globe, including links to ticketing sites and first-hand accounts of trains in all six continents (minus Antarctica).

European Railroad Timetables: Links to online schedules and trip planners for most European railroads.

National Rail Enquiries: Train times and fares for all railroads in Great Britain.

RENFE: Timetables and prices for Spain’s national railway.

Deutsche Bahn: The German national railroad’s travel site for American visitors.

Russian Railways: Passenger information and ticketing site for train travel across Russia

Japan Rail Pass: “The key to sightseeing in Japan.”

China Travel Guide: Complete maps and station-to-station guides of China’s growing passenger train network.

Rail Australia: One-stop site for all Australia’s passenger railroads.

TranzScenic: Official site for Kiwi Rail’s intercity trains in New Zealand.

Indian Railways: Passenger reservation and information portal for India’s national train network.

 

Tourist and leisure operators and historic sites

Tourist Railroads


Leisure Trips

  • Accent on Travel...travel agency specializing in individual rail trip bookings in North America; includes links to tour operators and clients’ trip reports.
  • America By Rail...group tour operator providing full-escorted tours in the United States and Canada.
  • American Association of Railroaders, Inc. - St. Louis-based organization offering chartered and guided rail tours and other events and programs of interest to train enthusiasts.
  • Vacations by Rail ... Travel agent specializing in rail itineraries in North America, Europe and elsewhere.
  • Rail Travel Center...group tour operator that provides fully escorted tours in the United States and Canada and Europe.
  • The Society of International Railway Travelers...Monthly publication specializing in rail adventures around the world; includes several club rail tours around the world, many to very exotic or unique destinations.
  • USA By Rail...Homepage for a complete guidebook to train travel in the United States, also available at the NARP Bookstore.

 

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