Steam engine celebrates ‘new and improved’ Acton Metrolink station

Sept 28, 2016. Pacoima CA. A 1927 Topeka & Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive makes it’s way south pass the Whiteman airport tower Wednesday. The train made a appearance at a new train station opening in the Acton area and is being pulled by two locomotives engines back home to San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society. Photo by Gene Blevins/LA Daily News

The revamped Acton station was a nod to Acton’s rural design and “old homestead” feel.
With funding from LA Metro, Caltrans and the California Transportation Committee (CTC), Metrolink built a second platform, a pedestrian at-grade crossing, a crossover and an extension of almost 5,000 feet to the existing Vincent Siding.

California High Speed Rail And Private Enterprise


By Noel T. Braymer

A constant complaint by critics of the California High Speed Rail project and of High Speed Rail in general is they are money wasting boondoggles which will be a drain on the taxpayers with no benefit for them. For the critics High Speed Rail is an example of Government waste and inefficiency. Is this true? The State of California will own the new High Speed Railroad once it is built. But private companies winning contracts through competitive bidding are designing, building and will operate California’s High Speed Rail. When preparing for this project the California High Speed Rail Authority studied High Speed Rail projects around the world for ideas on how to build High Speed Rail in California economically.

One such idea being used in the construction of High Speed Rail in California is what is call Design-Build construction. In the past separate contracts have been…

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Quote Challenge – Day 1

Kind & Bold

I was recently tagged by my new blog friend BELLE PAPILLON 24/7 for the 3 day Quote challenge. I like this challenge. I always like quotes and keep notes of my favorites. I have picture of quotes on my laptop wallpaper, phone wallpaper, sticky notes and more.

Here is my 1st day post in the challenge.

Rules for the challenge if you would like to participate:
3 days (not necessarily in a row) ,3 quotes and 3 bloggers per day;

1st Quote : (from one of my post – A Firefighter!A simple act of kindness can matter millions to someone” – VE

2nd Quote : “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” -Steve Jobs

3rd Quote : “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve…

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Museum Explains Role OF Florida East Coast Railway in Florida Keys

Stories of the Upper Keys is the latest permanent exhibit to be presented by the Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada.

It encapsulates several significant aspects of history. In addition to subjects like Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, the exhibit explores the people who carved niches for themselves and their families from a considerably more inhospitable string of islands than the paradise we live in today.

The exhibit includes storyboards, more than 50 historic images, touchscreen monitors filled with more images and more stories as well as a video component with directional sound focused downward by audio domes to reduce the impact on surrounding exhibits. The first video available is an interview with President Herbert Hoover after a fishing excursion from North Key Largo’s Angler’s Club. Also featured in the exhibit are a smattering of artifacts on loan from the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach and Upper Keys history guru Jerry Wilkinson.

“Stories of the Upper Keys is presented as seven individual panels spanning roughly 30 feet of wall space,” says curator Brad Bertelli. “While each of the seven panels is offered as an individual piece and can be appreciated that way, because of the interconnectedness of this collection of panels, the exhibit as a whole tells a larger story.”

The exhibit was designed by Bruce Merenda at Studio B Concepts, fabricated by S&L Millworks and made possible through grants and donations.

The Discovery Center is a museum, theater and gift shop offering lessons in Keys history. It’s at the Islander Resort, mile marker 82 and open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $12. Admission for seniors is $10 and children 13 and under are free. Annual memberships with a range of benefits are available.

Tracks To The Trenches

The Arts Mechanical

The static fronts of World war 1 created a unique logistics situation.  this was especially true due to the great numbers of troops and artillery involved and the sheer amount of material that needed to be provided. In 1914-1918 the truck was still in it’s infancy and the traditional use of horse or mule transport simply could not keep up with the demands of modern industrial war.  Standard gauge rail could get material almost to the front, but the size of standard gauge equipment and track meant that trying to get damaged track back into operation over war torn ground just was not feasible.  A different solution was needed. Enter the light rail. Here’s a video of the American AEF light rail operations.  The operations of all the combatants on the western front were similar.

Called light railways or trench railway, these 60cm gauge railways became key part of the…

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