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RR Facts “Training” – The Distance Between Rails: Why 4 feet, 8.5 inches?

The U.S. standard railroad gauge (width between the two rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches which seems like a very odd number. Why was that specific gauge used? Because that is how England built its railroad system – and U.S. […]

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Sunset Cigars & Whiskey Cruise

The evening begins with a nostalgic ride aboard our vintage steam train to Deep River Landing where you’ll join an exclusive group of cigar enthusiasts aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat. Here we’ll take a Sunset Cigars & Whiskey Cruise along the Connecticut River, […]

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History of Thomas the Tank Engine: From Measles to Beatles

CREATION Thomas the Tank Engine, the fictional steam locomotive in The Railway Series books, was created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry in 1943 to amuse his son, Christopher, during a bout of measles. As Awdry was accompanying the stories with hand-built wooden models of the locomotives, […]

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History of Railroad Food: Dinner on a Train

Train travel was once the elegant way to get from place to place across the U.S., boasting opulent interiors, plush seats, porters for your every need and gleaming dining cars. The dining car was a place for passengers to relax […]

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