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A (Brief) History of Railroad Safety Crossing Signs and Signals

You’ve probably seen their flashing red lights as you approach the crossing. Maybe you’ve raced to beat the gate arm as it comes down to block you from getting smacked by several thousand tons of rolling freight; next time, don’t do that. Or you may have even heard the dinging bells as you pulled up…

Trains and Railroads in Post-9/11 Age

As we honor the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies in American history, many of us can remember where we were on that fateful day in September nearly two decades ago. Maybe some of us were in school or at work, going to the grocery store or spending time with a loved one. Some…

Celebrating the Railroads at the World’s Fair

Since May 1851, the global community has come together to celebrate each participating country’s industrial and technological achievements in a World’s Fair or Exposition. Every five years, a new country and location are chosen to host an International Expo or World’s Fair. The United States has been home to a World’s Fair 14 times throughout…

Train Crashes at the State Fair

  Summer is winding down, and August is now upon us. In a normal year, we would be preparing to make the trek down to a special place where we could enjoy whirling rides, the animal barns, a chili cook-off, and funnel cakes that seem tall as the Statue of Liberty! That’s right; we’re talking…

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…