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Dec 15, 2018

The Edge Of Anarchy

If you have any interest in organized labor, its history, and its effects on American society you should consider a copy of Jack Kelly’s riveting new book, “The Edge Of Anarchy.” It covers these subjects and specifically details the great uprising of May, 1894 which began when workers at the Pullman Palace Car Company walked off the job in a fight for higher wages. The battle soon escalated into a nationwide strike involving American Railway Union’s 150,000 members, led by Eugene V. Debs. Mr. Kelly’s book eloquently details the struggle, which ultimately ended in failure when the U.S. government dispatched federal troops to quell the unrest. While “The Edge Of Anarchy” is a fascinating look at a different time in America it also highlights similarities to labor issues in modern times.

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Nov 17, 2018

Rail Tours

Find out more about rail tours found across the United States, Canada, and into parts of Mexico. The information presented specifically highlights long-distance trips geared towards vacation travelers.

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Nov 15, 2018

1850s Railroads, An Industry Takes Off

Discussing how railroads in the 1850s continued to revolutionize the industry and the development of new lines and railroads west of the Ohio River.

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Nov 15, 2018

Thomas The Train: Day Out With Thomas Train Rides, 2019

Here you can find a complete schedule regarding where Thomas The Train/Day Out With Thomas train rides will be operating for the 2019 year all around the country.

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Nov 14, 2018

1840s Railroads, Transforming Transportation

A brief history of 1840s railroads and how the early industry grew and expanded, especially in the east, with improved technology and redundancy.

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Nov 05, 2018

1820s/1830s Railroads

The beginning of railroads during the 1820s and 1830s was a pioneering era when the industry was just getting under way.

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Oct 22, 2018

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, or GSMR, is located in western North Carolina and offers some of the best views of the Smoky Mountains to be found anywhere!

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Oct 22, 2018

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway operates in upstate Georgia through the mountains its named after. Its line was once owned by the L&N and offers spectacular scenery.

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Oct 22, 2018

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt who was famously known as the Commodore is also the best remembered railroad tycoon creating the NYC lines through shrewd business tactics.

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Oct 20, 2018

Christmas/Holiday Train Rides

Here you can learn about available dates in 2018 for Christmas/Holiday train rides, not associated with official The Polar Express excursions.

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Oct 06, 2018

Jay Gould

Jay Gould became one of the most powerful and ruthless railroad tycoons owning numerous lines and constantly fighting against Cornelius Vanderbilt. His estate was worth millions when he passed away.

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Sep 24, 2018

Marquette/Varsity

The Marquette/Varsity was a secondary named Milwaukee train serving Mason City, Iowa and Chicago. It first launched in 1927 and survived until 1971.

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Sep 24, 2018

Butte Special

The Butte Special was a secondary Union Pacific train serving Salt Lake City and Butte, Montana. Incredibly, it survived on the railroad's timetable until Amtrak began on May 1, 1971.

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Sep 21, 2018

San Diegan

The San Diegan was the Santa Fe's popular regional service over the Surf Line between Los Angeles and San Diego. Inaugurated during the late 1930s it survived into Amtrak, retired in 2000.

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Sep 21, 2018

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was part of Santa Fe's transcontinental fleet between Chicago and Los Angeles, which honored the national park. It was discontinued in 1971

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Sep 21, 2018

San Francisco Chief

The San Francisco Chief was a late entrant to the Santa Fe's fleet of "Chiefs," launched during the mid-1950s between Chicago and its home city. The train survived until Amtrak.

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Sep 21, 2018

Shoreland/Valley 400

The Shoreland/Valley 400 was an early 1940s addition to the C&NW fleet that served the popular Chicago-Green Bay corridor. It remained in service until the 1970s.

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Sep 21, 2018

Peninsula 400

The Peninsula 400 was added to the C&NW's fleet during 1942 following the arrival of new equipment. It became one of the railroad's most popular and its routing survived until the start of Amtrak.

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Sep 21, 2018

Kate Shelley 400

The Kate Shelley 400 was added to the C&NW's fleet in 1955 following the discontinuance of through City service with Union Pacific. The train survived until Amtrak.

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Sep 21, 2018

Flambeau 400

The Flambeau 400 was a late addition to the C&NW's fleet, inaugurated in 1950 between Ashland and Chicago. It was discontinued in early 1971.

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Sep 21, 2018

Duluth-Superior Limited

The Duluth-Superior Limited served its namesake cities via Chicago and was a long-time C&NW train dating to the early 20th century. It was discontinued during the late 1950s.

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Sep 21, 2018

Dakota 400

The Dakota 400 was a late addition to the C&NW's fleet of 400s, inaugurated in 1950. Serving South Dakota, it was discontinued in 1963 as rail patronage declined.

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Sep 21, 2018

Ashland Limited

The Ashland Limited as a secondary Chicago & North Western train serving the Upper Midwest, terminating in Chicago. It operated from the early 20th century through the 1960s.

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Sep 21, 2018

Southerner

The Southerner was another of Southern's premier trains serving New York and New Orleans thanks to help from the PRR. It began service in 1941 and disappeared in 1970.

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Sep 21, 2018

Skyland Special

The Skyland Special was one of several secondary trains operated by the Southern. It served the Asheville to Jacksonville market, surviving until the late 1950s.

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Sep 21, 2018

Kansas City-Florida Special

The Kansas City-Florida Special was one of the Southern's Midwest to Deep South trains operated in conjunction with the Frisco. The train was canceled during the 1960s.

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Sep 21, 2018

Carolina Special

The Carolina Special was one of the Southern's first-class trains operating out of Cincinnati and serving points in the Carolinas via Asheville. It surived until 1968.

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Sep 21, 2018

Sunland

The Sunland was another of the Seaboard Air Line's secondary Floridian trains. After several name changes it survived until the early years of Seaboard Coast Line.

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Sep 21, 2018

Palmland

The Palmland was a secondary Seaboard Air Line train running a slow schedule between New York and Miami. Its name survived until Amtrak.

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Sep 21, 2018

Class K 4-8-2

The Norfolk & Western Class K included its 4-8-2's, utilized in both freight and passenger service. Most survived until the late 1950s.

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