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  • Promontory Summit
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    Promontory Summit

    David Kilton visited Promontory Summit, the site where the golden spike was struck completing construction on the Transcontinental Railroad. Construction of the Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad met at Promontory…

  • Transcontinental Railroad and Stanford University
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    Transcontinental Railroad and Stanford University

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, the Stanford Historical Society hosted a day-long symposium. In this symposium session,…

  • Railroads and American Culture in the 19th Century
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    Railroads and American Culture in the 19th Century

    Stanford University history Professor James Campbell presented a talk titled,"The Celestial Railroad Revisited: The Railroad in 19th Century American History and Culture." The Celestial…

  • San Luis Obispo Railroad History
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    San Luis Obispo Railroad History

    Brad LaRose, director of the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum, shared the history and importance of the railroad to the city and California’s central coast. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a…

  • Discussion on the Dwight D Eisenhower Steam Engine
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower Steam Engine

    Jacqueline Frank, executive director of the National Railroad Museum, talked about the history of the “Dwight D. Eisenhower” Train during World War II. She spoke about the role of the A4 Steam engine train prior…

  • Senate Panel Examines Positive Train Control Technology Implementation
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    Train Safety

    The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on implementing positive train control (PTC) technology, which is designed to automatically stop a train before…

  • Railroads and Rail Cars
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    Railroads and Rail Cars

    Transportation curator Matt Anderson gave a tour of the railroad exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, and talked about the progression of American rail from the early…

  • Railroads and Commerce
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    Railroads and Commerce

    Lance Fritz was the featured speaker at a National Press Club Headliners Luncheon on trade, technology, and the economy. The Union Pacific Railroad chair, president and CEO talked about free…

  • BO Railroad and the Civil War
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    B&O Railroad and the Civil War

    Daniel Toomey toured the the historic roundhouse building of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The museum was marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the…

  • Senate Panel Explores Railway Safety Initiatives
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    Railroad Safety Initiatives

    Ronald Batory, administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, testified at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on rail safety across the country. He and his fellow witnesses…

  • Transportation Officials Testify on Infrastructure Funding and Modernization
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    Transportation Infrastructure

    State and local transportation officials testified at a hearing on transportation infrastructure needs and modernization efforts. The witnesses addressed urban and rural infrastructure needs,…

  • Senate Committee Hears Testimony on Positive Train Control
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    Train Safety Control Implementation

    The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing to receive an update on the implementation of the safety technology known as positive train control (PTC). The hearing was requested…

  • Hearing Focuses on Positive Train Control Implementation
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    Positive Train Control Implementation

    Members of a House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee met to discuss the recent train accidents and whether transportation executives will be able to meet the December 31, 2018,…

  • BO Railroad Museum
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    B&O Railroad Museum

    American History TV visited the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad Museum to look at examples of historic railroad equipment, including stagecoaches and wagons used on the National Road, and…

  • Senate Infrastructure Panel Holds Hearing on Freight Movement
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    Freight Movement

    Transportation experts testified at a hearing on the nation’s freight movement and its impact on the economy. The witnesses stressed the importance of their industry and also spoke about…

  • Northern Pacific Railroad
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    Northern Pacific Railroad

    Michael Sullivan talked about how the arrival of the transcontinental railway to Tacoma, Washington, shaped the small, Pacific Northwest town. In 1873, the Northern Pacific Railroad decided to make Tacoma…

  • Railroad History in Vermont
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    Railroad History in Vermont

    Shelburne Museum Director of Preservation Chip Stulen highlighted items that tell the story of what traveling through Vermont by train would have been like in the early 1900s. The Shelburne Museum offerings…

  • emTurn and Jumpem
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    Turn and Jump

    Howard Mansfield talked about his book Howard Mansfield talked about his book Turn and Jump, in which he explains how the railroads invented time zones and their effect on the rest of the country. Measuring…

  • emRails Around the Thumbem
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    Rails Around the Thumb

    T.J. Gaffney talked about his book Rails Around the Thumb, about the role of railroads in the development of Michigan’s “thumb” region and their impact on Thomas Edison’s life. C-SPAN’s Local Content…

  • emRails To Paradiseem
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    Rails To Paradise

    Russell Holter talked about his book Rails to Paradise: the History of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad 1890 -1919, in which he traces the history of the Tacoma Eastern Railroad and its impact on the Puget Sound…

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