June 6th, 1892 – The Chicago “L” Comes to Life

The first “L”, the Chicago and South Side Rapid Transit Railroad, began revenue service on June 6th, 1892, when a small steam locomotive pulling four wooden coaches carrying a total of 27 men and 3 women departed the 39th Street station and arrived at the Congress Street Terminal 14 minutes later, over tracks that are still […]

May 24th, 1830 – The First U.S. Revenue Trains

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) was not the first railroad in the U.S., but it was the first common carrier railroad and the first to offer scheduled freight and passenger service to the public. It was the first intercity railroad in the United States. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, B&O was one of the two […]

May 9th, 1904 – Steam Engine Sets Speed Record!

Number 3440 City of Truro is a Great Western Railway (GWR) 3700 (or ‘City’) Class 4-4-0 locomotive, designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at the GWR Swindon Works in 1903. (It was rebuilt to a limited extent in 1911 and 1915, and renumbered 3717 in 1912). It is one of the contenders for the […]

May 5th, 1865 – The First Train Robbery!

Train robberies were more common in the past than today, when the speed of trains was slower, and often occurred in the American Old West. Trains carrying payroll shipments were a major target. These shipments would be guarded by an expressman whose duty it was to protect the cargo of the “express car“. Expressmen, conductors, […]

April 30th, 1900 – Casey Jones Saves Passenger Train!

Jonathan Luther “John” “Casey” Jones from Jackson, Tennessee, was an American railroader who worked for the Illinois Central Railroad (IC). As a boy, he lived near Cayce, Kentucky, where he acquired the nickname of “Cayce,” which he chose to spell as “Casey.” On April 30th, 1900, he was killed when his passenger train, the Cannonball Express, […]

Skip to toolbar