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St. Charles Museum Adds Restored Chessie System Train Caboose To Its Collection
ST. CHARLES, MI — Nearly 30 years ago, a James Township family made an unusual purchase: a full-sized train caboose.
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
Posted on December 20, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Old Aberdeen Train Station Lifted And Moved
Aberdeen MD USA Old B&O station is moved away from the CSX right of way for preservation.
Source: Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Posted on December 20, 2014 by anonymous

Restored Churchill Funeral Locomotive Unveiled In Ropley
A restored locomotive that pulled Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train has been unveiled by the fireman who manned the service in 1965. James Lester unveiled the nameplates as they were reunited with the 34051 Winston Churchill.
Source: BBC, London, , UK
Posted on December 19, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Myanmar Build Death Railway Museum
Irrawaddy media reported Tala Mon Company Ltd. was granted rights to develop the site to create an international tourist attraction on par with what Thailand accomplished in Kanchanaburi province at the fabled River Kwai bridge.
Source: TR Weekly, Bangkok, , Thailand
Posted on December 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

OT/Arts Group To Revive Streetcar Tunnels Beneath Dupont Circle
On Tuesday, the group, the Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground, announced that it had signed a five-and-a-half year lease with the city to re-use the space as a place to host art galleries, fashion shoots, dance parties, museum exhibits, temporary retail and whatever else draws visitors downstairs.
Source: Washington Post, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Posted on December 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

NY Funds New Adirondack Scenic Railroad Repair Facility
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which operates in the upstate New York Utica-Old Forge area and on the rail corridor between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, has received a grant of $791,000 from New York State.
Source: North Country Public Radio, , NY, USA
Posted on December 18, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Alna Museum Rebuilds 19th Century Locomotive
The Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum has put nine years and about $130,000 into restoring a locomotive that holds a lot of meaning for the all-volunteer museum in Alna. The Portland-built, 1891 locomotive used to run from Wiscasset to Albion for the same railway the museum commemorates, museum officials said. It’ll be on display Dec. 20 during the museum’s Victorian Christmas event, and could be ready for use on train rides as soon as next summer.
Source: Wiscasset Newspaper, Wiscasset, ME, U. S. A.
Posted on December 18, 2014 by Bill Reidy

Hugh Reynolds: All Aboard?
With apologies to Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues,” did Ulster County Exec Mike Hein hear the train a’ comin? How else to explain why Hein suddenly switched gears late Monday afternoon and agreed to allow tourist trains to continue to run from Kingston Plaza to Hurley Mountain Road?
Source: Kingston Times, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on December 16, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

New Silk Road: World's Longest Train Journey Completed
Yixin'ou, a Chinese freight train, completed the world's longest train journey. The 21-day train trip left China in November and spanned eight countries, completing its run in Spain. The journey was a test run for regular cargo service between China and Spain
Source: Cable News Network, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Roger Cole

Full Steam Ahead For Heritage Railway's First Female Apprentice
SEVERN Valley Railway has appointed its first female apprentice.
Source: Worcester News, UK
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

National Railway Museum To Launch Luxury Dining Carriage The Countess Of York
The National Railway Museum will unveil its new exclusive dining carriage, The Countess of York, in an official launch taking place at the York museum in early 2015.
Source: Incentive Travel, , Wiltshire, UK
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Richmond Railroad Museum Puts Region's Train History On Display
After much effort between 2009–2011, members of the Old Dominion Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, moved the museum to the Southern Railway passenger station on the same Hull Street site as the former museum, located on the south side of the Mayo (14th Street) Bridge.
Source: Fredericksburg.Com, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
Posted on December 15, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Vintage Trolley Again Running Between Historic Springs Valley Hotels
Until 1987, that is, when the French Lick-based Indiana Railway Museum purchased an old trolley car in Portugal and transported it to French Lick to resurrect the mode of travel between hotels.
Source: Times-Mail, Bedford, Indiana, USA
Posted on December 14, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Knife River Gets In The Holiday Spirit
Video of festival and spiffy vintage Soo Line diesel and C&NW bi-level.
Source: Lake County News Chronicle, Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA
Posted on December 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Luzerne County To Revisit Funding For Historic Train Station
He has since observed communities benefiting from their restored train stations. The Tamaqua Railroad Station south of Hazleton is a “heritage center” with a gift shop and restaurant, he said. The station in historic Jim Thorpe in Carbon County houses a visitor’s center and is tied to passenger train excursions.
Source: Times Leader, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, USA
Posted on December 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

OT/Car Smashes Into Home, Driver Arrested For O.U.I.
"......lost control of her car near the Seashore Trolley Museum."
Source: WCSH-TV, Portland, ME, USA
Posted on December 13, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

First National Bank Of Ely Issues A $30,000 Challenge Grant For NNRY
According the Mark Bassett, executive director of the railroad, the timing couldn’t be better. “The railroad has three critical needs for those dollars! Locomotives 105 and 109 need new cylinder liners: estimated cost is $40,000. Locomotive 93 needs running gear and throttle work: estimated cost is $20,000.
Source: Ely Times, Ely, Nevada, USA
Posted on December 12, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Mayor Shocked By Railroad Museum Inaction
Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain appeared momentarily dumbfounded Tuesday night upon learning that work has yet to commence on a feasibility study on the city’s long planned railroad museum.
Source: Times-Review, Cleburne, Texas, USA
Posted on December 12, 2014 by Sloan Auchincloss

Ulster County Rail Line Concept Draws Rebuke From Legislator, Concern From Train Operator
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein’s new rail-and-trail plan drew criticism Tuesday from a county lawmaker, who said it doesn’t provide enough track for a scenic railroad to be viable, while the head of the railroad currently using the county-owned tracks tempered his own optimism about the proposal.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on December 10, 2014 by Ernest Hunt

Tourist Train Service Can Continue In Kingston Area, Ulster County Exec Hein Says
Ulster County Executive Michael Hein on Monday unveiled a new rail trail plan that will allow for the continued operation of a tourist train between Kingston Plaza and Hurley Mountain Road in the town of Ulster.
Source: Daily Freeman, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on December 10, 2014 by Ernest Hunt