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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created in 1966 and took on functions of the Alaska Railroad, Bureau of Railroad Safety and Service, and the Office of High Speed Ground Transportation. It handles passenger rail traffic, railroad safety, and rail freight.
Amtrak is the name of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, which handles passenger rail traffic in the Lower 48 states.
DOT Library Special Collections
The DOT Digital Special Collections contains investigations of railroad accidents from 1911-1993. You must register for a free account to use the site.
We have a partial collection of FRA publications. Here are some examples:
Railroad accident investigation reports (TD 3.110:)
FRA-ORD & D series (TD 3.15:) Research & development technical reports.
We also have copies of laws, regulations, Congressional hearings, and other documents related to rail transportation and safety.
The Map Collection has railroad maps of Hawai`i and maps showing railroads in other states and countries.
The U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps database (UHM login required) has maps of railroads, including survey maps, covering the U.S. and foreign countries.