The CSX RR itself began in 1980. Once they absorbed the Seaboard System (1986) and the C&O (1987) railroads, CSX became more or less as we see them today. Over the years, twenty railroads some themselves products of previous mergers - were brought into the CSX family. These included America's first RR, the B&O, that dated back to 1827, the C&O (1868) all the way up to Conrail in 1976.
Other familiar names that can be seen today on model RR rolling stock all fell under the CSX umbrella. Names like Louisville & Nashville (L&N), Seaboard, Atlantic Coast Line (ACL), the Chessie System, Pittsburgh & Lake Erie (P&LE), Western Maryland (WM), and the famous Pere Marquette are part of the CSX family tree.
Watch for more information about each of these once famous or just regionally well known railroads as we add them under the Railroad History section of the Trainmasters' website. In the meantime, you can visit the links below just for starters for more information.
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie RR Historical Society
Seaboard Coast Line