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Wide Open in the Fresh Air

From riding fast on your bike or going down the open road in a convertible, there is nothing better than a swift breeze on a hot summer day. Even train-cars got in on the action. Before the invention of air conditioning or where the technology might not be practical to install, the railroad’s open-air cars…

Rolling Along in the Red, White, and Blue: Patriotic Paint Schemes

When the bicentennial rolled around in 1976, the railroads celebrated the 200th birthday of the United States by painting engines in red, white, and blue. From clean basic lines to over the top designs, here are a few of our favorite patriotic-themed engines.   a train on a steel track

Freedom Trains of the United States

Freedom Train Part One: 1947-1949 With the 4th of July literally around the corner, we reflect on the freedoms we have and sacrifices our nation has endured, both in the past and the present. As Americans, we live in a country where the “Can Do” spirit allows us to attain momentous achievements. Take the railroad,…

From Boxcars to Big Boy: The Story of Railroad Graffiti

During the first decades of the 20th century, the circus arrived in town aboard one of the most colorful trains traveling the rails. Brightly colored railcars carrying ornate wagons drew the attention of people along the tracks. The circus train was a sight to behold. Today, almost all the circus trains are gone. However, viewing…

Adventures of a Circus Clown

There is a good chance you’ve seen Jeff McMullen if you’ve ever attended an event at the National Railroad Museum. A magician, a clown, a consummate entertainer, McMullen has led a fascinating life.    At the age of 4 years old, he knew he wanted to become a clown. While most people outgrow their childhood…

Hell On Wheels: Fact vs. Fiction – Part 2

Thanks for catching up with us again along the line of the Transcontinental Railroad. Hell on Wheels has moved down the line a distance since we last visited, but we still have plenty of hair-raising, rough and tumble tales to share. The premise of our discussion is that the facts of historic events often get…

Hell on Wheels: Fact vs Fiction – Part 1

Television and movies have a way of telling a story that makes us feel like we are there and can relate to the characters on screen. While sometimes based upon true events, the motion picture industry takes a few liberties here and there for the sake of creating a good, watchable story. Take the television…