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  • New Jersey Transit train hits car with two women inside

    03/27/2011 12:50:47 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 30 replies
    NewJersey.Com ^ | Mar 26, 2011‎ | Allison Pries
    RIVER EDGE — A New Jersey Transit train tossed a car 80 feet when the two collided Saturday, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the vehicle’s occupants, a spokesman for the rail line said. The car's driver, Hyung Seo, 77, of Palisades Park suffered a shoulder injury and the passenger, Yoo Young, 77, of Hillsdale suffered head, back and neck injuries. Both women were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, NJ Transit spokesman Dan Stessel said. The Nissan Maxima apparently entered the Main Street railroad crossing at about 7:35 a.m. as the train was passing through, he said, breaking a safety gate....
  • High-speed rail in Florida still barely alive (Moron city alliance?)

    03/12/2011 7:30:47 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 16 replies
    Miami HURLED ^ | 3/12/11
    TALLAHASSEE — High speed rail in Florida may not be totally dead yet. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday announced he will make the $2.4 billion originally earmarked for the state available through a competitive process. That means a coalition of local governments, including Tampa, Orlando, Lakeland and Miami, could attempt to win the funds to build an 84-mile line between Tampa and Orlando. They would have to compete with other states for the money.
  • Passenger train missing in tsunami-hit Japan: Kyodo

    03/11/2011 8:01:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    www.abs-cbnnews.com ^ | Updated as of 03/11/2011 10:18 PM Japan Time | Agence France-Presse
    TOKYO, Japan - A passenger train with an unknown number of people aboard was unaccounted for in a tsunami-hit part of coastal Japan, Kyodo News reported Friday, citing police. The East Japan Railway Co. train was running near Nobiru Station on the Senseki Line connecting Sendai to Ishinomaki when a massive quake hit, triggering a 10-metre (33-foot) tsunami, the report said.
  • The Bullet Train to Bankruptcy. Californians are questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority.

    03/09/2011 6:53:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 164 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    Californians have a reputation for questioning authority. And increasingly, they appear to be questioning the High-Speed Rail Authority, which voters empowered in 2008 to issue $9.95 billion in bonds and build the nation’s largest such system. Opposition hasn’t reached critical mass — not yet. But it is broad, and it includes Republicans, some Democrats, community groups, local governments, fiscal conservatives, and neighborhood preservationists. Reports from respectable engineering and financial teams, including state agencies, paint a far gloomier picture than the happy-talk done deal that’s been portrayed in the national media. Lawsuits further complicate the picture. The more money California sponges...
  • TSA bag inspections / search AFTER travel (passengers leaving TRAIN searched)

    02/23/2011 6:24:18 PM PST · by CedarDave · 45 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | February 21, 2011 | Cartoon Peril
    This has been mentioned in other threads, but deserves its own. Here is a video from 2/13/11 showing a mother and two young children being searched AFTER they got off the train at the Savannah train depot. From the YouTube poster's account: Quote: The only bad thing on our trip was TSA was at the Savannah train station. There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and coralling everyone in a roped area AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN! This made no sense!!! Poor family in front of us! 9 year old getting patted down and wanded. They...
  • Vigorous defense pledged for man accused of threatening to blow up train (MT)

    02/17/2011 6:24:31 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/17/11 | Paul Walsh
    An attorney for a Burnsville man accused of threatening to blow up an Amtrak train in Montana on Thursday pledged a vigorous defense for his client. Hussein Hassan, 24, was arrested Monday night amid blizzard conditions in northwestern Montana, where the westbound Empire Builder was halted. Hassan is accused of being drunk and unruly on the train. Hassan later suggested in an empty threat to a sheriff's deputy that he left a bomb on the train, according to the charges. That prompted the evacuation of 140 or so passengers in blizzard-like conditions and delayed its trek to Washington and Oregon...
  • Threat in Montana forces evacuation of Amtrak train bound for Oregon

    02/16/2011 9:33:29 AM PST · by epithermal · 34 replies
    Oregonian ^ | February 15, 2011 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. -- An unruly passenger who was removed from an Amtrak train later made a threat that led to the train’s evacuation, an Amtrak official said Tuesday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Hussein Abdi Hassan, 24, was removed from the train in Browning shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday. While being interviewed by authorities, the Minnesota man “somehow threatened the safety of the train," he said. Nothing dangerous was found. The train was stopped between Browning and East Glacier. Passengers were taken to a middle school in Browning, where they were set up with sleeping bags and air mattresses.
  • U.S. unveils $53 billion in high-speed rail plan

    02/08/2011 9:17:33 AM PST · by speciallybland · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/08/2011 | Jeff Mason
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government will dedicate $53 billion over six years to build new high-speed rail networks and make existing ones faster, Vice President Joe Biden said on Tuesday. The initiative will allow the Department of Transportation to choose corridors for the new projects and increase U.S. use of the passenger rails, the White House said in a statement. President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2012, which is to be unveiled next week, includes $8 billion for the plan. The rest of the money will be allocated over the six-year time period.
  • CAUTION: Train Xing (SOME-where!)

    02/08/2011 1:44:14 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 08, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Best stop and look both ways... tracks or not This 15-second web movie features a railroad crossing near Donnybrook, North Dakota, about 40 miles northwest of Minot on US 52. I've got to imagine all that snow muffles the sound, and this thing could really sneak up on you if not paying attention. Looks like they've got a pusher engine added to the rear for incremental snow-plowing umfff... This is pretty cool (sorry)... click -here- More at Reaganite Republican
  • Amtrak train kills bald eagle eating dead deer on tracks near Aberdeen

    02/04/2011 11:34:00 AM PST · by speciallybland · 87 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 02/04/2011 | The Associated Press
    A bald eagle was killed by a train Thursday morning while enjoying breakfast on a stretch of tracks near Abderdeen, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Craig Koppie, an eagle coordinator with the federal agency, said the rare encounter happened in a flash. The bird was eating a deer carcass about 8:30 a.m. as an Amtrak train headed to Washington approached. An engineer spotted the bird and blasted his horn, but the eagle took off too slowly and was hit.
  • State: HRT officials kept true light rail cost 'secret' from feds

    12/14/2010 11:43:48 AM PST · by Sursam Abordine · 11 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 12/14/10 | Debbie Messina
    NORFOLK Months before signing legal documents assuring federal officials they could build light rail for $232 million, Hampton Roads Transit leaders knew it would actually cost tens of millions of dollars more, a new state investigation reveals. In fact, HRT senior officials maintained a separate, internal accounting of light rail costs that was intentionally kept “secret” from government entities footing the bills, documents show.
  • Gun prohibitionist hysteria derailed

    12/04/2010 4:43:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2010 | Dave Workman
    Perhaps there is nothing quite so satisfying as seeing someone else “call B.S.” on the gun prohibition crowd, and it happened today courtesy of KOMO’s never-meek Ken Schram, a guy with whom I often disagree, but he's still a pal. Reacting to the hand-wringing from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence over the new Amtrak rules that take effect next month, allowing firearms to be carried in locked, checked baggage, "Schrambo" took off the gloves, and it was the right thing to do. A spokesman for the Brady camp had contended this will “make it easier” for terrorists to...
  • Israel train line plan draws Palestinian ire

    11/26/2010 4:50:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | 11/26/2010 | Matti Friedman
    A new Israeli plan for a train line linking central Israel to settlements deep in the West Bank drew criticism Friday from Palestinians already angry over Israel's refusal to meet their demand for a full halt to settlement construction. The line is supposed to run from the suburbs of Tel Aviv to the northern West Bank - an area where Israel's presence is not internationally recognized and which Palestinians want as part of their future state. The new project comes as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian governments are growing more sour, with the sides unable to agree even on...
  • GOP House aims to take $2 billion back from California high-speed rail

    11/23/2010 12:27:46 PM PST · by SmithL · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/23/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    Wasting no time after a victorious midterm election, GOP Congressional leaders who promised to slash spending are looking to make an example out of the nation's priciest public works project: California's $43 billion high-speed railroad. A coalition of 27 House Republicans, led by the ranking member of the committee that controls spending, wants to yank $2 billion in stimulus funds promised to California to kick start the massive project. U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, last week introduced the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act," which would return the final $12 billion in unspent and uncommitted stimulus funds to the U.S....
  • Calstate Dems involuntarily commit the innocent and let homeless psycho killers run free

    11/20/2010 11:41:47 AM PST · by mainestategop · 14 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Two days ago, An elderly woman was murdered in front of her sister and onlookers on LA's metro gold line station in Little Tokyo. The station, recently opened a year ago under the new gold line extension into east LA now has its first big incident. An insane drug addicted and mentally ill homeless woman is now in custody for committing the murder. The killer, a woman named Jackkqueline Pogue committed the offense has a long history of mental illness not to mention an even longer criminal history. She had been thrown out of just about every shelter and welfare...
  • Amtrak braces of busiest week of the year in California

    11/18/2010 6:11:51 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Central Valley Business Times ^ | November 15, 2010 9:32pm
    Amtrak is adding more cars to its trains to accommodate passengers next week, the busiest week of the year for the state’s three passenger train routes, including the “San Joaquin” through much of the Central Valley. On what is anticipated to be the heaviest single travel day of the year for Amtrak — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – Amtrak expects ridership to reach as many as 127,000 passengers system-wide. Last year, Amtrak carried nearly 686,000 passengers for the holiday week setting a new Thanksgiving ridership record. To accommodate more passengers traveling during this holiday week, more capacity will be added...
  • Homeless Woman Charged in LA Train Track Death(pushes elderly woman on tracks)

    11/17/2010 10:46:27 AM PST · by mainestategop · 50 replies
    AolNews ^ | 11/16/2010 | Thomas Watkins
    LOS ANGELES (Nov. 16) -- Betty Sugiyama was rushing to catch a train for a shopping trip when authorities say the unthinkable happened: A homeless woman leapt from a bench and shoved her onto the tracks. Witnesses said the woman then calmly returned to her seat as Sugiyama writhed in pain on the tracks with a cracked skull. The 84-year-old Little Tokyo resident died soon after, and the suspect was arrested on murder charges. A sister of Sugiyama who witnessed the attack remained stunned Tuesday that anyone would want to kill her friendly younger sibling, a Japanese-American who had grown...
  • Missing Jordanian Air Marshal Found Aboard Amtrak Train

    03/25/2003 6:31:00 PM PST · by Willie Green · 26 replies · 217+ views
    2002 WCJB-TV20 ^ | 3/25/2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. (Jacksonville-AP) -- A Jordanian air marshal, reported missing when he failed to show up for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight, was found yesterday on an Amtrak train in Jacksonville. Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducting a routine drug sweep of the train spotted Ali Ahmad Al-Omari who had been sought since failing to show up Saturday for a Royal Jordanian Airways flight in Chicago. Airline officials, fearing foul play, contacted Chicago authorities, who contacted the FBI. Al-Omari told authorities he was traveling to Miami to visit friends. Bill Hurlburt, a spokesman for...
  • Northstar rail line's birthday wish: more riders

    11/12/2010 5:39:56 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 13 replies
    pioneer dePress ^ | 11-12-10 | Deepta Holalkere
    As the Northstar Commuter Rail line nears its first birthday, ridership has fallen below expectations. A week after it was announced that plans to expand the rail line to St. Cloud have been shelved, officials released numbers showing ridership is about 5 percent below projections. Officials blame the economy and expect the gap to widen.
  • Rail deal quietly locked in -- Walker blasts election-eve commitment to high-speed train

    11/04/2010 9:44:22 AM PDT · by so_real · 33 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 1, 2010 | Larry Sandler
    Just days before an election that could decide the fate of a planned high-speed rail line, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal to commit the state to spending all $810 million of the federal stimulus cash allocated to the Milwaukee-to-Madison route, transportation officials confirmed Monday. The unannounced weekend agreement frees outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration to sign contracts for much if not all of the work. That could hamstring efforts by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans to kill the project and spend the money on something else if they take control of the...
  • Via Rail train kills 3 in Montreal : Victims may have been spraying graffiti, police say

    10/31/2010 9:35:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    CBC News ^ | October 31, 2010
    Montreal police Const. Anie Lemieux said the initial investigation suggests the youths may have been spray-painting graffiti. It's believed they had parked their cars near the scene before heading to the tracks. Lemieux said they were in an area where it would have been difficult to hear trains approaching.
  • California bullet train agency can't document details of officials' foreign trips

    10/26/2010 12:29:00 AM PDT · by PugetSoundSoldier · 5 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 24, 2010 | Rich Connell
    Officials directing the California High-Speed Rail Authority have taken a series of overseas trips paid for by foreign governments jockeying to help their homeland firms win contracts on the multibillion-dollar project. And the rail agency has been unable to document the costs, sponsors or other details of the trips as generally required by state ethics regulations.
  • Backers gamble on rail line to Duluth

    10/25/2010 7:27:55 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 18 replies
    star tribune ^ | 10-4-10 | paul levy
    Is a proposed passenger train line from Minneapolis to Duluth on course for a $700 million derailment? Or is it merely headed toward a $300,000 detour that could delay plans a year? Faced with competition from nine other routes seeking federal funding as well as a possible rerouting of the line's Twin Cities starting point -- to St. Paul, instead of Minneapolis -- proponents of the Northern Lights Express (NLX) have shifted gears.
  • Thousands Trapped In Packed Tube Trains

    10/18/2010 12:25:42 PM PDT · by AU72 · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | October 18, 2010 | Alex Watts
    Thousands of Tube passengers were trapped underground in packed, airless conditions for two hours as a power failure brought rush-hour trains to a stand-still. Around 2,400 passengers were forced to walk for 20 minutes along the track of the Jubilee Line. Some were left traumatised by the incident and video footage taken by a commuter showed one man in an oxygen mask being treated by paramedics at St John's Wood station. Five Tube trains were caught in the chaos - three between Baker Street and St John's Wood, the fourth at Swiss Cottage, and the fifth at Westminster. Commuters on...
  • Rail network hits buffers as trains fail

    10/11/2010 9:53:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | 09 October 2010
    SCOTLAND'S rail network is set to face a shortage of trains after the biggest order of stock in a generation encountered serious problems during testing, it was reported today. A number of technical hitches has led ScotRail to reject a £200 million fleet of electric trains from German manufacturer Siemens until the issues are resolved
  • Train commuters face rising fares ( UK )

    10/11/2010 9:21:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | 8 October 2010 | Richard Scott
    Commuters face paying hundreds of pounds more for their season tickets, while other travellers face "unlimited" increases, a cross-party Transport Select Committee has warned. Railway insiders also warned of "severe overcrowding" on trains. Billions of pounds must be saved from the transport budget as part of the the 20 October spending review, Transport Secretary Philip Hammond insists. Rail users had to share the burden of dealing with the deficit...The government's transport budget is £15.9bn. One way to help make those cuts would be to increase fares. Angry travellers. "Why should I be paying for a ticket where I can't even...
  • The Battle for America 2010: De-Railing Russ Feingold

    10/06/2010 9:59:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 14, 2010 | Gary Wickert
    The Wisconsin Senate race between incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold and Republican challenger Ron Johnson may be, in part, a referendum on the future of high-speed rail in America. The battle over a proposed high-speed rail line that would connect a scant 70 miles between Wisconsin’s two largest cities and be funded by $810 million in federal stimulus money has become symbolic of the political cage match for one of Wisconsin’s Senate seats this November...the fevered debate over high-speed rail in Wisconsin could well determine the outcome of Wisconsin’s Senate battle, which could in turn determine the fate of high-speed rail...
  • The worst train in NY

    10/04/2010 8:54:28 AM PDT · by frogjerk · 19 replies
    Next time you want to complain about your commute, think about the riders on LIRR train No. 1062. The 5:41 p.m. run from Penn Station to Seaford, LI, has the worst track record of any train on the nation's largest commuter railroad. Since July 1, the line has been canceled outright or halted in its run seven times -- more than any other of the 1,431 daily trains operated by the MTA's Metro-North or LIRR, according to a Post analysis of transportation data. Frustrated rider Tom Seigel, who was on the 5:41 p.m. train Friday, said, "It's hard to be...
  • Merkel calls for calm as rail protest turns ugly

    10/02/2010 3:04:25 PM PDT · by DManA · 15 replies
    Breitbart. ^ | October 1, 2010 | ?
    Chancellor Angela Merkel called for calm Friday after riot police used what critics called "Rambo" tactics to disperse thousands of opponents of a contentious rail project. [snip] The seven-billion-euro (9.5-billion-dollar) Stuttgart 21 project aims to make the city and the surrounding region part of a 1,500-kilometre (930-mile), high-speed rail route across the continent. Opponents say most people are against the project, that it will go massively over budget and will ultimately fail to speed up rail traffic. They say that the money would be better spent on other parts of Germany's rail network. Locals in the wealthy city of Stuttgart...
  • Indonesian train crash kills 43

    10/02/2010 11:17:35 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    ap ^ | October 02, 2010
    A TRAIN crash in central Indonesia today killed at least 43 people and injured dozens, many of them critically... The toll was expected to rise with some bodies still trapped in the mangled wreckage. Meanwhile, another passenger train crashed in the town of Solo at about 4am, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan, adding data was still being collected about casualties.
  • Construction to begin for high-speed rail leg

    09/17/2010 3:58:22 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 11 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 09/17/10
    ALTON -- Construction of one leg of a planned high-speed rail line linking St. Louis and Chicago is ready to get under way. Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to join Sen. Dick Durbin and other dignitaries to breaking ground Friday in Alton for the portion of the line between the Mississippi River city and Springfield, then to near Lincoln. That $98 million effort is a part of the $1.1 billion the Obama Administration awarded in January to improve passenger rail service between Chicago and St. Louis. The improvements are expected to allow trains to operate at up to 110 mph....
  • Amtrak Security Scares You Silly Just Because They Can

    09/10/2010 5:47:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    gizmodo...Courier-Post ^ | September 8, 2010 | EILEEN STILWELL
    Amtrak spokesperson Cliff Cole would like to inform you that the company doesn't conduct searches because there's an actual threat. That would be silly! Instead they do it randomly, you know, just to make sure you're paying attention.
  • Chance to ride the rails is a dream come true

    09/02/2010 3:11:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 61 replies
    The Dispatch ^ | Thursday, September 02, 2010 | Barbara Presnell
    Trains are as American as apple pie and baseball, which, let's face it, have struggled in popularity since the advent of Breyer's ice cream and ACC basketball. Think Petticoat Junction. Think that old lonesome whistle. Think John Henry, steel-driving man. And don't forget "If you miss the train I'm on, you will know that I am gone," and Boxcar Willie, hoboes, Saturday morning "Soul Train," "Throw Mama from the Train," "Trains, Planes, and Automobiles," "I been working on the railroad" and, of course, Johnny Cash's "I hear that train a' coming." When I was a little starry-eyed girl, my friend...
  • Amateur NC ghost hunter looking for 'ghost train' hit and killed by real train

    08/27/2010 10:38:54 AM PDT · by The Comedian · 62 replies
    WISTV ^ | Aug 27, 2010 | Jeff Rivenbark
    STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A man who was with about a dozen people who were looking for a legendary "ghost train" in Iredell County was hit by a locomotive and killed early Friday morning. The incident happened on a train trestle at 2:45 a.m. near the 900 block of Buffalo Shoals Road. Robin Chapman, a spokesperson for Norfolk-Southern Railroad, said the eastbound train consisted of three locomotives and no freight cars. The train was rounding a curve and approaching a trestle over Boston Creek just prior to Buffalo Shoals Road when it struck a man on the trestle, Chapman said.
  • Amtrak power and communication lines falter

    08/24/2010 7:21:33 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 23 replies
    wtop.com ^ | 08/24/10 | Neal Augenstein
    WASHINGTON - Even as frustrated Amtrak and commuter rail passengers wondered for hours where their delayed trains were, the rail company chose to return media phone calls, rather than update its Twitter or website about the massive power failure that stopped trains in its busy Northeast Corridor. "We apologize if anyone felt inconvenienced. We responded as quickly as we could," Amtrak spokesperson Karina Romero told WTOP. "We were returning media calls as quickly as we could," says Romero. "Unfortunately when this happens during a rush hour, the number of phone calls can be overwhelming."
  • Iowa, Illinois apply for federal rail funding

    08/08/2010 5:31:42 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 25 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 08/07/10
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Gov. Chet Culver has announced the Iowa and Illinois Departments of Transportation have submitted a joint application for funding to help pay for new and enhanced high speed passenger rail between Chicago and Iowa City. The application is to the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program. The project would incorporate sustainable development principles in the construction and operation of the line. That could include running the train using biofuels, using recycled materials in construction, using locally grown foods and environmentally friendly packaging in food service, and encouraging pedestrian-friendly development around rail stations. Culver says...
  • ICE Removes Man After Investigating A Terroristic Threat on Metro in January

    08/07/2010 4:31:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 1+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | August 6, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: August 06, 2010 ICE removes man after investigating a terroristic threat on Metro in January Convicted murder who escaped from jail abroad returned to Panamanian law enforcement WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Panama man convicted of murder in his native country was returned Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Juan Alberto Barrera-Candelaria, 36, illegally entered the United States in 2008 after he escaped from a Panama detention center where he was being held to serve a more than 13 year sentence for murder. In January 2010, ICE special agents assigned to the FBI's...
  • Why Use Buses When Trains Cost So Much More? ( Maine to Mass )

    08/05/2010 1:54:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 43 replies
    Antiplanner ^ | December 4th, 2009
    While the route of the Downeaster is 116 miles, it is considered a commuter train and was subsidized by the Federal Transit Administration, so it is in the National Transit Database. Amtrak timetables indicate the train makes five round trips each day (which means two train sets each make 2-1/2 round trips). The 2008 transit database reports that it carries an average of 492 passengers each weekday, and slightly more on Saturdays and Sundays. That means the average train carries about 50 people. Since not everyone goes the whole distance, the average number of people on board at any given...
  • Anschutz Co. luxury train service halts operations

    08/05/2010 8:56:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | August 4, 2010
    A new luxury train service with ties to Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz has stopped operating before taking its first trip. American Railway Explorer ... "operations have ceased," and it told contractors refurbishing its vintage rail cars to stop.
  • Good Samaritan saves woman whose legs severed by train

    06/29/2010 1:16:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | 6/28/10 | Pierre St-Arnaud
    Jeweller credits his ‘agile’ fingers for being able to tie knots in arteriesA man with no medical training managed to save a young woman's life when both her legs were severed by a train and he tied the protruding arteries of her legs into knots. The woman was reportedly hoping to spend Sunday night under the stars with her boyfriend as they jumped onto a slow-moving freight train near Jonquiere, northeast of Quebec City. According to authorities, the 20-year-old woman lost her footing and fell under the wheels.
  • Amtrak to screen carry-on bags

    05/27/2010 3:59:01 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 22 replies · 488+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 05/27/10
    CHICAGO -- Officials say passengers boarding Amtrak trains at Chicago's Union Station will now face random screening of their carry-on bags. Officials say the new policy goes into effect Thursday. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said Wednesday the new security measure, which will involve Amtrak police swabbing carry-on items to detect explosives, is not in response to any new threat. Magliari said it represents an expansion of precautions that have been implemented on Amtrak lines in other parts of the nation. He said the screenings will be conducted periodically, and passengers will be randomly selected. If passengers decline to participate in...
  • Cattle-based fuel runs Oklahoma-Texas passenger train

    04/20/2010 10:11:13 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 46 replies · 624+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 20, 2010 | KELLY P. KISSEL
    ABOARD THE HEARTLAND FLYER — Amtrak and transportation officials from Oklahoma and Texas have started a yearlong test to see whether beef-based biodiesel can efficiently run The Heartland Flyer passenger train between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. Texas cattle are supplying 20 percent of the fuel for the 3,200-horsepower engine, the rest is regular No. 2 diesel.
  • Two arrested for stealing railroad spikes ( illegals in North Carolina )

    04/10/2010 9:45:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 1,332+ views
    BlueRidgeNow ^ | March 1, 2010
    from Norfolk Southern Railroad, according to Henderson County ...The men, both of whom appear to be illegal aliens... ordered to be held on ICE detainers pending deportation proceedings. Sheriff Rick Davis praised the work of the two deputies who apprehended the suspects while investigating suspicious activities on the tracks... found the suspects in possession of over 500 spikes that had been taken from a stretch of active rail road track. “This act of theft could have easily had catastrophic consequences had a train derailed in this area,” Davis said. “A spillage of chemicals or other hazardous materials as a result...
  • Chinese Government to Build 215-MPH Bullet Trains in California

    04/09/2010 9:15:42 PM PDT · by americanophile · 38 replies · 1,104+ views
    Popular Science ^ | April 8, 2010 | Stuart Fox
    The US has looked to China for help building railroads ever since Chinese laborers laid down the tracks for the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s. Now, California hopes a partnership with the Middle Kingdom can do for 21st Century high-speed rail what that far less pleasant 19th Century "partnership" did for the Transcontinental Railroad. America's most populous state and the world's most populous country have already signed preliminary agreements on the Chinese government building bullet trains on the West Coast, with Governor Schwarzenegger hoping to visit China later this year to further develop the project. As it stands now, the...
  • Trains delayed by porn-surfing rail worker (Viruses from racy sites crippled system)

    04/08/2010 12:10:13 PM PDT · by Stoat · 32 replies · 1,155+ views
    The Local (Sweden) / Various ^ | April 7, 2010 | Paul O'Mahoney
    Trains delayed by porn-surfing rail worker Published: 7 Apr 10 14:58 CET   A 52-year-old rail worker reprimanded two years ago for visiting pornographic websites at work has escaped with just a second warning despite repeatedly causing trains to be delayed in eastern Sweden. The Swedish Rail Administration's (Banverket) disciplinary board issued the follow-up warning in March after the signal operator's litany of workplace transgressions led to numerous delays at Gävle station.  In the two-year period since his porn habits led the administration's local computer network to become infected with viruses, the 52-year-old has routinely been summoned to formal meetings with his boss to discuss his...
  • Union Pacific commemorates 100 years of Scouting

    04/05/2010 4:41:10 AM PDT · by SZonian · 1 replies · 211+ views
    Here's a link to some videos showing a new locomotive that helps the BSA commemorate 100 years of Scouting in America.
  • Blasts derail Russian train in Dagestan

    04/04/2010 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Roger_Wildcat · 6 replies · 384+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sat Apr 03, 2010 | ARSEN MOLLAYEV
    MAKHACHKALA, Russia – Two powerful explosions derailed a cargo train Sunday in the violence-plagued Russian province of Dagestan but no one was injured, officials said. The blasts capped a week of daily attacks that have killed at least 55 people. A blast equivalent to five kilograms of TNT exploded early Sunday near the town of Izberbash, derailing the locomotive and eight cars, transport police spokesman Akhmed Magomayev said. Another, less powerful blast aimed at killing rescuers detonated nearby shortly after the first explosion, he said.Click for rest of Article
  • Robbers hit 2 trains moving across No. Ariz.

    03/30/2010 6:47:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 32 replies · 987+ views
    Northern Arizona authorities say two Mexican nationals have been arrested for allegedly trying to disable freight trains moving through the Flagstaff area. BNSF spokeswoman Lena Kent said the first burglary was reported near Williams Friday. Crooks cut the brake hoses on a train to disable it in order to offload a shipment of televisions, but were caught in the act. All except one got away. The second burglary was reported near Winona east of Flagstaff. Again, brake hoses were cut on a BNSF train. This time, burglars wanted computer equipment from a train car.
  • Deadly explosions on Moscow Metro system [UPDATE: 41 Dead; 2 Female Suicide Bombers]

    03/28/2010 10:12:15 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 75 replies · 2,184+ views
    The BBC ^ | Monday, 29 March 2010 06:02 UK | the BBC
    At least 25 people are reported to have been killed in an explosion on the Metro system in central Moscow, with a second blast coming shortly afterwards. The first blast happened at the city's central Lubyanka station, reports quoting security sources said. A second explosion happened at the Park Kultury station, Russian news agency Tass reported. Ten people were injured in the first blast, Tass said, quoting the emergencies ministry. The number of casualties at the second blast is not yet clear.
  • Train crashes through Chesapeake drawbridge gate, dangling engine

    03/26/2010 12:24:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,542+ views
    www.myfox8.com ^ | 3/26/2010 | Staff
    Chesapeake, Va. - An empty freight train crashed through a safety barrier at a raised drawbridge in Chesapeake this morning and the locomotive remains dangling over the Intercoastal Waterway. A spokesman from the U.S. Coast Guard said the train spilled an estimated 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the water. The Coast Guard has closed the waterway while the spill is cleaned up. Lt. Cmdr Robert Gore said crews are using about 2,000 feet of containment booms to contain the fuel. Once the fuel is cleaned up the next problem will be getting the engine back on the tracks. Crews...