Heritage railways are known in the United States as tourist, historic, or scenic railroads. Most are remnants of original railroads, and some are reconstructed after having been scrapped. Some heritage railways preserve entire railroads in their original state using original structures, track, and motive power.
Examples of heritage railroads in the US by preservation type:
Some do not fit in the above categories, like the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad (a subsidiary of the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad). The SL&RG, primarily a freight operation on former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad track, owns and operates a steam locomotive and a fleet of passenger cars (most of which are painted in D&RGW colors). Many heritage railways host living-history events such as annual reenactments of historic activities, and may have an archive or library of railroad-related materials.
Heritage Railroads of the United States by State
A train on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad.
By Drew Jacksich from San Jose, California - _DSC4287x4, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47127082
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