Wednesday, June 8, 2011

All The Livelong Day

Today, while I'm sitting at home in front of my computer in Colorado Springs, my husband in somewhere near Gering, NE building a railroad. To be honest, after nearly 7 years of marriage, I still don't really know exactly what it is that my husband does on the railroad....I just know he works on it. All the livelong day.

So, as a tip of my hat to my husband, here's a few interesting railroad and train facts:

  • The US railroads established the US standard time AND the 4 time zones.
  • The railroad is the most efficient fuel-per-mile method of moving people and cargo.
  • Tom Thumb was the name of the first steam powered locomotive in the US.
  • Due to the long distances traveled, the US and The USSR were the first countries to use overnight sleeper cars.
  • Two acts of congress in 1862 and 1864 initiated the building of the first transcontinental railroad: Union Pacific Railroad (that's the one hubby works for) which was built westward from Nebraska and the Central Pacific Railroad which was built eastward from California. The two met at Promontory Summit, UT.
  • In the 1960's concerns over air pollution, overcrowding of highways, and the inconvenience of major airport locations cause the public to push for government support of large scale railroad passenger service. After the passing of the Rail Passenger Service Act, Amtrak was born.
  • Today, the US has more than 250,000 miles of railroads. Texas has the most miles of rail in the US, with 10,804.
  • FACT: Images of trains make awesome belt buckles...
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