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Porter Split Vote Nixes Funds For Trolley/Museum Feasibility Study
The Porter Town Council voted down a $4,300 request to help determine whether historic South Shore passenger cars could be used for an operating tourism trolley or as part of a museum display, perhaps in Porter itself.
Source: Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Indiana, USA
Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Trolley 505 Hits Road Again
The former Scranton Transit Company Trolley Car 505 is pulled on a temporary track and loaded on to a flatbed truck for a trip from Lackawanna County grounds near McDade Park to a steel restoration shop in Bernville.
Source: Times—Tribune, Scranton, PA, U. S. A.
Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Helena In 75 Objects: 15. Downtown Trolley Car
A horse-drawn trolley car that ferried railroad travelers between Helena’s train depot and town in the 1800s is now a permanent fixture along the Downtown Walking Mall.
Source: Independent Record, Helena, Montana, USA
Posted on July 22, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Rail Fair Raises Money For Copeland Display
Proceeds from the 4000 Foundation's Rail Fair benefit the upkeep and restoration of the La Crosse Short Line display at Copeland Park.
Source: LaCrosse Tribune, LaCroose, WI, USA
Posted on July 20, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Death On Tracks Halts Excursions At Iron Heritage Festival
Officials said a 21-year-old man from Virgina was struck and killed by a train traveling to Bloomsburg as part of the Iron Heritage Festival. The Montour County Corner said the death is being treated as a suicide, following witness reports that the man put his head on the tracks before the train hit him. A watchman at the tracks said he spotted the man Friday night sleeping in a parking lot nearby and noticed him wandering near the tracks before the deadly collision.
Source: WNEP-TV, Moosic, PA, U. S. A.
Posted on July 19, 2014 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Man Killed By Iron Heritage Festival Excursion Train
Three hundred yards into its first trip of the day at the Iron Heritage Festival, an eight-car North Shore Railroad excursion train struck and killed a man believed to be in his early 20s. The body of the man, who has yet to be identified, was discovered shortly after 10 a.m. behind Alpine Animal Clinic, at Route 54 and Route 11. A couple found the body, Danville [Pa.] police said. Police believe the man was in his early 20s. Earlier in the morning he had been seen lying on asphalt behind the animal hospital and near the train tracks.
Source: Daily Item, Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA
Posted on July 19, 2014 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Support For Railroad Museum At Old Plant City Depot Gaining Steam
PLANT CITY The Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum is proving to be a big draw for downtown.
Source: Tampa Tribune, Tampa, FL, U. S. A.
Posted on July 19, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

It's Super Hero Day At Trolley Museum
Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Batman and Superman will be riding the trolleys at the Shoreline Trolley Museum, 17 River St., East Haven, on Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Source: Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Posted on July 19, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Railway Museum Turns Back The Clocks For Family Fun Day
ALL ABOARD: Museum staff Kelly McStravick and Les Hardman dress in period costume to promote the upcoming family fun day at the Head of Steam museum, in Darlington Picture: CHRIS BOOTH
Source: The Northern Echo, Darlington, County Durham, United Kingdom
Posted on July 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Rail Museum To Hold Kids’ Costume Contest
On Saturday, the New Braunfels Railroad Museum will present the inaugural Littlest Hobo and Littlest Train Engineer costume contests — and station agent Arlene Rhodes is hopeful that the day will be memorable for many families.
Source: Herald-Zeiting, New Braunfels, TX, U. S. A.
Posted on July 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Fence Issue Could Force Ohio Railway Museum To Close
The Ohio Railway Museum could be forced to close its doors if it can't come to an agreement with an abutting property owner. Worthington City Council used its influence July 14 to encourage negotiations between the two sides, but no firm assurances were made by the end of the meeting.
Source: ThisWeek, Worthington, Ohio, USA
Posted on July 17, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Committee Says Ulster County, Catskill Mountain Railroad Should Drop Actions Against Each Other
The Ulster County Legislature’s Railroad Advisory Committee wants the county to let the Catskill Mountain Railroad ride out the rest of its lease unchallenged. The committee on Wednesday adopted a resolution recommending the county to end its efforts to enforce its lease agreement with the railroad if the railroad drops its lawsuit against the county.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on July 17, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Train Depot Moved To Temporary Location
John Barrows, a Former Telegrapher in the East Helena Depot from 1963 to 1967, says, "This was the center of the community. This was your communications and transportation."
Source: Beartooth NBC, Helena, MT, USA
Posted on July 16, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

B&O Railroad Museum Roundhouse To Receive $400,000 In Updates
The museum in August will start repairs to the building’s clerestory and lantern, Executive Director Courtney B. Wilson said. The repairs to the topmost architectural features of the roundhouse should cost about $400,000. The museum has budgeted for the improvements, Wilson said. The museum will remain open during the repairs and they should not affect visitors' experiences.
Source: Chatlotte Business Journal, charlotte, north carolina, USA
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Vandals Strike At Maine's Narrow Gauge Railroad
Maine's Narrow Gauge Railroad was hit by vandals on Sunday night [July 13], leaving thousands of dollars in damage.
Source: WGME TV, Portland, Maine, USA
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

As an optional extra, three short steam charters are offered using three different Garratt locomotive types.
Source: Railways Africa, , , South Africa
Posted on July 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Norfolk Southern Engineer Says Nine Train Cars Derailed In Wytheville
Norfolk Southern train derails in Wytheville, VA
Source: WDBJ TV, , ,
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Roger Cole

Hugh Reynolds: The Good Side
I covered the first meeting of the legislatively appointed Ulster County Railroad Advisory Committee last week with the expectation that with everyone seated in the same room some reasonable compromises might break out. And some did, but not from both sides.
Source: Kingston Times, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on July 14, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Ride Where Eagles Soar On The Potomac Eagle Excursion
New to the PE is the expanded service from Romney to Petersburg and return once a month. A new one-way promotion also is being offered to buses. “We can pick up bus passengers in Romney and deliver them to Moorefield, where the bus picks them up again and they may proceed to Cass or Seneca Rock, or whereever they are going,” Snyder said.
Source: State Journal, Charleston, WV, USA
Posted on July 12, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Loveland Train Depot Will Be Moved To Granby Museum
A historic local building will have to leave Loveland to be saved. The 112-year-old Great Western Railway depot in east Loveland was slated for demolition, according to the local history buff who is fighting to preserve it, but instead it will be moved to Granby for use as a railroad museum.
Source: Reporter Herald, Loveland, CO, USA
Posted on July 12, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss