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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…

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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…

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    Implementation of Highway Spending Bill

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx testified at a hearing on the implementation of the $305 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which President Obama signed into…

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    D.C. Metro System Safety

    The heads of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the Federal Transit Administration were among the witnesses at a hearing on safety and reliability issues that have beleaguered…

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    San Bernardino's Railroad History

    Allen Bone, Don Sheets, and Glen Icanberry talked about how the Santa Fe Railroad helped shape the city of San Bernardino, California. Scenes were also shown of the San Bernardino History and Railroad…

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    Washington, D.C., Metrorail Services and Safety

    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority leaders and federal transportation safety officials testified at a hearing on safety concerns with the D.C. Metrorail system, and the recent…

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    Pullman Porters

    Rick Moss showed some of the items from the Pullman porters collection at the African American Museum and Library at Oakland. Pullman porters, many of whom were African American, were men hired to work on…

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    Railroad Security and Safety

    Joseph Boardman talked about railroad security and safety in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and the Amtrak train derailment in May 2015. He also spoke about Amtrak’s ridership,…

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    Sacramento's Railroad History

    Phil Sexton talked about Sacramento’s role in the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and visited the California State Railroad Museum. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their…

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    Cincinnati Union Terminal

    Nicholas Massa gave a tour of the Cincinnati Union Terminal and talked about how it became one of the last great train stations. Union Terminal is a symbol of the city and a widely regarded example of the…

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    Federal Railroad Administration Confirmation Hearing

    Sarah Feinberg testified at a hearing on her nomination to become the administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration. A major focus of the hearing was the status of positive train…

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    National Rail Security

    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson talked about “Operation Rail Safe,” a nationwide initiative to enhance security at train stations on selected high volume travel days such as the Labor Day…

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    Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America

    Sam Roberts talked about his book, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, in which he presents a history of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, which opened on February 2,…

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    Omaha's Railroad History

    Carrie Meyer talked about Omaha’s former train depot, Union Station, housed in the Durham Museum. She gave a tour of the art deco structure and explained how the Trans Continental Railroad provided an…

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    Positive Train Control

    Witnesses testified at a hearing on the status of positive train control (PTC) implementation on U.S. railroad networks by the December 31, 2015, deadline. PTC describes the technologies…

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    Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

    Richard White presented a history of the operation of the transcontinental railroads. In his book the author recounts the social and economic impact the transcontinental railroads had on the way…

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    Passenger Rail in the Mid-1900s

    Professor Joseph Schwieterman talked about the evolution of the nation’s reliance on railroads and passenger trains. He spoke specifically about how many of the Chicago train terminals have been closed…

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    Amtrak Derailment

    Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen testified on the May 2015 Amtrak…

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    Amtrak and Highway Funding Bill

    Stephanie Beasley talked by remote video from Capitol Hill about the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development spending bill being debated in the House. Provisions in…

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    Senate Democrats on Amtrak Funding

    Senate Democrats representing states along Amtrak’s Northeast corridor held a news conference. The called on Congress to fully fund the rail service’s fiscal year 2016 funding request…

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