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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

Ffestiniog Railway at Blaenau, Wales UK

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I was introduced to this cartoonie looking critter and came away completely impressed! This is Ffestiniog Railway 2' gauge Double Fairlie articulated 0-4-4-0 David Lloyd George (built 1992 at Boston Lodge). I only rode because of a scheduling mistake that resulted from my own miscalculation.

I had heading into Wales specifically to see the South African baby Bayer Garratts that operate on the Welsh Highlands Railway. I showed up at the Welsh Highlands depot in Caernarfon ready to ride. I walked in and asked when the train would show up and was told there wasn't going to be one. They didn't run on Mondays. Calendars in the UK start on Monday, not Sunday like those that I'm accustomed. (Note: I did know this.) I had glanced at their operating calendar the day before while I was visiting the Severn Valley Railway, saw the color coding and assumed Monday was actually Sunday. Opps.

This conversation occurred at approximately 9:20 am. I knew that the cartoonie Ffestiniog train departed...
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...

Las Vegas Monorail pauses construction

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The Las Vegas Monorail Co. has suspended construction of two monorail stops on the Las Vegas Strip due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a local news report.

All monorail activities related to the company’s Mandalay Bay extension and Sands Avenue Station project, which include construction of a monorail stop at the future MSG Sphere entertainment venue, have been put on hold, a monorail spokesperson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Herzog MOW Equipment
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I'm sure most folks who have an interest in the railways are familiar with the Herzog Corporation. Myself, I'm new to railways, and only learned a little about Herzog over the last few months. As it happens, they have had equipment working in the Whitecourt district for most of the winter, and are still in the area here in the spring.
They seem to be involved with rail-tie replacement on the mainline between Whitecourt and Blueridge.
I have taken some photos of the Herzog equipment as they sit idle in the small Whitecourt yard, mostly taken in February, 2020.

A de-railer placed on the mainline going west to Fox Creek; a safety feature for the workers:

The multi-purpose machines and equipment:
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Have a wonderful day!

Railroaders may be eligible for pandemic unemployment benefits

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Railroaders may be eligible for benefits under the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) that was established under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, according to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

Cairo,Ohio B&O CPL Signals & More

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One thing that might shock many is that PTC is not fully in place as of late, in 2019 Scott Taipale found these B&O Signals still in use and operating on a daily basis! Here is a list of the trains caught on this day! Filmed by Scott Taipale Produced by David McDougall

CSX 3325 leads Q143 south at DT&I Junction with a DPU mid train

CSX 4051 SD40-3 leading Q506 takes the east siding at Cairo Laps.

CSX 424 leads W018 a empty Rail Train south at the Laps

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Some photos of my railfanning around the East Bay 2020
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New Years eve found me driving up Santa Fe Avenue in the central valley

Rolling Into 2020
by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Loaded and Waiting
by lennycarl08, on Flickr