Memorial Trains

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

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Memorial Day is that day of the year that is set aside to remember those in the military who lost their lives while fighting in battle. In the United States of America, it is observed on the last Monday in May. (The official day is May 30th.) Although it is becoming more and more a forgotten day, it is a significant day as if these soldiers did not fight the wars, millions of innocent lives would be lost. These servicemen and women gave their lives so that many can live theirs.

The Norfolk and Western Railway number 1776 at the Virginia Museum of transportation in Roanoke, Virginia

The railroad has been a part of the United States Armed Forces since the American Civil War, and it still plays a role in the military today. Through the years, the locomotives and the rail…

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