January 2014

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All operations depend on favorable weather conditions. 1
FPMRR closed due to weather.

1952: First gas-turbine-electric locomotive in the U.S. begins service on the Union Pacific Railroad.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1849: Chicago & Eastern Illinois predecessor, Evansville & Illinois chartered.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
First train at 12:00noon.

1965: The state of Maine loses passenger train connection with the rest of the U.S. when the Boston & Maine ends its Boston to Portland trains.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.

First train at 12:00noon.

1888: Railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt dies at the age of 83. He was probably the richest man in the world at that time.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1956: General Motors introduces the Aerotrain.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1866: First robbery of a train en route. $500,000 in bonds, specie and government securities were taken from an Adams Express company safe on the New Haven Railroad between New York City and Boston.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1830: First commercial railroad service begins with horse drawn carriages in Baltimore on the first stretch of track on the Baltimore & Ohio RR.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1863: Central Pacific Railroad begins construction.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1990: Gateway Western buys Chicago, Missouri & Western's Kansas City-St. Louis line.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1853: First meals to be served on a train.
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
First train at 12:00noon.

1899: The Colorado & Southern Railway begins operation. Predecessors are the Denver, Leadville & Gunnisson Railway (formerly, the Denver, South Park & Pacific Railroad) and the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf Railway.
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FPMRR closed due to unscheduled maintenance.

1883: Southern Pacific Railroad completes New Orleans to California route near Pecos River in Texas.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1857: Patent #16,381 is issued to Thaddeus Fairbanks for the first railway track scale.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1878: The Supreme Court rules that states cannot forbid racial segregation on public transportation vehicles. The court held that segregation is not a matter for states to decide and that it places a burden on interstate commerce.
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FPMRR closed.

1831: First American built locomotive to pull a passenger train, the Best Friend of Charleston, runs from Charleston to Hamburg, SC. The train also provided the first recorded railroad honeymoon trip - Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Pierson of Ramapo, NY.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1852: 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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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR closed.
 
1981: Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger is fired up for the first time in 22 years.
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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR open at 11:30am.
 
First train at 12:00noon.

1989: The overnight passenger train between Ottawa and Toronto is discontinued.
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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR open at 11:00am.

First train at 12:00noon.

1944: Railroads are returned to private ownership after wage dispute settled.
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Martin Luther King Day

Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR closed due to construction.

1830: The first railroad in the Mississippi Valley, the Pontchartrain RR, is chartered to extend from Elysian Fields Street, New Orleans, to Milneburg on the shore of Lake Ponchartrain.
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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR closed.

1941: Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad receives first of two Electroliners.
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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR closed.

1912: Florida East Coast Railway, opens overseas railroad service to Key West.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.
 
1890: New American speed record of 78.1 MPH set by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.
 
1854: Chicago linked by rail to eastern cities.
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Fort Worth Stock Show

FPMRR open at 11:00am.

First train at 12:00noon.

1875:
The Pinkerton Detective Agency bombs the home of bank and train robbers, Jesse and Frank James. Neither of the brothers is there, but their half brother, Archie is killed and their mother is injured.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR open at 11:00am.

First train at 12:00noon.

1901: The Great Western Railway (owned by the Great Western Sugar Co.) begins operation. This Colorado short line operated steam locomotives into the 1960s.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.

1948: First locomotive to carry 1,000,000 pounds operates.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.

1935: The first streamlined electric locomotive, the GG1, is placed into service on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.

1956: Last passenger train on the Virginian Railway.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.
 
1905: The San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake completes line from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.
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Fort Worth Stock Show
 
FPMRR closed.
 
1935: The Union Pacific's streamliner M-10000 is placed in daily operation between Salina, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri.
All operations depend on favorable weather conditions.
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