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  Frank Kim ES: Lieutenant Frank Kim
Railroad ties, being thick enough to stop pistol bullets, were used for a shooting range where Kim and his friends and fellow policemen sharpen up their marksmanship.
As houses connected with the railroad were torn down over the past decade, Kim tried to salvage as much of their contents as he could, to use in some form or another.
Railroads are currently switching to wireless microwave communication systems, and no longer require the communications poles that Kim used as his most basic material.
www.ccsd.net /schools/kim/ltfk/rj_2_3_1980.html   (1584 words)

 Buff Muscle -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
To buff is a synonym of to polish; e.g.
The original "buffs" were the fans of the intensely competitive, combative and patriotic New York City volunteer fire departments, whose uniform ''facings'' and waxed canvas pants were buff-colored.
A railroad buff, in the United States, is a person who enjoys riding, photographing, and studying railroads and railroad trains as a hobby.
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/24/buff-muscle.html   (543 words)

 Railroad buff fills tight space
A new, mixed-use commercial and residential building wedged onto a tiny, triangular lot 20 feet from the railroad tracks at Helman and Van Ness streets will be finished by July.
Vail acquired the lot and a former railroad spur on the other side of Van Ness that runs to Central Street.
Central Oregon Pacific Railroad trains usually pass by around midnight and 7 a.m.
www.mailtribune.com /archive/2002/april/042602b1.htm   (515 words)

 TTM web
Railroad service was vital to the success of these auctions, not to mention the viability of the farms and towns to be created.
Railroads are cheaper and faster to build than roads, require less land and are far less intrusive on the country they cross.
Railroads were considered to be failing the war effort for WW I. It was returned to the receiver in February of 1920.
www.txtransportationmuseum.org /SAUG.htm   (2971 words)

 RR Buffs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
But for the railroad enthusiast those same sights and sounds elicit a smile on their face as they slow in eager anticipation of seeing yet another train pass before their eyes.
Rail buffs fall into three principal categories and one very notable special case, the "foamer." As a group they are far easier to spot in public than the modeler or collector because they tend to festoon their clothing with dozens of rail-related patches and buttons.
It is not unusual for a rail buff photographer to trespass on railroad property to get his shot or even to stand right in the middle of the tracks in front of a rapidly moving train to take a "head-on" picture.
www.thezephyr.com /archives/railnuts.htm   (2408 words)

 The Little Railroad That Could   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
You needn't be a railroad buff to recognize them: the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (established 1895), the Grand Trunk Western (1852), and the Union Pacific (1862) to name just three.
The "railroad that went to sea," as some called it, operated for 23 years, until it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935.
Many railroad workers gave up hope of there ever being a settlement and moved on to other jobs, never to return to the industry.
www.libertyhaven.com /politicsandcurrentevents/unionsandotherorganizations/littlerailroad.html   (1818 words)

 Once a stop, now a destination   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The now-restored Avella railroad station was a stop on the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railroad, which dates to about 1904.
The railroad began as the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway, and, over time, it changed hands before becoming what it is today, the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad.
A budding railroad buff, he would later co-author a book titled "Pittsburgh and the West Virginia Railway, Story of the High and Dry" with friend Howard Worley.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/06162/696772-58.stm   (839 words)

 Harvard Gazette: The Big Picture
His father, Harold Fuller, founded the National Railroad Museum in 1956 in Green Bay, Wis. Back then, the Fuller family's idea of a great summer vacation was to travel to mining country in Wyoming to watch the huge steam locomotives hauling mile-long trains loaded with ore through the mountains.
In high school, he and a group of friends renovated a derelict railroad car and brought it back to its former elegance.
Fuller's greatest railroad thrill came just a few years ago when he took a course on running a steam locomotive.
www.news.harvard.edu /gazette/2004/05.06/05-bigpic.html   (430 words)

 The Little Railroad That Could   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Railroading has always attracted the thickest-skinned entrepreneurs-captains of industry and empire builders.
The "railroad that went to sea," as some called it, operated for 23 years, until it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1935.2
The railroad lost over $29 million during that time.3 In 1961 the Interstate Commerce Commission awarded trusteeship to Edward Ball, chairman of the board of the FEC, which was now a subsidiary of St. Joe Paper Company, itself a subsidiary of the Alfred I. duPont Estate.
www.theadvocates.org /freeman/920506.html   (1866 words)

 Blue Ridge Historical Trail
The Blue Ridge Railroad Historical Trail was built in 1976, and was originally designed to follow the path of the unfinished railroad.
The last 2 miles are strenuous, due to the fact that this portion of the railroad was not finished, and the gaps in the mountain were not leveled.
I suppose if you are a railroad buff, then hiking this trail might be meaningful, otherwise it will probably be just an average walk through the woods.
hikecarolina.tripod.com /BlueRidgeRR.htm   (291 words)

 TransAlert.Com - Bookstore
The author was guided by his passion for railroads, as he traveled with notebook and camera to record his adventures on the world’s most fabulous trains—not only the glamorous and luxurious passenger lines but also hard-working freighters.
The railroads are arranged in alphabetical order, and the entry for each railroad includes a description and brief history, mailing address, telephone number, miles of road operated, weight of rail, radio frequency, location of enginehouse, locomotive roster, and number of cars.
American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, and to bore tunnels of prodigious length.
www.transalert.com /bookstore/Rail/Steam_or_Heritage   (1929 words)

 News Herald Sports   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
And though Howell only worked on the railroad as a youth, his father, W.H. Howell, worked for the ANRR from the age of 12 until he was 70.
The railroad tried to promote the area to tourists in the early days, and Howell has a picture showing a "Georgia Weekly Newspaper Outing" on the railroad dock at St. Joe, circa 1916.
But the key to success for the railroad was always tied to industrial use.
www.newsherald.com /gulf/tr120497.htm   (565 words)

 Yucatan Today - Railroad Museum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
All over the world, railroads have been an innovation with vast impacts on society, ushering in an era of industrial revolution and literally forging a path for increased mobility and mass communication.
Whereas ships had once been the sole means of transport to and from the area, the advent of railroads in the area in the late 1800's fostered cultural enrichment and economic growth.
The appearance of the cars, most of which still have their original interior, is enhanced by vintage railroad signs and equipment that decorate the lawn.
www.yucatantoday.com /culture/eng-railroadmuseum.htm   (610 words)

The story of the railroad is an essential part of American history.
Although no one can say precisely when the first railroad stories and jokes were told, railroad music was published in Baltimore as early as 1828.
While highly recommended for the history or railroad buff, this book should appeal to anyone who appreciates a good tune or a good yarn.
www.easymusicbooks.com /contents/en-us/d147_01.html   (405 words)

 The Daily Star   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
WALTON — A Walton model train buff is re-creating the O&W Railroad Walton yard in minute detail, as he remembers it from his childhood.
Many of the original buildings that were located in or near the railroad yard still exist, but they have been altered over the years.
Seaman spends countless hours studying the buildings, comparing them to photos taken in the early part of the 20th century, and then turning to his memory, to recreate the correct color combinations.
www.thedailystar.com /news/community/stories/2000/06/27/compeople.html   (794 words)

I have been researching this railroad for the past 35 years.
Tracing the YVRR - While not much is left of the Yosemite Valley Railroad, here is how to follow the old roadbed from Merced to El Portal and view what does remain, including bridges and station sites.
Prototype Modeling of the YV - Modeling the Yosemite Valley Railroad on a grand and detailed scale has been a very satisfying hobby for me. Here is more information on my own modeling philosophy and approach.
www.yosemitevalleyrr.com   (716 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Working for the Railroad
They put out the call for information and photos in the local papers and at railroad clubs and were happily surprised at the response, from railroad buffs to former employees and area historians, including Herbert Harwood Jr., author of several railroad books.
They also received rare film footage from the 1930s, one from a railroad buff in Richmond, another from a Purcellville woman whose brother liked to film around town.
It was slowly rebuilt, and in its heyday early in the 20th century, the trains brought farm goods to the city and city dwellers to the mountains to take in the healthful air.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A20137-2003Nov28?language=printer   (909 words)

 Railwear -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
For railroad specific tin signs, please look under the railroad category you have interest in.
This sign is a reproduction of a sign frequently seen in railroad stations across the nation, back when nearly every man chewed tobacco.
Just about says it all, and is a very interesting sign for the rail buff who thinks he has everything.
www.rebelrails.com /shop/index.php?action=pricelist   (2268 words)

 CPRR Discussion Group - Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Railroad history buff Chris Graves of Newcastle said the recent re-discovery of a copy of the original Sacramento Placer & Nevada Railroad maps from 1861, with surveyor information on grades and turns, allowed a modern-day survey with a global positioning system.
With the information from the 1861 map locating the old railbed's twists and turns, historians and surveyors were able to overlay the old railway onto a modern-day map.
'The railroad ran 11 miles and except for a 750-foot gap in what is now Hidden Lake Estates, we now know where every single foot of it is,' Graves said.
cprr.org /CPRR_Discussion_Group/2005/02/sacramento-placer-nevada-rr.html   (333 words)

 Railroad: Identity, Design and Culture by Rizzoli
Celebrating the culture and design of the railroad from its beginnings in the Industrial Revolution through its 20th-century heyday, Railroad is a loving tribute to the unique aesthetic of trains.
Touching on every aspect of railroad design, from the interiors and exteriors of the trains, to railroad stations, signage, and trestles and tunnels, Railroad also abounds in such train ephemera as tickets, conductor uniforms, timetables, and advertisements, and is sprinkled with trivia and anecdotes illuminating railroading’s colorful history.
Railroad is a stylish trip down memory lane, paying whimsical tribute to our earliest modern form of transportation and examining how design continues to shape and reflect transportation.
www.php-web-hosting.us /stuff-0847827194.html   (409 words)

 Johns Hopkins University Press | Books | A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
But in 1946, the steam locomotive was king, the automobile was just beginning to emerge from wartime restrictions, passenger trains still made stops in nearly every town, and freight trains carried most of the nation's intercity commerce.
When completed, the series will provide a comprehensive atlas of the U.S. railroad system at its post-World War II high point—a transportation network that many considered the finest railroad passenger system in the world.
Currently, there exists no comprehensive, historic railroad atlas for the U.S. This volume, with its 202 full-scale and detail maps, is sure to remain the standard reference work for years to come, as will the others to follow in the series.
www.press.jhu.edu /books/title_pages/1040.html   (902 words)

 Petoskey News-Review
In Mackinaw City - once a key railroad location where lines serving eastern and western Michigan came together and trains were loaded onto ferries for passage across the Straits of Mackinac - the remaining portion of a Michigan Central depot was restored and incorporated into the new Mackinaw Crossings shopping and entertainment complex in 1997.
When his society was organized in the 1960s, the railroad enthusiast and University of Toledo geology professor said preservation of these structures wasn't much of a priority around the United States.
A freight depot once used by that railroad now stands several blocks to the west and is located within the Sunset Shores condominium complex.
www.petoskeynews.com /articles/2005/10/07/news/local_regional/news02.txt   (2242 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
My dad (who I think was also a "closet" railroad buff) often took my brothers and me to the CandO Miller Road bridge over the NYC main line or to Delray to watch trains after church on Sunday.
With all of the books and magazine articles written about trains and railroad history, very, very few talk about the important role of the train order office, block office or interlocking tower and the important role they played in the smooth logistics of railroad operations.
Railroad towers and manned interlockings are all but phased out in Michigan and throughout the nation.
www.michiganrailroads.com /RRHX/TownLine/Townline.htm   (304 words)

 The Railway and Nipomo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
By 1869 the transcontinental railroad was connected and San Francisco and Los Angeles were connected via rail line through the central valley.
A new courthouse was built in San Luis Obispo to replace the one constructed by William Dana grantee of the 37,000 acre Nipomo Rancho.
When the Pacific Coast Railroad came to Nipomo the Danas gave them the right of way across the land for free except their mother could ride the train for free.
blacklake.biz /nipomo/train.htm   (1300 words)

 Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The 64 miles of track now preserved as the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is the finest remaining example of a vast network of narrow-gauge railroads that once connected commercial outposts in the Rocky Mountain region.
Leaving the north station at Antonito, Colorado, the railroad angles southwest through rolling high-country, and begins a steady climb into the forested slopes of the San Juan range, passing through groves of pine and aspen, dramatic rock formations, and through the spectacular Toltec Gorge of the Los Pinos River.
Today, this dramatic railroad, once called by author Lucius Beebe "the most spectacular example of mountain railroading in North America", is owned by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, and is a Registered National Historic Site.
www.vivanewmexico.com /railroad.html   (262 words)

 Amazon.com: All Aboard With E.M. Frimbo: World's Greatest Railroad Buff (Kodansha Globe): Books: Rogers E. M. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
He was also an expert on railroads, and spent most of his non-working time riding trains.
I was the editor of the greatly expanded 1997 edition of this railroading classic of the 1970s.
Hiss unearthed such articles as one about the railway in Wales that travels through the Potemkin village where the classic TV show "The Prisoner" was filmed, and a final tribute to Whitaker, appropriately mounted to him at Cumbres Pass, the highest elevation in the USA reached by a train.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1568361149?v=glance   (1029 words)

 Still chugging away at it | Battle Creek Enquirer - www.battlecreekenquirer.com - Battle Creek, Mich.
The 62-year-old retiree was a railroad machinist for 35 years, and he still looks the part.
As he worked in his garage on Wednesday and Thursday, he was dressed entirely in denim, except for the cap that he wore high on his forehead, which bore the insignia of a railroad.
One might think a train buff like Mintern remembers his first encounter with a locomotive, that the moment is indelibly branded in his brain.
www.battlecreekenquirer.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051017/LIFESTYLE08/510170317/1032   (504 words)

 Waco History Project: Katy RR   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company (known as M-K-T or "Katy") began its corporate existence in the days following the Civil War and was intended to funnel business from Kansas City and points north and east to a new rail route being cut across Indian Territory and through Texas.
Rumor even had it he got a bonus for all the attention he brought the railroad, which curiously saw a surge in business afterwards.
Despite a $19 million government guaranteed loan in 1976 to repair deteriorating track ties, the railroad's fortunes otherwise continued to decline.
www.historicwaco.org /WHP/Moments/katy.htm   (1410 words)

 Riding levees on the Yuma Valley Railroad Sunset - Find Articles
His call is followed by a long, tinny hooooot and a clackety-clack, as wheels of an enormous passenger-parlor car begin to roll along behind an incongruously small engine that looks as if it thinks it can.
The West's newest historic short-line railroad (it began service in 1986) has an improbable route: a round trip of 25 miles, starting near Yuma and running along the Arizona-Mexico border on the Colorado River's east bank.
The line is the brainchild of railroad buff Craig Marks, and its rolling stock was refurbished and is now operated by volunteers.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1216/is_n1_v180/ai_6265843   (426 words)

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