TRAIN KEPT A-ROLLIN’ (1890)

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The year is 1890. According to the Just A Car Guy blog, this photo was taken in Mexico. Perhaps a train enthusiast can confirm this. If it is Mexico, I’m thinking maybe this is Oaxaco, which has similar terrain. That might make this a Mexico Southern locomotive. So far, it’s a mystery, but this is a very thrilling image – and even more so in color. This kind of image is what comes to mind whenever I hear the classic Johnny Burnette song, “the train kept a-rollin’ all night long – with a heave and a ho . . .”

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1890 - Train Kept A-Rollin'

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HAWAIIAN RAILROAD (1882)

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The year is 1882. Hawaiian Railroad aka Kohala Railroad consisted of track that covered 20 miles near Kohala on the Hawaiian main island. rail cars transported tourists and sugar from nearby plantations.

Gallon upon gallon of fresh water needed to operate the steam engine, Kinau – had to be shipped from Honolulu, then transported by mule team from Mahukona port to the spot where the train refueled.

Though the route looks innocent enough in this photo – in fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more harrowing 20 miles of track. At various points, the 36-inch narrow gauge tracks were laid on bare lava, negotiated steep cliffs, and crossed deep gulches. There were sharp curves and trestles suspending the train up to 60 feet in the air. Despite achieving a top speed of only 12 miles per hour, taking a trip on the Kinau had to have been akin to riding Space Mountain or even Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland.

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1882 - Hawaii - Railroad

1882 - Hawaii - Kohala Railroad

GRAND CANYON – RAILROAD AD (1908)

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The year is 1908. Here is a beautiful magazine ad for the Santa Fe Railroad’s “California Ltd.” locomotive train. The ad looks pretty good even in black & white. But, add color to it – and the Grand Canyon with the young couple on the cliff above simply “pops” to life.

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1908 - California Ltd.

LINCOLN TRAIN TO GETTYSBURG (1863)

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will sneak up on you before you know it. It isn’t too early to start looking through your family photo collection. A beautifully-colorized image of your ancestors (suitable for enlarging and framing) makes a wonderful keepsake for the entire family. This year, “Give the Christmas Present of Christmas Past!”

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The year is 1863. Here is Abraham Lincoln’s train on November 18th – at Pennsylvania’s Hanover Junction station. Abe was on his way to the Gettysburg battlefield to deliver his best-known speech. He had stopped in Hanover Junction to meet up with his friend, Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin – whose train from Harrisburg was running behind schedule. Abe got off the train to stretch his legs while waiting for Curtin to arrive.

According to Gettysburg Daily.com, sometime after 4:00 PM, Abe decided he’d waited long enough. His train left Hanover Junction without Governor Curtin, and headed on to Gettysburg. Until today, this photo has only been seen in black & white. Now, after 150 years (almost to the day), the scene comes alive in full color. We think that’s a good thing for America. And Governor Curtin? He made it to Gettysburg, where on November 19, 1863 – he was with Lincoln on the platform as the president delivered his Gettysburg Address.

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1863 - Lincoln Train - Hanover Junction, PA

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