Gilliland Wright joins NRRHOF Staff


Mae Gilliland Wright, PhD, joined the NRRHoF staff as Director of Marketing and Communications in late January. 

Smithsonian Director Addresses

Lexington Group


Dr. Brent Glass was the featured speaker at a dinner hosted by the NRRHoF in Duluth, Minnesota, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Lexington Group in Transportation History. 


Original Stage Play Explores Impact of Transcontinental Railroad


JUNE 2016

An original play celebrating the nation’s first transcontinental rail line debuted in Galesburg on June 25th and 26th during the community’s annual Railroad Days Festival.

Grandaughter  of Inductee Edward G. Budd Attends Ceremony


JUNE 2016

Katherine Cowperthwait Budd Dickens, granddaughter of Inductee Edward G. Budd, participated in a ceremony honoring the life accomplishments of her grandfather on Saturday, June 25th. 


Springer Exhibit Comes to Galesburg

JUNE 2016

“Trains Around the World:  the Railroad Photography of Fred Springer” was exhibited in Galesburg during the community’s annual Railroad Days Festival.


Blouin Joins NRRHoF Staff

APRIL 2016

Lily Blouin joined the Hall of Fame staff as Executive Assistant in early April.


G.L. Vitale Family Foundation Awards $120,000 Grant to Hall of Fame


MARCH 2016

We are proud to announce that the Hall of Fame has been selected as a grant recipient of the G. L. Vitale Family Foundation.  The foundation’s $120,000 award will help fund development of the “Engines of Freedom” visitor attraction planned for Galesburg, Illinois.


Haverty's Welcomed at Depot

MARCH  2016

Retired Kansas City Southern CEO Mike Haverty and his wife Marlys were greeted by directors and staff of the National Railroad Hall of Fame as they passed through Galesburg March 21st in private railcars on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief.


Brian Peterson Elected Chair at Annual Meeting


Brian Peterson was elected Chair of the NRHF Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting in January.  Peterson replaces long-time Chair Jay Matson, who will remain on the board as a director.

Budd Honored as 2015 Railroad Hall of Fame Inductee


The National Railroad Hall of Fame’s 2015 Inductee, Edward Gowen Budd, was honored in a ceremony in St. Louis on October 2nd.  The ceremony was held at St. Louis Union Station in conjunction with the annual convention of the American Association of Private Railcar Owners.


Glass to Lead Interpretive Committee


Dr. Brent D. Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, has been named Chair of the Engines of Freedom Interpretive Committee.  The Committee will provide the scholarly underpinnings to support the story lines presented in the visitor experience.  The twelve-member committee includes historians, museum professionals, and industry executives from across the country.


Ted Rose Photographs on Display

JUNE 2015

A stunning collection of photographs titled “Ted Rose:  The Artist’s Early Photography” was part of Galesburg’s annual Railroad Days festival thanks to a partnership between the National Railroad Hall of Fame and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin. 


Four Giants of the Modern Era make up Class of 2014 Inductees


The Board of Directors of the National Railroad Hall of Fame approved the 2014 class of inductees at its regular meeting on December 19th.  Accepted for induction were D. William Brosnan, Joshua Lionel Cowen, John C. Kenefick, and Alfred E. Perlman.


Master Engineer Honored with Induction



In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis, the National Railroad Hall of Fame inducted one of the legendary figures in the city’s history, James Buchanan Eads.

Railroad Days to feature "Requiem for Steam" Exhibit


JUNE 2014

Renowned photographer David Plowden captures the mood and beauty of the last days of an era in this exhibit of 30 meticulously crafted black and white prints from 1960.

Engines of Freedom Master Plan Complete


MARCH 2014

The Engines of Freedom master plan, second of the project’s three major design phases, featured a first-ever collaboration between some high-caliber design and museum operations talent.

Engines of Freedom Architectural Firm Selected



Architectural services for the Engines of Freedom master plan will be provided by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).  One of the largest and most influential architecture firms in the world, SOM’s portfolio includes such renowned icons as the Willis Tower in Chicago and One World Trade Center in New York.

Smithsonian Director Joins NRHF Team

APRIL 2013

Dr. Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, has joined the NRHF team of advisors.  Chair Jay Matson said Glass will provide counsel on all aspects of Engines of Freedom, which is currently in the master plan phase.

Three "Sons of the South" Honored with Induction


JUNE 2013

A soldier, a former slave, and a war hero were honored for their lifelong contributions to the railroad industry in a ceremony held June 22nd at Seymour Library on the campus of Knox College in Galesburg.

June Ceremony Honored Three Leaders


JUNE 2012

The National Railroad Hall of Fame’s 2012 Induction Ceremony celebrated the life achievements of three individuals whose careers span the scope of the U.S. railroad industry.  Honorees included John Walker Barriger, III; Major General Grenville Mellen Dodge; and Michael R. Haverty.

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