On this day: the opening of the London and North Western Railway Station

The London and North Western Railway station in Birmingham, England was formally opened on the 1st of June, 1854.

It is seen below in an image thought to be from around 1885.

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On this day: the first train to Penticton

These images show the first passenger train to Penticton, Canada on the 31st of May, 1915.

Penticton, located in British Columbia, was connected by the Kettle Valley Railway. The railway has since fallen into disuse.

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1st_Passenger_Train_to_Penticton_31st_May_1915_(HS85-10-30388) 1st Passenger Train to Penticton 31st May 1915 British Columbia Canada

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On this day: work on the Uganda Railway begins.

This image was taken on the 30th of May, 1896, when construction on the Uganda Railway began.

The project was started in British East Africa, and many of the workers were brought over from India. Several thousand chose to stay on in Africa after the work was done.

Despite its name, the railway was in in what is now Kenya, with Uganda being the destination.

Uganda_railway_first_work First day of work in the Uganda railway, 30th May 1896.

On this day: the Pullman Strike

A nationwide railway strike in the United States, which came to be known as the Pullman Strike, occurred on the 11th of May, 1894.

Considered a revolutionary moment for labour laws in America, nearly 4000 workers for the Pullman Company refused to work after a reduction in their wages.

The image below shows workers protesting outside the Arcade Building in Pullman, Chicago.

Pullman_strikers_outside_Arcade_Building Chicago The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike in the United States on May 11, 1894.

On this day: a wreck in Australia

The clipper Hereward wrecked on Maroubra Beach, south of Sydney, on the 7th of May, 1898. This photograph of the scene was taken by Arthur Wigram Allen, lawyer and enthusiastic amateur photographer.

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the clipper Hereward wrecked on Maroubra Beach, South of Sydney on 7 May 1898. Arthur Allen photographer.