Is your kid curious about railroad signs and signals? Luckily, there is tons of information out there about this topic. The Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee (NORAC) sets out the operating rules for our railroads. Their rule book defines the official signals for railroad operators throughout North America. The below illustration of the NORAC signal […]
From a child’s point of view, a locomotive would seem a terrifying thing. Crouched atop those dull metal tracks, grumbling and hissing–raw power that promises noise and destruction. And yet, the child draws closer. He hears the belch of the steam engine, the bossy commands of the conductor. All around him on the platform, strangers […]
Indulge us the pleasure of a little classic Johnny Cash. Hear this song once, and you’ll be humming it for days…
Ridin’ the Rails
The old high rollin’ days of steam have faded,
and a little of the rich glamor has worn off now.
But some of us still wake up and find ourselves listenin’
for that long lonesome whistle in the night.
That’s the sound America’s dreams are made of.
Close your eyes, and make believe just a little bit,
and I bet you can hear that whistle blow.
You can watch the complete version of this film, including historical reenactments from the history of the American railroad, at this location.
Some classic railroad images from the California Historical Society’s Flickr pages.
Notice to passengers, Central Pacific Railroad, ca. 1870.
Moonlight Excursion train, operated by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad. April 16th and 17th, 1864.
1974 picture of the Dome Car on the Southwest Limited–Los Angeles to Albuquerque.
Rail Kid is going places. Are you ready to get on board?