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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1861: Theodore Judah recommends Donner Pass route for the Central Pacific through the Sierra Nevadas.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1882: Asked whether he operates his railroads for the public benefit, William Vanderbilt answers: "The public be damned! What does the public care for railroads except to get as much out of them for as little consideration as possible!"
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1837: The Sandusky, the first locomotive equipped with a whistle makes it's first run from Patterson to New Brunswick, NJ.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1980: Smithsonian reactivates 2-4-0 John Bull.
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FPMRR closed


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FPMRR open at 10:00 am

1866: The four Reno brothers, hold up their first train, taking $13,000 from the safes on a moving Ohio & Mississippi train. This was the first robbery of a train in motion.
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FPMR open at 10:00am.
 
1834: First American railroad tunnel opens on the Allegheny Portage Railroad, east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
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FPMRR closed due to repair.

1979: Amtrak's Chicago to Miami Floridian is discontinued.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1877: Presidential order allows Southern Pacific to expand into Arizona and New Mexico.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1848: The first steam engine to operate in Chicago, for the Galena & Chicago Union RR, the Pioneer, arrives in New York by boat.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1962: Colorado & Southern 2-8-0 #641 makes last run of steam on a regular daily service standard gauge railroad, Leadville to Climax, Colorado.
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Columbus Day

FPMRR open at 10:00am.


1954: Last eight of Erie Railroad's onetime fleet of 1545 steam locomotives make their last journey to the railroad's Chicago scrap yard.
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FPMRR closed.

1988: Southern Pacific Railroad sold to Rio Grande Industries.
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FPMRR opem at 10:00am.
 
1980: The Staggers Rail Act substantially deregulates railroads in the United States.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1899: Overland Limited begins service on the Southern Pacific.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1859: Abolitionist John Brown attacks U.S. arsenal at Harper's Ferry and B & O's Wheeling to Baltimore Express.
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.
 
1902: The Trinity & Brazos Valley Railway is chartered (Now part of Burlington Northern's Dallas to Galveston line).
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FPMRR open at 10::00am.
 
1961: GM rolls out first GP-30 diesel-electric locomotive.
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FPMRR closed.
 
1897: George Pullman dies.
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FPMRR closed.

1940: First issue of Trains published.
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FPMRR open.r.
 
1960: The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy opens new 2500-foot Mississippi River Bridge at Quincy, Illinois.
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FPMRR closed due to weather.

1934: The Union Pacific's six car streamlined M-10001 departs Los Angeles for a 56 hour, 55 minute transcontinental run to New York's Grand Central Terminal.
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Boo at the Zoo

FPMRR closed due to weather..

1936: Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Zephyr, makes Chicago to Denver run in 12 hours, 10 minutes - an average of 91.6 MPH.
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Boo at the Zoo

FPMRR closed due to weatherb>
 
1866: The first Bucker snowplow is completed at the Central Pacific's Sacramento shops.
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Boo at the Zoo

FPMRR closed due to weather.

1866: In Wabash, St. Louis and Pacific Railroad Company v. Illinois, the Supreme Court declares that a state cannot regulate even that portion of interstate commerce that takes place within its own borders, removing the States legislative powers over railroads. This led to passage of the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 by Congress.
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FPMRR closed.

1985: First run for Burlington Northern's propane-fueled GP-9.
 
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FPMRR closed due to weather damage.

1891: The St. Clair Tunnel, connecting the U.S. and Canada beneath the St. Clair River opens.
 
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FPMRR open at 11:00am.
 
1979: Amtrak's first double deck Superliner coaches debut on the Chicago to Seattle Empire Builder.
 
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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

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FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1983: Amtrak begins tri-weekly Auto Train service from Lofton, VA to Sanford, FL.
 
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Halloween

FPMRR open at 10:00am.

1970: The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known as Amtrak, is created.
 
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