Today in RR History

1901 - 55 die as Rock Island train derailed near Marshalltown, Iowa.
1961 - The Tallulah Falls Railway, which was used as a setting in the 1950 film, I'd Climb the Highest Mountain, and in 1960 by Disney for The Great Locomotive Chase ceases operation.
1986 - Conrail goes public at $28 a share.