In 1852, Pennsylvania Railroad started operating trains in Pittsburgh. With trackways connecting Buffalo, St. Louis, New York, Chicago and Washington Pennsylvania emerged as a prominent railroad facilitator in the following years.Apart from commuter trains, the Lehigh Valley and Reading railroads of Pennsylvania support the freight carriage system of the Middle Atlantic zone.
Equipped with ten 581 mile long rail lines, as per a 2000 survey, Pennsylvania is served by 60 railroad organizations. Amtrak, a major railway service provider, offers 100 trains to different parts of Pennsylvania. Towns such as Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Altoona, Lancaster, Allentown and many others, intersected by the rail routes of Pennsylvania, are clearly highlighted in the Railway Map of the State.