Passenger Trains

This is by no means a complete listing of operating North American passenger trains.  Some have very limited operations, some are on a shoestring and may fail at any time.  Some operate on other companies track and access is not consistent.  Trains owned and operated by government entities are at the mercy of the budget process.  New ones are always starting up. 

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I have avoided including commuter trains, there are just too many to list.  The ones here have some tourist or neat-o factor.  I have also not included miniature railroads.

Nationwide Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California
Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky
Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming      

Nationwide

Amtrack

Not only a commuter service, but numerous historic, scenic routes

Grand Lux Rail Journeys

2009 - equipment has been sold and parent company, Colorado Railcar, has closed shop and ceased all operations

Santa Fe 3751

Steam
OK, it's not really owned and operated by Santa Fe anymore, but by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society
Baldwin 4-8-4
Nationwide excursions - read their web page about the difficulties of scheduling on California tracks!
Update Apr '09

Union Pacific

Steam and diesel
Periodic tours around the country
Northern 844 or Challenger 3985 provide steam power
E-9 streamliners 951, 949 and 963B provide diesel power
Historic equipment is based in Cheyenne, WY - museum and steam shop tours
Excursion schedule is usually posted April or so, not all excursions have passengers
Update Apr '09

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Alabama

North Alabama Railroad Museum, Hunstville, AL

Diesel
10-mile, 1 1/2 hour ride
Update Apr '09

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Alaska

Alaska Railroad

Diesel
Connects to many major areas
Vacation packages
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

White Pass & Yukon Route, Skagway, AK

Narrow-gauge steam & diesel
Variety of day trips departing from Skagway (Alaska), Fraser (British Columbia), Carcross (Yukon) or Whitehorse (Yukon).
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

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Arizona

Grand Canyon Railway, Williams, AZ

Steam and diesel
Williams AZ to the South Rim, 65 miles, two hours each way
Operates every day of the year, except Dec 24 & 25
Steam power in the summer and diesel in the winter
Update Apr '09

Verde Canyon Railroad, Clarksdale, AZ

Diesel
Four-hour round trip
Variety of events
Update Apr '09

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Arkansas

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Diesel 
Working Class III RR, serves a 139-mile corridor
Various passenger rides available within the system
Update Apr '09

Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway, Eureka Springs, AR

Steam and diesel
4 1/2-mile rides
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

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California

California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento, CA

Steam and diesel
40 minute ride
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Fillmore & Western Railway, Fillmore, CA

Diesel 
Mostly a party train - a big variety of dinner, wine, Margarita, New Years, etc.
Annual RailFest in March
Update Apr '09

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa, CA

Diesel
Dinner,  mystery, vintner trains
Winery tours
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Niles Canyon Railway, Fremont & Sunol, CA

Steam, diesel, and motorcar
Round trip approx 1 1/4 hours
Rentals
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum, Campo, CA

Steam and diesel
Local and Mexico excursions
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown, CA

Steam
40 minute rides
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, CA

Narrow-gauge steam
Forest & beach trains
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Santa Fe 3751

Steam
OK, it's not really owned and operated by Santa Fe anymore, but by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society
Baldwin 4-8-4
Nationwide excursions - read their web page about the difficulties of scheduling on California tracks!
Update Apr '09

Sierra Railroad

Sierra Dinner Train, Oakdale, CA
Steam and diesel 
Year-round operation

Skunk Train, Ft Bragg & Willits, CA
Steam & deisel
3-4 hour ride
Summer operation

Sacramento River Train, Woodland, CA
Diesel
2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hour ride
Scenic, mystery, dinner trains
Year-round operation

Update Apr '09

Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, Fish Camp, CA

Narrow-gauge steam
4 mile ride
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Yreka Western Railroad, Yreke, CA

2009 season cancelled

Steam
3 1/2 hour ride, with lunch stop
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

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Colorado

My page of Colorado Passenger Trains

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Connecticut

Essex Steam Train, Essex, CT

Steam
12-mile trip
Operate a steam loco
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Delaware

Wilmington & Western Railroad, Wilmington, DE

Steam and diesel
Variety of rides
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

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Florida

Florida Railroad Museum, Parrish, FL

Steam and diesel
1 1/2 hour ride
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Georgia

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, Blue Ridge, GA

Diesel
26 mile, 3 1/2 hour
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

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Hawaii

The Hawaiian Railway, Ewe, HI

Narrow-gauge diesel
90 minute ride
Update Apr '09

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Idaho

Thunder Mountain Line, Horseshoe Bend, ID

Diesel
Four different rides along the Payette River
Limited winter operation
Update Apr '09

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Illinois

None found - Jan'08

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Indiana

Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte County, IN

Narrow-gauge steam - last Shay built by Lima
2 1/2 mile track
Quarter-scale and 7 1/2"-gauge live steam also
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Whitewater Valley Railroad, Connersville, IN

Diesel
Variety of trains
Update Apr '09

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Iowa

Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone, IA

Steam and diesel
1 3/4 hour ride
Excursion and dinner trains
Limited winter operations
Update Apr '09

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Kansas

None found - Jan'08

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Kentucky

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad & Museum, Versailles, KY

Diesel
Museum open year-round
Train - summer operation only
Update Apr '09

Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, KY

Steam & diesel
Ride New Haven to Boston
Museum open year-round
Train - summer operation
Update Apr '09

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Nicholasville, KY

Diesel
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Louisiana

Louisiana Steam Train Association, New Orleans, LA

Steam
2-8-2 Mikado
Periodic steam-ups
Occasional tours around the southeast
Update Apr '09

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Maine

Maine Eastern Railroad, Rockland, ME

Diesel
Travel the coast between Brunswick and Rockland
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Sandy River & Rangley Lakes Railroad, Phillips, ME

22"-gauge steam & diesel
Limited summer operation
Update Apr '09

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Maryland

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, Cumberland, MD

Steam and diesel
3 1/2 hour ride
Variety of trains
Year-round operations
Update Apr '09

Walkersville Southern Railroad, Walkersville, MD

Diesel
Fredrick branch of the PRR
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

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Massachusetts

Cape Cod Central Railroad, Hyannis, MA

Diesel
Scenic & dinner trains
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

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Michigan

Adrian & Blissfield Rail Road, Blissfield & Charlotte MI

Diesel
2 1/2 hour dinner mystery trains
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

Coopersville & Marne Railway, Coopersville, MI

Diesel
14-mile, 1 1/2 hour ride
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Lake Central Rail Tours

Ceased operation
Update Apr '09

Michigan Star Clipper Dinner Train, Walled Lake, MI

Diesel
Variety of meal trains, including breakfast
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Minnesota

Friends of the 261

Steam
Maintains & operates Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 #261
Periodic excursions
Update Apr '09

Lake Superior & Mississippi Railroad, Duluth, MN

Diesel
1 1/2 hour ride
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Minnesota Zephyr, Stillwater, MN

Ceased Operation
Update Apr '09

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Mississippi

None found - Jan'08

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Missouri

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Diesel 
Working Class III RR, serves a 139-mile corridor
Various passenger rides available within the system
Update Apr '09

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Montana

Charlie Russell Chew Choo

Diesel
Limited schedule dinner train
Active Central Montana Rail track, 56 mile round trip
Operated by the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce
Rode Aug '10

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Nebraska

Fremont & Elkhorn Valley Railroad, Fremont, NE

Diesel
17 miles of track
Dinner trains available
Limited winter operations
Update Apr '09

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Nevada

Nevada Northern Railway, Ely, NV

Steam and diesel
Variety of rides
Operate a diesel or steam loco on the mainline
RailCamp - 6 day summer camp for railroad operations
Limited winter operations
Update Apr '09

Nevada Southern Railway, Boulder City, NV

Diesel
Runs along the Boulder Branch Line used to construct Hoover Dam
Operate the engine on the mainline
Year-around operation
Update Apr '09

Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, NV

Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Steam and motor-car 
Open year-around
Operations in summer only
Update Apr '09

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

in work

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New Mexico

Cumbres & Toltec, Chama, NM

Narrow-gauge steam
Service between Antonito, CO and Chama, NM
Seasonal photo runs
Full day ride
No winter operations, except Cinder Bear Christmas Express
Watch for possible photo ops in spring with rotary plow
Update Apr '09

New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society

Steam
Start-up operation (2000)
Rebuilding Santa Fe 2926, the heaviest Baldwin 4-8-4 ever built
Goal is to be operational in 2012
Update Apr '09

Rail Runner Express

Diesel
Designed to relieve traffic congestion along the I-25 corridor between Albuquerque and Santa Fe
Currently servicing Belen to Albuquerque to Bernalillo
Expanding to Santa Fe in late 2008
Update Apr '09

Santa Fe Southern Railroad, Santa Fe, NM

Diesel 
Variety of trains, activities
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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New York

Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Utica, NY

Diesel
Ride out of Utica, Lake Placid, Thendara, or Saranac
Variety of trains
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Catskill Mountain Railroad Co, Mount Pleasant, NY

Diesel
12-mile ride
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, Oneonta, NY

Diesel
Variety of trains
Blues Night Club train
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Delaware and Ulster Railroad, Arkville, NY

Diesel
1 3/4 hour ride
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia, NY

Poor website, can't find ride or equipment info
Limited winter operations
Update Apr '09

Finger Lakes Scenic Railway,

Diesel
Working Class III RR, serves a 110-mile corridor
Various passenger rides available within the system - summer only
Update Apr '09

Medina Railroad Museum, Medina, NY

Diesel
34-mile, 2-hour ride along the Erie Canal
Museum open year-round
Train summer operations
Update Apr '09

Upper Hudson River Railroad, North Creek, NY

Diesel
2-hour ride
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

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North Carolina

in work

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, Dillsboro & Bryson City, NC

Mostly diesel, though plans are to be all steam in the next couple years
Variety of rides - scenery, dinner, beer trains, etc
Year-round operations
Update Apr '09

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North Dakota

None found - Update Apr '09

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Ohio

in work

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Oklahoma

None found - Update Apr '09

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Oregon

Crooked River Dinner Train, Redmond, OR

Steam 
Robbery & mystery dinner trains
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Eagle Cap Excursion Train

Diesel
Services Elgin, Wallowa, Enterprise and Joseph in Northeast Oregon
63-mile long route
Numerous ride options
Limited winter operation
Update Apr '09

Mt Hood Railroad, Hood River, OR

Diesel 
22-mile shortline
Active freight line
A variety of passenger trains - dinner, special events, etc.
Mar-Dec operation
Update Apr '09 - Heavy flood damage in fall 07 may disrupt service in 08

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, Tillamook, OR

Steam 
1910 Heisler Steam Loco
1 1/2 hour trip around Tillamook Bay
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Sumpter Valley Railroad

Narrow-gauge steam 
Update Apr '09 - Web site is down

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Pennsylvania

in work

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Rhode Island

Newport Dinner Train, Newport, RI

Diesel
22-mile, 2 1/2 hour ride
Update Apr '09

Old Colony & Newport Railway, Newport, RI

Diesel
10-mile ride along Narragansett Bay, through Newport Naval Base
Year-round operation
Update Nov '11  - notified by my web host that their site has malware, removed link

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South Carolina

in work

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South Dakota

Black Hills Central, Hill City, SD

Steam 
9.5 mile, one hour ride between Hill City  and Keystone 
One of the steepest standard gauge grades in the US - 6%
Good scenery, clean equipment
Summer operations only
Update Apr '09

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Tennessee

in work

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Texas

in work

Austin Steam Train, Austin, TX

Steam and diesel 
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Utah

in work

Heber Valley Railroad, Heber City, UT

Steam and diesel
A variety of rides, from scenery to mysteries to ghosts
Seasonal & holiday trains
Year-round operations
Update Apr '09

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Vermont

Green Mountain Railroad, Bellows Falls, VT

Diesel
Operates three trains
    Green Mountain Flyer - Bellow Falls to Chester Depot
    Champlain Valley Flyer - Burlington to Shelburne
    White River Flyer -  White River Junction to Norwich
Special excursions available on all three
Limited winter operations
Update Apr '09

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Virginia

in work

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Washington

Chehalis-Centralia Railroad, Chehalis, WA

Steam 
Twelve mile route
Dinner, mystery, and event trains
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, Yacolt, WA

Steam 
10-mile ride
Logging railroad
Feb - Dec operation
Update Apr '09

Golden Pacific Railroad, Tacoma, WA

Steam and diesel 
Features Reading #2100, a Northern style 4-8-4
Not sure if it is in operation, most of their web site is 404
Update Apr '09

Mt Rainier Railroad, Elbe, WA

Steam and diesel
Summer operations + Snowball Express
Update Apr '09

Northwest Railway Museum, Snoqualmie, WA

Diesel, restoring steam
Late '80s we took a bunch of Cub Scouts on a Santa Train - steam - they sang Christmas carols to all the passengers, most with their own lyrics
5-mile track
Large museum and restoration facility - NEW
Summer operations
Update Apr '09

Spirit of Washington Dinner Train

Lost track, again, ceased operations Oct '07
Looking for new access
Update Apr '09

Seattle Monorail, Seattle, WA

Electric
Built for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair
One-mile trip between Seattle Center and Westlake Center
Daily operation
Update Apr '09

Northern Pacific Railway Museum, Toppenish, WA

Steam and diesel 
Large museum
Toppenish, Simcoe & Western Railroad
Lost track access, current operations are on museum grounds only
Update Apr '09

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West Virginia

in work

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Wisconsin

East Troy Electric Railroad Museum, East Troy, WI

Electric motorcar 
Various rides, including dinner service
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Lumberjack Special Steam Train and Camp Five Museum, Laona, WI

Steam 
Logging museum, various nature, ,forest and river tours
Train included in admission
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI

Diesel 
25 minute ride around museum grounds
Open year-round, operations summer only
Update Apr '09

Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway, Osceola, WI

Diesel 
Part of the Minnesota Transportation Museum
Various rides available
Summer operation
Update Apr '09

Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, Spooner, WI

Diesel 
30-mile, 2 1/2 hour ride
Mostly dinner train operation
Wedding trains
Year-round operation
Update Apr '09

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Wyoming

Union Pacific

Steam and diesel
Periodic tours around the country
Northern 844 or Challenger 3985 provide steam power
E-9 streamliners 951, 949 and 963B provide diesel power
Historic equipment is based in Cheyenne, WY - museum and steam shop tours
Excursion schedule is usually posted April or so, not all excursions have passengers
Update Apr '09

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