Anthony Haswell

Founder of National Association of Rail Passengers

Now known as Rail Passengers Association

Anthony Haswell was very interested in passenger rail at a very early age after taking a train trip from Ohio to Tuscon, Arizona. He was born the son of Anthony Haswell and Virgina Rike. He was heir to the fortune from the sale of the Rike-Kumler Department Store in Dayton, Ohio. He founded the National Association of Rail Passengers in the early 1970's and maybe spent as much as $500,000 over the years to get it established. The organization now goes by the name of Rail Passengers Association. The website for the RPA can be found at

Jim Loomis

January 27, 1937 - March 26, 2024

James Lee Loomis III, 87, of Haiku, Maui, died March 26, 2024, in Wailuku.

He is survived by his wife, Paula W. Loomis; son James Loomis IV, aka James Steele; daughters Kristin (Everett) Jiles, and Anna Ilima Loomis; two grandchildren; brother Pierre (Lynn) Loomis; and sister Virginia “Ginger” Parker. He is predeceased by his brother Thomas “Tom” Loomis.

Jim was born January 27, 1937, in Hartford, Connecticut, to James Lee Loomis II and Virginia (Grace) Loomis.

A graduate of Boston University, he served as the director of the City and County of Honolulu's Office of Information and Complaint under Mayor Frank F. Fasi. After a stint as general manager of Hawaii's AAA baseball team the Hawaii Islanders, he went on to establish and run Loomis & Pollock, an advertising agency in Honolulu that specialized in political campaigns.

Jim had a passion for train travel, which he described as “the only civilized way that’s left for us ordinary folks to see this or any other country.” Over more than three decades, he traveled almost every long-distance train ride in North America, most of them multiple times, as well as international routes including the Trans-Siberian Express, the Orient Express, and the Ghan railroad in Australia.

He shared his expertise as the author of All Aboard! The Complete North American Train Travel Guide, as a travel writer for numerous publications, and on his popular blog. He also served on the board of directors for the Rail Passengers Association, advocating for improved access to passenger rail systems across the U.S.

Jim is also the author of two other books, Fascinating Facts about Hawai’i, and Travel Tales, a personal account of his many adventures.

Jim was a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, attending his first game in 1946, and making many return trips to Fenway Park over the decades. In cities around the world, if he noticed a stranger wearing a Red Sox cap, he always greeted them with a hearty, “Go Sox!”, often coming away with a new friend.

When he wasn’t traveling, Jim loved the peace and quiet of his life on “Manini Ranch” in Haiku, Maui. He was a raconteur who enjoyed good conversation, and relished hearing from and reminiscing with his many friends in his final weeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Rail Passengers Association or Hospice Maui. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

George Mccallum

February 17, 1931 — February 5, 2015

George E. McCallum, PhD , age 83, of Erie, passed away on Thursday February 5, 2015 at UPMC Hamot.

He was born in Erie, PA on February 17, 1931, son of the late Herschel and Irma Josephine Posch McCallum.

George graduated from Millcreek High School class of 1948 and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his service, he obtained his PHD from the University of California at Berkley. He was employed as Professor of Economics at Gannon University for eight years and previous to that taught at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin from 1967-1991.

An avid music lover, George was a member of three bands; the Concert Band of Northwest Pennsylvania, Millcreek Area Community Band, and The Gem City Band. He also was on the Board of National Association of Railroad Passengers and was an active member of St. Julia Catholic Church. George was also an avid world traveler by train and ship.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include the (Prentess) family from DePere, WI, who were like family to him; his cousin Sam and Pat Conti of Fredonia, NY, and cousins in Harborcreek, Pittsburgh, Carlise, PA and Vienna, Austria.

Friends are invited to call at Burton Westlake Funeral Home 3801 West 26th Street (at Powell Ave) Erie, PA 16506 on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Julia Roman Catholic Church 638 Roslyn Avenue Erie, PA 16505 on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m..

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Erie Chamber Orchestra 109 University Square Erie, PA 16541.

James Harley Hamre

30 March 1956 - 18 December 2017

James Hamre, 61, of Puyallup, WA, passed away on December 18, 2017. A generous and loving man who made friends wherever he went; Jim spent his life "rail fanning" and enjoyed world-travel, photography, gardening, and rooting for the Mariners. He was born on March 30, 1956 in Miles City, MT. The family moved to Puyallup in1969. Railroads were in his blood. Both his parents and his two grandfathers worked for the railroad. Jim was a boy scout who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Rogers High School and Washington State University, and worked for the Milwaukee Road railroad during his college years. He worked for 33 years at WSDOT as a civil engineer and later as manager of their IT department. He retired early to have more time to travel. He went to Switzerland three times just to ride their trains. His last trip was to Normandy, France to see the beach where his dad landed in WWII. Jim was a lector at All Saints Parish for many years. Every week he could be found volunteering at St. Francis House, where he was also on the board of directors. A tireless advocate for public transportation; he was vice president of All Aboard Washington and was the newsletter editor since 1988. He was also on the board of directors of The Rail Passengers Association (formerly NARP). Most of all, Jim loved family. He was an amazing and caring Uncle who showed his nieces and nephews D.C., New York, Philadelphia, Yellowstone Park, and many others places of historical interest. Jim is survived by his mother Carolyn (née Cavanaugh) Hamre; brothers Thomas (Kristi) Hamre, Michael Hamre; sister Mary (Marty) Kellogg; sister-in-law Debbie Hamre; nieces and nephews: Brian (Amber) Hamre, Christopher Hamre, Laura Hamre, Sarah (Adam) Edelstein, Rachel (James) Topper, Benjamin Hamre; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and a large extended family. Jim is preceded in death by his father Alvin and his brother Martin. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Francis house in Puyallup or All Aboard Washington.

ORREN BEATY, JR. (Major US Air Force - World War II and Korea)  

13 June 1919 - 19 June 2005

Top Aide at the Interior Department Orren Beaty Jr., 85, a native of Clayton, NM, died January 19, 2005 at a nursing facility for Alzheimer's patients in Las Cruces, NM. Mr. Beaty was a graduate of NMSU and the University of Houston, and worked as a reporter and political columnist for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, AZ. He later moved to Washington, DC to serve as administrative assistant for then U.S. Representative Stewart L. Udall. Five years later, he transferred to the Interior Department where he served as Chief-of-Staff to Udall. Speaking from Santa Fe, Secretary Udall said ”Orren was my right-handman for all of those years and he helped administer a Department that had 17 different agencies and 55,000 employees. He was a superb executive. He helped formulate conservation policies and in the 1960's, won the affection and respect of top officials in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. In 1967, President Lyndon B.Johnson appointed Mr. Beaty federal co-chairman of the Four Corners Regional Commission to work with the governors of the four southwestern states to promote economic development. He later served as associate editor for Congressional Quarterly in Washington. In 1970, Orren Beatty was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arizona. His personal aide during that campaign was current U.S. Representative Tom Udall, a recent graduate of Prescott College in Arizona. Orren also served as the western states coordinator in the unsuccessful Democratic presidential campaign of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie of Maine. In the mid-70's, he was President and Executive Director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers in Washington. From 1976 until his retirement in 1988, he was involved in the development of energy sources for rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities as assistant general manager of Western Fuels Association, Inc. Orren Beaty was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II, serving as a radar navigator instructor for crews of the B-29 Bomber. He also served with the Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ethel Turner Beaty of Las Cruces; three children: Dr. Orren Beaty Ill of Asheville, NC, Laura Beaty of McLean and Susana Michael of Tucson, a sister, and five grandchildren.

He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Doras Moreton Briggs

July 4, 1918 - May 4, 2015

Emeryville, California

                Noted rail advocate Doras Moreton Briggs died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Emeryville at the age of 96. She was born in Waterloo, Iowa, to Arthur Ralph and Blanche Moreton; her family moved to California during the Great Depression. Doras attended Oakland Technical High School and UC Berkeley, where she received a degree in music in 1942. She was a chimes mistress for the campanile on the Berkeley campus for many years and played the organ for several local churches. Doras also worked at the Richmond Shipyard during World War II. From 1951 to 1978, she served as an assistant to the vice president in the University of California Office of the President, and she ultimately became assistant director for the UC Expansion Project.

                Doras was passionate about politics, genealogy, and rail travel. She fully researched her family tree, and got to know dozens of family members previously unknown to her. Doras fell in love with trains on her fifth birthday, when she took her first trip from Waterloo to Cedar Falls, Iowa. She and her husband were active members of the East Bay Model Engineers Society. Once she retired, Doras devoted herself to promoting rail travel through local and national advocacy and lobbying. She served as a member of Amtrak's Customer Advisory Committee, Director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, and Director of the Train Riders Association of California, among other rail advocacy positions. She often spoke to local groups and traveled to Washington to lobby for Amtrak, and she testified before a Senate committee about the importance of Amtrak for seniors.

                In 2001, at the age of 83, Doras founded the Station Host program at the Emeryville Amtrak station, training volunteers to provide information to passengers. Under her leadership, the program spread to many other California stations and has spawned similar programs in other states. She received frequent recognition for her rail advocacy, including the California Golden STAR Award, the George Falcon Golden Spike Award, and Amtrak's Champion of the Rails. In 2003, she moved from her long-time home in Kensington to an apartment overlooking the Amtrak station in Emeryville, and she continued to go to the station every morning and travel on the trains until just weeks before her death. Doras was known around Emeryville as the "train lady," and she wore her conductor's hat proudly until the end.

                Doras is survived by her step-son Russell Briggs (Anna Lange), Campbell; step-grandson Richard Briggs, Emeryville, who became her faithful companion and caregiver during the past several years; nieces Barbara Schmedding (Dave), Corvallis, Oregon; Valerie Hauser (Dave) of Dallas, Oregon; and Lucy Moreton-Hall (David Book), Reno; nephews, Paul Moreton, Walnut Creek; and Ron Briggs, Alameda; cousin, Christine Buck, Alameda; three step-nephews; numerous grand nieces and grandnephews; and hundreds of Amtrak staff, volunteers, and passengers who appreciated her devotion to the cause of rail travel. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lowell Briggs; brother Fred Moreton; sisters Violet Cooper and Bethene Moreton; and niece, Sandy Faustino.

                A memorial service will be held on June 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the California State Railroad Museum, 125 I Street, Sacramento. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Station Host program, the Yosemite Conservancy, and the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley. Info: Richard Briggs 408-645-8639.

                  Published by Inside Bay Area News on May 24, 2015.

Ronald Peck Boardman

26 November 1927 - 9 July 2021

Ronald Peck Boardman Jr, 93, of Lake Bluff, IL passed away on July 9, 2021. He was born on November 26, 1927 to Ronald Peck Boardman Sr and Frances Robinson Boardman in Evanston, Illinois. He is survived by his brother Theodore Robinson Boardman; his niece Carolyn Frances Zuccareno; his nephew Robert Bradford Boardman; grand nieces and nephews; former wife Mercedes (Merla) Secord Streuli; and family of former partner Joan Heath. Ronnie attended Colorado College and Yale University. He was an avid collegiate and international ice hockey player, and a life-long Chicago Blackhawk fan. As a Director of the National Association of Railway Passengers, he dedicated his career to passenger rail causes. Ronnie cherished summer visits to a rustic cabin accessible only by boat on Lake Honnedaga in upper state New York. An unabashed naturist and an avid reader, Ronnie had a sharp wit and intellect that resulted in raucous laughter at gatherings. Close friends and family love and miss you, Ronnie! In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Rail Passengers Association in Washigton D.C. Info: Wenban Funeral Home, Lake Forest (847) 234-0022 or

Dr. Marvin Daniel Monaghan

March 14, 1926 - April 5, 2006


                Dr. Dan Monaghan died Wednesday (April 5) at age 80. He was born in Wichita Falls, TX, March 14, 1926, son of Marvin Gaines and Lillian Adair Monaghan. His father had a 45-year career with the Burlington Railroad, rising from clerk to be general manager of all Burlington Texas lines. Dan graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1942 and the University of Texas in 1948, and earned a Doctor of Optometry Degree from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1950. He practiced optometry in Garland for 50 years before retiring in 2002. Dan was a radio and radar electronics specialist in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and after the war ended in 1945 he was in a military band at Pearl Harbor where he also led a 16-piece dance band. He played woodwind instruments in the Wichita Falls Symphony and the Amarillo Philharmonic. Early in the 2000s he led a "big band" playing for senior dances. Dan was married for 46 years to the former Ruth Carolyn Rice. Mrs. Monaghan was active in church and civic affairs and managed her husband's office until her death in 1998. They had no children. A railroad man's son, Dan developed a lifelong interest in trains and acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of railroad history, economics and operations. He was a nationally prominent authority on transit and inter-city rail transportation who served twice on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors representing Garland, 1990-93 and 2000-02. He was on DART's Citizens Advisory Committee 1983-90. A tireless advocate of improved rail transportation, he wrote countless articles, commentaries and letters to editors eloquently voicing his views and often verbally jousting with critics. He was technical advisor to a committee that helped bring Amtrak service to Dallas in 1974 with the Inter-American operating St. Louis to Laredo via Dallas-Fort Worth. In 1997 he provided information that helped retain train service when, without warning, Amtrak announced plans to cancel the Texas Eagle. Earlier, Dr. Monaghan played a pivotal role in a successful effort to save Dallas Union Station from demolition and keep it as a rail transportation hub. Dan served on a North Central Expressway task force studying expansion to include mass transit. He was in a Garland study group that in 1980 began advocating rail transit, and in the early 1990s was instrumental in preserving Garland freight rail lines threatened with abandonment. And he helped officials preserve railroad right-of-way in the Denton area for future transit use. Dan held every office in the Southwest Railroad Historical Society and was curator of the Age of Steam Railroad Museum at Fair Park for 22 years. A member of the Garland Landmark Museum Society, he worked to restore an antique passenger train car in a city park. Dan held a lifelong interest in model railroading and owned an extensive model train collection. He belonged to the Burlington Railroad Historical Society, Texas Association of Rail Passengers and National Association of Rail Passengers. Dan also collected and restored vintage automobiles and was a member of the Nash Car Club of America. His only survivors are several cousins, but "Dr. Dan" leaves a legion of friends he influenced through the power of his intellect and the depth of his commitment to the issues to which he was devoted. A private graveside service was to be held in Restland Memorial Park, and a memorial service celebrating Dan's life is to be held later at a time and location to be announced. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, Age of Steam Railroad Museum or a charity of choice. Restland 972-238-7111