The Golden Spike or the joining of two railroads. (Part 1)

Just recently, the 2019 NRHS (National Railway Historical Society) convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. For quite some years Brad and I had decided not to attend these annual conventions. I shall be polite here and only say that these yearly gatherings just were not us. However this year was just a bit […]

Artwork commemorating the Chinese workers on the American railroads

A temporary exhibit of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center  features “Hung Liu: Daughter of China, Resident Alien”. The third floor of the museum is now temporarily dedicated to her works, which are comprised mainly of paintings, but also a memorable 3-dimensional tribute to the Chinese workers on the railroad.  The museum […]

A Community Museum in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Throughout the US, several towns have preserved their railroad stations and made them into small museums. Right near Washington, DC is a good example of this trend: Gaithersburg, Maryland. It is called the “Gaithersburg Community Museum”, located in the former freight depot on the mainline from Washington DC to Chicago. The original train station right […]