2-8-4 #757 to Bellevue

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Editors note: Nickel Plate Berkshire #757 is leaving the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania to join the collection of the Mad River & NKP Museum. Here’s the inside story, reproduced with permission from the Caboose Cable newsletter. Read More

Visiting Pullman

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

On the way back from Michigan I wanted to stop at Pullman on Chicago’s south side to better understand what is happening with any preservation activities. After all, Pullman looms large in the history of railroading, industrial and urban development, labor relations and civil rights. It’s an important place. Read More

MUNI’s other PCC fleet

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By Rick Laubscher, President, Market Street Railway

Reproduced with permission from the MSR Inside Track newsletter

Muni is facing a severe space crunch and wants to dispose of many of the unrestored historic streetcars in its possession. Market Street Railway has been working with leadership of Muni’s parent, SFMTA, to forge a comprehensive strategic plan for the future of historic streetcar ser­vice in San Francisco. That plan is nearing completion, and addresses both the question of how many unrestored streetcars to keep, and the immediate restoration of many historic streetcars. Read More

Visit to Owosso

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Aaron Isaacs. HRA editor

There was a driving rainstorm the last time I was in Owosso, Michigan to visit the Steam Railroading Institute, but this time the sun was out. After fueling up on kolaches at the nearby Kolache Kitchen (14 flavors, don’t miss it), I showed up at the office for the daily 10AM opening of the visitor center. It’s located in a former trackside creamery. Read More

The Durand Union Depot

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By Aaron Isaacs, HRA editor

Durand, Michigan was the hub of the Grand Trunk Western, where the Detroit-Muskegon line crossed the main line from Chicago to Port Huron and on into Canada. Although the population is only 3300, it was a division headquarters and featured a very large depot. Built in 1903, it also hosted the Ann Arbor’s line through town.  Read More