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Railroad History in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has been a historically major city for railroading. Big railroads have been headquartered here, and thousands of locomotives once wore builder’s plates that read “Baldwin Locomotive Works, Philadelphia, PA.” Here, read some basic info about most of the big railroads that were in or currently are in Philadelphia. Continue reading Railroad History in Philadelphia

Positive Train Control (PTC)

There is an ongoing situation involving railroads, the Federal Railroad Administration (or FRA), and the government right now. A new signaling system called Positive Train Control, or PTC, had been introduced by a law passed in 2008, the U.S. Rail Safety Improvement Act. Continue reading Positive Train Control (PTC)

Amtrak Train Day

Have you ever watched movies and read books like Harry Potter, Unstoppable, the Train, planes trains and automobiles and the Polar Express and wondered about the trains mentioned? Well I sure did, then I went to Amtrak train day and I learned a ton not only about Amtrak though. I learned about the different types of horns and I even got to sit in the engineers seat.It was so much fun and it was all free. We got to see the tiniest details like China plates used in the old dining cars and different uniforms of the crew.  Continue reading Amtrak Train Day