Today in RR History

1853 - Ten railroad companies agree to form the nation's first important railroad merger, creating the New York Central Railroad System.
1895 - The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railway, the first electric elevated railroad, opens in Chicago.
1945 - Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocates radio frequencies for use by railroads.
1946 - U.S. Government seizes railroads to avert strike.
1961 - Last steam engine used in passenger terminal switching service, Dallas Union Terminal 0-6-0 #7 is replaced by a diesel.