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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1851: First refrigerated car in the U.S. carries eight tons of butter from Ogdensburg, NY to Boston on the Northern New York Railroad in a wooden boxcar insulated with sawdust.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1901: Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid rob train of $40,000 at Wagner, Montana.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1894: President Grover Cleveland sends an army regiment to Chicago to enforce a court injunction against railroad strikers.
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Independence Day

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1828: Construction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad begins.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1989: Santa Fe paints Super Fleet FP45's red and silver.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1881: 15 year old Kate Shelby crawls across a flood damaged bridge 50 feet above the Des Moines River to reach a telegraph office in Moingona, Iowa a mile and a half away in time to warn an approaching Northwestern train.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1862: First Railway Post Office established on the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1932: America's largest 2 foot gauge railroad, the Sandy River & Rangely Lakes Railroad in Maine, ceases operation.
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First train at 10:00am.
 
1905: Special train chartered by Walter Scott (Death Valley Scotty), departs Los Angeles and makes record run to Chicago in 44 hours, 54 minutes.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1894: Eugene Debs is indicted by a Federal Grand Jury for failing to comply with the government's injunction against the American Railway Union strike.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1923: The Pennsylvania Railroad tests the first continuous locomotive cab signals.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1902: The New York Central's 20th Century Limited covers a 481 mile stretch of it's New York to Chicago run averaging over a mile a minute, making a 16 hour schedule possible.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1836: Patent # 1 issued to Senator John Ruggles of Maine for a locomotive designed to give multiplied tractive power to the locomotive and to prevent the evil of the sliding of the wheels. This was the first numbered patent issued under the Patent Act of 1836. Previously issued patents were not numbered.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1877: The great strike of 1877 begins with a walkout by railroad workers of the Baltimore & Ohio RR. The strike speeds across the nation. Railroad unions protest a 10% pay cut and demand better working conditions.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1923: Golden spike for the Alaska Railroad driven by President Harding at Nenana, Alaska.
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FPMRR at 10:00am.
 
1983: Amtrak's Chicago to Oakland renamed California Zephyr and changes its route from the Union Pacific across Wyoming to the Denver & Rio Grande Western through the Colorado Rockies.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1879: First railroad opens in Hawaii.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1846: First international trains between the U.S. and Canada run from Portland, Maine to Montreal on the Atlantic & St. Lawrence Railroad.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1860: First railroad reaches Kansas.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1894: Federal troops are withdrawn from Chicago as the power of the Pullman Strikers is broken.
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FPMRR open at 9:00am.
 
1873: Jesse James and his gang hold up their first train, a Rock Island express at Adair, Iowa and escape with $3,000. The train's engineer is killed when the train is derailed prior to the robbery.
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FPMRR open at 9:00am.
 
1909: Construction begins on the Oregon Trunk.
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FPMRR open at 9:0am.
 
1945: Vista-dome cars introduced to service on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad between Chicago and Minneapolis on the Twin Cities Zephyr.
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FPMRR open 9:00am.
 
1870: The first railroad car to travel from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts, arrives in New York.
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FPMRR open at 9:00am.
 
1922: President Warren G. Harding orders federal rail and coal controls to ensure distribution of food and fuel.
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First train at 9:00am.
 
1877: Railroad strike expands from coast to coast, becoming the first nationwide strike against the railroads.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1844: Long Island Railroad opens first section of track to Greenport.
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FPMRR closed due to heat.
 
1871: Tracklaying for the Denver & Rio Grande Railway begins in Denver.
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FPMRR closed due to heat.
 
 
 
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FPMRR open at 9:00am.
 
1902: The largest locomotive in the world is wrecked at Denver, Colorado.
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FPMRR open at 9:00am.
 
1809: First practical US railroad, horse-drawn cars on wooden track, Philadelphia.
All operations depend on favorable weather.
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