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Charles M. Hays, A Railroad Pioneer’s Titanic Story & Visit to His Last Commissioned Locomotive

On this week’s episode, we’ll be sharing with you the story of Charles Melville Hays, a successful American and later Canadian railroad pioneer whose vision for building a northern transcontinental rail line took him to Europe seeking continued financing. On the way home from England, he and his entourage boarded the Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg.

Hays did not survive but his legacy has as well as one of his last commissioned locomotives Built the same month as the sinking of the Titanic, but Hays never got to see in operation. That locomotive has survived and is on display at the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugarcreek, Ohio and we’ll be paying a visit there to see this engine.

So, come aboard and ride with us as we explore another great piece of history on History and Relics.


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