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Mayfest

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1888: First trials for the first electric freight locomotive. It was build by the Pullman Car Company for the Ansonia, Derby & Birmingham Electric Line.
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Mayfest

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1881: Patent #241,112 is issued to Leonides Woolley for the first electric locomotive headlight.
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Mayfest

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1881: Patent #241,112 is issued to Leonides Woolley for the first electric locomotive headlight.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1989: Canadian Pacific opens longest tunnel in Canada, the 9.1-mile Mt. McDonald Tunnel in Roger's Pass.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am..
 
1865: America's first recorded train robbery occurs when a group of unidentified men loot an overturned Ohio & Mississippi train at North Bend, Ohio, between St. Louis and Cincinnati.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1960: Last steam operation on the Norfolk & Western Railroad.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am..
 
1964: Railroads begin eliminating fireman from locomotives.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1863: Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers founded.
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National Train Day

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1901: The panic of 1901 begins as a result of a fight between J.J. Hill/J. P. Morgan, Jacob Schiff, and Edward H. Harriman for control of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1869: Golden Spike Ceremony completes the first transcontinental railroad at Promontory, Utah.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1893: New York Central's engine number 999 sets world speed record of 112.5 MPH near Batavia, NY. The record holds for over twelve years.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1936: Maiden run of the Santa Fe Super Chief.
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FPMRRclosed due to weather.
 
1829: The Stourbridge Lion arrived in New York from England for the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1851: President Millard Fillmore is present for the opening of the first direct rail route from the Hudson River to Lake Erie on the New York & Erie RR connecting Piermont, NY, with Dunkirk, NY (on Lake Erie). It was built at 6-foot gauge, making it the broadest gauge in the US and the longest mainline in the world.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1907: Service over the entire length of the Yosemite Valley Railroad begins.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1853: The Toronto, the first steam locomotive manufactured in Canada, makes its first run on the Ontario, Simcoe & Huron Union Railway.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1853: Ten railroad companies agree to form the nation's first important railroad merger, creating the New York Central Railroad System.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1896: In Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court upholds Louisiana's Jim Crow Law which required railroads to provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races. This separate, but equal doctrine remained in place for 58 years until reversed by the Court in Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1974: Amtrak's Super Chief is renamed the Southwest Limited.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1830: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad publishes first railroad timetable.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1932: To promote ticket sales, the Missouri Pacific Railroad runs the first Mystery Excursion from St. Louis. Passengers purchased tickets without knowing their destination until they arrived, which turned out to be Arcadia, MO.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1868: The Great Train Robbery. Seven members of the Reno gang hold up an Indianapolis bound Jeffersonville, Madison & Indianapolis train at Marshfield, Indiana. The gang makes off with $98,000 from a safe in the express car.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1870: First train to go coast to coast, the Pullman Hotel Express, departs Boston.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1830: Passenger and freight service opens on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad between Baltimore and Endicott's Mills, Maryland (13 miles).
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Memorial Day

FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1865: First Bessemer steel rails manufactured in the U.S. at Chicago Rolling Mills. By the end of the century, steel rails had almost completely replaced iron.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1934: Burlington's Pioneer Zephyr, the first streamlined diesel-electric train, makes non-stop run from Denver to Chicago in 13 hours, 5 minutes. It is the first train to run over 1000 miles nonstop.
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First train at 10:00.
 
1834: Jay Gould, US railroad executive, financier born.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1869: Cheyenne Indians destroy a section of the Union Pacific Railroad near Fossil Creek, Kansas.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.
 
1935: Milwaukee Road begins Hiawatha service between Chicago and St. Paul. On the Chicago to Milwaukee section these trains averaged 100 MPH.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1953: Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Railway discontinues passenger service and converts from electric to diesel power.
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FPMRR closed for safety maintenance.
 
1969: Dallas becomes the largest U.S. city without passenger service with the last run of the Texas & Pacific Texas Eagle.
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