Around the Country in Railroad Art Advertisements History

As the weather starts to warm up, perhaps you’ve been thinking about vacation. There are plenty of cool spots that one can visit, all by train. As we’ve certainly covered on the blog before, America’s railroads had in their employ both painters and illustrators to create works to entice travelers. Leslie Ragan is certainly one of my favorites – he worked for the New York Central as well as the Budd Company – and about this time last year we were posting some of his spring-like imagery. This time I thought it would be fun to take a tour of...

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The opening of the Dutchess Rail Trail, and the Hopewell Junction Depot Events History Photos

Last Saturday marked the official opening of the Dutchess Rail Trail, and festivities were held in Hopewell Junction to celebrate this newly completed “linear park.” Though the event focused on the dedication of the rail trail to former County Executive William R. Steinhaus, it is impossible to miss the newly-restored depot just steps away. After many years of lying vacant, and even being burned by arsonists, the depot was eventually restored to greatness. The depot lies at the east end of the trail, and will serve as a welcome center for visitors. Hopewell has a long history of railroading –...

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Get your butt over to the RMNE this weekend! Trains Museums Photos

Last Sunday I had a very enjoyable time taking photos at the Railroad Museum of New England, and figured I would share some of the photos from the day. Last weekend the museum played host to Flagg Coal 75, affectionately nicknamed Hank. The weather wasn’t the best last weekend, especially on Saturday, but this weekend’s weather is supposed to be a lot better. And that is perfect for you – as Hank will be visiting for a second and final weekend. You still have a chance to see steam on the Naugy this season! The RMNE has a fancy-pants website...

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Tuesday Tour of the New Haven Line: Naugatuck Trains Photos Tuesday Tours

As a member of a younger generation in the US, trains for me are merely a method of transportation – a means for me to get to work, or to get into the city. I do know, however, that trains were not always for people, but for moving goods (of course there still are freight trains, but they are not nearly as abundant as they once were). Many local areas have identities based upon either the rail, or the items that were once produced there… though in most cases the rail is no longer there, or the items are no...

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History of my Hometown: The Railroad in Southbury Trains History Photos

Despite the fact that I’ve been a Harlem Line rider for most of my life, I didn’t actually live in New York until two years ago (sorry regular readers, I’ve probably said that a million times). I grew up in a small farm town in Connecticut called Southbury. The place would be miserably boring, except for the fact that Interstate 84 bisects the town, making it easier to get to the more populated areas of Waterbury and Danbury. Southbury is just about equally distant from those two, with Danbury to the west and Waterbury to the east. But Danbury and...

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Fall Roadtrip Day 2: Mountain Views & White River Junction Photos

After day 1’s crappy weather, the sun on day 2 was quite pleasant. I won’t lie though, in the mountains it was pretty damn cold. My hands were seriously like cold icicles from holding the camera and taking pictures. I had a date with the alpine slide and a crazy zip line down the mountain, before heading to the summit for photos…        I also visited the train station at White River Junction for a few photos, before heading to some antiques place my dad was interested in seeing. There is a museum at the station, the New England Transportation...

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