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Still in service in Northwestern Mexico, this 418 mile-long railroad is one of the most scenic in North America. Traveling through a series of canyons so steep that it has to use spirals in some areas, it is popular with passengers and tourists, while also hauling freight.

Its 16-hour one-way trip crosses 37 bridges and goes through 86 tunnels. Founded by American goofballs who wanted to build a Utopian colony, it took 28 years for it to begin operations, and another 33 years to complete.

In 1998, it was acquired by the Mexican National Railroad, but it still operates as a separate system.
 

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So many little back-country railroads in the world. Most have fascinating histories. Hope they all can survive!
 
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