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From Omaha to Promintory Point, Utah, and on to California, Nebraska was the Gateway to the West for folks traveling on the Iron Road. Many of our ancestors worked on those Iron Roads in Nebraska. Others came to Nebraska on them.
REA: From 1850 to 1975, the Railway Express Agency (REA) moved the nation's packages and freight. Once as common as FedEx and UPS, the big green trucks and rail cars of the REA were a welcome sight to anyone expecting a package. If your relative worked for the REA, he worked for the Railway Express Agency.
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The Story Behind the TRAIN OF TOMORROW.
Back in 1944, a group of General Motors officials on an inspection trip were riding in the cab of a Diesel locomotive. All were stirred by the magnificent view from the operating compartment in the nose of the locomotive.
Train of Tomorrow -- Came through Minden, Neb.(traveling thru the state) in November 1949
Star Dust - - Sky View -- Dream Cloud -- Moon Glow
Click on the above sections of the Train of Tomorrow Cars to see further explanation of the luxury & finery. Use your "back" key to return to this main page. ENJOY!
Phyllis Cloyd has written a wonderful poem about Nebraska Trains and has granted her permission to share it on this page. Thank You, Phyllis!
When I look back on my childhood,
Sometimes a silvery-sleek passenger train
With eager excitement I waited
But my fondest recollection,
by Phyllis Merryman Cloyd
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Inquiries are sometimes received about persons who died in railroad accidents, often at unknown locations. This is virtually an impossible problem, as there are no centralized records of railroad accidents which identify victims of accidents prior to 1911. Such questions regarding accidents prior to 1911 can be researched only from local sources, and then only if the location and at least the approximate date of the accident is known. If the accident happened between 1911 and 1984, there is a good chance that the National Archives would have some information on the accident. The National Archives are the custodians of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and the Federal Railroad Administration investigations and reports between those dates. Again, I must emphasize this will only cover the period from 1911 to 1984. Prior to 1911, local newspapers are your best bet. Check Guide to Railroad Records at the National Archives for how to find information.
Union Pacific Seniority list of Section Hands for the North Platte Branch - Posted on Keith County NEGenWeb Project site. It is not dated as a document, but gives an effective date of 1935. It includes several names and what we believe dates of employment, ranging from 1898-1928. It is broken down by section numbers and the names for each section, including Sarben, Keystone, Lewellen, Oshkosh, Broadwater, Northport, Gering, Lyman, Yoder, and Cottier. The page consists of a scan of the document, as well as a text transcription.
Union Pacific Seniority list, Grand Island, Nebraska - Union Pacific Seniority list of Transportation Employees and Yardmens Seniority Roster. This doesn't seem to be dated, but the last date shown is 1944. This has been presented to this site as part of the NEGenWeb Project OnLine Library.
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