Generally, the preservation of railroads honors a history professor, John H. White Jr., at Oxford’s Miami University in Ohio. The professor retired from his lecturing profession in 1990 from the Smithsonian Institution where he worked as a transportation curator.
White Jr. authored 13 books on early locomotives, including freight and passenger cars. The written texts aren’t just great achievements in the history of America’s industries and railroads, but makeup invaluable materials for preservationists like us.
Some of White Jr.’s recent articles include “Elisha Talbott and the Railway Age” in Chicago History.
According to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the U.S. government created a policy that works as a good model for us, railroad preservation enthusiasts.
The policy states that the nation’s cultural and historical foundations should be preserved as a development and living aspect of local communities. The policy gives Americans a sense of orientation in their culture and/or roots.
The law also declares that the federal government must facilitate its preservation role due to insufficient private and governmental historic preservation programs. It also attributes the need to industrial, residential and commercial developments, including growth in highways and urban centers.
A small line of gravity in Boston was utilized to eliminate dirt from the commonwealth’s statehouse or capitol building’s excavation. The line adopted on Beacon Hill in 1795 is at the root of American railroading.
The imagination of the public regarding railroads was captured, and the need for preservation born. Many historical and technical landmarks in Pasco, Florida, showcase the connections among popular culture, preservation and railroads.
The 25th railroad in North America, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was the first common carrier and it ushered the need for preservation.
The only surviving person who signed the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carrollton, Md., laid the railroad’s first stone in Baltimore on July 4, 1828. This became a significant date in the history of railroad and the U.S. at large.
In 1992, the stone was replaced with a historical marker; it was moved to the B&O Railroad Museum.
Many railroad paintings, songs, children’s books, toy trains, and movies illustrate the popular railroad culture. Eventually, diesel locomotives replaced their steam counterparts, showcasing the transitions that occurred in railroading.
Together with the death of small town depots, the need for preservation of railroad arose. This is also the reason railroad-minded enthusiasts like us have come up to put in more efforts towards railroad preservation.
The people created the national program for preservation that inspires interest in others to preserve railroads. We love everything about locomotives and have been inspired to preserve railroad heritage in Pasco, Florida.
The mission of CPGRR is to preserve railroad heritage in Pasco County, Florida. We also promote local tourist sites to improve the local economy.
The aim of CPGRR is to promote local railroad heritage for the future generation. We focus on educating the local community on how to preserve railroad heritage and why.