July 3, 1987 |
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
September 11, 1994 |
When the fire came, some hid in wells or cisterns. They died. Some escaped to a swamp, and they suffocated. But others survived, boarding trains to outrace the flames or wading into water to avoid their reach. One hundred years ago, on Sept. 1, 1894, a firestorm swept over 480 square miles of northeastern Minnesota's white pine forest. In just four hours, six towns were reduced to rubble and the forest to a wasteland of charred stumps. And in that time, at least 418 people died.
February 25, 2007 |
A tentative deal was reached to end a 2-week-old strike by about 2,800 Canadian National Railway Co. employees that had provoked a threat of government intervention.
August 27, 1995 |
French police on Saturday found an unexploded bomb on the tracks of a high-speed railway in central France, French radio said. The bomb was found near Lyons in a gas canister on the rail line to Paris. It was apparently meant to explode when a high-speed train passed but did not go off because of a fault, France Info radio said today. Homemade explosives had been packed into the canister. The bomb was taken to Paris for examination.
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December 24, 1987 |
Employees of Spain's state rail company went on strike Wednesday to protest the company's job reductions that have eliminated 5,000 jobs, union and company spokesmen said. About 12,000 passengers were affected by staggered three-hour strikes, a company spokesman said.
September 24, 1988 |
Three songs into its Thursday night Lingerie set, Gary Newby, singer for the Railway Children, qualified the quartet's approach: "We're not all miserable bastards in Manchester." Though they may come from the same English town that brought such disparaging gloomsters as disco-depressives New Order or those purveyors of eternal romantic misery, the Smiths, the Railway Children have an attitude best summed up in song titles like "Brighter."
November 6, 2011 |
This quaint Mississippi River city divided by limestone bluffs seems quiet enough, with stately Victorian homes, ornate 19th century commercial buildings and a graceful Gothic Revival cathedral. But even here, where Santa hitches a ride on what may be the steepest, shortest railway in the world, you can't be too careful. Much of Dubuque is on the National Register of Historic Places. That includes the Fenelon Place Elevator, an incline railway spanning just 296 feet -- 2 feet shorter than Angel's Flight on L.A.'s Bunker Hill.
July 9, 2004
The excellent report by Dan Weikel (July 5) revealed the growing inadequacy of Interstate 5, the principal north-south route between Mexico and Canada. Indeed all the demographic projections indicate that no matter how much money is poured into widening and improving this key transportation artery, it will not be able to keep up with the growth of the population and projected traffic. Why can't our officials think outside the box, and instead of pouring billions of dollars into this project create a decent north-south rail system?
April 19, 1987 |
If you're going to be in Italy for a while, consider the discount passes offered by the Italian State Railway System on its regular trains. Italian Tourist (BTLC) rail passes are available for eight to 30 days on a consecutive-day basis. The duration of the pass begins from your first use. The eight-day pass costs $134 for first-class and $85 second-class. A 15-day pass is $164 first-class, $103 second-class.
October 21, 1990 |
The Seine rarely dances in Paris. Surrounded by city, unconnected to nature, it's a sullen, dark river, industrially trafficked and plowed to an incessant tourist highway. A green river; sometimes, a gray-blue shade like steel, along a high corridor of stone. Only as the Seine approaches suburban precincts does the river's lively brasher color, the silver of sunlight played on water, return.