Historically a very important railroad in the western USA. This is the railroad that US Route 66 followed. The Atlantic and Pacific started in Springfield Missouri to build west. Because of several financial fiasco's the A&P incorporated the Frisco, and immediately leased all the Missouri assets to it. More financial messes and the Frisco and Santa Fe ended up jointly owing the A&P in New Mexico. Finally more Frisco messes and the Santa Fe ended up with the line which became their mainline to the west coast.
The Frisco is one railroad that financially did not deserve to even exist, let alone survive into 1980.
Santa Cruz, Big Trees, and Pacific Railway (SCBG)
Florence and Cripple Creek Railroad (F&CC)
Borate and Dagget Railroad
Death Valley Railroad (DVRR)
Trona Railway (TRC) still in operation today, I find it a little funny since trona is a mineral, as well as the name of a city.
Oil Creek and Titusville RR (OCTT)
Steptoe Valley Mining & Smelting Co. RR. I suppose this doesn't really count since it's a private operator, but the Castro Point Railway had a tank engine in that livery when I was growing up, at its Richmond, CA operation and I always thought it was a funny sounding name.
Memory hasn't failed completely. ATSF and SLSF jointly took over the A&P, but when A&P failed in 1893, SLSF got the land grants in Missouri, while ATSF retained the ones across the Mojave Desert. I think that I stated this correctly. SLSF never owned ATSF.
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