The rolling stock of a railroad is anything that moves on its rails. That includes locomotives,
freight and passenger cars, track maintenance vehicles and machinery, self-propelled
and—in the case of electric railways—streetcars and interurbans. Because
locomotives are the glamour girls of the railroad, and seem to get most of the
attention, we will concentrate on everything but
And because our interests are largely historical, you will also
find here more on rolling stock of the wooden car and early steel car eras,
together with trolleys and interurbans. We concentrate primarily on the period
from the beginning of railroads in the U.S. (ca. 1830) to the end of the
electric car era (ca. 1925).
But enough of the generalities. Here are the specifics.
Railway Car Builders of North America
— an all-inclusive and ever-growing list of every independent builder of
railway cars of any kind that ever existed in the United States or Canada;
“independent” being defined as anyone that built cars for others (including
railroad shops that built cars for anyone other than their own railroad).
Builders of Wooden
Railway Cars ... and some of other stuff
— histories of the men and companies that built
railway cars, from the very beginning until well into the twentieth century.
— an illustrated dictionary of terms having to do with railway cars, largely—but
not exclusively—from the wooden car era.
Colorado & Southern
— a catalog of the passenger cars of the narrow gauge portion of this
railroad: a portion that had its beginnings in the years immediately
following the Civil War, in the person of the Colorado Central and the
Denver, South Park & Pacific railroads, and ran—however haltingly—right up
to the brink of the 2nd World War.
A Selective Chronology of the United
— a table listing selected events in the history of the United States that
affected any of the aforementioned subjects in any way; for instance, events
in early railroad history, events in early Colorado history and events
affecting both the national and the Colorado state economies, and thus the
business of building railway cars.
And The Fine Print
— The content of the Rolling Stock website is entirely the
responsibility of the webmaster. The Mid-Continent Railway Museum graciously
provides web hosting, but has no responsibility for anything contained
— The Rolling Stock website is for educational and modeling purposes only.
We sell nothing. If any commercial enterprise is mentioned, it is because we
have found it helpful; we receive no benefit of any kind for doing so.
— The Rolling Stock website is always in transition. If you don’t find what you want, bookmark it
and come back later
for another try.