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Rail - Passenger Train - Diesel - Post Transition Era
Name Passenger Train, Diesel, North American, Post Transition
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Passenger Train
SubType Diesel
Variety Post Transition Era
Manufacturer Various (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Source of Text Wikipedia



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History: Due to the advantages of diesel locomotives, railroads in North America had retired 90% of their steam locomotives by the mid-1950. Also, major cities and their rail yards became unhappy neighbors in post-war America. People were no longer content to endure the large amounts of soot and smoke that coal burning steam engines produced. Early diesels, while dirty by today's standards, were a gigantic improvement in air pollution over steam.

Passenger consists were considered the most 'sexy' of any railroads operations, and hence usually got the newest flashiest equipment. A major exception, of course, was Amtrak, which had no competition and a huge inventory of cast-off locomotives and rolling stock acquired during its formation. Hence, rail service in the 1960s and 1970s was a hodgepodge of the newest, best-looking locomotives and railcars as well as a showcase for older makeshift equipment.

Railroad/Company: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.


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Item created by: gdm on 2018-12-03 08:32:51

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