Their Evolution and Family Structure

Milton C. Hallberg

The database available via this web page is intended as a compilation of all currently existing mainline and switching and terminal railroads, as well as of all operating railroads that have existed in the United States and Canada since the first railroad - the Granite Railway - was chartered in Massachusetts in 1826. At the present time this database includes over 6,900 railroads. This database is constructed so the user can generate reasonably informative railroad family histories including charter dates and dates of reorganization, consolidation, merger, or abandonment, as well as names of all succeeding railroads. The database focuses primarily on U.S. railroads, although currently existing Canadian roads are also included as well as Canadian roads that have become part of the family of U.S. railroads or current Canadian railroads.

Downloadable files available from this web page include an EXE file (RAILROAD.EXE) providing various options for querying the database, a coded database file (RAILROAD.DAT), and a README.TXT file providing instructions on how to prepare the system for execution from your desktop. This system is executable on PC-compatible computers running Windows. A short Microsoft Word file is also provided offering historical information about the general evolution of the railroad industry in North America. The latter file also contains some references that served as my source of information for the database.

It is my intention to periodically revise and update this database as I receive additional information. If any user has more complete information (1) on railroads in my database for which information is at present incomplete, (2) on railroads in my database for which information is at present incorrect, or (3) on railroads that are missing from my database, I would greatly appreciate a response via email. I would also welcome user comments on the general utility of the database system and/or on how it might be improved. Contact me via email at mch@psu.edu

To download these files, simply RIGHT click on the desired filename, select Save Link As or Save Target As in the options box, then follow the directions for saving in the "Save As" box.

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This page was last updated on December 21, 2009.

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