Photo courtesy of The Nevada State Railroad Museum
Every Tuesday in June, NET News is airing a story looking at Nebraska’s long history and special relationship with the railroad - carrying cargo and people through the state and through the years.
Listen to these Signature Stories on “Train Tuesdays,” every week in June on NET Radio during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
TODAY, PART 3: This is the story of a rail line from Kearney that never reached its intended destination, an inventive train mechanic and the little train car that could. It’s also a story that put Nebraska at the center of a major innovation in rail travel.
JUNE 12, PART 2: As Union Pacific Railroad celebrates its 150th birthday, some are considering the past and the future of passenger rail service in America. A push in Iowa could bring a new train line to Nebraska, complementing the limited service offered by Amtrak.
JUNE 5, PART 1: The world’s largest train yard operates in Nebraska, sorting 3,000 rail cars a day - some of them weighing 25,000 tons. Its secret weapon? Gravity.