Friday, September 02, 2011

Railroad Network website relaunched

From: "Evan Britton"

I'm Evan Britton with ... I wanted to let you know about the re-launch of our website. was re-launched to help users track what is happening within the railroad industry. The website provides daily news, opinions, and commentary surrounding Amtrak, Freight Rail, High-Speed Rail, Railroad Events, & Passenger Rail.

The site launched in 1996 and over the years it has been a widely popular railroad forum. With over 11,000 members, the forum has been a place for users to ask and answer questions, and comment on railroad related issues. So today, in addition to this forum, the site will now be a hub for railroad industry news.

Check it out and let us know what you think. ...

—Evan Britton, President, ResourceWebs

Rail travel from Dakota Territory to El Paso, Texas c. 1880's

From: "Eric Stoltz"

My great-great grandfather Ludwig Josef "Louis" Stoltz was born in Delano, Wright County, Minnesota in 1866. A family story tells the story of him suddenly leaving the family homestead in the Dakota Territory at the age of 16 and striking out on his own. The last record of him in either North Dakota (near Casselton, Cass County) or St. Paul, Minnesota was in 1880.

The next known record of Louis was his marriage to Apolonia Lujan in 1895 in El Paso, Texas.

What railroad route, why and when did Louis most likely move to El Paso? he had no family there and his roots and connections were in St. Paul.

I know the Southern Pacific was the first railroad to arrive in El Paso in 1881. And ideas as to how he got from either Casselton or St. Paul to El Paso?

—Eric Stoltz, Los Angeles