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Amtrak and Intercity Passenger Rail Initiatives


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Discuss Amtrak, as well as other topics dealing with intercity rail travel in the U.S.A. including High-Speed Rail. The Alaska Railroad is the USA's other intercity carrier, not affiliated with Amtrak.

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Train Stations and Transit Oriented Developments

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Trip Reports

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OTOL Rail Fests


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Miscellaneous Travel Items

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Freight Railroads


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Security On The Rails

Security issues dealing with train stations and all modes of trains (passenger, freight, tourist, etc.) in the United States and throughout the world should be posted here.

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Societies/Museums/Tourist Railroads/Private Cars

This forum can be used to post meeting or event notices for railroad societies, such as NRHS Chapters. News or information about railroad or trolley museums would fit here, as would anything dealing with tourist railroad or trolley operations. Also use this forum to discuss private rail cars, many of which are owned by societies or museums.

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Miscellaneous Railroad News and Info

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Railroading Hobbies

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Railfan Videos

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Kevin's Travel Information

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Big news stories


  1. Transportation in the NYC area immediately after 9/11,
  2. Blackout of 2003,
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  23. 2015 Winter Storms,
  24. Papal Visit to United States 9/22-27 2015,
  25. Storms of 2015,
  26. Super Bowl 50,
  27. 2016 Winter Storms,
  28. Storms of 2016,
  29. 2017 Winter Storms

Archive of posts to our forums related to big news stories.

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Rail Fests


  1. Windy City RailFest 2003,
  2. Metro New York RailFest 2003,
  3. Boston MiniFest 2003,
  4. New York MiniFest 2003,
  5. Philadelphia Area RaillFest 2004,
  6. Philadelphia MiniFests 2004,
  7. Toronto RailFest 2004,
  8. Big Apple RailFest 2005,
  9. Philadelphia Area RailFest 2005,
  10. Eagle RailFest 2005,
  11. Washington Railfest 2005,
  12. Big Apple RailFest 2006,
  13. New Jersey Railfest 2006,
  14. Montreal RailFest 2006,
  15. Mid Atlantic RailFest 2006,
  16. Big Apple RailFest 2007,
  17. Northern California RailFest 2007,
  18. Boston "T" Party 2007,
  19. Big Apple RailFest 2008,
  20. Florida RailFest 2008,
  21. Garden State RailFest 2008,
  22. Boston "T" Party 2008,
  23. Metro New York RailFest 2009,
  24. Southern California RailFest 2009,
  25. Metro New York RailFest 2010,
  26. Pacific Northwest RailFest 2010,
  27. Long Island RailFest 2010,
  28. New York Area All Request RailFest 2011,
  29. Southeast RailFest 2011,
  30. Philly Area All Request RailFest 2012,
  31. Chief RailFest 2012,
  32. New England RailFest 2013,
  33. Atlantic Coast RailFest 2013,
  34. East Coast RailFest 2014,
  35. Rockies RailFest 2014,
  36. Washington Area RailFest 2015,
  37. Midwest RailFest 2015,
  38. New York Area RailFest 2016,
  39. Virginia RailFest 2017

Archive of items posted relating to past OTOL Rail Fests and other events.

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