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  • Germany Building ‘Panama Canal on Railway Tracks’ Through South America

    Bolivian President Evo Morales met with German and Swiss officials in Bern, Switzerland, on December 14 to sign an agreement on building one of the largest infrastructure projects of the century—a coast-to-coast railroad across South America. The Central Bi-Oceanic Railway Corridor, or “Panama Canal on Railway Tracks,” will stretch from the Pacific coast of Peru, through Bolivia, and across Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean. The total length of the projected route is 2,333 miles. Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay also plan to add connection routes to the corridor. Germany and Switzerland will assist in the ambitious project’s construction and will also...
  • Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along

    03/20/2015 1:07:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 20, 2015 | Michael Simkins
    Model Railways Showed An Idealised England Until 'Sexy Scenes' Came Along Forget housewives in headscarves or children waving from the road, the latest figures from Buffers Model Railway will shock you Models of nudists playing volleyball (Pic in URL) One of the risque scenes sold by Buffers By Michael Simkins 20 Mar 2015 I’d always considered the world of model railways to be the last surviving example of a rose-tinted Britain that no longer exists. Enthusiasts of this quaint and captivating hobby invariably seem to use 1950 as their cultural template when designing their layouts. In the real world it...
  • Thomas the Tank Engine needs more female trains, Labour MP says

    12/27/2013 5:56:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:48AM GMT 27 Dec 2013 | Steven Swinford and Olivia Rudgard
    Thomas the Tank Engine is setting a poor example to children and needs more female engines to encourage girls to become train drivers, Labour’s shadow transport secretary has said. Mary Creagh described the lack of female train drivers in Britain as a “national scandal” and said that children’s television shows and “negative stereotypes” are partly to blame. […] Mrs. Creagh said that train companies need to offer female drivers more flexible working hours so they can care for their children. She said: “There are quite a lot of stereotypical attitudes in the industry. I was talking to one freight operator...
  • European Court: Railways Must Reimburse for Weather Delays

    09/26/2013 1:47:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 26, 2013 – 02:11 PM | (dsk—with wires)
    European railway companies must give partial refunds to passengers who are significantly delayed by bad weather, natural disasters or strikes after a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The judgment is a blow for train firms who up until now only had to pay out if they were at fault. … The Luxembourg court ruled on Thursday that the rules exempting train companies in cases of force majeure, i.e. where the problems are out of their control, “relate only to the right of passengers to receive compensation for damage or loss resulting from the delay or cancellation of...
  • Insight: How a train ran away and devastated a Canadian town

    07/09/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2013 10:06pm | P.J. Huffstutter and Richard Valdmanis
    ...The locomotive caught fire, so firefighters shut off the engine to stop the flames from spreading. That slowly disengaged the air brakes, and the driverless train carrying 72 cars of crude oil rolled downhill into the scenic lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, derailing, exploding and leveling the town center. At least 13 people were killed and some 37 are still missing, according to Canadian police... He secured the train at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, setting the air brakes and hand brakes, according to MMA. Burkhardt said the engineer set the brakes on all five locomotives at the front of the train,...
  • 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...
  • 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:...

    01/12/2012 5:09:07 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies
    Pragmatic Capitalism ^ | 1-12-2012 | Cullen Roche
    RAIL TRAFFIC PLUMMETS -9.3% TO START 2012 12 January 2012 by Cullen Roche Rail traffic has remained very strong in recent months despite concerns over recession. This week’s data doesn’t alter the trend, but is certainly an alarming decline that is worth keeping a close eye on. Overall intermodal traffic was down -9.3% while carloads declined -3.7%. This index has been somewhat volatile as of late and clearly one week doesn’t make a trend, but rail has served as a superb harbinger of recession over the last few cycles….More from the AAR: “The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported...
  • China builds its African empire while the 'anti-colonialist' Left looks the other way

    11/30/2011 10:45:48 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 20 replies
    Telegraph ^ | November 25th, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    Imagine what would happen if America barged its way into a developing country, buttered up its homicidal dictator and agreed a back-of-the-envelope deal in which he signed over his nation’s mineral wealth in return for roads, railways and sports stadiums. Everyone would benefit, no? No. The problem is that the infrastructure turns out to be worth a hell of a lot less than the minerals. Fortunately, Washington has had the foresight to top up the dictator’s Swiss bank account. Problem solved! As for the mining operation, the Americans really don’t want to be bothered by minimum wages or trade unions....
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • Missing Jordanian Air Marshal Found Aboard Amtrak Train

    03/25/2003 6:31:00 PM PST · by Willie Green · 26 replies · 217+ views
    2002 WCJB-TV20 ^ | 3/25/2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. (Jacksonville-AP) -- A Jordanian air marshal, reported missing when he failed to show up for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight, was found yesterday on an Amtrak train in Jacksonville. Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducting a routine drug sweep of the train spotted Ali Ahmad Al-Omari who had been sought since failing to show up Saturday for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight in Chicago. Airline officials, fearing foul play, contacted Chicago authorities, who contacted the FBI. Al-Omari told authorities he was traveling to Miami to visit friends. Bill Hurlburt, a spokesman for...
  • ...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."
  • Greek Rail System’s Debt Adds to Economic Woes

    07/21/2010 10:34:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    nyt ^ | July 20, 2010 | LANDON THOMAS Jr.
    Losses at Hellenic Railways... continue to mount — at the rate of 3 million euros ($3.8 million) a day. Its total debt has increased to $13 billion, or about 5 percent of Greece’s gross domestic product. Some have argued that Hellenic Railways should shut down the majority of its routes, especially in the mountainous Peloponnese region where trains manned by drivers being paid as much as $130,000 a year frequently run empty. The government, perhaps optimistically, is advocating the sale of a 49 percent stake to the French, who said this year that they would take a look. But it...
  • Philly, FAA have dirty plan for new runway

    06/23/2010 5:45:37 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies
    The Delaware County Daily Times ^ | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | BRYAN LENTZ
    Recently the Government Accountability Office released GAO-10-120, “National Airspace System: Regional Airport Planning Could Address Congestion If Plans Were Integrated with FAA and Airport Decision Making.” For our region and Philadelphia International Airport, the study could be summarized as follows: “There is none,” planning that is. This study was prompted because the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that our national airspace systems are on track to become congested beyond their capacity. The GAO was asked to evaluate regional airport planning in congested metropolitan areas like Philadelphia. In 2009 Philadelphia International Airport registered 492,000 takeoffs and landings; this number is expected to...
  • RDX being smuggled into India with cement from Pakistan [Targeting Oil-Refinery]

    01/27/2009 6:08:18 PM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 8 replies · 643+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 28 Jan 2009, 0206 hrs IST | The Times of India
    MUMBAI: Police and security agencies here have got a specific alert — from the police of a north Indian state — about RDX having been smuggled into the country as part of a cement consignment from Pakistan and the target being an oil refinery. Officials said the high alert sounded at vital installations like railway stations and hotels in Mumbai last December was not a reaction to the 26/11 carnage but had its basis in this specific intelligence input. Officials also told TOI that more RDX could be coming in as part of cement or other consignments. But the alert...
  • China puts railways at heart of stimulus plan

    10/18/2008 1:32:09 PM PDT · by KingJaja · 3 replies · 262+ views
    BEIJING, Oct 18 (Reuters) - China is preparing steps to boost domestic demand, including more spending on railways, to help cushion the impact of the global credit crisis, a senior official said on Saturday. The package of measures will be finalised at next month's Central Economic Work Conference, at which top policy makers will chart policy for 2009, Zheng Xinli, vice-head of the ruling Communist Party's Policy Research Office, said. 'China will roll out some very important measures to boost domestic demand next year,' Zheng told reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum. He said China still had potential...
  • Train Derails Over Calif. Cliff

    05/12/2002 8:16:53 PM PDT · by Dallas · 66 replies · 503+ views
    COLFAX, Calif. -- A train carrying non-hazardous chemicals derailed in northeast California and was partially suspended over a steep cliff Sunday night. One of the train's 73 cars hung over a drop known as China Wall in a rural area away from people and homes, said Placer County Sheriff's Captain Rick Armstrong. No one was injured and authorities said the rail car was not in danger of falling. One of the six cars that derailed contained non-hazardous byproducts and two were carrying an ammonia sulfate powder that is not dangerous by itself, Armstrong said. The Burlington Northern & Santa...
  • Nation: Three on Amtrak Auto Train engaged emergency brakes

    04/20/2002 6:12:53 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 31 replies · 745+ views
    NANDO ^ | April 20 2002 | By RON WORD, Associated Press
    CRESCENT CITY, Fla. (April 20, 2002 7:34 p.m. EDT) - Investigators said Saturday that two Amtrak engineers and a conductor hit the emergency brakes just seconds before a train derailment that left four people dead and more than 150 injured. The lead engineer of the Amtrak Auto Train told the National Transportation Safety Board that he saw a disjointed track about an hour into a trip from Sanford to Lorton, Va., and slammed on the engine's brake. Seconds later, a backup engineer in the locomotive cab and a conductor two cars back felt the train hit the disjointed track and...
  • Russian travel companies equalled with ticket mafia

    08/01/2007 6:23:58 AM PDT · by Webby_surfer · 2 replies · 279+ views
    Russia-IC ^ | 01.08.07 | Natalya L.
    It may soon happen that Russian travel agencies booking train accommodation will deal only with passengers ready to buy expensive tickets. Russian Railways administration is sure that it is private firms to blame for economy class tickets` shortage.