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Trailer Train becomes TTX.
P&LE merges into CSX.
Centerbeams surpass bulkhead flats for  hauling lumber.
DASH 8-44CW, DASH 9-44CW, AC4400CW, DASH 8-40BP, SD60I, SD70, SD70MAC introduced.
Pup (28' etc.) trailers from LTL carriers surge onto the rails.
SD70M, P40DC introduced.
Friction Bearings banned in all interchange service.
Central Vermont becomes New England Central.
Metro Link (Los Angeles) appears.
Cotton Belt is finally merged into Southern Pacific.
Detroit & Mackinac becomes Lake State Railway.
San Joaquin Valley Railroad appears.
Wisconsin & Southern acquires Wisconsin & Calumet.
Indiana Southern appears.
Missouri & Northern Arkansas appears.
Conrail adds Quality logo.
53' Spine Cars appear.
Conrail joins Triple Crown Services.
Wisconsin Central acquires Fox River Valley, and Green Bay & Western.
Nebraska Central appears.
Conrail acquires Monongahela Railway.
Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia appears.
California Northern appears.
MidSouth merges into KCS.
Louisville & Indiana appears (spinning off of Conrail.)
C&NW merges into Union Pacific.
Central Oregon & Pacific starts service.
AT&SF and BN parent companies merge.
CP Rail establishes St. Lawrence & Hudson to run eastern lines.
Bangor & Aroostook joins Iron Road.
New Brunswick Southern appears.
Finger Lakes Railway appears.
CN is privatized and integrates Grand Trunk Western.
Southern Pacific merges into UP.
Ashley Drew & Northern shuts down.
Chicago & Illinois Midland becomes Illinois & Midland.
Duluth Winnepeg & Pacific integrated into Canadian National.
Progressive Rail appears in the Twin Cities.
CP Rail becomes Canadian Pacific again.
Southern Pacific re-introduces Sunset logo on boxcars and gons.
New York & Atlantic takes over freight on Long Island.
BNSF introduces Heritage II scheme.
I&M Rail Link appears (spun off Canadian Pacific.)
Wisconsin Central buys Algoma Central, re-logos and re-numbers fleet, leading to complete repainting.
NS adds white frame stripes.
 
DE30AC and DM30AC introduced.
Alabama & Gulf Coast appears (spun off of BNSF.)
Arkansas Midland appears.
BN and AT&SF rail operations are combined.
Cambria & Indiana closes their doors.
Caltrain (San Francisco, San Jose) appears.
Canadian American appears.
Maine Eastern appears.
Carlton Trail Rwy appears (spun off of CN.)
Cascade & Columbia River appears.
Carolina Southern appears.
Allegheny RR becomes Allegheny Eastern under G&W ownership.
Allegheny Valley RR appears.
Montreal's AMT commuter service opens.
Southern Railway of British Columbia dons Washington Corp blue paint.
CP Rail closes Canadian Atlantic subsidiary.
Cimarron Valley RR appears.
Washington Central re-acquired by BNSF.
Wisconsin & Calumet merged into parent Wisconsin & Southern.
Central Kansas Railway appears.
Central RR of Indiana spins off from CR.
Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad appears.
Dallas Garland & Northeastern appears.
UP, NS and Conrail form the EMP container pool.
BN and CSX form the NACS container pool. Other RR's join later.
Eastern Idaho RR appears.
Canadian Pacific establishes
E&N Railfreight to take over Vancouver Island lines (the original Esquimalt & Nanaimo Rwy.)
TFM (partly owned by KCS) spinsoff of FNM in Mexico.
Blue Mountain RR appears.
Georgia & Florida RR (part of the G&O Rwys group) opens for business.
Goderich-Exeter Rwy appears.
KCS acquires a 49% stake in Texas Mexican.
Gateway Western becomes a subsidiary of KCS.
Pigeon River RR and Hillsdale County RR merge to form Indiana Northeastern.
Idaho Northern & Pacific appears.
Illinois RailNet opens.
Indiana Hi-Rail shuts down.
Natchez Trace sold, becomes Mississippi Central.
Minnesota Northern opens.
Nebraska Northeastern opens.
Nebraska Kansas Colorado RailNet opens.
Northern Plains RR opens.
Ottawa Valley Rwy launched by RaiLink Canada.
Palouse River & Coulee City appears.
Puget Sound & Pacific opens.
Seagraves Whiteface & Lubbock sold to RailAmerica and becomes West Texas & Lubbock.
Quebec Gatineau Railway opens.
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Old friction bearing trucks that have been retrofit with roller bearing inserts are banned from interchange.