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Each calendar month there will be a drawing from among those who submitted a new location or corrected a factual error during that month. Please recall that to be listed in The Railroad Tourist, a location must have a connection to railroad history, travel, or preservation, be open to the public, and have scheduled hours of operation (including “by appointment”). The winner each month will receive an autographed paperback edition of
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Mike Bartels - Nebraska
Fred Cupp - Pennsylvania
Stewart Buck - Iowa
Hugh Harris - Indiana
Welcome to The Railroad Tourist.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with a state-by-state directory to all the locations and activities in North America that capture, interpret, or offer participation in railroading past and present.
We are committed to enabling you to make railroad history a part of your travel plans, whether your trip is intended as a one-day outing or a longer-term journey.
We are committed to making you aware of and encouraging you to enjoy a rich variety of opportunities: from excursion trains and railroad museums, to stations and other buildings enjoying restoration and reuse, former right-of-ways converted to rail-trails, and eating establishments that include passing trains as part of their decor. The locales you find here will testify to how important and widespread this industry was in our history.
Finally, we are committed to the continuing, even expanded, efforts to preserve these historic sites for your own edification and enjoyment, as well as for that of future generations.
The Railroad Tourist is free. And this Web site is just the hub. Click here for a weekly blog entitled Journeys for a Railroad Tourist, created in cooperation with the travel division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Look for a free quarterly newsletter coming in Fall that will go in-depth on three topics of interest. Also planned are Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates that offer suggestions, tips and comments about places to go and things to do to immerse yourself in the most important and colorful heavy industry in history.