April 29, 2011

This Date in Railroading History...

April 29th has been quite an eventful day in the history of railroading.

On this day in 1851, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad made its first test run of a battery powered electric locomotive.

In 1873, Eli H. Janney was issued Patent #138,405 for a type of automatic coupler that is still in use by railroads today.

April 29th, 1900 celebrated the inaugural run of the Northern Pacific's North Coast Limited rail line.

And finally, April 29th, 1960 marked the very last run for the Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge rail line.

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