Railroads and famous people

 
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Thomas Edison in his younger days worked on and around railroads. For example he taught his girl friend Morse Code so that they could communicate in the office.

Today's "Daily Telegraph" (2020-05-13 pp57) has a historical feature about Edison, which describes an electric Garden railway built in 1880. There is a picture of this loco and a train of carriages.

He worked for "Edison General Electric" company, renamed "General Electric" after Edison and the company has a falling out. GE still builds locomotives.

Bill Gates of Microsoft fame owns $US2b of shares in Canadian National railways.

Warren Buffett owns all of BNSF railroad.

Andrew Carnegie made a fortune in railroads (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie ). Because railways use a lot of steel, Canegie made an even bigger fortune in the Iron and Steel business.

There would be others.

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  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Thomas Edison in his younger days worked on and around railroads. For example he taught his girl friend Morse Code so that they could communicate in the office.

Today's "Daily Telegraph" (2020-05-13 pp57) has a historical feature about Edison, which describes an electric Garden railway built in 1880. There is a picture of this loco and a train of carriages.

He worked for "Edison General Electric" company, renamed "General Electric" after Edison and the company has a falling out. GE still builds locomotives.

Bill Gates of Microsoft fame owns $US2b of shares in Canadian National railways.

Warren Buffett owns all of BNSF railroad.

Andrew Carnegie made a fortune in railroads (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Carnegie ). Because railways use a lot of steel, Canegie made an even bigger fortune in the Iron and Steel business.

In Australia, two iron ore railways are owned by Billionaires.

Andrew Forrest owns Fortescue Railway named for namesake river.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Forrest

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortesque

Gina Rinehart owns her own iron ore railway. She is Australia's richest woman.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gina_Rinehart .

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Hill#Transport .
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Does Rod Stewart owning a Railway like this https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/sir-rod-stewart-reveals-his-epic-model-railway-city count in the stakes?
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Does Rod Stewart owning a Railway like this https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/sir-rod-stewart-reveals-his-epic-model-railway-city count in the stakes?

Rod Stewart isn't a self-made billionaire, but he is a self-made rock star, and his 90% self-made model railway is most impressive. I particularly like the signal bridge with at least 3 kinds of signals on it (UQ, LQ and Colour Light). He also has a knighthood, which Edison, Buffett, Gates, Carnegie, Forrest and Rinehart do not have.

So yes, for sure.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
If only we all had those resources available to Sir Rod and having time to build such grand layouts.

Dreaming.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Does Rod Stewart owning a Railway like this https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/sir-rod-stewart-reveals-his-epic-model-railway-city count in the stakes?

Rod Stewart isn't a self-made billionaire, but he is a self-made rock star, and his 90% self-made model railway is most impressive.
WimbledonW
Strictly speaking, Rinehart inherited a lot of her wealth from her father, Lang Hancock, and therefore she isn't completely self-made.

Many of the Americans billionaires were "robber barons", fond of sharp practices, but they were at least credited with building empires from scratch.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Ben Chifley was the 16th Australian Prime Minister, and held office from 1945 to 1949. He was a loco driver from Bathurst.

After leaving school, Chifley's first job was as a cashier's assistant at a local department store. He later worked at a tannery for a period, and then in September 1903 joined the New South Wales Government Railways as a "shop boy" at the Bathurst locomotive shed. Over the following decade, he was promoted through the ranks to engine-cleaner and fireman, and then finally in March 1914 to engine-driver. The position of driver was considered relatively prestigious, and Chifley had to sit various examinations before being certified. He developed an intimate technical understanding of his locomotives, and became a lecturer and instructor at the Bathurst Railway Institute. Chifley drove both goods trains and passenger trains. He was based in Bathurst and worked on the Main Western line, except for a few months in 1914 when he drove on the Main Southern line and worked out of Harden.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Ben Chifley was the 16th Australian Prime Minister, and held office from 1945 to 1949. He was a loco driver from Bathurst.
Valvegear

The King of a Balkan country was fond of driving trains. Do not remember which country.
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Ben Chifley was the 16th Australian Prime Minister, and held office from 1945 to 1949. He was a loco driver from Bathurst.
Valvegear

The King of a Balkan country was fond of driving trains. Do not remember which country.
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Tsar Boris the 3rd of Bulgaria

https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/bulgarian-monarch-and-railway-enthusiast-king-boris-iii-in-the-cab-picture-id95740303?s=2048x2048

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