Railroad Milestones Since 1945 - A Tool for Modelers. 
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FEC acquired by parent of RailAmerica.
New "Michigan Central" appears.
NS pulls out of Ontario, Canada.
Rarus Railway becomes Butte Anaconda & Pacific again.
Low profile domes mandated on new tank cars.
Elgin Joliet & Eastern merges into CN.
NS-Pan Am joint venture "Pan Am Southern" opens for business.
Great Sandhills Rwy spins off of Canadian Pacific.
Genset switchers appear in quantity.
Ethanol traffic surges.
NRE introduces 3GS21B.
UP completes Heritage Fleet.
KCS adopts "Southern Belle" paint scheme on new equipment.
Last Metroliners replaced by Acela Expresses.
UP & CSX start modern reefer unit train service.
Indiana Railroad doubles in size as CP/Soo exits the state.
Tuscola & Saginaw Bay becomes Great Lakes Central.
CN buys Savage Alberta Railway.
Dakota Minnesota & Eastern and IC&E merge with Canadian Pacific.
BNSF opens 3rd main track over Cajon Pass.
CN buys Matapedia & Golfe, Ottawa Central and New Brunswick East Coast.
Maryland Midland, Ohio Central System and Columbus & Greenville acquired by Genesee & Wyoming shortline group.
Florida East Coast engines first appear in RailAmerica red, white and blue colors.
233 miles of Montreal Maine & Atlantic sold to state of Maine for operation by Maine Northern.
TTX introduces new tuscan and black logo.
CSX and UP form UMAX container pool.
Norfolk Southern introduces a Heritage Fleet.
Genesee & Wyoming buys RailAmerica.
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Ann Arbor joins Watco shortline group.
EMD GP20C-ECO, SD30C-ECO introduced.
Austin Area Terminal Railroad becomes Austin Western.
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First BethGon CoalPorters (steel version) are delivered.
UP and CSX form the STAX container pool.
Carolina Coastal expands from the coast all the way to Raliegh, NC.
Coos Bay Rail Link opens for regular service.
FEC brings back the red and yellow.
Crude oil and frac sand traffic surges. Coal declines.
2014
Rapid City Pierre & Eastern (part of the Genesee & Wyoming family) spins off of Canadian Pacific.
Guilford officially becomes Pan Am Railways. First Pan Am locos appear.
Montreal Maine & Atlantic becomes Central Maine & Quebec Rwy.
RailAmerica sells Esquimalt & Nanaimo to Washington Group who now calls it Southern Railway of Vancouver Island.
Evansville Western spins off of CSX.
Birmingham Southern becomes Birmingham Terminal RR.
Eastern Washington Gateway RR opens.
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Grand Elk RR opens.
Blue Ridge Southern (part of the Watco family) spins off from NS. 
Keewatin Railway opens.
Kelowna Pacific Rwy closes. CN resumes operation of the line.
EMD SD70ACe-P4 introduced.
2015
Genesee & Wyoming shortline group buys the Pinsley shortline group. 
BNSF acquires Nebraska Northeastern.
Grenada Railway opens.
RJ Corman buys Grenada Railway and Carolina Southern.
New Mexico Rail Runner opens.
Okanagan Valley Rwy closes.
Severed by storms, Port of Tillamook Bay Railroad ends through service.
CP sells the D&H between Sunbury, PA and Schenectedy, NY to NS.
SunRail opens in Orlando.
Quebec Central closes.
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2016
Kanawha River Railroad (part of the Watco group) spins off of NS.
 
Heart Of Texas sold and becomes Central Texas & Colorado River RR.
 
Providence & Worcester joins the Genesee & Wyoming group.
 
Delmarva Central opens in December.
Amtrak retires last AEM7.
CN buys Athabasca Northern.
Maine Eastern closes.
2017
Heart Of Georgia joins the Genesee & Wyoming shortline group.
 
Last Ringling Brothers circus trains.
 
Canadian Pacific re-introduces the beaver to their logo.
EMD F125, SD70ACe-T4 introduced.
SD70ACS, GP22ECO, SD22ECO, SD32ECO, ES44C4 introduced.
 
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