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1851: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad makes the first test run of a battery powered electric locomotive.
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1857: The first southern link from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River (Charleston to Memphis) completed.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1834: First train to run on a state owned railroad, the Philadelphia & Columbia Railway.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1894: The Pullman strike is broken after tragic loss of life and an estimated $80,000,000 loss in property and wages.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1895: Astoria & Columbia River Railroad (A&CR) organized.
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Easter

FPMRR delayed opening due to weather.
 
1995: Canadian National Railway opens new 6,130 foot St. Clair Tunnel which replaces the 104 year old tunnel beneath the St. Clair River between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1956: Last revenue freight train on the East Broad Top Railroad.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1871: The Illinois Railroad Act creates a commission to fix maximum rates on railroad and warehouse use and forbids discrimination that favors large corporations over small businesses.
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Labor Day

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1961: Pacific Electric's last passenger route (Long Beach) ceases operation.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1968: Santa Fe terminates service to El Paso.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1869: President Ulysses S. Grant signs joint resolution of Congress designating the common terminus for the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1862: Union Troops occupy Huntsville, Alabama severing the Memphis & Charleston Railway, and cutting a vital link to the western theater for the Confederacy.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1862: James J. Andrews and 19 disguised Union soldiers steal a locomotive at Big Shanty, Georgia as part of a daring, but unsuccessful, attempt to disrupt rail traffic between Atlanta and Chattanooga. An 87 mile chase ended when the stolen 4-4-0 locomotive, The General, ran out of fuel and the raiders were captured by the Confederates.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1869: George Westinghouse receives patent #88,929 for Improvement in Steam Power Brake Devices. The Westinghouse Air Brake was the first commercially successful application of air brakes and made faster, longer trains possible.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1920: U.S. Attorney General A. Mitchel Palmer charges that an illegal railroad strike is part of an international Communist conspiracy, fomented by the I.W.W.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1954: Patrick McGinnis wins control of the New Haven from Buck Dumaine.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1856: East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company incorporated.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1991: Railroad workers go on strike in US. Congress ends the strike the next day.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1934: The stainless steel streamliner Pioneer Zephyr of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the first train of this type to use diesel power and the first to be placed in scheduled passenger service, is delivered by the manufacturer at Philadelphia.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1964: Southern Pacific Golden State and Sunset Limited consolidated into single train between El Paso and Los Angeles.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1932: The first completely air conditioned sleeping car train begins operation on the Baltimore & Ohio.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1856: First railroad bridge across the Mississippi River opens from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1856: First railroad bridge across the Mississippi River opens from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1831: The first railroad in the Mississippi valley, the Pontchartrain RR, is opened with horse-powered operations.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1983: Last run of the Rio Grande Zephyr by Denver & Rio Grande Western.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1954: Pullman Standard introduces trailer-on-flatcar with the nickname piggyback.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1960: Steam locomotives withdrawn from service on Canadian National Railway.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1958: The first transcontinental through Pullman sleeping car service, which began in 1946, is discontinued.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1869: Central Pacific crews lay over ten miles of track in one day, winning a $10,000 bet with Union Pacific track layers.
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Mayfest

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1900: Locomotive engineer John Luther Jones, known as Casey Jones, dies in train wreck while at the throttle of Illinois Central #382.
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