Irish track workers of the mid-19th century who filled the ever-growing demands of the burgeoning railroad industry to the new wave of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these laborers filled some of the least desirable and most dangerous jobs constructing and maintaining railroad lines

Irish track workers of the mid-19th century who filled the ever-growing demands of the burgeoning railroad industry to the new wave of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these laborers filled some of the least desirable and most dangerous jobs constructing and maintaining railroad lines

On November 27, 1897 Beard received a patent for a device he called the Jenny Coupler. Andrew Beard’s Jenny Coupler. The Jenny Coupler automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.” Beard sold the rights to his invention for $50,000.00 and the railroad industry was revolutionized. #BlackMuseums

On November 27, 1897 Beard received a patent for a device he called the Jenny Coupler. Andrew Beard’s Jenny Coupler. The Jenny Coupler automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.” Beard sold the rights to his invention for $50,000.00 and the railroad industry was revolutionized. #BlackMuseums

Elijah McCoy - Mechanical Engineer and Inventor. His inventions were the basis for the phrase "The Real McCoy" meaning real, authentic or high-quality.

Elijah McCoy - Mechanical Engineer and Inventor. His inventions were the basis for the phrase "The Real McCoy" meaning real, authentic or high-quality.

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Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Only two weeks remain to see "The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy" at the Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College! Come see his dramatic telling of the steam-to-diesel transition and changing fortunes of the railroad industry represented in beautiful black and white photography. Don't miss it!

Only two weeks remain to see "The Call of Trains: Railroad Photographs by Jim Shaughnessy" at the Whitcomb Art Center at Knox College! Come see his dramatic telling of the steam-to-diesel transition and changing fortunes of the railroad industry represented in beautiful black and white photography. Don't miss it!

John Deere refitted for the railroad industry

John Deere refitted for the railroad industry

Elijah "the Real" McCoy - Railroad cars needed to stop at regular intervals to receive lubrication, but McCoy's automatic lubricator cup solved that problem and revolutionized the railroad industry.    - from http://www.greatblackheroes.com

Elijah "the Real" McCoy - Railroad cars needed to stop at regular intervals to receive lubrication, but McCoy's automatic lubricator cup solved that problem and revolutionized the railroad industry. - from http://www.greatblackheroes.com

How much does a mile of track cost  ? - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

How much does a mile of track cost ? - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

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Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

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Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Interconnectivity enables trains, buses & planes to do what each does best - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Interconnectivity enables trains, buses & planes to do what each does best - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

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Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Join Karol and Carissa as they explore the exciting careers in the railroad industry.

Join Karol and Carissa as they explore the exciting careers in the railroad industry.

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Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Amtrak's Business Class too often isn't worth the extra fare - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

Amtrak's Business Class too often isn't worth the extra fare - Trains Magazine - Trains News Wire, Railroad News, Railroad Industry News, Web Cams, and Forms

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