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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Trainumentary Trivia: Chicago Union Station

In what year was the Great Hall inside Chicago Union Station originally completed? The answer can be found beneath the two photos below, which offer a glimpse of what the freshly renovated Great Hall looks like as of January 2016.

Photos c. 2016 by

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a. 1925

The Great Hall at Chicago’s train station was “…Originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham (“make no small plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood”) and completed in 1925 by the Graham, Anderson, Probst and White Firm, the Great Hall is considered to be one of the greatest indoor spaces in the United States.” ~~ quote from

Trainumentary Trivia: GCR No. 29-The little engine that can

Grand Canyon Railway No. 29 “can pull ____ fully loaded cars up our steepest grades unassisted,” according to informational literature displayed in front of the locomotive as of January 2016.

Find the answer to this question beneath the two photos of GCR No. 29, which are C. 2016 by

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This 111-year-old locomotive is located just off to the side of the Grand Canyon Railroad’s train station.

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Answer: Eight (8) fully loaded cars

Source: See photo below

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Trainumentary Trivia: Candid Caboose

At some point in the 1830s, as railways became longer, cabooses began appearing on the train track horizon. This was because railroads had started to provide functional housing for employees in shanties, which were often constructed directly onto flatcars or boxcars.

Aside from serving as the office for the train’s conductor, there were typically two other trainmen stationed in the caboose. They were:

a. Electrician and Doctor

b. Brakeman and Flagman

c. Candlestick Maker and Cook

d. Topographer and herbalist

The correct answer can be found beneath this photograph of the yellow Union Pacific caboose, which is stationed at Greenville Railroad Park, PA.

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The correct answer is “b,” Brakeman and flagman, according to information posted at the Union Pacific website

Photo c. 2015 by

Feature photo shows The Texas & Pacific Railway caboose that is presently on display in Mineola, TX. This image is c. 2016 by



Trainumentary Trivia: Tasty Texas Treat

Passengers aboard the Texas Eagle often look forward to briefy stepping off the train at its El Paso stop to get their hands on which tasty treat?

Follow @trainumentary on Twitter OR sneak a peek at the answer beneath the featured photo to learn the answer to this well-kept secret.

Below: This rich Rio Grande view is what Texas Eagle riders see as the train glides above it. Both photos by Christine Lorraine taken January 12, 2016.  Above – Steeple in El Paso, TX near the Amtrak station.

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Answer: Passengers often enjoy a fresh, hot burrito from a well-known local vendor while the train stops in El Paso.