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    CMQ Transfers Maine Branch Line Ops to Finger Lakes Railway

    Midcoast Railservice, Inc., a new subsidiary of New York-based Finger Lakes Railway, will assume the lease and operations of a 58.68-mile branch line in Maine from Central Maine & Quebec Railway US, Inc. (CMQ), effective Sept. 8...
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    Heads Up People

    We have been getting hammered. I've just installed yet another layer of spam filtering. Hopefully that will slow things down a while without totally blocking legit members from joining...
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    How to post photos in the gallery?

    Were you able to access that page recently, or is that an old photo? If you can still get to it, can you post the URL?
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    CP Holiday Train Music Video

    Music video featuring the CP Holiday Train. Not sure when this was shot, but it's from a previous year as they didn't run this season.
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    What is this?

    Anyone work on a rail grinder crew? Could this be the slag from a rail grinder? I'm thinking that's a more likely answer.
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    What is this?

    Here's a video of the process we utilize.
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    What is this?

    Fossilized dinosaur droppings. Ok, I have a theory, but I'm not sure. You say they're "everywhere"? Are there a lot of them, or just a few of them, but scattered around all over? It might be slag from welding the rails together, though it doesn't look like our slag usually does. But maybe they...
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    What does this sign mean? A CP Rail section crew couldn’t tell me

    Flanger sign. Tells the plow operator to pull up the flanger since there's a crossing there. It's visible now, but not when buried in snow. A flanger clears the snow from between the rails, to keep it from packing in and filling up the flangeways. Some plows have flangers on them, other...
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    Unknown railroad objects

    Those are definitely different, I've never seen anything like them. The New Haven one might possibly be a luggage tag? Or maybe a car seal? The Greenmass one is a total mystery, no way to attach it to something? Also hand made, so likely not something done in quantity.
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    Disneyland's: The Viewliner (1957)

    I think so, but I'm not certain. It's pretty much the main train, so I'm guessing it's in service, or would be if the entire zoo wasn't shut down for Covid. I used to do a lot of photography for the railroad there, and you're correct much of the route is no longer in service. The line to the...
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    U.S. Senators announce pandemic relief plan, with funding for Transit and Amtrak

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a package of $45 billion in transportation assistance, and the offices of Senators Mitt Romney and Mark Warner said the plan includes $15 billion for transit systems, $4 billion for airports, $8 billion for private buses and $1 billion for passenger...
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    Disneyland's: The Viewliner (1957)

    Styled after the GM Aerotrain. That was the "train of the future" at the time, lightweight and quick. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype, as it was essentially a string of GM buses on rails. It didn't have the comforts and ride qualities that rail passengers had come to expect. They...
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    CSX's Foote receives Railroad Innovator Award

    https://www.progressiverailroading.com/people/news/CSXs-Foote-receives-Railroad-Innovator-Award--62120 This morning, CSX President and Chief Executive Officer James Foote received the 2020 Railroad Innovator Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the rail industry. Foote will...
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    Rocky Mountaineer Will Launch A New Train Journey In The USA For 2021

    It's apparently a one way trip. I'm not certain, but it appears that once you arrive in Moab you're on your own. They only mention breakfast on board on the second day, and the train appears to arrive mid day. Since the run from Denver is one way, they're offering trips on what would...
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    Rocky Mountaineer Will Launch A New Train Journey In The USA For 2021

    Rocky Mountaineer continues to get good press on the new route. The U.S. Is Getting an Epic New Glass-domed Train Route From the Rockies to Red Rocks https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/bus-train/rocky-mountaineer-train-rockies-red-rocks-new-route The southwestern U.S. is getting a...
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    NJ Transit train derailment suspends North Jersey Coast Line. No injuries reported.

    https://newjersey.news12.com/north-jersey-coast-line-rail-service-suspended-between-nyc-s-penn-station-and-long-branch-due-to-a-derailment Eight cars of a New York City-bound NJ Transit train derailed early Tuesday, leading to delays during the morning rush hour. The derailment happened in...
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    NJ Transit train derailment suspends North Jersey Coast Line. No injuries reported.

    Nov 24, 2020 https://www.nj.com/middlesex/2020/11/nj-transit-train-derailment-suspends-north-jersey-coast-line-no-injuries-reported.html Train No. 3292, due to arrive at New York Penn Station at 1:18 a.m. derailed about 12:20 a.m. near Woodbridge Station, according to NJ Transit. News12...
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    Moynihan Train Hall in Manhattan to Open in January

    The Moynihan Train Hall in the former Farley Post Office Building across from Penn Station in Manhattan is set to open in January, providing passengers with space that's a major improvement over the network of subterranean corridors that have served as Penn Station since the building was...
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    Can someone please identify what these signs represent ?

    Yep, sorry to say those are highway markers for things like bridges, culverts etc.
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    Rocky Mountaineer Will Launch A New Train Journey In The USA For 2021

    Rocky Mountaineer has always had very high pricing. They're targeting the luxury land cruise market, not railfans. With limited capacity and limited runs, they have to make a good profit on each ticket. The people that are buying these tickets are the same people that are buying the luxury...




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