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Essex Steam Train.. In the movies

If you’ve ridden our train sometime during the past ten years, you may have sat in the same seat as Indiana Jones and walked in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg! According to J. David Conrad, VP and Chief Mechanical Officer […]


An unfortunate event that helped publicize train travel

Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 helped publicize train travel. George Pullman, who had made a name for himself during the 1850s as a self-trained engineer and building mover in Chicago, began tinkering with the idea of a comfortable railroad “sleeping […]