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$2 Million Restoration Of Historic Roanoke Virginian Station Complete
It took 15 years and over $2 million, but restoration of Roanoke’s historic Virginian Railway passenger station is complete.
Source: WSLS TV, Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Posted on July 26, 2016 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Railroad Boards Agree To Terms On New Corporation
Faced with threats of resignation from railroad director Mark Bassett and prominent donor and backer John Gianoli, the Ely City Council — acting as the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation Board of Trustees and the White Pine Historical Railroad Foundation Management Board — approved a new set of bylaws, articles of incorporation and development agreement for Ely’s landmark attraction.
Source: Ely Times, Ely, Nevada, USA
Posted on July 26, 2016 by Bill Hough

East Troy Train Catches Fire During Birthday Party, Grandfather Says
3-year-old boy's birthday party went awry after a train on the East Troy Electric Railroad caught fire on Saturday, the boy's grandfather said.
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Posted on July 25, 2016 by bob miller

Amarillo Plans To Sell Historic Madam Queen Locomotive
City of Amarillo solicits bids to sell Santa Fe 2-10-4 #5000, the "Madam Queen".
Source: Globe News (Registration Required), Amarillo, Texas, USA
Posted on July 23, 2016 by Dan Rohrback

Catskill Mountain Railroad Secures Permit From Ulster County To Resume Scenic Train Rides
Ulster County has granted a permit to the Catskill Mountain Railroad that allows the company to resume scenic train rides in the Kingston-Ulster area starting August 1.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on July 18, 2016 by Ernest Hunt

At The Grand Canyon, A Mechanic’S Love Affair With Locomotives
Brief interview with, and photo of, Eric Hadder, chief mechanical officer of the Grand Canyon Railway.
Source: New York Times, New York, New York, USA
Posted on July 10, 2016 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Gray Getting Railway Project On Track
The Gray Town Council is considering a public-private partnership to help bring the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company to town. The sound of the train in the distance has been tantalizing Gray residents for five years now, since the town was selected from among three other competing municipalities – Bridgton, Monson and Portland – to be the railroad’s new home. At Tuesday’s meeting, the council discussed laying the tracks for the railroad, physically and metaphorically, with half of a million dollars from the town. The funds, however, would first need to be approved by the voters.
Source: Current Publishing, Falmouth, Maine, USA
Posted on July 10, 2016 by O Anderson

Beautiful On The Inside: Preserved Philadelphia PCC Car Undergoing Interior Makeover
Efforts are underway to repaint the 1947 streamlined streetcar’s drab 1980s interior colors so they match up with the recreated late ’50s exterior paint scheme which was applied last year.
Source: Trams Stop Here!, , ,
Posted on July 9, 2016 by Bill Hough

Railroad Museum Struggling Through Tough Times
The Wichita Falls Railroad Museum is going through tough financial times, with its board noting a loss of donor and sponsorship money, fewer grants and family memberships, and an aging volunteer base.
Source: Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Posted on July 8, 2016 by Anonymous

Lee Wesley Gibson, Believed To Be Oldest Surviving Pullman Porter, Dies At 106
Gibson began work as a coach attendant with Union Pacific Railroad in 1936 at the height of the Great Depression.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA
Posted on June 30, 2016 by Ross PINYAN

Something To Sing About On The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad
"City of New Orleans" is not only the song's name but also the name of the train on which these cars once saw service.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA
Posted on June 19, 2016 by Ross PINYAN

Historic Depot To Be Moved
On Tuesday May 31, Livermore’s Planning Commission gave the final approval for the relocation and refurbishment rehabilitation of the historic railroad depot. The depot, which sits in the parking lot at L-Street and Railroad Ave., will be relocated to the transportation center, adjacent to the railroad tracks. It will be returned to service as Livermore’s depot for ACE trains and LAVTA (Wheels) buses.
Source: The Independent, Livermore, CA, USA
Posted on June 16, 2016 by Bill Hough

Landmark 100-Year-Old Railroad Watch Tower Taken Down For Makeover
After about 100 years of guarding a railroad crossing on Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a dilapidated wooden shack was gingerly lifted from its 50-foot base and placed on a trailer for a long overdue makeover on Thursday, June 9.
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Posted on June 11, 2016 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Engineer Torched Railway Which Inspired Thomas The Tank Engine Books Then Raised Alarm To Play The Hero
Benjamin Taylor, 24, caused almost £600,000 of damage during three arson attacks on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in the Lake District [England] - because he wanted to raise the alarm and get praise from his bosses.
Source: Mirror, London, England, UK
Posted on June 8, 2016 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Amid Filming For Morgan Freeman Series, Small Fire Breaks Out At Baltimore Streetcar Museum
A small fire was quickly extinguished while a film crew was working at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.
Source: Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Posted on June 7, 2016 by T

New Kyoto Railway Museum (Photo Gallery)
Kyoto Railway Museum, which opened in April, presents the history of the Japanese rail network. Enjoy a virtual visit with our selection of images.
Source: Nippon.Com, , , Japan
Posted on June 6, 2016 by Anonymous

First Ever History Day: N.O.R.M. & Chippewa Lake Historical Society
Story about the first ever Medina County (Ohio) History Day and Northern Ohio Railway Museums participation.
Source: Http://Medinacountylife.Com/Articles/2016/06/04/Wr, Medina, Ohio, United States
Posted on June 5, 2016 by Steve Heister

CMRRs Train Rides Over
For the Catskill Mountain Railroad, this past Monday could well mark the end of an era.
Source: The Catskill Mountain News, Arkville, New York, USA
Posted on June 2, 2016 by Ernest Hunt

Oak Ridge's "Secret City" Excursion Train To End
The Secret City Excursion Train, an Oak Ridge tourist attraction, is shutting down. The owner of the rail line — Utah-based EnergySolutions — said Thursday it will no longer allow passenger traffic because of liability concerns. The change is effective May 31.
Source: News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Posted on May 30, 2016 by Anonymous

Catskill Mountain Railroad Train Rides Near What Could Be Their Last Stop
A crowd of people came out Sunday to board what could be among the final train rides operated by the Catskill Mountain Railroad.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on May 29, 2016 by Ernest Hunt