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The E-Ticket Ride Continues

“Since the 1950s, the phrase E Ticket (or E ticket ride) has referred to an unusually interesting, thrilling, or expensive experience.” —Wikipedia That definition pretty much summarizes what it is like running a complex of 19th century technology in the 21st century—interesting, thrilling, or expensive. Yep, that sums it up alright. I used the expression

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Telling the Story

by Steve Bechtold The Nevada Northern Railway Museum has picked up a nationally organized battle cry for museums and historic spots. That cry is, “This place matters.” Well of course it does, but the first question that pops into anyone’s head is, “Why?” In asking this, I am reminded of my child who always wants

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This Place Matters

The New York Stock Exchange fell close to fifty percent from its peak of the previous year. Panic occurred; there were numerous runs on banks and trust companies. Throughout the country, state and local banks along with businesses entered into bankruptcy. This all happened during a time of economic recession. Sounds like recent headlines, doesn’t

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A National Treasure

An op-ed by Bill WithuhnCurator, Division of Work and Industry, Smithsonian Institution My views here are my own as a former businessman and as one with some forty years in railroading: working closely on federal legislation and regulation; firing, running, and repairing locomotives; and—for the past twenty-six years—working in historic preservation and in the study

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Nothing Like It

There is a book written by Stephen Ambrose titled Nothing Like It in the World. It’s a long title; the book describes the building of the transcontinental railroad one hundred and forty years ago. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it. My career has been varied. But in that career, I have never experienced

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