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Owney: The Dog That Traveled the World

There is something inherently special when it comes to stories about man’s best friend. From Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey to Call of the Wild, whether the story is fiction or not, there is nothing more endearing than following the adventures of a loveable dog brings a smile to the face and joy to the…

Demise of the Railway Post Office

Since its establishment by the Post Office Department in 1864 to help facilitate mail delivery over greater distances and quantities, the Railway Mail Service became a reliable entity for the transit of mail across the United States via the railroads. During much of its 113-year existence, the Railway Post Office served as the quickest way…

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…