May 27, 2011 |
Morris Arboretum will offer the grand opening of the Garden Railway Display on Saturday, highlighting a Victorian theme. This year's theme will be "Painted Ladies," allowing visitors to see versions of Victorian homes from cities across the nation - including the colorful examples that have become famous in San Francisco. Arboretum volunteers dressed in Victorian garb will dispense interesting facts about the time period. Festivities, beginning at 1 p.m., will include craft activities and ice cream for kids, while it lasts.
March 16, 1987 |
South Indian police today questioned two men in connection with a railway bridge bombing that sent a speeding express train into a dry river bed, killing at least 32 people. Police in Tamil Nadu, India's southernmost state, told Reuters the two unidentified men were picked up in a village near the Marudaiyar Bridge on which two remote-controlled bombs were detonated early yesterday. The bridge is about 160 miles south of Madras. They also said a camp near the bridge housing Tamil guerrillas fighting for "Eelam," a separate homeland in Sri Lanka, was cordoned off and searched for incriminating material, but gave no further details.
August 2, 1998 |
During the railroad strikes of 1877, there were major riots in Pittsburgh and Reading, and the Pennsylvania National Guard was called out to restore order. But the troops proved to be unreliable, and after the conflict was settled the Guard underwent a complete reorganization. The reform involved a number of units from Montgomery County and was led by Gov. John F. Hartranft, who was a local Civil War hero. In July 1877, railroad workers reacting to arbitrary pay cuts went on strike from Baltimore to Chicago.
July 9, 1989 |
West Chester funeral director Joseph Boyd, whose daily work might naturally expose him to the frailty of human existence, has stopped bicycling on streets in his town. "It's so dangerous out there," Boyd said the other day. West Chester high school teacher Martha Carson-Gentry has cut back using local country roads for some of her long-distance bicycling. "In Chester County," she said recently, "you can't do it anymore without an element of danger. " The undertaker and the high school teacher, when they contemplate their biking futures, look to the woods and the fields.
May 10, 2013 |
It's Thursday morning, the air is crisp - 52 degrees - and Audrey Gillespie, Margaret Hunter, Peg Fitzhenry, and Donna Cole are exercising their annual rite of spring: a daylong trek to the Amish and Mennonite plant nurseries that straddle the Lancaster and Chester County line. The itinerary, long familiar to serious gardeners in the region, but virtually unknown to everyone else, is meticulously plotted in advance. It would take almost eight hours and 124 miles to complete, and would include nine stops - eight greenhouses and farm markets that sell plants, with a quick lunch at a Pennsylvania Dutch eatery in Blue Ball, where hamburgers cost $2.35 and lettuce-and-tomato sandwiches a nickel more.
June 21, 1988 |
Conrail has offered to take over the financially troubled Delaware & Hudson Railway, which yesterday filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The Delaware & Hudson, a regional railroad that is a subsidiary of closely held Guilford Transportation Industries Inc. of Billerica, Mass., apparently has become a casualty of Guilford's unsuccessful battle to circumvent union work-rule and staffing requirements. Guilford's efforts were thwarted last week when a federal arbitrator invalidated the company's plan to lease the Delaware & Hudson's assets to Springfield Terminal, another subsidiary that has lower labor costs.
February 14, 2012 |
In the subterranean shadows, the models scurry at the sound of people tromping their way. They won't say why they chose this abandoned SEPTA tunnel for a fashion shoot, though the cavernous space does offer a darkly glamorous backdrop. Above them, traffic zooms by on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the Art Museum. The noise of cars and trucks barely penetrates the thick walls of the passage. On this particular Saturday, a group of about 40 people were drawn here - armed with flashlights to avoid rocks and empty soda bottles in the blackness - by Paul vanMeter, a hyperkinetic professional gardener.
July 12, 1987 |
The last time A. Duer Pierce Jr. took a train from the Kennett Square Station, it was June 1944. He was on his way to Philadelphia to be inducted into the service and was too nervous to enjoy the scenery. This year, on July 4, Pierce was back at the station, this time with his two granddaughters in tow, helping the Octorara Railway celebrate its 10th anniversary. In honor of the anniversary, the railway, normally used for freight, was offering 20-minute passenger service between Kennett Square and Avondale.
April 15, 1993 |
The commissioners lifted a gag order Monday night and permitted the Park and Recreation Board to resume a study of prospective bicycle and pedestrian trails. The park and recreation staff had been prohibited from reviewing or even discussing trails under a gag order imposed last month by Commission President Clinton A. Stuntebeck after protests from residents about a proposed bicycle trail for the abandoned Philadelphia & Western Railway. A resolution to patch up differences between commissioners and the park board was introduced by Commissioner Curtis R. Nase and unanimously adopted, 7-0. "We have to soothe any wounds that may have occurred," Nase said.
April 11, 1988 |
The prosecutor called them "20th-century train robbers. " Although they can't compare with the Butch Cassidys of the past, they were good at jumping onto a moving boxcar and ditching its cargo on the side of the track for friends to cart away. The setting was Southwest Philadelphia, near 56th Street, where the Conrail trains run slowly. Between August 1986 and last May, mostly at night, the gang ripped off goods, mostly clothing and VCRs, worth $93,000, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee J. Dobkin said.