NERAIL is an Internet mailing list run by Gil Emery Jr., devoted to the discussion
of New England Railroads. With several hundred subscribers currently, just about anything related to railroading in New
England can and does come up, from near real-time train location reports, to historical discussions, to colorful arguments
about what's being served for dinner tonight on Amtrak's train #448 out of Boston [editor's note: for all practical
purposes, nothing, at least not when I rode it. First class my fanny. Grrr.] ;-)
NERAIL has its own web page, and visiting it is probably the easiest way to learn about NERAIL, or to find out how
to subscribe yourself. Just follow the link below:
Many NERAIL list members are also railroad photographers, and they needed a convenient, simple way of sharing photos with
other NERAIL list members. The NERAIL Photo Archive was created by Jeff Morris to fill that need, and went live in very late
1997. The first photograph
was posted by
on January 5, 1998.
Since then, the NERAIL Photo Archive has grown tremendously, and now contains well over one hundred thousand photographs!
In April of 2003, the NERAIL Photo Archive was split in to two separate sites. The
NERAIL North American Photo Archive contains photographs from all over North America, including New England, while the NERAIL New England Photo Archive remains dedicated exclusively to photos of railroading in and around New England. Later, a transit section was added for streetcars, trolleys, and other transit equipment, and in 2010 the site was split again, and today consists of 5 separate sites, each caterering to a specific interest:
http://photos.nerail.org/ - New England Railroad Photos
http://photos.greatrails.net/ - North American Railroad Photos
http://photos.cityrails.net/ - Transit Photos
http://photos.modelrails.net/ - Model Railroad Photos
http://photos.digitalrails.net/ - Virtual Railroad Screen Shots
Thanks to the generous participation of NERAIL list members and other railroad fans, the NERAIL Photo Archive has been a tremendous success!