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Brightline West Launches New Website
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Learn More About Brightline West:
A High-Speed Passenger Rail Service Connecting Southern California and Las Vegas


Brightline West is a 260-mile high-speed rail system designed to take cars off the road and offer millions of travelers an eco-friendly way to travel between Los Angeles, one of the country’s largest cities, and Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.

Our fully electric, zero emission trains will reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Expected travel time between LA and Las Vegas is approximately three hours – twice as fast as driving.

Early works construction is expected to break ground in late 2020 on the High Desert Segment connecting Victor Valley and Las Vegas. Check back frequently for updates on construction, milestones, and more!

Brightline Holdings develops and operates high-speed passenger rail systems in the United States. Its first passenger rail...

KCS Derailment in Mauriceville, TX 10/29/20

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MAURICEVILLE, Texas (KTRK) -- A train derailment near the Texas-Louisiana border Thursday forced two schools to evacuate and motorists to scramble as the cars left the tracks in front of them.

Amazingly, a passing motorist caught the derailment on camera.



It happened in Mauriceville, a town of approximately 3,200 in Orange County on tracks owned by Kansas City Southern Railroad.

The train consisted of 25 rail cars, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. 15 of the cars were loaded, including five tank cars that were breached.

OMNITRAX, ROCKFORD AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND CITY OF PERU INITIATE PROMOTION OF RAIL-READY SITES ON ILLINOIS RAILWAY

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OMNITRAX, ROCKFORD AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND CITY OF PERU INITIATE PROMOTION OF RAIL-READY SITES ON ILLINOIS RAILWAY
Posted On : October 29, 2020

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Rail-served locations feature proximity to most of the Midwest, great infrastructure with direct access to multiple Class 1 railroads and a well-trained workforce

DENVER – OmniTRAX Inc., a comprehensive logistics solutions provider and affiliate of The Broe Group, is working with the Rockford Area Economic Development Council (RAEDC) and the City of Peru to bring its...

Harris Film 094 - Puget Sound, Columbia River and Stevens Pass

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Some really nice vintage action in the Puget Sound Region.


Harris Film 094 was shot in the Puget Sound, Columbia River and Stevens Pass areas of Washington and Oregon. Union Pacific and Burlington Northern freight traffic was interspersed with Amtrak trains going east, west or south….The Pioneer (3 car Amfleet consist), Empire Builder (several dome cars) and the Coast Daylight/Starlight (fewer domes and the name was changed to just the Coast Starlight in the 1970’s) Harris left no notes for this film except the title Columbia River Gorge to Steven’s Pass. I don’t know why he didn’t include Puget Sound as well. No date is recorded. I assume it was mid 1970’s

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) Launches West Lake Corridor Project

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Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for its West Lake Corridor Project, extending the South Shore Line commuter rail service 7.8 miles from Hammond (on the north) to Dyer (on the south).

Slated for completion in 2024, the extension will include four new stations—two in Hammond, one in Munster, and one at the border of Muster and Dyer (see map below). In July, NICTD awarded a nearly $555 million contract to F.H. Paschen and Ragnar Benson (both based in Chicago) to complete design work and lead construction.

The Restoration of C & O 2-6-6-2 1309 Website

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Western Maryland Scenic RR, Cumberland, MD


The Restoration of 1309

Help us reach our goal of $100,000 and bring steam back to Cumberland!

Constructed in 1949 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway steam locomotive no. 1309 was built to handle the railroad’s heaviest coal trains throughout Kentucky and West Virginia until it was retired in 1956.

64 years later, no. 1309 is undergoing a meticulous and extensive restoration to service. When complete, the locomotive will become an outstanding tourist attraction operating trains between Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland, and the largest operating steam locomotive of its type in the world.

This monumental effort has been largely funded by generous grants and private donations which have helped us raise over a million dollars to date.

Your help is needed to complete the 1309 and return the stirring sights and sounds of a...

C&O 1309 Restoration Work Finally Nears Completion

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Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-2 No. 1309 is undergoing restoration the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR), and has been for some time. Numerous setbacks have befallen the restoration work.

Kevin Keefe has posted an update over on the Classic Trains website:

"As anyone who follows steam restorations knows, bringing a big engine back to life is a marathon, never a sprint. Union Pacific and its Big Boy notwithstanding, nearly every organization that has gotten into the game quickly discovered it would be a long and sometimes agonizing haul.

I have firsthand knowledge. When I began scraping my knuckles on a Berkshire in college, it was 1971. That engine, Pere Marquette 1225, wouldn’t turn a wheel under its own power for another 15 years. "

Full Story:

CHSRA Q+A: Tunnels with Gary Kennerley

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CHSRA Q+A: Tunnels with Gary Kennerley


HSR Q+A Tunnels – Sit down with Northern California Director of Projects Gary Kennerley as he sits down with Information Officer Karren Massie to discuss:

️Tunneling in Northern and Southern California
Two longest tunnels planned for the alignment
Geologic conditions/research in earthquake-prone areas
Worldwide best practices from Asia/Europe
Passenger and worker safety

CHSRA Completes First High-Speed Rail Structure in Kern County

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CHSRA Completes First High-Speed Rail Structure in Kern County
Oct 28 2020 Kern County

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KERN COUNTY, Calif. – The California High-Speed Rail Authority today announced the completion of Poso Creek Viaduct in Kern County, the first completed structure in the 22-mile segment of high-speed rail from the Tulare-Kern county line to Poplar Avenue in Kern County known as Construction Package 4. It is the fourth high-speed rail structure completed in the Central Valley since August.

Construction on Poso Creek Viaduct, located south of Blankenship Avenue and west of State Route 43 just north of the City of Wasco, included several environmental protections. Crews followed strict guidelines and preventive measures to protect the Poso Creek bed with silt fencing and fiber rolls, and safely diverted area wildlife with exclusionary fencing.

“Our goal is to deliver the greenest infrastructure project in the nation, and we’re doing...

NJ Transit Police expands community outreach

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NEW JERSEY TRANSIT POLICE EXPAND COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
October 28, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Transit Police Department has expanded its Community Outreach Unit from two to five officers, allowing for more ways to help those in need and to help maintain a safe and healthy environment for all.

“The New Jersey Transit Police Department is one of the best trained and most professional police departments in the country, and a community-based policing approach brings help to the people who need it the most,” said NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett. “NJ TRANSIT is not only committed to providing safe and essential transit services throughout the state for those who depend on us, we are equally committed to being good community partners.”

Officer Sean Pfeifer has been with the Community Outreach Unit for three years, serving those in the Newark Transit District. Joining Pfeifer on the expanded team, and the transit districts they will be...

Onboard analysis: Slimmed down 'California Zephyr' is stretched thin

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The first in a series of in depth reports on current passenger service from Trains magazine.

Onboard analysis: Slimmed down 'California Zephyr' is stretched thin
Western trip on Amtrak national network shows pandemic measures are working, but revenue opportunities are being lost

California, Connecticut, New Jersey Win $172.1MM in SOGR Grants

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California, Connecticut, New Jersey Win $172.1MM in SOGR Grants


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has awarded grants to California’s North County Transit District (NCTD; $9.8 million), the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Amtrak ($144 million), and New Jersey Transit ($18.3 million) under the FY 2020 Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair program.

Election ‘Blues’ Could Benefit Rail Suppliers

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Election ‘Blues’ Could Benefit Rail Suppliers


Rail transit rail equipment is among the transportation equipment subsectors most likely to benefit from a potential “Blue Wave” in January following a Joe Biden/Kamala Harris win and the Democrats flipping enough seats in the U.S. Senate in the November Presidential election to take control of that chamber.* As well, a power shift in Washington could drive a public transit service recovery in the U.S.

How Acela trainsets are made: Inside the Alstom facility

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How Acela trainsets are made: Inside the Alstom facility


RAILWAY AGE AT THE ALSTOM MANUFACTURING FACILITY, HORNELL, N.Y., JUNE 12, 2019: Alstom Transportation is building the next generation of high-speed trainsets for Amtrak‘s Northeast Corridor Acela Express service. The new equipment is scheduled to enter service sometime in 2021 between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

A Look Inside Amtrak’s Next-Gen Acela Express

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A Look Inside Amtrak’s Next-Gen Acela Express


Amtrak’s Acela Express, which replaced the iconic Metroliner service that helped define the Northeast Corridor for the better part of 30 years, is now approaching age 20 (kind of old for a train). The equipment, popular with customers but sort-of affectionately called “The Fast Pig” in railroading circles, will soon be replaced with new, lighter, sleeker and faster trainsets from Alstom.

Amtrak Video Tour of Acela Interior

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Are you ready to experience the future of Amtrak travel? Check out this exciting first look at the onboard amenities and innovative features that customers will be able to enjoy when the next generation of Acela trainsets launch next year.

Brightline West high-speed rail construction expected to start soon, but work can still be scratched

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Brightline West high-speed rail construction expected to start soon, but work can still be scratched


The high-speed line that will run from Las Vegas to southern California is coming to life these days. Brightline has released a construction schedule for the service, which will be called Brightline West.

After a bond sale is complete that will help pay for the initial phase, construction is expected to begin in 2020 and will be complete in 2024.

Work all hinges on the bond sale. If the $3.2 billion action does not happen by Dec. 1, California will put its allotted amount of the project back into the state’s affordable housing fund. The total cost of the project will be $8 billion.

East Broad Top eyes restoration of Coles Valley Branch

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East Broad Top eyes restoration of Coles Valley Branch


ROCKHILL FURNACE, Pa. — The nonprofit organization that now owns the East Broad Top Railroad is considering rebuilding a mountainous branch line that’s been inactive since the 1940s, a move that would provide spectacular ridgetop vistas and increase the number of destinations available to visitors.

The nonprofit EBT Foundation, Inc., owner of the historic narrow-gauge line in south-central Pennsylvania, is considering revival of a 2.5-mile-long branch known variously as the Coles Valley Branch, Midvalley Branch, or Joller Branch, Joller being the postal designation for the former mining community at the top of Wrays Hill. Perched at an altitude of 1,600 feet, the town was named for the first and last letters...
Snowy day on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad
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Snowy day on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad

Yesterday was a difficult day no matter how you slice it. Our first real banger of a snow storm dumped around a foot of snow onto the region - well ahead of what I would’ve expected. Sure, that’s around what was predicted, but I have found that totals are often overestimated compared to the direct impact on my home area.

Not so yesterday. 12 inches of snow, and bitter cold that hovered in the single digits and topped out around 11 degrees in town. That meant a lot of hyrail trips, inspections, sweeping out switches, and supporting a switch move late at night. It wasn’t always fun, or comfortable. But it sure was pretty. So I did take a few photos. Which I am sure surprised nobody. Enclosed are a selection of photos of the train in a spectacular environment wrought a little more spectacular, if you can imagine that.

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Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway Project Receives $4.5 Million Us Department Of Transportation Grant For Track Improvements
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Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway Project Receives $4.5 Million Us Department Of Transportation Grant For Track Improvements
Omnitrax Press Release
October 22, 2020

LINCOLN, NEB. – The Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado Railway (NKCR), a line managed by OmniTRAX, Inc., one of the largest privately held transportation service companies in North America and an affiliate of The Broe Group, has received a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will fund the renovation of more than 100 miles of track in western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.

“This grant is a great example of how government and business can come together to improve safety for the communities where the NKCR operates and support commercial activities in those communities. We appreciate the efforts of the federal government, particularly Nebraska’s US senators and congresspeople, who have supported the grant from the beginning,” said Kevin Shuba, CEO of OmniTRAX.

Funding for the...
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