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The Little Engine That, Ultimately, Couldn’T
From the late 1800s through the early 1900s, railroad surveyors from the Denver & Río Grande tried time and again to find a feasible western route into Taos — all to no avail. They were thwarted by steep grades, serpentine topography and the gaping Río Grande Gorge that made it impossible for even narrowgauge track to be laid all the way to Taos.
Source: Taos News, Taos, NM, U. S. A.
Posted on October 1, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

4th Filmmaker Charged In Allman Movie Train Crash
A fourth filmmaker has been charged with crimes stemming from a train collision in southeast Georgia that killed a crew member during shooting of a biographical movie about singer Gregg Allman.
Source: ABCNews.Com, USA
Posted on October 1, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

New Orleans Streetcar Line Given Special Recognition By Department Of Interior
NEW ORLEANS —A streetcar line in New Orleans was given special recognition this week by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Source: WDSU, New Orleans, LA, USA
Posted on October 1, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

New Rail Museum Director Excited About Expansion
A new executive director has taken the helm of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel in Cranbrook. Charlotte Murray took over in late August after the departure of former executive director Damon Colgan.
Source: Cranbrook Daily Townsman, , , Canada
Posted on October 1, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Trolley Museum Makes Room For 2
SHELBURNE FALLS — The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum is on track to double its appeal. It plans to restore and feature a second antique trolley in its rolling stock.
Source: The Recorder, Greenfield, MA, U. S. A.
Posted on October 1, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Taking The Train To Autumn, At Alna’S Railway Museum
Three-year-old Barrett “Bear” Hisler of Newcastle likes trains so much, when the steam train at Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum in Alna left Sheepscot Station with him on it Sept. 27, he started singing “I’ve been working on the railroad.”
Source: Wiscasset Newspaper, Wiscasset, ME, U. S. A.
Posted on September 30, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Borough Day A Hit In Haven
People lined the streets to eat, watch entertainment, talk with friends, stop by the more than 30 vendors and see the two steam locomotives, engine 113, built in 1923 and owned by Railway Restoration Project 113, a Minersville-based nonprofit, and engine 425 built in 1928 for the Gulf Mobile and Northern Railroad. Engine 425 is owned by the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad.
Source: Republican & Herald, , PA, USA
Posted on September 29, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Trolley Crossing United Bangor, Brewer In 1914
BANGOR, Maine — At 2:55 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, a century ago, electric trolley car No. 9 of the Bangor Railway & Electric Co. rolled away from the Bangor House on a historic journey.
Source: Bangor Daily News, Bangor, ME, U. S. A.
Posted on September 29, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Restored Railroad Engine Steams Through LaFayette On Shakedown Run
The recently rebuilt and remodeled Southern Railway 4501 steam engine made a test run from Chattanooga to LaFayette on Thursday, Sept. 25, to gear up for the Oct. 4 Summerville Steam Special.
Source: Rome News-Teribune, Rome, GA, U. S. A.
Posted on September 28, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Historic Train Takes Volunteer On A Sentimental Journey
Judy Sandberg was the backbone of the Friends of the 261, a nonprofit group that owns and operates a rebuilt steam locomotive and its fleet of historic cars. Sandberg volunteered daily for nearly 25 years for the Minneapolis-based group. As administrator, she handled most ticketing, marketing, and other advance work for excursions in the United States and Canada. She sold T-shirts and souvenirs and ran the concession car, too.
Source: Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Posted on September 28, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Eco-Trolley Takes Off For Educational Tour
Fall foliage, a roaring brook and a historic trolley were among the highlights of the Eco-Trolley Tour.
Source: Times—Tribune, Scranton, PA, U. S. A.
Posted on September 28, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Kingston Lawmaker Says City Not Doing Enough To Promote Upcoming Train Rides
KINGSTON >> A top city lawmaker says Kingston should try to “maximize opportunities” to attract tourists in connection with upcoming train rides sponsored by the Catskill Mountain Railroad. The city’s top lawyer, however, says that would be inappropriate, since the city is suing the railroad.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on September 28, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Volunteers Work To Restore A Piece Of Alaska’S Railroad History
Restoring locomotive 557/ Sorry for herky-jerky video.
Source: KTVA, Anchorage, AK, USA
Posted on September 27, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Trammell Crow Eyes Uptown Restaurant Site For 20-Story Apartment And Retail Tower
An expanded facility for the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority, including a trolley barn, is part of the plan for a new 20-story complex.
Source: Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, USA
Posted on September 25, 2014 by Evan

Trolley Car Found ‘Buried’ Inside Abandoned Home Makes Final Stop Aurora City Hall
AURORA | City employees, residents and fans cheered as they watched the 18,000-lb., 40-foot long trolley trailer wheeled into its new home at the Ruth Fountain gallery that will open in the Aurora History Museum this November.
Source: Aurora Sentinel, Aurora, Colorado, USA
Posted on September 24, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Trolley Service Returning To French Lick Resort
Now the train (trolley) will be pulling back into the station, literally, thanks to a partnership between the resort and the Indiana Railway Museum. IRM General Manager Rick Olsen worked with the Indiana Department of Transportation to draw up plans to redo the original track and secured a $200,000 grant.
Source: WBIW-AM, Bedford, IN, U. S. A.
Posted on September 23, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Inaugural Trailffest Along Ffestiniog Railway Is A Huge Success
A good example of how trains and runners can co-exist. Video
Source: Daily Post, Llandudno Junction, UK
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Locomotion Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary
A tourist attraction in County Durham, Northern England, is celebrating its 10th birthday.
Source: British Broadcasting Corporation, London, England, U.K.
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Richard Buckby

Railroad Museum Is About More Than Just Trains
As the beneficiary of the 2014 Merrill Lynch Grand Gala, the National Railroad Museum is taking the bold first steps toward a major capital campaign with a building expansion set to start within the next seven years. This new building will not only have American Alliance of Museums standard exhibits, but will include a technology-rich education wing with hands-on activities, classroom space, and equipment to produce the museum’s already well-known, tailored educational programs.
Source: Press-Gazette, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Railroad Museum Names New Site Administrator
The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission has named Jeffrey Bliemeister site administrator at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Bliemeister will assume his duties on Oct. 6. He succeeds Charles Fox, who was recently named the western division chief for PHMC's Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums.
Source: Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, Lancaster, PA, USA
Posted on September 22, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss