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This Date in Railroad History September 7, 1907 Ground breaking ceremonies for the San Diego and Arizona Railway were held near the foot of 28th Street in San Diego, California. The first preliminary grading contract was let. The SD&A was to run to Yuma, Arizona. The SD&A Railway Company had been incorporated secretly in June by John D. Spreckels, his brother Adolph B., they being
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This Date in Railroad History September 6, 1911 James J. Hill himself drove the final spike completing the Oregon Trunk Railroad in Bend, Oregon. Hill and EH Harriman were building competing railroads along the Deschutes River. Harriman's death in 1909 led the two sides to start working together. On 17 May 1909 the two sides agreed to end the conflict. The agreement saw the two companies sh
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This Date in Railroad History September 5, 1876 On September 5, 1876, at Lang Station, near Palmdale, California, Charles Crocker, the President of the Southern Pacific Railroad drove a gold spike to complete the San Joaquin Valley line. Southern California and Los Angeles were linked with San Francisco and the East via the CP-UP line through Ogden, Utah. A train from San Francisco reached L
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Notice - Please enjoy your Labor Day, trainnews will return on Tuesday next week. This Date in Railroad History August 31, 1877 This was an exciting day in the towns of Billerica and Bedford, Massachusetts. People from near and far travelled to these rural communities to witness the opening of "America's First Two-Foot Gauge Common-Carrier Railway". The B&B was a nov
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This Date in Railroad History August 30, 1991 Two Burlington Northern Railroad trains collided head on at milepost 85.55 north of Ledger, Montana, on the BN line between Great Falls and Shelby. The combined closing speed was 87 mph. After impact, fire ensued from spilled locomotive diesel fuel, burning locomotive units, two freight cars, and grass. Nine locomotive units and 22 cars were
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This Date in Railroad History August 29, 1866 Sylvester Marsh operated a demonstration train on the beginnings of the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Peppersass, as the first engine was named, successfully pushed a car loaded with passengers up the short distance and back down again. The demonstration was deemed a success, and the necessary funds were secured to build the Mount Washington Cog
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This Date in Railroad History August 28, 1864 The first U.S. Railroad Post Office route was officially established when George B. Armstrong, the assistant postmaster of Chicago, Illinois, placed a postal car equipped for general distribution in service between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Similar routes were established between other major eastern ci
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This Date in Railroad History August 25, 1959 The new Arthur Kill Railroad Lift Bridge, which was built about 500 feet north of the Goethals Bridge (I-278), opened to rail traffic on August 25, 1959. Its 559-foot-long main lift span remains the longest of its type in the world. The bridge was built by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad after a ship bound for the nearby Esso Bayway refinery st
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This Date in Railroad History August 24, 1951 Noted soil engineer Dr. Ralph Brazelton Peck conducted a test boring as part of a project to stabilize movement of the then-70-year-old Northern Pacific Railroad bridge over the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota. Although original bridge architect George S. Morison properly designed his bridge to withstand the force of ice jams and high wa
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Note: If anyone is going to ride oe chase SMART on 8/23 can you send pictures to Photos@trainnews.org so we can include it in Friday's edition. This Date in Railroad History August 23, 1900 The P&NE (PA Division) was successful in laying one and one-sixth mile (2 km) of track to the east of
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This Date in Railroad History August 22, 1950 Canada's railroad workers go on a nationwide strike, crippling operations across the country. The strike proved the catalyst to the creation of today’s modern Canadian trucking industry. In August 1950 Canadians – who still relied heavily on rail shipments - faced a major catastrophe when the nation’s first mass strike of the railway unions occur
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This Date in Railroad History August 21, 1882 The first California Southern Railroad train departed National City, California and arrived in Colton, inaugurating the CSR line. Fare was $6 one-way or $9 round-trip. Passengers remarked on the stark beauty of the Temecula canyon, and the newspapers boasted that seeing it was alone worth the price of a ticket. But rainstorms in February brought
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This Date in Railroad History August 18, 1896 The last spike was driven on the Mount Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway, running 8 miles from Mill Valley, California to the peak of Mt. Tamalpais. The railroad was powered by a succession of geared steam locomotives and had an average grade of 5%, with maximum grades of 7% at some points on the line. A popular option on the line was to ride up
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This Date in Railroad History August 16, 1984 The first Chicago & North Western (C&NW) coal train moved out of Wyoming's Southern Powder River Basin coal field over a new line connecting the Burlington Northern built Powder River line. The ICC had granted C&NW rights to the Powder River based on their nearby "Cowboy Line", but that decrepit trackage was in no shape to
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This Date in Railroad History August 15, 1906 Revenue service on the 2ft guage tracks of the The Chicago Tunnel Company began. The company built an electrified freight tunnel network under the downtown of the city of Chicago. By 1914, about 60 miles of tunnel had been constructed, typically 7.5 feet high and 6 feet wide, with 2 foot gauge track. 19 elevators connected the tunnel with custom
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This Date in Railroad History August 14, 1923 Portland Oregon's Willamette Iron and Steel Works received a patent on the casting that carried the crosshead guides and supported the crankshaft of its new Willamette geared locomotive. The Willamette was based on the Shay manufactured by Lima Locomotive Works, but had many improvements. Key Shay patents had expired, and Willamette could legit
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This Date in Railroad History August 11, 1970 The last train, the Birmingham Special, SR train No. 18 to Washington DC, pulled out of Chattanooga's "Gateway" - Terminal Station, the building was boarded up and the future looked bleak. The $1.5 million dollar Terminal Station had been built by the Southern Railway and opened in 1909, replacing the earlier Central Station. However, i
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This Date in Railroad History August 10, 1972 The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad was merged into the (largely parallel) Illinois Central Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad. The Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad was a result of the reorganization of the New Orleans, Mobile & Chicago in 1917. The GM&O incorporated in 1938 to take over and merge the Gulf, Mobile and No
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This Date in Railroad History August 9, 1912 The Steel Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon opened. The bridge was built by Union Pacific Railroad and the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company at a cost of $1.7 million. The Steel Bridge is a through truss, double lift bridge. The lower deck can independently raise up to the base of the upper deck while the upper deck rema
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This Date in Railroad History August 8, 1963 The travelling post office (TPO) "Up Special" train from Glasgow Central Station, Scotland en-route to Euston Station in London was robbed by a gang of 15 theives, in an event that was known as the "Great Train Robbery". They escaped with £2.6 million (about $48 million in today's dollars) from the "High Value Coach"
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This Date in Railroad History August 7, 1926 The new Southern Pacific Railroad "Natron Cutoff" Cascades line was officially completed. SP's general manager, J. Dyer, drove a golden spike to signify the event, just a few miles east of Oakridge, Oregon. Passenger traffic was delayed until the spring of 1927 to allow proper settling of the new roadbed. This became the primary route fo
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This Date in Railroad History August 4, 1857 Levi Bissell was granted a US patent for an improved dual axle locomotive pilot truck, after a sucessful demonstration on the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. Prior to the Bissell pilot truck, locomotive derailments were fairly common. Many of these could be traced to the inability of the engine to negotiate curves at speed. Bissell, a Ne
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This Date in Railroad History August 3, 1995 Union Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad announce their intent to merge. The merger would finish the acquisition that was effectively begun almost a century before with the purchase of the Southern Pacific by UP in 1901, until divestiture was ordered in 1913. Ironically, although Union Pacific was the dominant company, taking complete
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This Date in Railroad History August 2, 2010 Progress Rail Services finalized the purchase of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) for $820 million in cash, plus a net working capital adjustment subject to post-closing finalization, which is currently estimated at approximately $108 million, from Berkshire Partners LLC and Greenbriar Equity Group LLC. Effective with the closing of the acquisition, EM
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This Date in Railroad History August 1, 1984 The reconstruction of the Georgetown Loop Railroad is marked by the dedication of Devil’s Gate High Bridge by Colorago Governor Richard D. Lamm. Initially constructed as a subsidiary of the Union Pacific, by 1893 it had become part of the Colorado & Southern Railway’s subsidiary, the Colorado Central Railroad. The mining towns of Georgetown an
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