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AUTOPSY OF ARCHITECTURE: WHERE TROLLEYS GO TO DIE?
Over 45 PCC (Presidents' Conference Committee) streetcars sit quietly in the rural woods of Windber, PA, roughly 80 miles east of Pittsburgh. The Autopsy of Architecture photographs taken a day after Winter Storm Jonas rolled through the northeast, capture what appears to be a graveyard for trolleys. However, they are a place where streetcars wait in hopes of being put back into service. They also represent one man's attempt to preserve an important element of America's public transit history.
Source: Modern Cities, , , USA
Posted on January 12, 2017 by Timothy Davis

A Locomotive Is Buried Below This Skyscraper
A supposedly true story about an early 1900's era steam locomotive still buried beneath a Jacksonville, FL skyscraper, from a man who was there...
Source: Metro Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, USA
Posted on January 10, 2017 by Jim Lipnitz

What Led To The Demise Of The North Shore Line?
RACINE COUNTY — John Horachek, a conductor and brakeman for the North Shore Line from 1961-63, said a number of reasons entered into the beloved railroad’s demise. The line, he explained, was a private enterprise that was not subsidized by taxes. Railroads at that time were subsidizing passenger service with freight business, which was limited for the North Shore.
Source: Racine Journal Times, Racine, WI, USA
Posted on January 3, 2017 by bob miller

'Clean, Electrified, Fast, Comfortable'
RACINE — As the morning sunshine belied the historic bitter cold of Monday, Jan. 21, 1963, an unsettling quietness gripped Racine as forcefully as the minus-15-degree arctic blast. The beloved Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad, a part of Racine's history since 1916, had quietly passed into history during the previous night.
Source: Racine Journal Times, Racine, WI, USA
Posted on January 3, 2017 by bob miller

Rare Train Hauled Through The Streets Of Scranton, Ready To Be Restored
New York, Ontario & Western 44-tonner 105 is trucked from Winslow Junction, NJ to Scranton and Steamtown.
Source: WNEP-TV, Moosic, PA, U. S. A.
Posted on December 28, 2016 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

The GTW 206447 Reefer Project
Save the Reefer! Help Move History! By buying a shirt, you will be helping to preserve and move Grand Trunk Western 206447, an ice brine reefer box car from Holland, MI to the safety and preserving efforts of the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society of Port Huron Township, MI. The move will involve a couple of semi-tractor trucks and their drivers for a distance of approximately 225 miles! All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to this effort, with any balance going to the following restoration of the reefer into a cosmetically correct climate controlled shop and secure storage area for use by the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society. Reefer GTW 206447 is truly a unique piece of equipment in a mostly complete state. It is likely the sole remaining example of 100 Canadian designed reefers of the efficient overhead ice brine design. These reefers were built for the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company in July through August of 1955 by the Pacific Car & Foundry at Renton, WA. The efficient design allowed for actual climate control, both cold and warm temperatures with usage of either the aforementioned overhead ice brine tanks or the under-mounted charcoal heater. These reefers had an astounding 3500 mile range before requiring re-charge with the ice brine coolant system. Hauling everything from meat, produce, to auto parts, these reefer box cars allowed the Grand Trunk Western to offer a premium service that allowed for reliable shipment of commodities that required specific temperature requirements. After serving for the Grand Trunk Western, GTW 206447 was likely retired in 1972 or 1973, likely being one of the last of its type in revenue service. It was likely sold to a chicken slaughter house in Holland, MI, now a strip mall, and was spotted on the old Pere Marquette Ottawa Beach Branch next to the slaughter house where it was used as an overflow freezer. The reefer has been there ever since the slaughter house shut down, awaiting a sure fate of the scrapper’s torch until the Port Huron & Detroit Railroad Historical Society stepped in and literally saved the reefer from scrapping. This is where you come in. With your financial support of buying our fundraiser T-shirt, you too can take part in preserving this unique piece of Grand Trunk Western Railroad history, TODAY! Act now, save the reefer, help move history!
Source: Booster, Port Huron Township, Michigan, USA
Posted on December 21, 2016 by Chad Thompson

Group Forms To Save Simpson Roundhouse
On Dec. 6, the Shelton, Washington City Council voted 2-1 against accepting a gift to the City of Shelton by the Simpson Lumber Company of a historic roundhouse and accompanying track. We, the citizens of Shelton along with parties interested in preserving Washington State and Pacific Northwest railroad history, are organizing to historically preserve the roundhouse and track. We could really use your help.
Source: Facebook Group, Shelton, Washington, USA
Posted on December 6, 2016 by Kate Sampsell-Willmann