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Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority Completes Section 1 of the Purple Line Extension subway

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Soyeon, Elsie Complete Boring Task

Two TBMs (Tunnel Boring Machines) employed by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)—one named Soyeon, the other, Elsie—have completed many months of work on Section 1 of the $9.3 billion, nine-mile Metro Purple Line Extension subway project by reaching the future Wilshire/Fairfax station near the La Brea Tar Pits in the Miracle Mile.

Tunneling for the first three miles of the four-mile initial section is now complete. Soyeon started at the Wilshire/La Brea station in October 2019 and broke through the eastern side of the planned Wilshire/Fairfax station site about one mile away on May 21. Elsie broke through to Wilshire/Fairfax on April 4.

U.S. carload volume tumbles 30 percent in Week 20

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U.S. carload volume tumbles 30 percent in Week 20

U.S. railroads logged 184,415 carloads in the week ending May 16, marking a 30.2 percent drop and the biggest decline in year-over-year weekly carload traffic since the Association of American Railroads (AAR) began tracking the data in 1988.

For the week, U.S. railroads moved 416,115 carload and intermodal units, down 22 percent compared with the same week a year ago. Weekly intermodal volume was 231,700 containers and trailers, down 14 percent, according to AAR data.

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Seattle Sound Transit Service Revisions and Recovery Fares
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Several Routes, Link light rail, Sounder North & Sounder South Temporary Recovery Fares and Service Revisions

Posted: May 18 - 2:05 p.m. (updated: May 20 - 5:36 p.m.)
Effective June 1, Sound Transit will offer temporarily reduced Recovery Fares in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 as the agency re-introduces fares on Link light rail and Sounder. Service on Link will also increase at the same time, with trains running every 20 minutes during the day until after the afternoon commute. Link will continue to run every 30 minutes during evenings and on weekends.
Link schedules will be posted on our Reduced Service page when finalized.

Temporary Recovery Fares come as the region prepares for the next phases of recovery and the expected gradual return of...
FTA Announces $1.68B In Grant Funding
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FTA Announces $1.68B In Grant Funding

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a total of $1.68 billion in grants for transit agencies around the country.

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, two grants totaling $449 million were given to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) in California; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) received an $876.8 million grant; the Tri-County Metropolitan District of Oregon (Tri-Met) in Portland, Ore., received a $185 million grant; and the Central Puget Sound Regional Transportation Authority (Sound Transit) in Seattle, Wash., received a $166.3 million grant.

AAR: “As the COVID-19 Situation Evolves, Freight Railroads Will Remain Focused”

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AAR: “As the COVID-19 Situation Evolves, Freight Railroads Will Remain Focused”

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ended May 16, 2020, and, for this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 416,115 carloads and intermodal units, down 22% compared with the same week last year.

American Heritage says it will work to find a new owner for Mount Rainier Scenic

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American Heritage says it will work to find a new owner for Mount Rainier Scenic

“It is with great regret and sorrow we make this announcement today, as everyone associated with this historic railroad has worked extremely hard to make it prosper and delight guests from all over the world,” said John Harper, general manager of American Heritage Railways, Inc. “With still many financial and operational unknowns to work through, AHR will announce further details in the near future regarding its plans for the facility, including finding a new owner and overseeing the divestiture of its famed locomotives and other important infrastructure assets. In the meantime, we wish to thank all of our loyal employees and volunteers who helped us celebrate the rich industrial history of the Pacific Northwest’s late 19th...

AHR emphasizes that Mt Rainier Railroad Closure is temporary, not permanent

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Because of operating difficulties caused by restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, American Heritage Railways has temporarily ceased operations of another one of its historical railroads, the Mt. Rainier Railroad, for the foreseeable future.

John Harper, general manager of American Heritage Railways, said it is unclear when the Mt...

New York MTA Launches Pilot With COVID-19-Killing UVC

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New York MTA Launches Pilot With COVID-19-Killing UVC

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced an ultraviolet (UV) light pilot program proven to kill COVID-19, with the first phase set to launch on subways, buses and other New York City Transit facilities throughout the system early next week.

The MTA pilot will deploy approximately 150 dual-headed mobile devices from Denver-based startup PURO Lighting to test and evaluate the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of UVC technology in a number of settings across New York City Transit including trains, buses, stations and occupational facilities, using strict protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of the employees and customers. After evaluation, the pilot’s second phase will expand to Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North.

National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, WI to reopen on 5/23/20

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NRM Press Release 5/19/20

Letter from the CEO
Updated: May 19, 2020
Dear Friends,

Last Friday afternoon, Brown County, Wisconsin rescinded the “Safer at Home” order, allowing businesses to reopen. This does not mean that COVID-19 has been eradicated; it is still spreading within our community. As a community organization, we have been considering the desire so many have to leave their home and resume the activities they enjoy against the current status of the pandemic in this area. It is important to me that all of our visitors remain safe and healthy, and in anticipation of reopening, we have been preparing the Museum for your visit over the last few weeks.

We will open to the public on Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 a.m. In appreciation of the ongoing work of our healthcare workers, police, firefighters, City of Green Bay, Village of Ashwaubenon, and Brown County employees, we will give them free admission to...

SMART poised to take control of North Bay freight hauling, expanding beyond passenger service

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SMART poised to take control of North Bay freight hauling, expanding beyond passenger service

San Francisco, CA - 5/19/20

A multimillion-dollar deal is in place to have SMART take over North Bay freight rail by buying out the region’s lone hauler, a move that would hand SMART unified control of the local track system and make it one of a small group of agencies nationwide that controls both passenger and commercial shipping service.
Under the proposed deal, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Co. would sell its track rights and equipment for $4 million, and the state would kick in almost $4 million more to repay debt owed to the company by a financially troubled state agency that oversees North Coast commercial rail operations.

N&W Y6a to return to St. Louis after five years in Virginia

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After spending the past half-decade in Virginia, former Norfolk and Western Y6a steam locomotive No. 2156 will soon return home to St. Louis.

Coby Ellison, curator at the National Transportation Museum, says the 2156 is being prepped for shipment back to Missouri after being on loan to the Virginia Museum of Transportation since 2015. Officials at the Virginia museum said in January that discussions were being held to potentially extend the five-year loan/lease of the 2156, but Ellison has confirmed that the locomotive will be returned in the near future.

Cleanup underway of freight train derailment in East Aurora, NY

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An investigation has begun into why a Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad freight train derailed Monday night in East Aurora.

The traveling from Salamanca to Buffalo derailed at 10:52 p.m. in the vicinity of Main and Elm streets in the village, police said Tuesday morning.

Fifteen of the train's 98 cars, including the engine, went off the rails.

NP 0-6-0 924 Steam Tested at the Northwest Railway Museum

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May 18, 2020 represents an important milestone for the 924: it returned to steam and operated under its own power in testing on the shop track. An inspection conducted by the Federal Railroad Administration observed that the boiler safety valves opened and closed at appropriate pressure levels, and the steam-powered air pump was able to deliver the required air flow. During the visit, Museum staff also demonstrated successful operation of both Ohio injectors, and the hydro-static lubricator, all of which were rebuilt by Backshop Enterprises. And an additional day under steam gave collections care specialists - steam specialists, really - an opportunity to perform additional testing and troubleshooting. Steven B., Josh K., Scott, and Gary performed most of the effort required to boil the boiler water, but dozens of additional volunteers and staff contributed efforts that allowed this to happen...

Great Scenic Railway Journeys Special on the Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad

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This is a segment of of our "Celebrating North America's Steam Railways" Special on the Mount Rainier.

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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