This series explores the history of Kentucky's railroad cars.
The Power, the Might, and the Locomotive #101
The story of locomotion is fascinating. The invention was created to harness 'horse power' and move goods and people across America, faster than anyone could ever imagine. The earliest locomotive engine was created in England in the 1820's. Soon after, the engine arrived in America where steam power dominated transportation for more than a century. Today this story is embodied in the acquisition by the Historic Railpark & Train Museum of former Chicago & Northwestern RR locomotive 2011.
- KETKY Monday, October 27 at 2:30 pm EST
Mail on the Fly: The Railroad Post Office #102
Nearly a century and a half ago, the United States Post Office saw the great advantage of utilizing the speed and efficiency of the railroad in moving letters and packages across America. All across the continent, post offices were built near railroad stations to ease the transfer and increase the speed of delivery. The postal service requirements were so precise that they created uniform specifications for the building of the equipment that would carry the mail, Railroad Post Office cars.Â Only two remain today.
- KETKY Monday, October 27 at 3:00 pm EST
The Pullman Sleeper: Last Voyage of the Towering Pine #103
The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, promoted by President Abraham Lincoln, opened the door to regular overnight travel by rail. A young entrepreneur, named George M. Pullman, saw the opportunity to exercise the great American traits of ingenuity and enterprise. Pullman's interest in converting day coaches to private sleeping accommodations at night, created an industry that would flourish for more than a century, build an entire American city, and help overcome racial barriers.
- KETKY Monday, October 27 at 3:30 pm EST
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