December 2014

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All operations depend on favorable weather conditions. 1
FPMRR closed.
 
1903: First Western film, The Great Train Robbery, is released.
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FPMRR closed
 
1980: Pullman Company is dissolved.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1967: The last Twentieth Century Limited arrives at Chicago's LaSalle Street Station.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1867: The Grangers, a secret order of farmers, is founded in Washington DC. It seeks to control railroad rates and middlemen.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1883: The Rock Island, Milwaukee Road, and Union Pacific Railroads make an agreement for interchange of traffic at Omaha.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

Last train: 16:00.

 
1915: Connaught Tunnel on the Canadian Pacific Railway. For 70 years, the five-mile tunnel was Canada's longest.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.

Last train: 16:00.

 
1891: Passenger service begins on the first international tunnel, under the St. Clair River between Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1874: Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie, Kansas.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1852:The Pacific makes the first demonstration run west of the Mississippi River, from St. Louis to Cheltenham, a distance of five miles.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1852: The Pennsylvania RR's tracks reach the Ohio River at Pittsburgh via the famous Horseshoe Curve.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1905: Ground broken for Willamette Valley Traction Co.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1989: First revenue train runs through the CP RR's 9.1 mile Mount MacDonald Tunnel. This is the longest rail tunnel in the Americas.
 
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1913: L. C. Gilman becomes President of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway Company (SP&S Ry.)
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1934: The first streamlined steam locomotive, the Commodore Vanderbilt, is placed in service on the New York Central.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1880: Southern Pacific begins train service to Deming, New Mexico.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1935: The world's longest railroad bridge, the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, Louisiana, opens. The 23,235-foot bridge crosses the Mississippi River.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1952: After three days of digging, passengers of the west bound City of San Francisco were rescued from Yuba Gap where they had been snowbound by the worst storm to hit the Sierras in many years. Recovery of the engines and passenger cars required three more days.
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FPMRR closed
 
1949: Last regular passenger service on the Central Railroad of New Jersey.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1882: Denver & Rio Grande reaches Utah border. Because the D&RG had no charter to operate in Utah, William Palmer incorporated the mileage in that state separately as the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railway.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1883: Michigan Central Railway international cantilever railway bridge opens at Niagara Falls.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1829:The first stone arch railroad bridge in the world, the Carrollton Viaduct, is officially opened on the Baltimore & Ohio over Gwynn's Falls at Baltimore, Maryland.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1829: Baltimore & Ohio begins passenger operations from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1851: Illinois Central Railroad begins construction.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1852: The Baltimore & Ohio's tracks reach the Ohio River at Wheeling, West Virginia.
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Christmas Day

FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1830: The Best Friend of Charleston, owned by the South Carolina Railroad, becomes the first American locomotive in regular service in the United States.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1917: President Woodrow Wilson takes possession and control of the nation's railroads by proclamation. This resulted in the formation of the United States Railroad Administration, which operated the country's railroads until March 3, 1920.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1943: Fearing a threat to national security, President Franklin Roosevelt orders the government to seize the nation's railroads in order to avert a strike.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1972: Amtrak announces purchase of French built Turboliners.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1982: Louisville and Nashville merged into Seaboard Coast Line, which changes its name to Seaboard System.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1907: United Railways begins passenger service.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1968: Last U.S. Pullman service.
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