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Guests Drive And Ride Vintage Cars At The Trolley Museums
"Making the trolley stop is more important than making it go,” says Jeff Hakner as my 10-year-old son operates trolley car 1602 at the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven. Guest operators, even children, can drive vintage trolley and subway cars on a historic section of track that was once part of the New Haven trolley system. The only requirement is being tall enough to see over the dashboard.
Source: Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Posted on September 20, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

National Railway Museum Comes Out Top Of The List For Tourists
A York tourist attraction has been named one of the top ten in Britain
Source: York Press, York, UK
Posted on September 19, 2014 by Richard Buckby

Churchill's Funeral Carriage In Shildon For Restoration
The carriage which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin to his final resting place has arrived in County Durham for restoration.
Source: British Broadcasting Corporation, London, England, U.K.
Posted on September 19, 2014 by Richard Buckby

OAP's £100,000 Bequest To Ffestiniog And Welsh Highland Railway
A lifelong railways enthusiast has left £100,000 in her will to Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway. Margaret Ritchie, who died in 2013 aged 68, bequeathed the money to pay for a new rail carriage.
Source: BBC, London, , UK
Posted on September 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Elgin County Railway Museum Restoration Under Way
Work has begun on Phase One of the Elgin County Railway Museum's capital restoration plan. Brick re-pointing is presently being conducted on to the museum's main entrance and should be completed by Saturday.
Source: St. Thomas Times-Journal, Canada
Posted on September 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Cub Scouts Tour Trolley Museum
Wadsworth, Ohio Cub Scouts tour Northern Ohio Railway Museum
Source: Medina County Gazette, Medina, OH, U. S. A.
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Steven Heister

Thomas The Tank Engines Kingston Visit Gave Nearby Businesses A Boost
KINGSTON >> Several merchants in Uptown Kingston and nearby said they were thrilled by the business generated by the presence of Thomas the Tank Engine — and the 11,000 people it drew — over the past two weekends.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Monticello Museum Preserves Rail History, Offers Rides On Life-Size Cars
Sciutto has a deep investment in the museum. As a teenager, he helped lay railroad track there. As a child, he rode the museum’s same Hodge Pedal Cars, which came from Miller Park in Bloomington, where he grew up. Annually, Sciutto will put in about 3,000 volunteer hours, though he doesn’t seem to mind.
Source: State Journal Register, Springfield, Illinois, USA
Posted on September 16, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Port Jervis’ Railroad History Celebrated With Erie Turntable Historic Marker
The once rich 130-year railroad history of the City of Port Jervis is alive and well with the existence of the fully operational Erie Turntable.
Source: Mid-Hudson News, Newburgh, New York, USA
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Bill Draper

Thomas The Tank Engine Brings Thousands In Tourism Dollars To Ulster County
KINGSTON – Over 11,000 tickets were sold at the Kingston Plaza ticket booth of the Catskill Mountain Railroad this weekend as Thomas the Tank Engine was in town.
Source: Mid-Hudson News, Newburgh, New York, USA
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

More Than 6,000 Visited Kingston This Weekend To See Thomas The Tank Engine
KINGSTON>> It was all smiles at Kingston Plaza and on the rails as Thomas the Tank Engine wrapped up his run on the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Kingston section.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on September 15, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Possible Rescue For Sugar Cane Train
Subscription needed for full article. Efforts to save and revive the Sugar Cane Train remained on track with a Hawaii investor "seriously pursuing the acquisition" of the 45-year-old attraction and continuing its operation in West Maui, according to members of a nonprofit group being formed to save the train.
Source: Maui News, , HI, USA
Posted on September 14, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Family Reunites When Ancestor’S Trolley Restored At Railway Museum
“Oh, thank you,” Detwiler said to the conductor who’d just allowed her to drive the West Town trolley, a decades-long renovation project that now is restored and operational on a track at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.
Source: Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Posted on September 14, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Memphis Railroad And Trolley Museum Hosts Central Station's 100th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 3-5
Plans are underway for Phase Two of the museum featuring the scene of the 1900 Casey Jones' final train ride with a scene of the turn-of-the-century Memphis riverfront in 3D. A full-size locomotive simulator, such as those being used to train new locomotive engineers will be acquired in the near future.
Source: Chattanoogan Dot Com, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Posted on September 14, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Teen Gets A Look At Railroad Life
John Wilson, a student from Howell High School, joined two dozen teens from across the nation to spend a week riding the rails.
Source: Livingston Daily, Livingston, MI, USA
Posted on September 11, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Possible Breakthrough On Railroad Museum
The long-awaited Cleburne railroad museum project may yet see movement thanks to a proposed change of location. “[Cleburne Chamber of Commerce President Cathy Marchel] was talking with some of the local railroaders and the idea just sort of came up,” Cleburne City Manager Rick Holden said.
Source: Times-Review, Cleburne, Texas, USA
Posted on September 11, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ Drew 5,000 People To Kingston Over Weekend; Thousands More Expected This Weekend
KINGSTON >> Thousands of people, mostly out-of-towners, flocked to Kingston Plaza over the weekend to take a train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Bedford Historical Society To Honor Students And Give Depot Reno Update
The Bedford Historical Society’s exciting 2014-15 season will begin at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 24 with awards to the Bedford High School students who excelled in the National History Day program, as well as a presentation by the preservation consultants responsible for the renovation of the Bedford Depot building.
Source: Bedford Wicked Local, Bedford, MA, U. S. A.
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Colebrookdale Railroad Gearing Up For Debut
The Colebrookdale Railroad is going full steam to be ready to offer public train rides in late October. An exact date for the first ride has not been set. Fares will range from $18 to $24, depending on whether riders choose regular or first-class coach.
Source: Reading Eagle, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Railroad Day Draws Large Crowds To Museum
Railroad Day has become a major draw for the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum, and this year was no exception. At the third annual event on Aug. 30, by noon there were vehicles parked up and down both sides of the long drive leading from Bridge Street to the former site of the Columbia Junction Freight Yard, the site of the current museum.
Source: Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Posted on September 9, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss