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”

both photos are c. 2015 by

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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.
Video c. 2015 Vacationing Parakeet Productions (VPP), music “A Midsummer’s Night Train Ride” c. 2015 Christine Lorraine Collection. Click on the orange “subscribe” button to see new VPP videos as they are released.
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L.Ruth Express photos c. 2015

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Trainumentary 2: Lake Wenatchee Dining Car, wooden caboose, Pend O’Reille River Sleeper

Click here to enjoy Trainumentary 2, a video featuring the Lakeshore Railway Museum in North East, PA.


Train enthusiasts will enjoy this trip of days of railroad past. Watch a walk through the Lake Wenatchee dining car, then get a real feel for what it was like to catch some traineriffic shut-eye aboard the Pend O’Reille River sleeper car, followed by a walk-through of the old wooden “164” red caboose.

This authentic railway display is made possible by the untiring efforts of the Lake Shore Railway Historical Society and Museum in North East, PA on the Lake Erie shoreline.

Video c. 2014 by Vacationing Parakeet Productions (VPP). Original musical composition “Urban Train Song” c. 2014 Christine Lorraine Music Collection, and was written specifically for this video. Photos c. 2014

Trainumentary Trivia: Longest Passenger Train

In what year did the world’s longest passenger train, consisting of 70 coaches pulled by one locomotive, make its renowned journey of nearly 40 miles?

a. 1892

b. 1954

c. 1991

d. 2009

Find the answer beneath the photo of the Lake Wenatchee dining car, which is open to the public at the Lakeshore Historical Railway Society Museum in North East, PA.

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c – 1991, according to the Guiness Book of World Records website

“A passenger train created by the National Belgian Railway Company (NMBS) measured 1732.9m (5685.3ft) andconsisted of 70 coaches pulled by one electric locomotive. It traveled 62.5km (38.9miles) from Ghent to Ostend on April 27, 1991.

The train was a once-off creation in aid of a Belgian cancer research charity called ‘Kom op tegen kanker’ (Fight Against Cancer) and its journey was broadcast live on Belgian television. It weighed 2,786tonnes and made the journey in 1hr 11min at an average speed of 52.8km/h (32.8mph). There were 216 people aboard the train, which consisted of four international coaches, one bar/dancing coach, 60 national coaches and five


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