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May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

Walter Matuch of Ready Made Trains has a nice post about Memorial Day on the home page of his Ready Made Toys web site.  Check it out here.

Enjoy your Memorial Day but be sure to take a moment to think about all those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for their county.

May 28, 2007

Trains and War

On Memorial Day 2007 we honor all those brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to help preserve and protect the United States of America.  Throughout the history of 19th and 20th century warfare, when our troops went to war, trains played important roles in getting them and the supplies they required to the front lines. Trains were also just as important to our enemies.   Below you will find a number of links to stories and photos about trains at war.

How Trains Helped Win A War
Destroyed German Trains And Railyards:  WWII Photo Feature 25
Locomotives of Polish Armoured Trains - Part I
Locomotives of Polish Armoured Trains - Part II
Deutsche Reichsbahn - The German State Railway in WWII
WWII US Guncam VS German Trains - Google Video
Trains and Railroads in the American Civil War
Civil War Nashville to Louisville Railroad Train
WWII Troop Train Wreck of 7/6/44
American Civil War Pictures - Trains and Railroads
Railroad Advertising in World War II
Railroads Critical Role in the Civil War
Troop Trains
The White Pass and Yukon During WWII
WWI Sabotage on the Raritan River Railroad
Troop Train Tragedy at St Valery-en-Caux - WWII

January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Blue Comet I've been taking a break from blogging over the last week or so but wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and share some photos of my Christmas Layout.  Hopefully Santa delivered lots of O Gauge goodies to everyone.  He was good to me this year and left an MTH Blue Comet set under under the tree (Santa told me he found it on Nicholas Smith's used counter just before Christmas).   I'll start posting on a more regular basis on Wednesday.  Be sure to add your Christmas layout photos to the OGaugeWatch Flickr Group.



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July 04, 2006

Freedom Trains

Freedomtrain_1In the spirit of the holiday, here are a few facts and some interesting links about the Freedom trains that crisscrossed the American rails in 1947 -49 and again in 1975 - 76. 

The purpose of the '47 Freedom Train was to help citizens reflect on the meaning of American citizenship in a post war world.  The original freedom train brought versions of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights to over 300 destinations across the U.S.  The train was powered by an ALCO PA-1 diesel locomotive.

The Freedom Train of '75-'76 traveled the U.S. in celebration of the Bicentennial. 3 separate steam locomotives were restored to transport a consist of  26 cars, 10 of which were display cars displaying "treasures of the United States".  The locomotives were painted in red, white and blue schemes and traveled the country for 21 months starting on April 1, 1975.  Many railroad companies across the country also celebrated the Bicentennial by painting some of their equipment in patriotic schemes.

Happy Independence Day!

May 29, 2006

Memorial Day - A Time Of Remembrance

Memorial_day_3 I. We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III.  Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

Genereal Order #11 proclaimed by General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic on 5 May 1868.

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