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The Railroad For Tomorrow: How Two Great Lines Combined Their Strengths To Create BNSF
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When you think of resilient industries that have stood the test of time, railroads are at the top of that list. While the technology has evolved, the basic concept of steel wheels on steel rails to efficiently move large loads is just as relevant today as it was during the origins of railroading nearly 200 years ago.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a year of challenges to be overcome, but this global crisis will eventually fade into the past and become one of many moments that make up a part of BNSF's history.

“A lot has changed as a result of COVID-19, but one thing that has not changed is that BNSF continues to deliver the essential freight that our nation needs," said BNSF President and CEO Carl Ice.

While 2020 may always be remembered for the pandemic, it also marks the 25th anniversary of a pivotal moment in BNSF's history: The merger between Burlington Northern...
Barging In: BNSF Brings New Rail Bridge Up The Columbia River
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When you can’t get to the work site because of the water, you use the water to get to the work.

That’s what happened when BNSF floated in a new bridge to replace a century-old steel truss bridge over Drano Lake in Washington. The lake is fed by the Columbia River and in a remote area, with the bridge on BNSF’s line running east from Vancouver – an important route for grain export.

Using the river to float the new span 60 miles posed challenges for the Engineering team, which is used to building bridges on site. One significant challenge of this waterway is high winds. In fact, one section is known as the “windsurfing capital” of the world.

“With crane and barge operations involved, we had to make sure Mother Nature cooperated. Some days she did, some she didn’t,” said Mike Herzog, director, Bridge Construction. Smoke from nearby wildfires also added to the project’s challenges.

Having learned how to float...

Iowa Traction, Fall 2020

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Iowa Traction - Fall 2020

The color around Mason City held up pretty well to the overnight winds. And it was sunny, so we had that improvement as well. I had planned to spend the morning shooting the Iowa Traction in earnest, taking advantage of the fall colors.

I had a productive day on the tiny little railroad, but the color wasn’t so easy. The bulk of the railroad’s traffic moves over 3.5 miles of track on the north side of 19th Street in Mason City. And there’s not many trees. So I had to be a little creative. I missed a few shots, but had a few successes as well.
Popular Animated Characters Make Rail Safety 'Traintastic'
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Popular Animated Characters Make Rail Safety 'Traintastic'

Meet Wilson, Koko and Brewster, the stars of "Chuggington: Tales from the Rails," an animated series on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW. The train engines known as "Chuggers" are spreading awareness about rail safety to preschoolers and elementary students, their parents and teachers through a new partnership with Herschend Entertainment Studios (HES), the franchise’s owner, Union Pacific and Safe Kids Worldwide. It’s a collaboration the Chuggers would definitely call, "Traintastic!"

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"The world of Chuggington has been engaging and entertaining children for more than 10 years, and it’s an honor that our young trainee trains will now lead this new program to teach important rail safety tips in a fun and engaging way, while reinforcing caring, kindness and togetherness," said HES Vice President Commercial, Content Distribution and Licensing Natalie Setton...

SP&S Oregon Trunk (4K) | Deschutes River Canyon | Summer 2020 | BNSF Trains | DJI Inspire 2

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Check out my new 4K Oregon Trunk video!

Presenting one of the most scenic lines of the Pacific Northwest. I give you the Oregon Trunk at its finest! Taken over three different days during the summer, this is one of my most ambitious productions to date. This short movie features numerous locations along the Deschutes River as well as some others like Trout Creek Canyon and around Paxton. It was filmed with the professional DJI Inspire 2 quadcopter. The Deschutes River Canyon is my favorite stretch of railroad and so I always strive to capture the very best material that I can when I make the trip there. Please feel free to like and subscribe to my Youtube channel and to share the video around Facebook as well!
Canadian Pacific 2020 Holiday Train Goes Virtual
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Canadian Pacific to donate to local food banks, host virtual concert for 2020 Holiday Train
CPR Press Release

September 24, 2020 Calgary

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Pacific (CP) will donate to food banks in communities along its network and host a virtual concert in lieu of its regular Holiday Train program. The modified program will draw attention to food security issues, while ensuring donations go to all food banks that would ordinarily receive them, including those that typically host a Holiday Train event in alternating years.

“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. “It is our honor to continue to donate to communities across our network this year, even if the train itself will not run. The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year...

SP #4449 Drone Chasing Columbia Gorge April 2018

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SP #4449 Drone Chasing Columbia Gorge April 2018

Railfan Dan
Published on Apr 20, 2018

I present to you the magnificent SP #4449 steam locomotive on a secret BNSF excursion run!

From April 9th through April 12th the #4449 made four round trips on the Fallbridge subdivision from Vancouver to Wishram and back once each day. This was done for the filming of an upcoming IMAX movie called "Train Time" by The Stephen Low Company.

All the rolling stock on this train is BNSF passenger cars with no passengers except #4449 crew and BNSF crew, it was simply a train to be filmed. Film crews chased the train for all four days with a giant IMAX camera and on the fourth and final day with a helicopter which can actually be seen near the end of this video. This footage was filmed on April 10th as well as April 12th with some locations the same between both days.

All footage is in...

Columbia Basin RR at Moon Road

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A quartet of 567 Power grinds up the grade out of Connell, WA after exchanging cars with BNSF's Connell Turn. Sept., 2015

New York MTA Completes Major Upgrades at 42nd St.–Grand Central – Busiest Subway Entrance in New York City
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Project Completed 7 Months Ahead of Initial Schedule; Replacement of Stairway Completed 25 Weeks Ahead of Schedule
Completion Signals Major Milestone in 42 St Connection Project

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced the completion of major upgrades at 42nd St.–Grand Central – the busiest subway station entrance in New York City. The project included a total replacement of two escalators, an adjacent stairway and a newly replaced elevator leading to the subway station. These upgrades are part of the larger 42 St Connection Project, which will modernize key elements of the Times Square, Grand Central, and stations in between the 42 St corridor.

The entrance leading from the mezzanine of Grand Central Terminal into the subway is the busiest entry point in the New York City subway system, with approximately 135,800 combined daily entries and exits in pre-pandemic...
New York MTA Piloting State-of-the-Art Air Filtration and Purification System on Commuter Rails
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System Claims Electrical Field and Ionized Particles Eradicate 99.99998% of Airborne Viruses, Bacteria and Particulates, Including COVID-19

MTA First Transit Agency in North America to Pilot the Technology

Pilot Is Latest in MTA’s Nation-Leading Efforts to Minimize Health Risk to Customers and Employees During Pandemic

See Photos and View Video of Press Event

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that Metro-North Railroad and the Long Island Rail Road are piloting a new technology to filter and purify air inside rail cars using an electrical field to generate a wave of ionized particles that destroy airborne viruses, bacteria and particulate matter, including COVID-19. The MTA is the first transit agency in North America to test the technology.

The pilot follows a successful proof-of-concept conducted by Metro-North...
Gearing Up for The First Distanced Holiday Season, Amtrak Recommends Booking Thanksgiving Tickets Early
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This Thanksgiving travel season, Amtrak is ready to help customers travel safely and comfortably to reconnect with friends and family. Amtrak is delivering a new standard of travel that includes enhanced cleaning protocols, contactless amenities, social distancing on board and in stations, required face coverings and sophisticated air filtration. Amtrak customers can avoid traffic and enjoy free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat.

Amtrak limits bookings on reserved trains to allow for physical distancing

WASHINGTON – This Thanksgiving travel season, Amtrak is ready to help customers travel safely and comfortably to reconnect with friends and family. Amtrak is delivering a new standard of travel that includes enhanced cleaning protocols, contactless amenities, social distancing on board and in stations, required face coverings and sophisticated air filtration. Amtrak customers can avoid traffic and enjoy free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room...

A Early Day of Railfaning at Palmer, Massachusetts

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Time for another video. This time our Pro Rail Member from Poland sent us some videos from his last visit to Palmer, MA. Palmer is known to be the “Used to be” #1 Hot Spot in the Northeast for train watching. Ever since CSX closed down Boston Beacon Yard, traffic has been getting very poor. Most of the freight by CSX you can see in the day. Palmer, located about 20-minutes east of the City of Springfield, MA off the Mass Turnpike has been called the "Town of Seven Railroads". Those railroads included the Boston & Albany, Central Vermont, Boston & Maine, Ware River, Central Massachusetts, Hampden, and Southern New England railroad. Today, although this medium sized town of just over 12,000 residents can’t boast about 7-railroads, there are still 4 that operate through town, and all four can be seen from Palmer Union Station, now home to the Steaming Tender Restaurant. The big game in town is CSX, who pushes around 10 trains through town...
BNSF 6075 The 25th Anniversary Locomotive
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Spotted today at Waverly NE about 2pm westbound. If you see it let us know here.
UP Activity: Illinois
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The eastbound commuter and eastbound freight were captured in Geneva, IL and then I took a ride to the train park in Rochelle, IL and caught a westbound freight.






Commuter Activity: Geneva, IL
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Got a shot of a commuter train on my lunch hour. It's pushing the train east into Chicago.

Amtrak: Additional funding needed soon to avoid additional service and employment reductions
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WASHINGTON – Following regular discussion with Congress about our federal funding needs for Fiscal Year 2021, Amtrak submitted a letter to Congress formalizing our ongoing request for up to $4.857 billion this fiscal year for Amtrak and our partners.

From the letter, Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn notes “we have seen that our ridership is not returning as quickly or at the levels that we had hoped for, and we updated our forecast for FY 21. We now anticipate needing up to $4.857 billion in FY21 to support the company and our employees through this unprecedented situation.”

Additionally, as Congress considers programs for stimulating the economy, Amtrak has identified $5.193 billion in additional investments as part of an economic recovery proposal to help the nation recover from the impacts of the pandemic, for a total federal investment of $10.050 billion. This includes critical...
Amtrak Partnership With RB, The Makers Of Lysol®, Further Strengthens Amtrak Pacific Surfliner Hygiene Protocols
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A leader in germ-kill products helps rail customers travel with confidence

ORANGE, Calif. – Since the onset of COVID-19, Amtrak has led the way in ushering a new standard of safe travel. Today, The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Rail Corridor Agency, which manages the Amtrak® Pacific Surfliner® service, is building on its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of travelers by announcing a partnership with RB, the makers of Lysol. As part of this new partnership, germ-kill experts and microbiologists from RB will help Amtrak strengthen its comprehensive cleaning and disinfection protocols for Amtrak trains, stations and Metropolitan Lounges. The partnership will launch in stations served by Pacific Surfliner trains, before expanding across the Amtrak network.

“We’re excited to be selected as one of Lysol’s first rail partners as we roll out the use of their disinfection solutions in stations served by the...
Buy A Roomette And Bring A Companion For Free For Travel On The Amtrak Auto Train
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OCTOBER 1, 2020

Skip the traffic and Get Carried Away

WASHINGTON – For those looking for a unique adventure or visiting family and friends, customers can travel in the comfort of a private room with the latest flash sale for the Amtrak Auto Train. When one person purchases a Roomette, one companion can join them for free. The sale is available for purchase from Thursday, Oct. 1, to Sunday, Oct. 11. The offer is valid for travel from Oct. 4 – Dec. 17, 2020.

The Auto Train offers daily, non-stop service from Lorton, Va. (near Washington, D.C.), and Sanford, Fla. (near Orlando). Customers can skip I-95 and travel with their vehicles, including cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles and even small boats or jet-skis. This is the only such service in the U.S. and eliminates nearly 900 miles of driving between the Northeast and all points in Florida.

For customers seeking both privacy and savings...
Amtrak: Delivering A New Standard Of Travel
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – Amtrak is leading the way by setting a new standard of travel with enhanced safety and cleaning measures. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contact-free and convenience measures have been implemented into every part of the customer journey — from time of booking to the moment of arrival.

With a full-time medical director and public health and safety team who have been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, we have studied, analyzed and made improvements to the Amtrak travel experience – from beginning to end – for the safety and health of our people and travelers.

Amtrak continues to evaluate current practices and launch new initiatives to support personal safety. For more information, follow Amtrak on social media, sign up for Amtrak Guest Rewards and visit...
Amtrak Police And California Operation Lifesaver Recognize Lodi Cop Who Rescued A Man Stuck On Railroad Tracks
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SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

66-year-old wheelchair user was in direct path of oncoming train

LODI, Calif. – The Amtrak Police Department (APD) presented a Lodi, California Police Officer with the prestigious “Life Saving Medal” for her swift and heroic actions that saved a man’s life within seconds of being hit by an oncoming freight train. Officer Erika Urrea, a 14-year veteran of the force, was honored at the Lodi Police Station during an award ceremony on Monday hosted by APD and California Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit railroad safety education organization.

On Aug.12, Officer Urrea spotted a man in a wheelchair stuck on the railroad tracks near Lodi Avenue. As the crossing gates activated and were coming down, Urrea got out of her patrol car and ran to assist. After unsuccessfully attempting to free the wheelchair, with only seconds to spare, she physically pulled the man out of the chair and the two fell backwards just a few feet away from the oncoming 250-ton freight...