Trainumentary Trivia: Next stop-Tucson, AZ Depot

Statues of two well known armed individuals from the past stand at the west end of the train depot in Tucson, AZ. Who are they?

a. Bonnie and Clyde

b. John Wayne and Chuck Connors

c. Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp

d. Yosemite Sam and Elmer Fudd

Find the correct answer beneath this photo of Arizona palm trees against a sunset sky

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c. Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp


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Information published at the Southern Arizona Guide website listed below states:

“At the west end of the depot, you will find the statues of two armed men near the train tracks: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Following the Gunfight At OK Corral, this is where the Earp Vendetta Ride began. We have that story and many others about local history on this website.” Click HERE to read more.

Historic Downtown Tucson

Trainumentary Trivia: Bad Caboose Sightings

Where do you think this dilapidated Missouri Pacific caboose is visible from a train stop?

a. Texas

b. Alaska

c. Romania

d. Punxsutawney, PA

Find the correct answer beneath the photo of the caboose in question.


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a. Texas

This photo was snapped during a brief stop on a recent train ride through the state of Texas.

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Trainumentary Trivia: Ghost Train Hunter

Sadly, where was a ghost train hunter accidentally killed by a train in 2010?

a. Clarksville

b. Bermuda Triangle

c. North Carolina

d. Folsom Prison

Find the correct answer beneath this image of a desolate stretch of track somewhere in Indiana. Photo c. 2016

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c. North Carolina

According to the article at the CNN link below:

” — The facts: On August 27, 1891, a passenger train jumped the tracks on a tall bridge near Statesville, North Carolina, sending seven rail cars below and about 30 people to their deaths….Shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, on the 119th anniversary of the Bostian Bridge train tragedy and at about the same time, between 10 and 12 ghost hunters were on that approximately 300-foot long span.”

The CNN piece goes on to explain that it was on this  anniversary that one ghost train watcher was killed and another was injured. Read the entire piece at

Trainumentary Trivia: Playing with Toy Trains in the 1890s

If you were a child in the 1890s, what sort of mechanical setup operates your toy train?

a. Clockwork

b. Dieselfication Modification

c. Child-sized Steamer

d. Coal-fired oven

Find the correct answer beneath the photo of the model train layout at Greenville Railroad Park, PA. picture c. 2016


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a. Clockwork or wind-up

According to the source website listed below: “The Marklin Company saw a need for a set of standard gauges for toy trains in 1891. When they first implemented these standard gauges it was for the wind-up (also called clockwork) trains the Marklin Company produced. The same standards are still used for today’s electric trains.”


Trainumentary Trivia: Backtracking to Early Rail Systems


Early functional railway track systems were known as:

a. Buggy Guiders

b. Wagonways

c. Crank Planks

d. Transylvanian Tracers

Find the correct answer beneath the photo of multiple train tracks, which was snapped looking out the back window on the Texas Eagle at sunset. photo c. 2016

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b. wagonways

“The first true railways, using a flange to keep the wheel on a rail, were developed in the early 17th century. In 1604, Huntington Beaumont completed the Wollaton Wagonway,  built to transport coal from the mines at Strelley to Wollaton Lane End, just west of Nottingham, England.”


Feature photo of Dallas, TX city skyline beyond tracks c. 2016




Trainumentary Trivia: Is the Caboose Still in Use?

Is there a railroad entity around that still uses cabooses as functional train cars? Find the answer below the photo of Texas and Pacific caboose 13553, which was snapped from the window of the Texas Eagle as it passed through Mineola, TX in January 2016.

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Answer – Yes!

According to Wikipedia as of this writing:

“CSX Transportation is one of the only Class 1 railroads that still maintains a fleet of modified cabooses for regular use. Employed as “shoving platforms” at the rear of local freight trains which must perform long reverse moves or heavy switching, these are generally rebuilt bay-window cabooses with their cabin doors welded shut (leaving their crews to work from the rear platform). BNSF also maintains a fleet of former wide-vision cabooses for a similar purpose, and in 2013 began repainting some of them in heritage paint schemes of BNSF’s predecessor railroads.”

The featured photo is an old red wooden caboose which is part of the railway stock at the Lakeshore Historical Railway Society in North East, PA.

both caboose photos c. 2016






Trainumentary Trivia: Can you name the first locomotive to operate in North America?

According to “Erie Railroad – Its Beginnings  1851,” the first locomotive “ever to operate on this continent” was:

a. Gladys McMannis

b. The Best Friend of Pennsylvania

c. The Stourbridge Lion

d. Ravine Flyer

Find the correct answer below this photo of art depicting the old-time Greenville, PA train station, which presently hangs at Greenville Railroad Park. The featured B&W image of the first American train also can be viewed at the Greeville museum.

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c. The Stourbridge Lion

Click H E R E to read more of “Erie Railroad – Its Beginnings  1851”

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Trainumentary 6: Waldameer’s L. Ruth Express I

Get a mini-thrill with a passenger’s eye view as the shiny L. Ruth Express I chugs through Waldameer’s train tunnel in July 2015.

Waldameer Park and Water World is an amusement park located at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA, and its train ride has carried countless passengers since the mid-1900s.
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L.Ruth Express photos c. 2015

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