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Areas of the world covered
I try to list every certificate for every railroad in North America.
"North America" includes the land mass north of Panama border with Colombia, including all the Caribbean islands north of the South American coast, Hawaii and Greenland. This area encompasses 23 countries and several British, Dutch and French protectorates.
Catalog numbers are assigned to certificates based on company name, I maintain a list of every railroad and railroad-related company I have ever found reference to.
Regardless of origin, companies that operated (or intended to operate) outside of North America are beyond the scope of this project. However, if foreign companies laid track anywhere in North America, or were otherwise involved in North American railroading, I try to include them. Of particular note are Dutch stock-holding consortiums that were very instrumental in American railroad finance.
Please contact me if you specialize in non-U.S. countries and have special knowledge of rail companies in your area of interest. I particularly need help with Central American countries south of Mexico.
Here is a census of all railroad companies recorded in North America as of Sunday, May 15, 2022.
|0||Antigua and Barbuda|
|0||Bahamas, The Commonwealth of the|
|0||Belgium, The Kingdom of|
|0||Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (NLD)|
|0||British Honduras (see Belize)|
|44||Canada & United States of America|
|0||Cayman Islands, The (UK)|
|11||Costa Rica, The Republic of|
|93||Cuba, The Republic of|
|0||Curaçao, The Country of (NLD)|
|0||Dominica, The Commonwealth of|
|6||Dominican Republic, The|
|9||El Salvador, The Republic of|
|6||France, The French Republic|
|4||Germany, The Federal Republic of|
|11||Guatemala, The Republic of|
|6||Haiti, The Republic of|
|17||Honduras, The Republic of|
|14||Mexico & United States of America|
|65||Netherlands, The Kingdom of the|
|5||Nicaragua, The Republic of|
|2||Panamá, The Republic of|
|2||Puerto Rico, The Commonwealth of|
|0||Saint Barthélemy, The Collectivity of (FRA)|
|2||Saint Kitts and Nevis|
|0||Saint Martin, The Collectivity of (FRA)|
|0||Saint Pierre and Miquelon, The Overseas Collectivity of (FRA)|
|0||Saint Vincent and The Grenadines|
|0||Sint Maarten (NLD)|
|0||Switzerland (The Swiss Confederation)|
|2||Trinidad and Tobago, The Republic of|
|0||Turks and Caicos Islands, The (UK)|
|7||United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island, The|
|26,317||United States of America|
|0||Virgin Islands of the United States, The (US)|
|0||Virgin Islands, The (UK)|
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