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  • Freight Rail Traffic Plunges: Haunting Pictures of Transportation Recession

    05/06/2016 12:39:42 PM PDT · by Sgt_Schultze · 40 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | Wolf Richter | 4 May 2016
    292 Union Pacific engines idled in Arizona Desert Total US rail traffic in April plunged 11.8% from a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported today. Carloads of bulk commodities such as coal, oil, grains, and chemicals plummeted 16.1% to 944,339 units. - snip - Only five of the 20 commodity categories saw gains. Of the decliners, coal was the biggest. But petroleum products also plunged 25%, and grain mill products dropped 7%. Even without coal, carloads were down 3% year-over-year.
  • Amtrak train derails south of Philadelphia

    04/03/2016 7:18:45 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 3 | Staff
    PHILADELPHIA - An accident involving an Amtrak train near Philadelphia has led to the temporary shutting down of the Northeast Corridor service between New York and the accident site for Amtrak, one of the nation's busiest stretch of train tracks. In a statement, Amtrak said the Palmetto 89 train "operating from New York City to Savannah, Ga., struck a backhoe that was on the tracks and derailed the lead engine south of Philadelphia."
  • China Tests New ICBM from Railroad Car

    12/22/2015 10:23:10 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 21, 2015 | Bill Getz
    U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a Chinese test of a new rail car-based long-range missile capable of hitting targets throughout the United States. The canister ejection test of a DF-41 missile from a rail-mobile launcher was detected on Dec. 5 in western China, said defense officials familiar with reports of the test. Few details were available on the DF-41 launcher ejection test.
  • Here's The Real Reason Obama Killed The Keystone XL Pipeline

    11/09/2015 6:44:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/09/2015
    President Obama has junked the Keystone XL pipeline. His stated reason: The U.S. needs to lead the "serious action to fight climate change." His real reason is different. 'America," Obama said, is "now a global leader" in the climate war, "and frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership." He insists now is the time to "protect the one planet we've got while we still can." Though his rhetoric will resonate with those who want to hear that sort of bunkum, the rest of us recognize its vast emptiness. Obama's decision Friday was based on nothing more than...
  • Man on Cellphone Killed By Train in South Florida

    10/22/2015 5:00:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | 10/22
    Authorities say a man talking on his cellphone was killed by a train in South Florida. West Palm Beach police say the man was walking near the Regional Transportation Authority tracks Thursday afternoon when he was hit. The Palm Beach Post reports that witnesses told police the man was hit after going under crossing gates. Police didn't immediately identify the man.
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • Three oligarchs sell half of Latvian transport company to Russian Railways

    05/03/2015 11:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-13 | The Baltic Times
    According to information from the Lursoft database, Russian Railways, through an Amsterdam registered affiliate RZDL Multimodal, has purchased 50% of the shares of logistics company Liepājas Oil Transit (LNT). The remaining shares of the company, through a number of firms, are owned by former Prime Minister Andris Skeles’ family, former politician Ainārs Šlesers and Ventpils Mayor Aivars Lembergs’ representative, considered to be Ansis Sormulis’ brother, Ivars Sormulis, as well as Russia citizen, Elena Volkova.
  • Federal complaint details Acampo mans arrest on terrorism charge

    03/18/2014 1:36:59 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 17, 2014 11:18pm updated 12:14am | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    The FBI secretly kept tabs on Nicholas Michael Teausant for six months, having a confidential informant meet with him repeatedly in Stockton at breakfast joints, a park and a flea market as the 20-year-old student allegedly spun his vision of jihad against the United States. Federal court papers say Teausant talked for months of his desire to train fighters in Syria, to bomb the Los Angeles subway system over the New Years Day holiday and to spark a civil war that would topple the U.S. government. :snip: In Internet postings quoted in the complaint, as well as conversations Teausant had...
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasnt deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region.
  • Hey, How's America's Rail Security Doing?

    01/14/2015 4:51:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | January 14, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    With vengeance-seeking global jihadists on the loose here and around the world, now is a good time to ask (again): Are we ready for a nefarious terrorist attack on our train and transit lines? Smoke and fire plagued two of the nation's major metro rail stations this week, raising justified questions about safety and preparedness. On Monday, one person died and 84 fell ill after heavy smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza Metro in Washington, D.C. Officials believe an "electrical arcing event" caused the lethal Beltway incident. A probe into the cause of the arcing -- as well as an investigation...
  • Warren Buffett's Massive Railroad Lobby

    11/19/2014 8:07:04 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 41 replies
    Muckety ^ | May 5, 2014 | Laurie Bennett
    What do train whistles and Warren Buffett have in common? If you answered old-fashioned charm, youre wrong. The Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, calls the avuncular billionaire the man behind the exploding trains. Buffetts company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns Union Tank Car Company, North Americas largest leaser of tank cars. Berkshire also owns BNSF Railway Company, which moves many of those cars.
  • The surprising comeback of train travel

    10/22/2014 4:25:31 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 89 replies
    CNN Travel ^ | October 189, 2014 | Jareen Imam
    It's been 21 years, and John Moore still eagerly leans against his passenger window to watch the landscape pass by as the train he commutes on every day roars over the Moodna Viaduct in Cornwall, New York. The green hills and vibrant leaves just below the elevated track make the trestle one of the prettiest scenes on the 57-year-old's trip. For more than two decades, the senior business analyst has been traveling about 67 miles for work from his home in Cornwall to lower Manhattan. His total commute time is 2 hours each way.
  • The Space Shuttle On Rails

    08/23/2014 4:25:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Txchnologist ^ | July 14th, 2014 | Txchnologist staff
    On a clear July day in 1966, New York Central Railroad engineer Don Wetzel and his team boarded a specially modified Buddliner railcar. Bolted to the roof above them were two GE J47-19 jet engines. Wetzel throttled the engines up and tore down a length of track from Butler, Indiana, to Stryker, Ohio, at almost 184 mph, piloting the experimental vehicle into the record books as the worlds fastest jet-powered train.
  • Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm: Bakken oil threatened by safety missteps

    05/23/2014 3:14:34 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | 5/23/14 | James MacPherson
    AP Content - Excerpt only BISMARCK, N.D. The godfather of North Dakotas present oil bonanza predicted the states crude production will double to 2 million barrels daily by decades end, but warned industry officials Thursday that future safety missteps would threaten that.
  • 13 assault rifles stolen from Chicago rail yard

    05/11/2014 4:52:33 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 33 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | May 10, 2014
    13 assault rifles stolen from Chicago rail yard Posted: May 09, 2014 4:16 PM CST Updated: May 10, 2014 3:09 AM CST CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - Authorities are investigating the theft of 13 semi-automatic assault rifles from a freight train container at a South Side rail yard, the Sun-Times is reporting. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified about the theft of Smith & Wesson AR-15 Sport rifles in the early morning hours of May 4th, said ATF Special Agent Thomas Ahern on Friday. Thieves had broken into a freight train car operated by Norfolk...
  • Another Oil Train Explodes in Town; River Contaminated: Who Wants Keystone Now?

    05/02/2014 5:09:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | May 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Another major derailment of a train carrying oil through a town in the U.S. has caused the evacuation of 300 people, with oil washing into the James River in Virginia, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Chrysler Vans Sitting Idle As Oil Boom Robs Rail Capacity

    04/24/2014 4:33:51 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 30 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/24/2014 | Derek Kreindler
    Several hundred Chrysler minivans are stuck indefinitely on a piece of prime Detroit real estate, unable to be transported across America. The reason? The fossil fuel boom in Canada and the United States is hogging much of the available rail capacity needed to transport the vans. Citing a report by the Associated Press, the Windsor Star reports that railway capacity which is normally transport new vehicles is being eaten up by deliveries of oil from both the Alberta Oil Sands and the Bakken shale formation in the United States. According to the AP, just 9,500 railway carloads of...
  • Palestinians plan for airport, seaport and railway

    02/10/2014 12:39:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 02.10.14, 09:23 | Elior Levy
    Palestinian Transportation Minister Nabil Dmaidi announced on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority intends to build an airport, sea ports and a railway to connect the Gaza Strip to Egypt. Dmaidi said his ministry signed a cooperative agreement with Egypts civil aviation authority, in an attempt to utilize the professional experience of the Egyptians in the aerospace industry.
  • Rail industry group says tougher rules needed for tank cars hauling oil

    11/15/2013 1:02:15 PM PST · by Rodamala · 11 replies
    EnergyWire ^ | November 15, 2013 | Blake Sobczak
    A major rail industry group is calling for updating or phasing out thousands of tank cars used to carry crude oil, as federal officials weigh new regulations on moving hazardous materials by rail. The Association of American Railroads is urging U.S. regulators to require retrofits for roughly 72,000 older tank cars that haul flammable substances such as crude and ethanol, plus minor upgrades for an additional 14,000 newer cars. The AAR also recommends an "aggressive phase-out" of cars that can't meet retrofit requirements, the group said yesterday in comments filed with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. PHMSA, an...
  • Railroad Worker Dies in Sanford Derailment [NO SIGN OF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!]

    10/24/2013 9:41:38 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    WMFE Radio ^ | 10/24/13 | Matthew Peddie
    Rescue workers are recovering the body of a rail company employee after a freight train derailed in Sanford this morning... Four cars in the train tipped over about 6.45 am, spilling gravel near West State Road 46 in Sanford around 6.40 a.m.
  • Zimmerman Verdict Watch Live Thread

    07/13/2013 5:59:30 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 309 replies
    7/13/2013 | me
    I didn't see a thread to follow and discuss the pending verdict. I have been praying fervently for George, his family and this jury. I pray he is exonerated completely as this wholely affects ALL of us. This case is about our ability to protect ourselves and it is in jeopardy.
  • Insight: How a train ran away and devastated a Canadian town

    07/09/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2013 10:06pm | P.J. Huffstutter and Richard Valdmanis
    ...The locomotive caught fire, so firefighters shut off the engine to stop the flames from spreading. That slowly disengaged the air brakes, and the driverless train carrying 72 cars of crude oil rolled downhill into the scenic lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, derailing, exploding and leveling the town center. At least 13 people were killed and some 37 are still missing, according to Canadian police... He secured the train at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, setting the air brakes and hand brakes, according to MMA. Burkhardt said the engineer set the brakes on all five locomotives at the front of the train,...
  • Freight train crash in Missouri triggers highway overpass collapse

    05/25/2013 3:14:26 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies ^ | Saturday 25 May 2013 15.03 EDT
    The National Transportation Safety Board said it had dispatched a team to investigate the train crash. Two freight trains collided at a rail intersection in rural southeastern Missouri on Saturday, triggering the collapse of a highway overpass when at least a dozen rail cars derailed and struck a support pillar, authorities said. None of the seven people hurt in the fiery crash two train workers and five people who had been in the two cars on the overpass suffered life-threatening injuries, Scott County sheriff Rick Walter said in a statement. "One train T-boned the other one and...
  • How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy

    03/03/2013 2:46:18 AM PST · by iowamark · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 28, 2013 | NATHANIEL RICH
    Vickie, Alice, Lisa, Debbie, Barbara, Chris, Clair and Cootz boarded the Los Angeles-bound Sunset Limited in Schriever, La., and immediately took residence in the glass-sheathed Sightseer Lounge car. The eight women squeezed into two booths on either side of the aisle and began to scream with laughter. With a quiet, pneumatic exhalation, the Sunset Limited left the station; it was 90 minutes into its journey, with 45 hours and 5 minutes to go... It climbed steadily for two miles before passing over the dizzyingly narrow span of the Huey P. Long Bridge. From up there, 145 feet above the Mississippi...
  • LIRR Disability Scam - A $1 Billion Tragedy

    02/21/2013 6:34:52 PM PST · by UnBubba · 3 replies ^ | 02-21-2013 | FBI
    Hundreds of LIRR employees have allegedly exploited the overlap between the LIRR pension and the RRB disability program by pre-planning the date on which they would falsely declare themselves disabled so that it would coincide with their projected retirement date.These false statements, made under oath in disability applications, allowed LIRR employees to retire as early as age 50 with an LIRR pension, supplemented by the fraudulently obtained RRB disability annuity. From 1995 through 2011, more than 75 percent of LIRR employees stopped working and began receiving RRB disability benefits.
  • Watch What Warren Buffett Does, Not What He Says

    11/27/2012 11:39:29 AM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11/26/12 | Adam J. White
    Warren Buffett is by now no stranger to the national debate over federal tax policy. In 2009, he penned a New York Times op-ed calling for "truly major changes in both taxes and outlays." Two years later, he returned to the Times with a widely publicized call for large tax increases on the "super-rich," noting that his own effective federal tax rate (17 percent) was far less than his employees' rates (ranging from 33 to 41 percent). President Obama liked the idea so much, he called for Congress to pass "the Buffett Rule" in his 2012 state of the union...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Night Passage" (1957)

    10/07/2012 1:55:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1957 | James Neilson The pick for this week's feature is "Night Passage". This 1957 western features decorated WWII vets and patriots Jimmy Stewart and Audie Murphy as brothers on the opposite sides of the law. I miss patriotic, pro-American actors like Stewart and Murphy. Also features, Hugh Beaumont(a/k/a Ward Cleaver, one of TV's best on-screen dads) as a railroad tycoon.
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "North West Frontier" (1959)

    09/30/2012 1:40:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1959 | J. Lee Thompson
    This week's feature is to honor the memory of the late Herbert Lom who passed away last week. An exciting 1959 adventure(a British "western" of sorts) set in imperial India about the attempts to protect a young prince from Mohemmadan terrorists(sound familiar)? As a Bible-believing Christian, I don't agree with the universalistic quip Kenneth More's character makes near the beginning but other than that, it's quite a good historical drama. Lom plays a character that Hollywood(or in this case, London) wouldn't have the guts to include today, i.e., an Islamic villain.
  • Michelle Obama: Back when our great-grandparents were riding that Underground Railroad

    09/24/2012 1:45:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 80 replies
    Front Porch Politics ^ | 9/24/12 | FPP
    Michelle Obama:Back when our great-grandparents were riding that Underground RailroadWritten on September 24, 2012 at 9:12 am by FPP **SNIP** Now, back when our great-grandparents were riding that Underground Railroad, back when John Lewis was marching across that bridge in Selma, and Jim Clyburn was sitting in an Orangeburg jail, the injustices we faced were written in big, bold letters on the face of our laws. And while we may have had our differences over strategy, the battles we needed to fight were very clear.
  • Nations energy transportation getting a revamp

    07/02/2012 6:27:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 2, 2012 | Simone Sebastian
    The nations energy transportation network is undergoing a multibillion-dollar overhaul, as oil and natural gas production surges in new regions of the country. Across North America, pipelines and rail terminals are being built in areas where wells were once scarce. Companies are reversing pipe flows and adding stronger pumps to funnel more crude through their lines. The changes are transforming the web that carries energy across the country. Where it used to be isnt where it is now. Where it needs to go isnt where it used to go, said Terrance McGill, president of fuel carrier Enbridge Energy. Youre seeing...
  • Researchers map damaged connections in Phineas Gage's brain

    05/17/2012 8:07:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies ^ | 05-17-2012 | Provided by University of California, Los Angeles
    Poor Phineas Gage. In 1848, the supervisor for the Rutland and Burlington Railroad in Vermont was using a 13-pound, 3-foot-7-inch rod to pack blasting powder into a rock when he triggered an explosion that drove the rod through his left cheek and out of the top of his head. As reported at the time, the rod was later found, "smeared with blood and brains." Miraculously, Gage lived, becoming the most famous case in the history of neuroscience not only because he survived a horrific accident that led to the destruction of much of his left frontal lobe but also...
  • Florida East Coast Industries Announces Plans for Private Passenger Rail Service in Florida

    03/22/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 18 replies
    Business Wire ^ | March 22, 2012 | Mary Sudasassi
    Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. (FECI), the owner of Floridas premier passenger rail corridor, is developing a privately owned, operated and maintained passenger rail service to connect South Florida and Orlando, which will be operational in 2014. By connecting the most visited city in the United States with South Floridas business and vacation destinations, the passenger rail project, called All Aboard Florida, is designed to serve Floridas growing number of business travelers, as well as families and tourists traveling for pleasure. The All Aboard Florida passenger rail project will connect South Florida to Orlando through a 240-mile route combining 200...
  • FIRST THROUGH TRAIN ARRIVED AT 10.43 A.M. (Key West) 100 Years Ago Today

    01/22/2012 4:25:06 AM PST · by Elle Bee · 23 replies
    They called it "Flagler's Folly," the wondrous work of concrete, steel and wood stretching 128 miles from the Florida mainland to Key West, in a place where nature never intended for a railroad to run. But exactly 100 years ago Sunday at 10:43 a.m., a 110-ton Schenectady-built locomotive, powered by steam heated by oil, rolled over the last length of track on a dusty and stark Key West, bearing the ailing man dubbed the island's savior, oil baron Henry Flagler. He was greeted by applause, cheers, band music and choirs of schoolchildren, this man whose final dream was realized by...
  • Fire, chemical spill after trains collide in NW Indiana

    01/06/2012 12:53:56 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2:28 p.m. CST, January 6, 2012 | Staff report
    Three freight trains collided in Porter County, Ind. this afternoon... *** The accident involved a collision, derailment, fire and chemical spill, according to officials. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.
  • US Freight Railroads Another Capitalist Success Story

    12/12/2011 12:26:17 PM PST · by bigbob · 27 replies
    Redstate ^ | 12-9-11 | Nikitas3
    If you want to see where the American left wants to take us, just look at the history they want us to ignore. One of the most egregious examples of failed socialist policy is in the area of transportation. In the post-World War II period you would have expected Americas freight railroads to have been thriving in a booming economy. But the opposite happened. By 1972 many major freight railroads had gone into bankruptcy including the venerable New York Central and the behemoth Pennsylvania. Other failures included the Boston & Maine, Lehigh Valley and Reading. CEO Benjamin Biaggini of the...
  • RRC Workers Gain Right to Carry Guns(TX)

    12/09/2011 8:09:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 December, 2011 | NA
    The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), regulator of oil and gas production in the Lone Star state, recently amended agency policy to allow licensed employees to carry concealed handguns on the job. RRC Commissioner Barry Smitherman promoted the policy as a security measure as well as a recognition of basic rights. During the normal course of performing their jobs, RRC employees often work alone in remote and desolate areas of the state where they may encounter criminals or dangerous wild animals, Smitherman said. The least we can do is allow them to exercise their legal right to carry firearms in...
  • Intercontinental Railroad (Gaffe repeated as talking point by Dem Rep)

    09/23/2011 8:59:11 PM PDT · by DadOfFive · 10 replies
    See link for original
  • New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad'

    09/23/2011 6:01:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 114 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/23/11 | Andrew Malcolm
    New gaffe: Obama hails America's historic building of 'the Intercontinental Railroad'Andrew Malcolm September 23, 2011 | 5:24 am "Were the country that built the Intercontinental Railroad," Barack Obama. That's what the president of the United States flat-out said Thursday during what was supposed to be a photo op to sell his jobs plan next to an allegedly deteriorating highway bridge. A railroad between continents? A railroad from, say, New York City all the way across the Atlantic to France? Now, THAT would be a bridge! It's yet another humorous gaffe by the Harvard graduate, overlooked by most media for whatever...
  • Another Day in N. Korea (photos)

    09/19/2011 3:59:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 09/19/11 | Chang Sung-geun
    A barbershop on the Street
  • APNewsBreak: Railroads threatened with lawsuit

    06/21/2011 3:22:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 66 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/21/11 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, Associated Press
    An environmental group threatened to sue two of the nation's biggest rail owners Tuesday under a novel legal theory that would classify diesel exhaust as hazardous waste. The Natural Resources Defense Council sent letters to Union Pacific Corp. and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, saying it will file a lawsuit within 90 days under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which regulates hazardous solid waste disposal. The notice letter, which is required before proceeding with a lawsuit, cited problems at 16 rail yards across California, from Oakland to San Bernardino.
  • 'The next train leaving Vatican City is'

    05/12/2011 12:04:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | May 12, 2011 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI Vatican City, May 12, 2011 / 10:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Its a little known Vatican fact but the Pope has his own train station. Thing is, its been dormant for years until now. May 21 will see a 1930s steam train leave the Vatican City Station for a trip to the Italian countryside. And its all to raise money for the Holy Sees official charity, Caritas.Its a rare opportunity and certainly a very joyful way to come together ahead of our General Assembly and reflect on who we are and where we are going, Monsignor...
  • Americas Great Locomotive Chase Story

    04/07/2011 2:21:23 PM PDT · by BigReb555 · 6 replies
    Huntington News ^ | April 6, 2011 | Calvin E. Johnson, Jr.
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011, marks the 149th anniversary of the "Great Locomotive Chase" that made "The General" famous.
  • Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

    01/02/2011 10:36:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 45 replies ^ | 12/27/2010 | TT/The Local/pvs
    The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT). The trains, old DA locomotives normally resident in the Swedish Railway Museum in Gvle in northern Sweden, have been dusted off and put back into service to clear the tracks of snow between Mjlby and Alvesta in southern Sweden. Furthermore a 100-year-old snowplough is in place alongside the tracks in nearby Nssj, ready to be called into action if needed. "These are made of stern...
  • Phoenix / Valley Metro Light Rail Report Card: F

    12/20/2010 4:20:41 PM PST · by JerseyHighlander · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 15 2010
    Phoenix / Valley Metro Light Rail Report Card: FDecember 15, 2010, 10:45 am Folks who read this site know I have been critical of Phoenix light rail since well before it was opened. So often, folks just willfully misinterpret my criticisms. The actual rail line and its service is pretty nice, and the facilities are quite attractive (lets see what they look like in 10 years though). If Santa Claus had just delivered the Phoenix light rail system for free to Phoenix, I would be thrilled with it. But Santa unfortunately was not involved, and instead the rail line was...
  • Railroad warehouse key to history of Oakland

    10/03/2010 9:13:51 PM PDT · by thecodont · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Sunday, October 3, 2010 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Over the howls of historians, Union Pacific plans to demolish an 1874 cavernous brick warehouse in West Oakland that is one of the last remnants of the transcontinental railroad. Designed for train repair, the towering structure was erected on the heels of the transcontinental railroad's arrival in Oakland, in the days when West Oakland was a national industrial center. "It tells the story of when railroads were the pioneer industry in California, and this was the center of it," said architect Randy Ruiz, one of 30 visitors Union Pacific allowed to tour the building recently. "It represents that can-do American...
  • High Speed Rail Questions [Hartford, CT-Springflield, MA]

    09/26/2010 12:53:20 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 17 replies ^ | 9/0/10 | Len Suzio
    Home High Speed Rail Questions Much has been written about the $1 billion high speed rail line between New Haven and Springfield but little has been said about the details. Before the State and Federal governments spend upwards of $1 billion it seems to me some questions should be answered: What are the calculated quantitative economic benefits to be derived from the project and how were they determined? (Cost/benefit analysis)How was it determined that the New Haven / Springfield line would be used by 4,000 commuter cars daily? (has there been a marketing study or survey to confirm...
  • China Working towards 600 Mph Maglev Trains Through Very Low Pressure Underground Tubes

    08/11/2010 11:17:16 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 64 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | August 08, 2010 | Brian Wang
    Southwest Jiaotong University in China is developing a low pressure underground tubes and maglev train which will travel at 1,000 kilometers per hour (600 mph). This is double the speed of current maglev trains. According to Shen Zhiyun, academic member of CAS and CAE, China should target the development of high-speed ground transportation with 600 to 1,000 kilometers per hour which should be in operation between 2020 and 2030.
  • Birther Army Doc Waives Hearing, Court Martial Likely To Move Ahead

    06/09/2010 12:06:14 PM PDT · by jamese777 · 153 replies · 513+ views
    TPM ^ | 7/9/10 | Justin Elliot
    The group backing Birther Army Doctor Terrence Lakin as he makes his way through the military justice system announced today that Lakin is waiving a preliminary hearing that was set for Friday. Lt. Col. Lakin refused orders on the grounds that Barack Obama is not eligible to be president. It is now up to Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, Military District of Washington Commander, to decide if the case will go to trial, said Chuck Dasey, spokesman at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, where Lakin is assigned. The American Patriot Foundation said in a press release: Saying that the...

    06/09/2010 12:40:42 PM PDT · by rxsid · 172 replies · 344+ views
    safeguardourconstitution ^ | 6/10/2010 | American Patriot Foundation
    "DECORATED ARMY DOCTOR LTC TERRY LAKIN WAIVES PRELIMINARY HEARING AND ANNOUNCES NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO HEARING WILL NOT PROCEED ON JUNE 11, 2010 Washington, D.C., June 9, 2010. Saying that the Army has made it impossible for me to present a defense at the Article 32 preliminary hearing previously scheduled for June 11, 2010, Lt. Colonel Terrence Lakin has officially waived cancelledthat proceeding. Therefore, the case will move inexorably on to a General Court Martial. The punishment for the charges filed against LTC Lakin carry a maximum term of four years in the penitentiary. Lakin expects the trial to be held...
  • Throw them a Texas T-Bone

    05/22/2010 6:13:44 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 336+ views
    Temple Daily Telegram ^ | May 22, 2010 | Carroll Wilson
    State officials, Temple mayor seek $18M in federal grants for high-speed rail planState transportation officials are seeking about $18 million in federal grants to continue building a plan for high-speed rail in Texas. Mayor Bill Jones III of Temple was in Austin on Friday meeting with Texas Department of Transportation rail staffers to make sure the so-called Texas T-Bone is in that plan. The Texas T-Bone is the nickname given to a high-speed rail line that would connect the Dallas-Fort Worth area with Austin and San Antonio through Temple and with Houston on a leg routed southeast from Temple.