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  • O'Hare western access fight flares up as Tollway sues

    11/24/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | November 23, 2016 | Greg Hinz
    A dispute that threatens decade-old plans to build a western access road to O'Hare International Airport is headed to a federal agency, as the Illinois Toll Highway Authority sues the Canadian Pacific Railway. In a petition filed today, the tollway asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to allow it to force CP to sell or grant easements to the tollway for portions of railroad property immediately to the north of the railway's huge Bensenville Yards. The tollway indicated it also may eventually need access to the yard itself. The Surface Transportation Board is the federal agency that regulates railroads, and...
  • Car flies over three trains and lands on tracks in Belen (NM, video)

    10/14/2016 11:10:27 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 65 replies
    KRQE News 13, Albuquerque ^ | October 13, 2016 | Soyoung Kim and Haley Rush
    BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – It was an incredible scene, and even more incredible the driver is still alive. Workers at the rail yard couldn’t believe their eyes when a car came flying out of nowhere — over three different trains. The car came flying down Baca which is a dead-end at 1st Street in Belen. Police said the driver hit this small embankment and landed on the other aside of those trains. They said the driver was doing almost 100 miles per hour down Baca Thursday morning. Police said there were no skid marks or indication of braking or slowing...
  • The languid beauty of a 126-hour train trip [Trans-Siberian]

    08/24/2016 6:37:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    The Week ^ | August 24, 2016 | Jackie Friedman
    For about $700 you can travel more than 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Beijing, aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, the single longest railway line in the world. Built between 1891 and 1916 to connect Asian and European cities across the great span of Russia, the Trans-Siberia Railway celebrates its centennial this year. Crossing a record seven time zones and offering up vast landscapes, the world's longest railway line has always attracted adventurers during its 100 years in service.
  • Total U.S. weekly rail traffic down 10.6% ( coal down 33.5% )

    05/12/2016 7:31:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Railway Age ^ | May 11, 2016 | Ben Vient
    The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending May 7, 2016: Total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 492,923 carloads and intermodal units, down 10.6% compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending May. 7 were 233,047 carloads, down 14.8% compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 259,876 containers and trailers, down 6.4% compared to 2015. Three of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase compared with the same week in 2015. They were miscellaneous carloads, up 6.7% to 9,839 carloads; chemicals, up...
  • Rail Traffic Depression: 292 Union Pacific Engines Are Sitting In The Arizona Desert Doing Nothing

    05/08/2016 5:35:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/08/2016 | Michael Snyder
    We continue to get more evidence that the U.S. economy has entered a major downturn. Just last week, I wrote about how U.S. GDP growth numbers have been declining for three quarters in a row, and previously I wrote about how corporate defaults have surged to their highest level since the last financial crisis. Well, now we are getting some very depressing numbers from the rail industry. As you will see below, U.S. rail traffic was down more than 11 percent from a year ago in April. That is an absolutely catastrophic number, and the U.S. rail industry is feeling...
  • First Stop for the Hyperloop? Slovakia.

    03/30/2016 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Gear Patrol ^ | March 30, 2016 | Tucker Bowe
    Vienna to Bratislava in 8 Minutes In 2013, Elon Musk’s SpaceX revealed the concept for a high-speed ground-transport system, dubbed the Hyperloop, which would travel around 700 mph and deliver passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. The idea: to create a faster, cheaper, safer and more environmentally conscious transit option — one in which pods travel through tubes with near-zero air pressure, and which is eons ahead of the hell that is Interstate 5. Three years later, however, the California Hyperloop is still a far cry from coming to fruition: SpaceX is currently holding an...
  • CSX: Railroads Face Recession-Like Pressures (rail volumes at Recession levels)

    01/13/2016 3:22:14 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 43 replies
    CSX Corp. executives said on Wednesday that current pressures on rail cargo volumes are at levels not seen outside a recession. “You have multiple aspects working against you: the low [natural] gas prices, the low commodity prices, the strength of the dollar,” Chief Executive Michael Ward said during an earnings call with analysts. “Except for markets like automotive and housing related, you’re seeing pressure on most of the markets.”
  • 2-person crews may be required on railroads ( Colorado )

    03/04/2016 11:41:27 AM PST · by george76 · 41 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | March 3, 2016 | Charles Ashby
    Railroads would be required to have at least two crew members aboard freight trains when they are traversing the state under a bill that won preliminary approval in the Colorado House . ... Minority Leader Brian Del Grosso, R-Loveland, took the Democrats to task over the bill, saying it is a poor way to deal with a problem he said they created. He said over the past several years, Democrats have made policy decisions that have contributed to the slowdown, and even closure of coal mines, citing the recent closure of the Bowie No. 2 mine near Paonia specifically. That...
  • Railroads Hit By Falling Oil And Coal Production

    11/12/2015 3:02:20 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 5 replies ^ | 12-11-2015 | Thomas The Tank
    According to the Association of American Railroads shows that rail traffic continues to slow down, as shipments of a range of commodities are sharply lower from a year ago. New data shows fewer shipped cargoes of coal, grain, metals, and oil across the United States in early November. For example, coal shipments are down 9.7 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2014. Cargoes of oil and other petroleum products are also down 7.7 percent over the same timeframe. For coal, the slowdown is due to dramatic fall off in coal production. As more and more coal plants are...
  • Notice of Cessation of Service Effective 12/01/2015 for Shipments of PIH Commodities [NS Railroad]

    10/20/2015 4:00:49 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 24 replies
    Norfolk Southern Corporation ^ | October 20, 2015 | Norfolk-Southern
    October 20, 2015 Norfolk Southern Railway Company and its rail operating subsidiaries (“NSR”) will no longer accept shipments of Poisonous-Inhalation-Hazard (“PIH”) commodities, effective Dec. 1, 2015. PIH commodities in transit on Dec. 1, 2015 will be delivered to destination by Dec. 31, 2015. Starting on December 1, 2015, NS will not pull PIH loads or residual cars from a facility on NS and will not accept such cars at interchange. As to traffic requiring interchange with a connecting railroad, the effective date of this cessation of service shall be accelerated as necessary to comply with any earlier cessation of service...
  • The real reason American passenger trains are so bad

    06/14/2015 1:36:36 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 122 replies
    Vox ^ | June 12, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    The May Amtrak derailment outside of Philadelphia put the sorry state of passenger rail in the United States briefly back on the public agenda, leaving many people wondering not just about the specifics of the crash but about the more general issue — how is it that a rich and powerful country that was a pioneer in railroad adoption in the 19th century has such terrible trains? The United States is a big country, with lots of trains in it. So you can really think of this big generic question as composed of three separate questions with separate answers. One...
  • A little-noted masterpiece of constitutional scholarship by Justice Thomas

    03/20/2015 5:10:59 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies ^ | 3/20/15 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Everything you really need to know about the Constitution (and that’s barely an exaggeration) -- why it is structured the way it is, what led to it, its purposes -- is found in pages 2 – 12 of the March 9 concurring opinion by Justice Thomas in the Dept of Transportation v Assn of American Railroads case. Although it received little media attention, Justice Thomas has provided us a masterpiece of constitutional thinking, explaining why “administrative law” -- the practice of delegating to bureaucrats the making and enforcement of rules with the force of law – is so profoundly unconstitutional....
  • "Net Neutrality" Myths: Lessons From What Killed the Railroads

    03/06/2015 7:54:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/06/2015 | Robert Samuelson
    As a young reporter in the 1970s, I covered the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). Created in 1887, the ICC regulated the nation's railroads and sought to protect the public against abusive freight rates. Congress deregulated the railroads in 1980 and ultimately abolished the ICC. The verdict was that the agency had so weakened the industry that a government takeover might be necessary. Deregulation was a desperate alternative to nationalization. I mention all this because there are obvious parallels between the Internet today and the railroads in the late 19th century. Like the railroads then, the Internet today is the great...
  • West Coast paralysis: Some winners...sort of

    02/20/2015 10:29:20 AM PST · by george76 · 5 replies
    CNBC ^ | Allen Wastler
    West Coast docks are paralyzed as employers and longshoremen continued to spat about contracts and congestion problems. There are plenty of losers. Exporters, like farmers and ranchers, can't get their perishables to Asian markets during the Lunar New Year when demand for fruit and meat is particularly high. And importers large and small are beginning to report shipment delays and inventory shortages. Are there winners? Kind of … Air Freight. Some importers, like electronics dealers and luxury retailers, can afford to put their cargo on planes, despite at least a ten-fold increase in shipping costs. ... East Coast/Gulf Coast ports....
  • Halliburton, Baker Hughes buy more sand, railcars as demand piles up

    10/22/2014 6:45:32 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 1 replies ^ | October 21, 2014 | Reuters
    As fracking accelerates in North American shale fields, oilfield services providers Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc are stockpiling sand to protect themselves against rising costs and are buying more railcars to transport the haul.
  • Railroads to offer health care to same-sex spouses

    12/12/2013 3:01:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 4, 2013 6:12 PM EST | Gene Johnson
    The nation’s largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle. Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., read the statement from the National Railway Labor Conference to The Associated Press. The conference represents the railroad companies in dealings with labor groups, lawmakers and courts. Same-sex spouses will be eligible for dependent health care coverage starting Jan. 1, the statement said. …
  • Freight train crash in Missouri triggers highway overpass collapse

    05/25/2013 3:14:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies ^ | Saturday 25 May 2013 15.03 EDT
    The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash. Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural southeastern Missouri on Saturday, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said. None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash – two train workers and five people who had been in the two cars on the overpass – suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement. "One train T-boned the other one and...
  • Rail Traffic Confirms That The Economy Remains Sluggish

    05/25/2013 5:53:15 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-25-2013 | Cullen Roche
    Rail Traffic Confirms That The Economy Remains Sluggish Cullen Roche, Pragmatic Capitalism May 25, 2013, 7:54 AMThe good news from this week’s rail traffic report is that we’re not sliding into consistently negative readings that might lead us to a far less constructive position on the economy. The bad news is that the 12 week moving average has slid down to 2.4% and is consistent with an economy that remains sluggish. Here are the details on this week’s data from AAR: “The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported an increase in traffic for the week ending May 18, 2013, with...
  • Canada tried, failed to deport VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago

    04/25/2013 1:55:09 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 10 replies
    National Post ^ | April 25, 2013 | Stewart Bell
    TORONTO — Canadian immigration authorities tried to deport the Toronto VIA Rail terror suspect nine years ago but never did so because, as a stateless Palestinian, he could not be sent to any other country, documents obtained by the National Post show. Raed Jaser was allegedly working illegally under several aliases when he was arrested in August 2004 on an outstanding immigration warrant. Officials wanted to deport him because he had a string of criminal convictions but were forced to set him free after two days. The government’s failure to deport Mr. Jaser allegedly proved costly for Canada: He and...
  • Al Qaeda-linked plot to attack passenger train broken up by Canadian,US [Canada creates Terrorists!]

    04/22/2013 3:06:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 29 replies
    Fox - non State Media ^ | April 22 2013 | FNS
    Canadian authorities announced Monday they have broken up an Al Qaeda-linked terror plot to attack a passenger train as it crossed over a bridge in the Toronto area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday that two suspects have been arrested on terrorism charges. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, who live in greater Montreal and Toronto -- were conspiring to carry out an Al Qaeda-supported attack against Via Rail, but posed no immediate threat to the public. "It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan told reporters at a news conference. Read more:...
  • Berkshire Hathaway sells 2 short-line railroads

    12/27/2012 12:22:30 PM PST · by Western Phil · 11 replies
    Warren Buffett's company has sold two short-line railroads it recently discovered it owned to satisfy regulators who might have reviewed Berkshire Hathaway's 2010 acquisition of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad. Berkshire told the Transportation Department's Surface Transportation Board earlier this month that it had completed the sale of both short-line railroads ahead of schedule. If Berkshire had reported owning those railroads when it bought BNSF, the Surface Transportation Board would have had to scrutinize the deal. Berkshire first disclosed owning the railroads to the Surface Transportation Board in September. (snip)
  • New WebCams - Cumbres & Toltec RR, Chama NM

    10/06/2012 3:24:34 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 21 replies
    Two live web cams went on line this weekend in Chama, NM showing the train yard of the steam-powered narrow gauge RR. As of the time of this posting, the daily eastbound passenger train from Antonito, CO has just arrived and stopped at the depot. After the passengers depart, the two other live steam engines will separate the cars for servicing and arranging for Sunday's departures. All of this under blue skies and autumn fall colors. Enjoy!
  • Red China’s Economic Strategies for Central Asia: Building Roads to Afghan Strategic Resources

    09/25/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 9/21/2012 | Zabikhulla S. Saipov
    Recent Chinese diplomatic maneuvers in Central Asia, both bilateral and multilateral, show that Beijing’s strategy treats the region as a corridor for reaching resource bases in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. Central Asia is thus part of China’s broader blueprint of securing strategic resources and supplies to feed its developing economy (Z. Saipov, China Oil & Gas Monitor, Week 21, Issue 396, News Base, May 31, p. 3–4). Hu Jintao (L) and Islam Karimov Illustratively, Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu’s two-week official tour of Congo, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan on September 1–13 (, September 6) supports the premise that...
  • This Day In History: Truman orders Army to seize control of railroads

    08/26/2012 1:50:07 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    History Channel ^ | August 25, 1950
    On this day in 1950, in anticipation of a crippling strike by railroad workers, President Harry S. Truman issues an executive order putting America's railroads under the control of the U.S. Army, as of August 27, at 4:00 pm. Truman had already intervened in another railway dispute when union employees of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Railway Company threatened to strike in 1948. This time, however, Truman's intervention was critical, as he had just ordered American troops into a war against North Korean communist forces in June. Since much of America's economic and defense infrastructure was dependent upon the...
  • Oil boom gives railroads new life

    08/19/2012 3:10:20 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | August 19, 2012 | ADAM BELZ
    CAMERON, WIS. - The last time a train crawled east out of Cameron, rolling through town at about 5 miles per hour, a railroad worker stood on the front of the locomotive, peering at the warped rail and broken ties to make sure the train wouldn't slip off the track. The railroad gave the line over to weeds and saplings for more than a decade. The state almost turned it into a bike trail. But now Canadian National Railway is spending $35 million to rebuild the track. Why? Frac sand. Voracious demand for the hard, round sand of Wisconsin and...
  • Metro: Heat likely the cause of train derailment

    07/08/2012 7:02:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 7, 2012 | Matthew Cella
    Metro officials on Saturday said excessive heat was the probable cause for a train derailment Friday in Prince George’s County. Investigators said a “heat kink” due to extreme high temperatures and direct exposure to sunlight likely caused the rails to expand, resulting in the derailment. The derailment was reported on the inbound stretch of the Green Line near the West Hyattsville Station around 4:45 p.m.
  • Train kills reindeer 'like meat grinder': farmer

    03/14/2012 2:04:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 15 replies ^ | 03/12/2012 | The Local/og
    A new high-speed railway in northern Sweden has already claimed the lives of 200 reindeer since it opened three months ago, forcing the farm owner to move to safer pastures. The train line, which runs between Umeĺ and Lycksele, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of reindeer over the last three months, when the unfortunate animals have wandered onto the tracks. Finding a dead reindeer or one that is injured and needs to be euthanized is a daily occurrence for reindeer owner, Per-Mikael Jonsson, who is forced to put down many injured reindeer fearing that their internal damages...

    01/06/2012 4:01:26 AM PST · by blam · 9 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 1-5-2011 | Cullen Roche
    RAIL TRAFFIC – STILL NO RECESSION HERE 5 January 2012 by Cullen RocheRail traffic has remained a superb indicator over the course of the last 6 months and it’s been at least partially influential in my thinking that we were not headed for imminent recession (a call made 2 quarters ago). The latest data from the AAR continues to confirm this outlook. Year-end readings are always a bit bumpy due to the seasonal oddities that occur around the holidays and the new year, but the data is still telling a positive story. Via the AAR: “The Association of American Railroads...
  • Railroad Gets New Management (C&TS to be managed for profit)

    10/14/2011 11:42:17 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal North ^ | October 14, 2011 | Phil Parker / Journal North Reporter
    New management at the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad could mean a more kid-friendly train. American Heritage Railways, which will begin running operations next year, owns the rights to both The Polar Express and The Little Engine That Could. “Events are very important to them,” said Randy Randall, Cumbres & Toltec’s commission chairman. “I think they’re going to be more creative in their approach to the railroad, but they’re also deeply committed to its historic components.” The switch was announced by train officials Thursday. For the past six years, the more-than-a-century-old railroad running between Chama and Antonito, Colo., has been...
  • China rail staff beat passenger to death

    09/27/2011 8:31:19 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 6 replies
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | September 27, 2011 | News24
    Beijing - A passenger was beaten to death by staff on a train in eastern China, state media reported, dealing a fresh blow to the rail industry's reputation following a fatal crash in July. Three train staff seized the middle-aged man by the throat and savagely beat him after he intervened in an argument involving another passenger, Jiangxi Television, a local station, reported on Monday. Doctors were summoned from an emergency centre near the station in Jiangxi province where the train stopped, but the man died before they arrived, the report said, citing witnesses and the hospital. The television report...
  • Richard Steinheimer dies at 81; pre-eminent railroad photographer

    05/22/2011 11:00:52 AM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | May 22, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
    Richard Steinheimer, a master of railroad photography whose poetic images documented a half-century of trains and the landscape of the American West, has died. He was 81. Steinheimer died May 4 at his Sacramento home of Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Shirley Burman. RELATED Photos: Richard Steinheimer, 1929-2011 "He was certainly one of the greats," said John Gruber, founder and president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wis. "He did very unusual and creative work and inspired a lot of other photographers." From the early 1950s until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2000, Steinheimer was...
  • America's Great Locomotive Chase Story

    04/12/2011 2:18:29 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | April 11, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    It took about two weeks for the Confederates to capture the Union spies. Some of them made it as far as Bridgeport, Alabama.
  • Atlas Shrugged Part 1 - the Movie

    04/08/2011 6:59:38 AM PDT · by DollyCali · 35 replies ^ | 8 April 2011 | Dolly Howard/DollyCali
    One week til it opens. Anticipation High. Atlas Shrugged Site IMDb Site Rotten Tomatoes Site -- wow, right now a whopping 82?? First of 3 in series if box office is good. DO read the book if you have not done so. It is long but doable in a week. Get paperback at local Bookstore etc. Understand most libraries have waiting lists
  • Crunching the numbers (high-speed rail)

    01/19/2011 5:12:50 PM PST · by GrootheWanderer · 23 replies
    The (Dalton) Daily Citizen ^ | Jan. 19, 2011 | Tim Rogers
    I would never want to suggest that someone in government is playing fast and loose with the figures. But when it comes to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s estimate that between 2.6 and 4 million people per year will ride some part of the proposed high-speed rail line between Chattanooga and Dalton, that is exactly what I am suggesting. And, unfortunately, it is the state’s release of figures like these that prevent us from having a real debate on whether this rail line is even needed. But first, let’s look at the numbers. According to Amtrak, about 28.7 million riders...
  • Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

    01/02/2011 10:36:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 45 replies ^ | 12/27/2010 | TT/The Local/pvs
    The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT). The trains, old DA locomotives normally resident in the Swedish Railway Museum in Gävle in northern Sweden, have been dusted off and put back into service to clear the tracks of snow between Mjölby and Alvesta in southern Sweden. Furthermore a 100-year-old snowplough is in place alongside the tracks in nearby Nässjö, ready to be called into action if needed. "These are made of stern...
  • Governor-elect Walker targets high-speed rail, road projects

    11/03/2010 11:24:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) ^ | Novermber 3, 2010 | Marie Rohde
    Gov.-elect Scott Walker, hoarse from his election night celebration, was optimistic on Wednesday that Wisconsin’s high-speed rail project could be stopped and that highway construction projects will move forward under his administration. Just days before the election, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal committing the state to spending all $810 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for the state to use on the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail line. While at first blush it would seem the signed commitments would end the discussion, Walker said that may not be the case. “I believe there are a couple of legal options...
  • Kasich says no passenger rail for Ohio ("The train is dead" Got austerity?)

    11/03/2010 6:50:56 PM PDT · by TSgt · 37 replies · 1+ views
    WDTN ^ | 11/3/2010 | Sonu Wasu
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) - In his first news conference as governor elect, John Kasich de-railed plans for high speed trains connecting Dayton to the rest of the state. In a press conference with reporters from around the state, Kasich outlined his priorities for taking Ohio into the future. "My message today is to get jobs going in this state," said Kasich. Political analysts said the economy is what helped Kasich win the election, now he wants the economy to win for Ohio. "We have to become competitive. We've got to show the people of this state that we can manage...
  • ...Amtrak Launching Big Security Initiative This Week... [Operation Railsafe]

    10/06/2010 2:01:57 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies ^ | October 5, 2010 | Chris White
    "Fact Finder: Amtrak launching big security initiative this week, 'will be noticeable'" October 05, 2010 1:05 PM Chris White SNIPPET: "Amtrak is launching a big security exercise this week that will involve all levels of law enforcement and be noticeable when and where it happens, according to a company spokesman. Though light on the specifics for security reasons, CBS 6 learned from Amtrak Media Relations Director Steve Kulm Tuesday morning about the initiative called Operation RailSafe."
  • Railroad warehouse key to history of Oakland

    10/03/2010 9:13:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, October 3, 2010 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Over the howls of historians, Union Pacific plans to demolish an 1874 cavernous brick warehouse in West Oakland that is one of the last remnants of the transcontinental railroad. Designed for train repair, the towering structure was erected on the heels of the transcontinental railroad's arrival in Oakland, in the days when West Oakland was a national industrial center. "It tells the story of when railroads were the pioneer industry in California, and this was the center of it," said architect Randy Ruiz, one of 30 visitors Union Pacific allowed to tour the building recently. "It represents that can-do American...
  • Dining on the Rails

    06/29/2010 3:01:10 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies
    CityBeat ^ | Tuesday, June 29,2010 | Michael Schiaparelli
    Cincinnati Dinner Train offers a fun, nostalgic dining experience For me, “dinner train” conjures visions of the Orient Express: mustachioed men in spats smoking cigars and drinking cognac and quietly efficient, uniformed waiters serving caviar on mother-of-pearl spoons to women dripping with diamonds... Yes, I have an overactive imagination. But when I first heard about the Cincinnati Dinner Train, I immediately started searching for my cummerbund. Our Saturday night date begins surprisingly early. Our food will be prepared in BBQ Revue’s kitchen and loaded onto the train just before departure, so we have to order entrées and desserts for our...

    06/20/2010 4:18:12 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies
    Lancaster Online ^ | Jun 20, 2010 | JON RUTTER
    For long-buried Irish railroad workers, the story of DuffyÂ’s Cut is finally beng told. Missing molar gives clue. In late April 1832, a ship carrying laborer John Ruddy rounded the Irish headlands and plowed west across the Atlantic. Ruddy, 18 and poor, was sailing for Philadelphia with dreams of a better life. By August, his body lay buried near the new railroad he'd been building in Chester County. His skull, unearthed last year, had been crushed, as if someone had smashed it with a blunt instrument or projectile. That's the way Dr. Matthew Patterson sees it. Patterson is a Lancaster...
  • After Several Months Of Gains, Rail Traffic Softens In May

    06/07/2010 2:44:42 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 15+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 6-7-2010 | Calculated Risk
    After Several Months Of Gains, Rail Traffic Softens In May Calculated Risk Jun. 7, 2010, 5:00 PM From the Association of American Railroads: Rail Time Indicators. The AAR reports traffic in May 2010 was up 15.8% compared to May 2009 - and traffic was still 11.8% lower than in May 2008. Image: AAR Click on graph for larger image in new window. This graph shows U.S. average weekly rail carloads. Traffic increased in 18 of 19 major commodity categories YoY. From AAR: • U.S. freight railroads originated 1,153,675 carloads in May 2010, an average of 288,419 carloads per week. That’s...
  • Private High-Speed Rail for Italy

    05/26/2010 7:57:16 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 293+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 25, 2010 | Robert Wright in London and Guy Dinmore in Rome
    Europe’s first privately owned high-speed train operator will launch services in September next year in a “historic event” for Italy’s rail system, the company’s chairman has announced. Italy’s NTV will launch its services between Rome and Milan before gradually introducing services on all its routes, which stretch from Salerno in southern Italy to Venice and Turin in the north, by the summer of 2012. NTV will also be the first operator of Alstom’s new AGV train, the French company’s successor to its TGV high-speed train design. The first of 25 Italos – as NTV calls its version of the train...
  • Rule change favors unions at airlines, railroads (makes union organizing easier - Payback.)

    05/10/2010 1:32:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 838+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/10/10 | Sam Hananel - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a major victory for organized labor, unions will have an easier time signing up airline and railroad workers after the Obama administration Monday changed a 76-year-old rule on union elections. The change is the most significant so far in a string of White House moves designed to boost unions, which are struggling to reverse years of decline in membership. The new rule, announced by the three-member National Mediation Board, would recognize a union if a simple majority of workers who cast ballots approve organizing. The previous rule required a majority of the entire work force to...
  • Norfolk Southern raises the roof on 'the Heartland Corridor'

    05/02/2010 4:43:08 PM PDT · by csvset · 12 replies · 770+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 2, 2010 | Robert McCabe
    NEAR KERMIT, W.Va. Floodlights glared deep in a century-old tunnel under an Appalachian hillside. An excavator poked at the arched ceiling like a pterodactyl. Chunks of sandstone shattered and fell thunderously into an empty rail car. Work has gone on like this for nearly a year. Crews begin at 2 a.m. and call it a day about noon. In late March, they still were a few hundred feet from the south end of Norfolk Southern’s Big Sandy 1, a 2,627-foot railroad tunnel burrowed through a hill that sits along the Big Sandy River separating West Virginia from Kentucky. Their task:...
  • More aboard! Amtrak weighs long route improvements

    04/14/2010 7:43:34 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 52 replies · 772+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2010 | MATT LEINGANG
    COLUMBUS, Ohio — In many states, travelers who take Amtrak's long-distance trains for vacations or out-of-state business trips board in the middle of the night and return home from such cities as Chicago or New York City at times that are just as inconvenient. But some improvements are on the way. Amtrak, the country's only major passenger train system, is re-examining timetables and finding other ways to improve its 15 national routes to bring in more riders and revenue. Among those under review are two routes that dip into Ohio and are practically hidden at night, their trains passing through...
  • U.S. Rail Traffic Hits A Speed Bump

    04/12/2010 6:15:42 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 418+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-12-2010 | Vincent Fernando, CFA
    U.S. Rail Traffic Hits A Speed Bump Vincent Fernando, CFA Apr. 12, 2010, 12:23 AM U.S. rail traffic just slipped, with year over year growth slowing. Weaker traffic in coal, grain, construction materials, vehicles, and metal products were to blame. Journal of Commerce: For just the largest U.S.-owned railroads, new intermodal shipments fell to 196,257 loads last week from 210,914 a week earlier and were the lowest since Feb. 13. Rail freight traffic has maintained most of its recent strength, especially in carloads of bulk materials and equipment. Yet carloadings also slowed some for the North American majors, to 372,270...
  • Transportation infrastructure: How to Improve the "Transeconomy?" Invest in Infrastructure Now!

    03/24/2010 2:21:52 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 7 replies · 309+ views
    Logistics Management ^ | 3/24/2010 | John D. Schulz, Contributing Editor
    WASHINGTON-The world is in the passing lane of transportation infrastructure spending and innovation while the United States is on the shoulder, with a broken axle in the breakdown lane. Rep. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn., chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, wants to change America's gears. On the heels of historic health care reform, Oberstar is imploring the nation to reach deep into its pockets for a six-year, $450 million surface transportation bill (with another $100 million for mass transit) and said he is "open to all ideas" on how to pay for it-except one. "I'm open to all...

    02/20/2010 8:10:47 AM PST · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 815+ views
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | Friday, February 19, 2010 | TLS
    A couple of weeks ago we took our annual trip on Amtrak with Dave Zweifel, editor emeritus of the Capital Times in Madison. We usually plan our junket in late January or early February, depending on schedules, etc., but always about the time the winter season seems to be getting a little long. After considering various options, we decided on a trip to Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash., before heading back home. This time we did things a bit differently, combining a flight and travel on Amtrak. Usually we are gone one night on the train, spend one or two...
  • Federal Bill Would Regulate Most National Railroad Rates

    01/04/2010 9:37:18 AM PST · by Weird Tolkienish Figure · 17 replies · 695+ views
    wvnstv ^ | Friday, January 1, 2010 | Walt Williams
    Home > News ShareThis Print this Page [Back to Site View] Federal Bill Would Regulate Most National Railroad Rates Posted Friday, January 1, 2010 ; 06:00 AM | View Comments | Post Comment A bill sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller seek to overhaul the railroad industry. Story by Walt Williams Email | Other Stories by Walt Williams With only a handful of companies owning most of the nation's railways, federal lawmakers want to rewrite industry regulations to give shippers more say over the rates they're charged for using those lines. The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act would be the most...