Why does YourToyTrains spend so much time adding railroad histories on your website? No one else does this. Why do you?
At YourToyTrains we love our work. We love model trains.Each of our products with a road name reflects the great heritage of the men and women who took a dream and developed it into a great enterprise. In our historical short sketches we want to give our shoppers- some who may be new to model railroading- how each of these railroads came to be, how they grew (at least major events), and where that company is today. It takes more time than our competitors take, but we don't mind. Because we love trains! We really do! Photo: Union Pacific Challenger on display in Chickasha, OK. People love America's (and Canada's) rail heritage!
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Southern Railway: Starting with the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road company in 1827, Southern Railway grew from the consolidation of over 150 railroad companies in the Southeastern US. The Richmond & Danville had expanded its operations in the South, but overexpansion lead to financial issues. J. P. Morgan reorganized the R & D into the Southern Railway System in 1893, which was expanded in 1894 with the addition of other key routes. The Southern was a very progressive railroad, and during the 20th Century it lead the rail industry in dieselization, use of computers, unit trains, the "Big John" hopper car, and many other ideas. In 1982 the very strong Southern Railway and the very strong Norfolk & Western Railway merged to form Norfolk Southern, which became one of the two dominant rail systems in the Eastern US.