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Mt Rainier Railroad Terminates All Operations Indefinitely
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File photo: Bob Harbison

UPDATE 5/20/20 - The authenticity of this letter, which was obtained via a post on Facebook, has now been questioned by American Heritage Railways. While most of the letter is accurate, the words "permanently cease operations" were apparently included either in error or maliciously. AHR is now emphasizing that the shutdown is temporary in nature. Additional details are said to be forthcoming soon.

Harper said a false news release had been issued claiming to be from American Heritage Railways that incorrectly claimed the Mt. Rainier Railroad would be permanently closed. That is not accurate, Harper said. The Mt. Rainier Railroad will resume when operationally feasible, he said.

(Original post, un-edited, may not be entirely accurate)
From American Heritage Management Re: Mt Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum
May 18, 2020

To: The partners and contractors of Mt Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

Subject: Termination of All...

Brake Defects Plague Canada’s Aging Grain Cars

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Hard-to-detect braking system defects have rendered Canada’s aging fleet of grain hoppers a safety hazard, says a former director of derailment investigations for the country’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB), the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. NTSB. Ian Naish, who retired from the TSB in 2009, in a CBC interview posted May 15, declared, “The grain car fleet overall is quite defective.”

Naish’s warning followed his former employer’s Rail Safety Advisory Letter dated April 20, 2020, which said that the standard visual inspection of brake pipe connections and piston applications—the so-called “Number 1 Test” performed by car inspectors prior to trains departing originating yards—is unreliable and does not reveal a high percentage of malfunctioning railcar brakes.

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Some SE Wisconsin Shots
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Above: SB CN Manifest at Sussex Wi.
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Above: SB CN Stack Train at Mid Duplainville
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Above: CP 2285 4-axle ECO Unit at Pewaukee Wi
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Above: EB CP Sand Train at Duplainville
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Both Above: Shots of UP's dead lines at Butler Wi.
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Judge Reinstates Charges Against Engineer in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

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Judge Reinstates Charges Against Engineer in Philadelphia Train Wreck That Killed 8

The ruling revived the state’s case against Brandon Bostian, a former Amtrak engineer, who has been charged with more than 200 crimes, including eight counts of involuntary manslaughter.

A judge on Thursday reinstated charges against a former Amtrak engineer who was driving a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia in 2015, killing eight people.

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South of the Alps - 11: Brescia - Verona (50 p.)

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To the previous part of the series:
South of the Alps - 10: Steam along Lago Iseo II (50 p.)

April 28 2019

A special train for pilgrims to Lourdes at Verona Porta Nuova station Sunday morning.

Frecciarossa 1000 9798 Venice - Milan met slightly delayed Frecciarossa 9705 Milan - Venice.

We reached Brescia at 9:30 a.m., just as R 2059 Milano - Verona arrived on platform 1.

September 15 2019

I wanted to stroll through Brescia city centre after my excursion to Lago Iseo in September - aided by city transport: since 2013, the 17th largest city in Italy (however, third...

Durango train delays opening into June

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Durango train delays opening into June

Railroad can’t cover costs running below 75% of capacity

NS “Keeping the Steel Wheels Moving”

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NS “Keeping the Steel Wheels Moving”

At Norfolk Southern’s May 14 Annual Shareholder Meeting, held virtual-only for the first time, CEO Jim Squires expressed optimism on the railroad’s future as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, and resultant plummeting traffic. NS is “well-positioned to safely and successfully weather the unprecedented situation, despite economic challenges,” he said.

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Orange Line Subway (Boston, MA)

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Boston's Orange Line Subway (MBTA) arriving at the station stop.

Drone following Union Pacific 1111 Powered By Our People Heritage Special

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Into Oceano, CA and out of San Luis Obispo, CA
Union Pacific 1989 on the Rock and Rail Parkdale to Colorado Springs rock train
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Before the activity at the Royal Gorge Route reached fever pitch, I took a moment to watch our sister railroad at work. Union Pacific 1989, the Rio Grande heritage unit, has persisted on the Parkdale to Colorado Springs rock train run by Rock and Rail, whom we share ownership of the railroad with. This makes 5-6 weeks already, which I haven’t ever seen before. And despite it all, I haven’t really taken any photos of it beyond the snow shots I took in April, and a few notable misses. But I did head out today, and managed two photo angles - one ok (I need a 10’ ladder and an earlier train to get the light better) and one that I was reasonably pleased with.


Royal Gorge Route Startup Prep
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5/15/20 - As we get things ready to reopen, we’ve had a lot of work getting the train switched into a serviceable configuration for social distancing, and moving cars in and out of the shop. Yesterday, the train got a much-needed bath. And today, for the third time in a week, we had the train out and moving. Today, it was a run up to Parkdale to turn two cars and a locomotive, along with some crew training and re familiarization after the heavy winter work the fleet has gotten. That gave us an opportunity to work out the locomotives as well - most everything was placed in storage when the quarantine started. It also gave us the chance to take Grande Vista, the dome car we bought from Oregon last year, out past Cañon City for the first time. Naturally, everything and everyone performed flawlessly, and made it back safe and sound. We’ve done a ton of work over the off season making an already safe train safer, stronger, and ready for many years of service to come. I am proud to work...

UP Shuts Down Cold Connect

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UP Shuts Down Cold Connect

Union Pacific on May 8, 2020 shut down its Cold Connect service for perishables traffic from the West Coast to the East Coast. Cold Connect began in January 2017 with the acquisition from Railex of three cold storage and distribution facilities in Delano, Calif.; Wallula, Wash.; and Rotterdam, N.Y.

AAR: “Railroads Have Experience Weathering Difficult Times, and They’ll Weather This One”

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The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended May 9, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 412,549 carloads and intermodal units, down 22.1% compared with the same week last year; total carloads were 185,144 carloads, down 28.4% compared with the same week in 2019; and U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 227,405 containers and trailers, down 16% compared to 2019.

Southern 4501 begins the climb up Missionary Ridge with a short train

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From 2019

This trackage is the ex Central of Georgia Rome to Chattanooga main line. Now owned by the state of Georgia and operated by the C&C Railway which in turn is owned by the Genessee and Wyoming family.

Stuff along the Sub - Spokane
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Got these yesterday. Day before was raining with whitecaps on the lake which might have made a good pix, although ISP had multiple cars pulled over in the spot I could stop and get off US95. These are about 1/4 mile away looking kinda Northeast.

Looks like the alignment is gonna be just shorter than the existing.

Freight trains and heavy haul in Czech Republic

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For anyone with a desire to make a quick virtual railway trip to Europe, here's a short film on rail freight in and around Prague, showing a large variety of motive power,
including diesel and electric, with double and tripple-header formations in the film.

Abilene Kansas Action 2020
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My catches from today


NS Chicago Line Tour Vol.1: Berea-Toledo,OH

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In Volume 1 we feature the Chicago Line from Berea-Toledo. We visit the locations of Olmstead Falls,Elyria, Vermillion,Bayview Bridge, Oak Harbor and CP 285 (Vickers.) We hope you enjoy our first edition of The Norfolk Southern Chicago Line Tour!

Footage taken by Tracey Garbacz, David McDougall, the footage was edited and produced by David McDougall!

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BNSF To Permanently Close Glendive, MT Diesel Facility

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Glendive Broadcasting along with many of this community have received news of the Glendive Diesel Shop closure. In an official letter sent by Gary Grissum VP of Mechanical of the BNSF Railway Company to effected employees the reason for closure was outlined. In the letter Gary indicated the closure was due to the current business environment with the decline in crude oil shipments and to the structural decline in coal demand. Along with the Glendive Diesel shop several locations across the BNSF system including locations in Kansas, Minot, and Mandan among others have been affected.

CP donates $1 million to four North American charities providing critical supplies and relief in the COVID-19 battle

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CP donates $1 million to four North American charities providing critical supplies and relief in the COVID-19 battle

CP Press Release
May 4, 2020 Calgary

Canadian Pacific (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) is donating $1 million to four North American charities working on the front lines to help people impacted by COVID-19. In Canada, CP will donate C$350,000 to The Frontline Fund and C$250,000 to Food Banks Canada. In the U.S., CP will donate US$250,000 to Feeding America and up to US$150,000 in matching funds to the American Red Cross.

"Our CP family is honored to help frontline workers and volunteers as they courageously work day and night to keep up with unprecedented need," said Keith Creel, CP President and Chief Executive Officer. "By providing food to North Americans who are in need and critical supplies and support to frontline service providers, these charities are making a difference. We hope our donations will assist these organizations in reaching...

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