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  • The Train Robbery That Almost Won the Civil War

    06/04/2017 5:22:30 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 14 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | June 3, 2017 | Marc Wortman
    Union soldiers paid with their lives for their failed theft of a locomotive—and became America’s first Medal of Honor winners for their heroics. Alexander Crosman peered through his telescope from the deck of his Union Army gunboat. What the commander of the USS Somerset saw bewildered him. Nearly 18 miles from shore, off the Confederate-held city of Apalachicola, Florida, Crosman watched two men standing in a small skiff and waving frantically at the military ship. Crosman ordered his ship’s guns leveled and an armed guard on deck. As the skiff drew closer, he looked down at the men. They were...
  • The Japanese have shown the ultra-modern luxury train. Photo

    05/14/2017 5:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Mice Times Asia ^ | May 14, 2017
    The East Japan Railway company sent to the first journey of the ultramodern train Train Suite Shiki-shima, for which tickets are booked until March next year. Train Train Suite Shiki-shima called “boutique on wheels”. It is designed for only 34 passengers and consists of ten cars, which placed 17 of the compartment, restaurant and lounge. According to The Japan Times, the creation is invested 5 billion yen, equivalent to $44.5 million Train Suite Shiki-shima should be three tourist routes, beginning in Tokyo and passing through the various prefectures of the country. The interiors of the trains was developed by the...
  • Railcar interior maker to create 44 jobs in Henrietta (New York)

    04/24/2017 8:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WXXI-TV ^ | April 24, 2017 | Randy Gorbman
    A maker of railcar equipment is coming to Henrietta and is expected to create 44 jobs. Rolen-Jinxin is a joint venture of companies from Spain and China. They have chosen a site in West Henrietta to locate their first U.S.-based operation. The company makes interior parts and other equipment for railcars. Rolen-Jinxin will create production, engineering and management jobs at the West Henrietta location. Empire State Development has offered tax credits worth up to $600,000. Monroe County is also offering incentives. The total project cost is close to $1 million. A company official, managing director David Parr, says that Rolen-Jinxin...
  • Rare certification could mean jobs for Southern Oklahoma (4,000 to 7,000 jobs)

    04/18/2017 5:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KXII-TV ^ | April 17, 2017 | Andrew Freeman
    ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- The hope of anywhere from 4-7,000 new jobs, and economic growth, follows a certification given to a Texoma Industrial park. The Ardmore Airpark is 1,700 acres of land, with the potential to house 5,000,000 square-feet of development, and create 4-7,000 jobs. And now its certified by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which uses nine different metrics to grade and certify land. There's only 10 certified sites in the whole country. "It's a big deal for Southern Oklahoma, its a big deal for Ardmore, and its a game changer." Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said. B.N.S.F looks at...
  • Trump 'skinny budget' would starve Chicago transit, City of New Orleans train: officials

    03/30/2017 4:51:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 64 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3-29-17 | Mary Wisniewski
    The City of New Orleans, the train immortalized in the Steve Goodman song, could disappear under President Donald Trump's preliminary budget blueprint. So could the California Zephyr, the Empire Builder and other storied long-distance Amtrak runs, along with the federal funding that could replace Metra's out-of-date rolling stock, unclog Chicago freight traffic and extend the CTA's Red Line from 95th Street to 130th Street, according to transit advocates and officials. Trump's 2018 "skinny budget" proposes a 13 percent cut on federal funding for transportation, which is directed entirely against nonroad spending. Trump's 2018 spending plan will start getting more attention...
  • Gangs reap guns from trains in violent Chicago neighborhoods

    03/04/2017 7:27:45 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 47 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2017 | Michael Tarm
    When street-gang thieves slipped with ease into a Norfolk Southern rail yard on Chicago’s South Side and ripped locks off one train, they likely expected to see merchandise like toys or tennis shoes. What they beheld instead was a gangster’s jackpot: box after box of brand new guns. The guns had been en route from New Hampshire weapon maker Sturm, Ruger & Co. to Spokane, Washington.
  • Obama wanted to be the high-speed rail president. It might be Trump instead.

    02/11/2017 4:53:52 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 54 replies
    McClatchy ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | CURTIS TATE
    Could Donald Trump be the president who brings high-speed rail to America? The Obama administration spent nearly $10 billion to improve passenger rail service across the country. While it accomplished that goal to some degree, it did not build the faster trains passengers can ride in Europe, Japan and China. Trains in other countries can travel 200 mph or more, but no train in the United States as yet travels faster than 150 mph. Most go much more slowly than that. Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, and he has expressed interest in improving roads, bridges,...
  • C&O 614 Erie Limited, Spring 1997

    01/28/2017 9:07:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    yankinga ^ | Published on Mar 29, 2014 | yankinga
    Ross Rowland's C&O 614 on her second series of "Erie Limited" trips for NJ Transit in the Spring of 1997, Hoboken to Port Jervis round trips.
  • Officials Deny Hushing Up Report Critical of Transit Tax Proposal

    10/24/2016 9:51:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/22/2016 | Derek Draplin
    An organization opposed to a Nov. 8 metro Detroit transit tax ballot proposal claims that the Oakland county officials who requested a report on the measure have done too little to alert residents to deep problems that report reveals. Oakland County released the “Business Issues in the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan" report on Sept. 19, with a Sept. 26 follow-up that added responses from the RTA Board. But according to a press release from No Massive Transit Tax, an organization opposed to the RTA’s plan, Oakland officials have failed to bring their critical report to the attention of the...
  • The City Of New Orleans - Arlo Guthrie

    10/06/2016 8:32:51 PM PDT · by NFHale · 66 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1977 | Arlo Guthrie
    From "The Best of Arlo Guthrie" 1977. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMS_ykiLiQ
  • Village Creek Train Wreck

    10/06/2016 8:18:57 AM PDT · by waterhill · 13 replies
    Train wreck between Arlington and Ft Worth. 1880's. Engine never recovered.
  • NJ Transit Engineer Has No Memory of Fatal Hoboken Train Crash

    10/02/2016 5:47:22 PM PDT · by Publius · 102 replies
    New York Times via MSN ^ | 2 October 2016 | Samantha Schmidt & Alan Feuer
    The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken Terminal on Thursday, killing one person and injuring more than 100 others during the busy morning commute, felt well rested and was unaware of any mechanical problems in the moments before the accident, federal investigators said on Sunday. At a news conference in Hoboken, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said they had interviewed the engineer, Thomas Gallagher, as well as the train’s conductor, who was not identified, and still were no closer to determining the cause of the crash. It was the first fatal accident on...
  • Suspicious Device Found On Train Tracks In Elizabeth

    09/18/2016 8:44:18 PM PDT · by Revel · 95 replies
    CBS ^ | 9-18-16
    ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A suspicious device was found on the Northeast Corridor train tracks in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Sunday night. The suspicious item was found in the area of North Broad and Westfield Avenue. Area businesses have reportedly been ordered to shut down and evacuate as bomb technicians have a robot checking the suspicious device. A hazmat team has also been requested to the scene. Police are evacuating and securing the area around the train line. Service has been temporarily suspended between Newark Airport and Elizabeth stations in both directions. ....
  • Armed guards to ride French trains from October

    09/05/2016 9:44:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 05 Sep 2016 11:37 GMT+02:00
    Guards in civilian clothes will be patrolling France’s trains from October, as a new law comes into effect following a foiled terror attack last year. The move has been planned since August last year when train passengers overpowered a man who had opened fire with a Kalashnikov on a train between Amsterdam and Paris. […] Introduction of the changes took so long due to the complicated process of rewriting French law, but also the time needed to train and equip the guards. The guards will be on patrol in pairs on regional trains, TGVs, and even on commuter lines. …
  • Three Train Workers presumed dead after fiery Texas crash

    06/29/2016 1:04:28 PM PDT · by TEXOKIE · 39 replies
    Foxiness.com ^ | June 29, 2016 | Foxnews.com
    <p>Investigators said Wednesday they believed three missing crew members aboard two freight trains that collided head-on in the Texas Panhandle did not survive.</p> <p>Emergency personnel have moved from a rescue effort to a recovery operation, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said.</p>
  • 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...
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 [Christmas Eve Vanity]

    12/24/2015 6:30:10 PM PST · by Rodamala · 20 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17, 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • Spanish bomb suspect arrested in Belgrade

    08/17/2005 7:40:42 PM PDT · by zagor-te-nej · 23 replies · 525+ views
    B92 ^ | Aug 17, 2005 | zagor-te-nej
    Spanish bomb suspect arrested in Belgrade | 17:43 August 17 | B92 Abdelmajid Bouchar BELGRADE -- Wednesday – A suspect in the terrorist attacks in Madrid in March of last year has been arrested in Belgrade. Moroccan national Abdelmajid Bouchar was arrested for breaches of immigration laws last night during routine checks of travellers on a train. He was held in custody in the Belgrade suburb of Padinska Skela, where an Interpol fingerprint check revealed that he was wanted in connection with the Madrid bombing, B92 learnt. The arrest has been confirmed by the Spanish Interior Ministry and Interior Minister...
  • Union Pacific, BNSF Threaten to Shut Down Railroad Networks (CSX too, January 1)

    09/25/2015 9:07:24 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 83 replies
    NBC 5 Chicago ^ | 9-26-2015 | NBC
    "Operations across our entire network will likely be compromised by congestion and effectively shut down," warned Carl Ice, the president of BNSF. Widespread disruptions of freight and passenger rail traffic are likely if Congress doesn't extend a deadline to start using certain safety technology before the end of the year, railroads are warning. Freight and passenger railroads have said in letters to the Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., that they won't have the technology — known as positive train control, or PTC — in operation by Dec. 31, the deadline set by a 2008 rail safety law. The...
  • Trump's deportation idea similar to 1930s mass removals

    08/30/2015 8:38:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Bismarck Tribune ^ | August 30, 2015 | Russell Contreras, The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call for mass deportation of millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, as well as their American-born children, bears similarities to a large-scale removal that many Mexican-American families faced 85 years ago. During the Great Depression, counties and cities in the American Southwest and Midwest forced Mexican immigrants and their families to leave the U.S. over concerns they were taking jobs away from whites despite their legal right to stay. The result: Around 500,000 to 1 million Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans were pushed out of the country during the...