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Empire State Rails

Empire State Rails
Discuss anything and everything pertaining to railroading, both freight and passenger, historical and present day in the Empire State of New York. Covers both regional,shortline and Class One rails and all passenger rails.
Empire State Rails

Electric Trains

When you were a child I'm sure you played with Lionel, American Flyer, or Marklin or some other form of electric train.  By now you  must have ridden on an electric trolley car - even in the US.  I say that because we act as if electric power had a curse on it.  We have what we call a 'light rail' to all people.  But a centruy ago or thereabouts we hauled heavy freight on electric power like foreign nations.   Each time I receive a new copy of Progressive Railroading Magazine I look through it to find something on electric powered freight trains plus, of course, commuters and other passenger trains.  But I find nothing when at one time, as I said above, it was so popular.  Then it all stopped.  Who did that?  Someone's name is on it.  Everyone is afraid to make a move, evidently.