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Abilene Kansas Action 2020
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My catches from today

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

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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Brightline Suspends Service on Wednesday, March 25 Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Brightline Suspends Service on Wednesday, March 25 Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic



MIAMI, Fl. (March 25, 2020) - Due to the current coronavirus pandemic and its impact on South Florida, Brightline will temporarily suspend service on March 25, 2020. In an effort to flatten the curve and help the community recover as quickly as possible, the final northbound departure from Miami will depart at 5:50 p.m.

“Like all businesses, we are operating in a period of uncertainty which may last several months. Although a difficult decision, we have decided to temporarily suspend Brightline service in the best interest of the entire South Florida community as we all seek to flatten the curve,” said Brightline President Patrick Goddard. “We are taking proactive measures with our Phase two construction teams in order to keep people employed and continue construction between Orlando and West Palm Beach. As we look ahead toward the economic recovery of Florida...

Union Pacific Pledges Science-Based Targets to Reduce Emissions for a More Sustainable Future

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Union Pacific Pledges Science-Based Targets to Reduce Emissions for a More Sustainable Future
OMAHA, NEB., MARCH 10, 2020

Union Pacific today announced its intention to set science-based targets to determine how much and how quickly the company will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to support global climate change goals. A commitment letter was submitted to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), which independently assesses corporate emissions reduction targets in line with what climate scientists say is needed to meet the Paris Agreement goals – limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

"As one of the nation's largest freight railroads, it is our responsibility to act as environmental stewards, reducing emissions and enabling sustainable economic growth across our supply chain," said Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz. "This is a challenging task as it means examining every aspect of our operation and looking for...

Union Pacific Corporation Declares First Quarter 2020 Dividend

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Union Pacific Corporation Declares First Quarter 2020 Dividend
OMAHA, NEB., FEBRUARY 6, 2020

The Board of Directors of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) has declared a quarterly dividend of 97 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable March 31, 2020, to shareholders of record February 28, 2020.

Union Pacific has paid dividends on its common stock for 121 consecutive years.

About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP). One of America's most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain. The railroad's diversified business mix is classified into its Bulk, Industrial and Premium business groups. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways...
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

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Loaded and Waiting
by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Union Pacific Completes Positive Train Control Implementation; Interoperability Efforts Continue

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Union Pacific Completes Positive Train Control Implementation; Interoperability Efforts Continue
OMAHA, NEB., DECEMBER 16, 2019

Union Pacific recently completed Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation, activating its final track segment. The technology is now implemented on all the company’s federally mandated rail lines, including required passenger train routes. Union Pacific will continue working with partner railroads on their interoperability efforts, ensuring seamless operation onto the company’s tracks.

PTC is designed to prevent four specific types of incidents:

  • Train-to-train collisions
  • Derailments caused by excessive speed
  • Accidents that can occur if trains are routed down the incorrect track
  • Unauthorized train movements on tracks undergoing maintenance
PTC will not prevent incidents involving pedestrians or vehicles.

“PTC is one of the biggest rail industry breakthroughs, designed to keep our crews and communities...
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