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  • FT. Dewey
    Stolen from The Writer s Almanac By GARRISON KIELLOR                                                                      
    Message 1 of 768 , Oct 4, 2011
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      Stolen from "The Writer's Almanac" By GARRISON KIELLOR              
                                                                                                                                                      DEWEY

      This date marks the first formal run of the Orient Express in 1883. The train was the brainchild of Georges Nagelmackers, a
      Belgian banker's son. He had been impressed by railway innovations he'd
      seen in America in the 1860s
      — particularly George Pullman's "sleeper cars" — and envisioned a richly appointed train running on a continuous 1,500-mile stretch of track
      from Paris to Constantinople (now Istanbul). For its formal launch from
      the Gare de Strasbourg, Nagelmackers arranged battered, rusty Pullman
      cars
      on adjacent tracks to show his luxurious conveyance to its best
      advantage. Many of its first passengers on the 80-hour journey were
      journalists, and they spread the word of its paneled interiors, leather
      armchairs, silk sheets, and wool blankets. They also dubbed the train
      "the Orient Express" with
      Nagelmackers' blessing. The train later earned another nickname, "the
      Spies' Express," due to its popularity in the espionage community.
      One particular car played a role in both world wars. On November
      11, 1918, German officers signed their surrender documents in an Allied
      commander's private car. The car was a museum piece in Paris until 1940, when Hitler commandeered it and used it as the setting to dictate the
      terms of the
      French surrender. Later, when his defeat was imminent, he blew the car
      up so that it wouldn't become an Allied trophy again.
      The original Orient Express
      stopped serving Istanbul in 1977, and its new route ran from Paris to
      Vienna until 2007, when the train departed from Strasbourg instead of
      Paris. Finally, in 2009, the Orient Express ceased operation, citing
      competition from high-speed trains and discount airlines.
      It has spawned several offspring that have adopted the name for
      promotional purposes, including the Direct Orient Express and the
      Nostalgic Orient Express. Only the Venice-Simplon Orient Express, which
      runs from London to a variety of European destinations and charges
      $2,300 U.S. to ride in the
      restored original cars, approaches the original "King of Trains and
      Train of Kings."
       
      Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.
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    • FT. Dewey
      1855 Western railroads blocked by snow 1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill MO 1932 US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction Sometimes the light
      Message 768 of 768 , Jan 31, 2015
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        1855 Western railroads blocked by snow
        1874 Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill MO
        1932 US railway unions accept 10% wage reduction

        Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming train.

        o o o o o o o . . . ______________________________
        o _____ || |
        .][__n_n_|DD[ ====_____ | |
        >(________|__|_[_________]_|____________________________|
        _/oo OOOOO oo` ooo ooo 'o!o!o o!o!o`
        -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
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