Railroad History
Overview and Index

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PSMRE hopes to interest you in the history of railroading in the Puget Sound area. Our exhibit shows portions of the Tacoma - Auburn - Stampede Pass rail system as it was in the 1950's. Our history pages are intended to give you an overview of the colorful and exciting world of railroads, some background on the major companies, and how the railroads influenced the history of Tacoma and the surrounding areas.

This section of the web site is rather new. We welcome any comments or additional sources of information. All of these pages are works in progress, but those marked "(under construction)" are especially sparse!

Brief histories of the railroads featured in the PSMRE exhibit, including:

Northern Pacific Railway (updated March 1998)
Great Northern Railway (updated April 1998)
Union Pacific Railroad (under construction)
Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific) (updated December 1998)

Brief histories of other Puget Sound railroads (under construction)

Tacoma's Local Railroads Today including BNSF, UP, Tacoma Rail, Sound Transit and Amtrak.

A Tacoma Railroad History Timeline (under construction)

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