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May 28
1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
Jim Thorpe


Caltrans and its partners announced Friday that hundreds of Caltrans employees have joined together with individuals affected by rail crossing incidents to decorate two locomotives in honor of California’s Rail Safety Month. The graphics-wrapped locomotives highlight the importance of safety and vigilance near railroad tracks and honor the memory of individuals affected by rail crossing incidents.

“Rail crossing fatalities and injuries can be prevented and Rail Safety Month reminds us to remain vigilant and stay safe at railroad crossings,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We decorated these locomotives to honor those affected, raise awareness, and increase public safety.”

The two wrapped locomotives inscribed with the safety message, “Be Track Smart – Tragedies Touch All Of Us,” used more than 200 Caltrans employees’ hand prints to create a multi-colored wrap representing those who hav been touched by rail crossing incidents. One of the prints belongs to Caltrans Maintenance Supervisor Frank Ornelaz II, whose father was killed by a train.

Caltrans partnered on the campaign with Amtrak, Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, Operation Lifesaver, Union Pacific Railroad, Burlington and Northern Santa Fe Railway, to showcase locomotives with the safety message along the San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and Pacific Surfliner routes over the next several months, to remind motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant when approaching all railroad crossings and tracks.

California is working hard to reduce railroad crossing fatalities, a goal all passenger and freight railroad agencies share. According to Federal Railroad Administration statistics, nearly 300 Californians lost their lives to rail incidents between January 2008 and May 2011. A bill authored by state Sen. Carol Liu from Glendale (District 21) created Rail Safety Month in 2009.

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1888 - Olympian Jim Thorpe, "America's greatest athlete," born in Indian Territory (probably near Prague, Okla.); later in life, appeared in many B-Westerns shot in Placerita Canyon [story]
Jim Thorpe
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opening night ticket to Magic Mountain
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