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Illinois Man Recreating Lincoln Funeral Train Car
ELGIN— To mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination next year, an Illinois man is constructing a full-size replica of the funeral train car that carried the president's body from Washington, D.C., to his final resting place in Springfield.
Source: Daily Journal, Kankakee, Illinois, USA
Posted on April 16, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Kevin Pharris Remembers And Laments The Loss Of The Denver Streetcar
Long before RTD's light rail system, Denver had another effective and extensive mode of public transit: the streetcar.
Source: Westword, Denver, CO, U. S. A.
Posted on April 16, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Then And Now: Northern Pacific Railway
Many things attracted newcomers to the tiny settlement of Spokane in the 1870s. There was plentiful land, water and timber. But the railroad fueled most of the optimism.
Source: The Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA, USA
Posted on April 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Beiseker Railway Museum Remains Stalled
For the last two years, the red building has sat with its faded paint peeling away from charming arches and its windows boarded, sightless eyes staring out onto an empty street. The sight makes former Beiseker councillor Fred Walters shake his head. “We’re at a standstill until we can get it moved onto the foundation,” he said.
Source: Rocky View Weekly, Airdrie, AB, Canada
Posted on April 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Logan Square Pothole Reveals Chicago's Streetcar History
"The gauge of the track stayed the same, it's just what was powering it," said Nick Kallas, executive director of the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill. "1906 was the last year for any cable cars in Chicago. After that they were electric-powered."
Source: DNAinfo, NY, NY, U. S. A.
Posted on April 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Wensleydale Railway Reopens For Easter After Major Feat Of Restoration By Three Engineers
A heritage railway in northern England reopens after a landslip severs the line.
Source: Craven Herald, Skipton, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posted on April 15, 2014 by Richard Buckby

Man Arrested Over Theft Of Benches From Keighley Heritage Railway
A man has been arrested in connection with an incident in which benches were stolen from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
Source: Keighley News, Keighley, UK
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

A Historic Trail From Trash To Treasure
When Frank “Watermelon” Campbell kicked off his 42-year career with the railroad, he was given a lantern that would quickly become the piece to set off the eventual opening of the Railroad Museum of Oklahoma.
Source: News & Eagle, Enid, Oklahoma, USA
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Slide Show/World's Top 10 Trolley Rides: National Geographic
Non-trolley San Francisco cable cars make the list.
Source: Canoe.Ca, Toronto, ON, Canada
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Question The Queen City: What Happened To Charlotte's Trolley System?
Like many cities around the U.S., Charlotte fell prey to the wiles of the automobile industry. Documentaries on the demise of trollies in America point a finger at Ford Motor Co. for offering various kickbacks to prompt towns to dismantle the early form of mass transportation to make way, of course, for the increasing popularity of combustible-engine vehicles.
Source: Creative Loafing, Charlotte, NC, U. S. A.
Posted on April 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Maryland And Pennsylvania Railroad Memorabilia Again Being Sought
Members of the Old Line Museum in Delta, Pa., and other Ma & Pa buffs, collectively calling themselves the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad Gang, are soliciting donations of artifacts from the general public and collectors through April 27; however, any materials found after that date will still be gratefully accepted, according to Jerome Murphy, of Baldwin, who is once again leading the collection effort.
Source: Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Medina Railroad Museum Has New Board President
“We need to do a lot more train excursions than we are currently doing,” Bidleman said. “The museum is, in my opinion, in dire need of major changes, and needs to be run more like a business. Unless I’m voted off the board that’s the way it will be.”
Source: Journal-Register, Medina, NY, USA
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Should Be Reopened, Brooklyn Historical Group Says
BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn railway buff is attempting to reopen a historic tunnel under Atlantic Avenue - despite the city deeming it unsafe.
Source: DNAinfo, NY, NY, U. S. A.
Posted on April 11, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Railway Writer And Former Train Worker Says Farewell To Historic Steam Engines In Shildon
A RAILWAY writer who helped to look after two historic steam engines 50-years ago during their heyday has bid them goodbye before they leave the UK.
Source: Craven Herald, Skipton, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Richard Buckby

Rail Museum In North Williamstown To Reopen This Sunday After Four Year Hiatus
RAIL enthusiasts are celebrating the long-awaited reopening of a train museum at North Williamstown.
Source: Herald Sun, , , Australia
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Holden: Railroad Museum Not Forgotten
The city has neither forgotten nor canceled plans to build a railroad museum, Cleburne City Manager Rick Holden and Mayor Scott Cain said.
Source: Times-Review, Cleburne, Texas, USA
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

OT/World's Longest Trolleybus Route Rolls On In Crimea
YALTA: Almost every day for the past 30 years through Crimea's turbulent recent history, Natalia Yudenkova has climbed behind the wheel of her number 52 trolleybus.
Source: Times Of India, India
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

MATA Trolley Catches Fire On Madison; Second Blaze In 6 Months
A MATA trolley caught fire on Madison near Danny Thomas on Monday morning. No one was injured in the fire, officials said.
Source: Commercialappeal.Com, Memphis, TN, USA
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Train Station In Peloponnese Turned Into Museum
The Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) is to restore an old train station in the Peloponnese, southern Greece, for use as a railway museum.
Source: Greek Reporter, Northridge, CA, U. S. A.
Posted on April 6, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

When It Comes To The Contentment Quotient, New Orleans Is Doing Better Than Chicago
And speaking of the St. Charles trolley, it serves as a metaphor for how New Orleanians are different from you and me.
Source: OpEd News, , , U. S. A.
Posted on April 6, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss