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“Ship It on the Frisco”

“Ship It on the Frisco”

A song off The Bottle Rockets‘ new album, “Ship It on the Frisco,” sent me down a rabbit hole researching a certain Route 66 overpass and the railroad that once traveled on it. The song (download MP3 here) is found on The Bottle Rockets’ excellent album,…

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Use of shipping containers causes controversy in Kingman

Use of shipping containers causes controversy in Kingman

One man’s use of a shipping container as a colorful billboard to welcome tourists into Kingman, Arizona, before the 2014 International Route 66 Festival has blown up into a fight with city hall amid accusations of hypocrisy and selective enforcement. Pat McBrayer, a…

A Route 66 railroad crossing in 360 degrees

Zac Crosby posted a 20-second clip of something I never before had seen on YouTube — video in which you can swivel the view 360 degrees as it is running. Cameras such as this have existed for almost 60 years, but the equipment…

See Illinois Route 66 from a vintage domed railroad car

A rail cruise company is organizing a two-day excursion next month from Chicago to St. Louis that will shadow much of Route 66 in Illinois and give participants a chance to see the countryside from a 1950s domed dining car. The cruise…

$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

$500,000 grant accepted for Arizona State Railroad Museum

The city of Williams, Arizona, accepted a $500,000 state grant to help acquire artifacts for the Arizona State Railroad Museum, reported the Williams News. The grant, which will be available by fiscal year 2018, came with help from the Northern Arizona Council of…

Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

Route 66 Village train will be lighted Friday for Christmas

If you’re in the Tulsa area Friday, you may want to make your way to the Route 66 Village on the southwest part of town and check out the Christmas lighting of its big steam locomotive at 6 p.m. City councilor…

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

All aboard the Lincoln County Express

Occasionally, you’ll find out about something you unwittingly passed dozens of time but never saw. One of those things is the so-called Lincoln County Express, a child-sized locomotive and other metal sculptures that apparently have sat off Route 66 east of Stroud, Oklahoma, for…

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Trains return to Erick for the first time in years

Residents of Erick, Oklahoma, saw a passenger train come through their town for the first time in nearly 50 years Friday as Farmrail commemorated the opening of rail service between there and the fellow Route 66 town of Sayre, Oklahoma,…

Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

Roof repairs to Chatham Railroad Museum urgently needed

It’s not leaking yet. But the roof to the historic site of the Chatham Railroad Museum in Chatham, Illinois, urgently needs repairs as winter sets in within a few months. The Chatham Railroad Museum Association is hosting a Chatham Depot…

Volunteers try to keep Pacific rail museum open

Volunteers try to keep Pacific rail museum open

Volunteers with the Route 66 Pacific Rail Fan Visitor Center in Pacific, Missouri, are trying to raise donations to pay off its building that is being foreclosed, according to the Washington Missourian newspaper. Robert McCaskill, spokesman for the museum, said…

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