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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…

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

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…

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…

Notable Presidential Trains

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Before the days of Air Force One, when it came to presidential travel, the highest office in the union traveled by train. Using the rails to make campaign stops, visit with dignitaries, and attend to official business, trains played a huge role in the office of president. From Lincoln to Bush, there are many notable…

Railroads Strive to Reduce the Carbon Footprint and Increase Sustainability

As talk of reducing pollution and greenhouse gases continues, railroads strive to make their industry eco-friendlier and increase the use of technology needed to reduce their carbon footprint on the environment. We will explore how fuel efficiency, practicing sustainability, and using alternative resources—which enable the railroad industry to accomplish its goal of reducing emissions—save time,…

Five Facts You Might Not Know About the Big Boy

We all know the old, tried, and sometimes true saying “Bigger is Better.” Yes, a significantly enlarged bowl of ice cream on a hot summer day is for sure better. Finding out that your car repair bill is larger than anticipated … well, not so good. In the late 1930s, bigger was better in the…