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Trackside, Issue #003 -- Summertime
July 01, 2008

First, let me welcome you to Trackside, The Newsletter; a new part of the website. I had thought long and hard about creating a newsletter to go with the website since American Rails first began but I could never decide what exactly to include in it. After much consideration, though, I finally decided that perhaps the best approach was to fill the newsletter with, well, news! More specifically, however, current news and events which will be broken down into categories such as Class Is, shortlines, Regionals, preservation, etc. keeping you up-to-date on the latest on-goings around the country. And, since I usually add these news pieces to the sister site, the American Rails Forums (ARF), much of the information in Trackside will be linked to topics at ARF.

July means that summer has fully arrived and again, if you are looking for a quick vacation or just wanna get out this summer, you might want to consider visiting one of these places. Speaking of which, just as an FYI, I have added a new tourist railroad section to the website. While I only have twenty or so tourist railroads covered so far in time I plan to highlight many more. For a complete museum and tourist line guide please check out their section below.

Class Is

CSX Transportation News:

Battle for the CSX board will soon be decided

Pictures of new CSX Gensets

Norfolk Southern News:

Proposal by NS, Pan Am Railways to co-own new railroad a minor transaction, STB says

NS's CEO Moorman: The renaissance is real

Union Pacific News:

UP: Leave us out of California high-speed plan

Regionals and Shortlines

General Regional and shortline News

Tulare Valley Railroad offers to buy abandoned route

Floods devastate Iowa Northern Railway

Museums and Tourist Railroads

Railroad Museum and Tourist Line Guide

General Tourist Railroads and Museums News Wire

Dinner train starts up on Chesapeake Bay

Railroad Safety

BNSF New Citizens For Rail Security Website

Phoenix weighs rules to silence downtown trains

Citizen helps stop theft of CSX locomotive horns

Court strikes down state-imposed speed limit on rail line

Preservation News

Station and Depot News

National Railway Museum defends plan to sell, scrap some artifacts

Former Northern Pacific depot to reopen

Commuter Rail/LRT News

General Amtrak News

General Commuter Rail News

State News

General State and Regional News Wire

NJ Transit to build station in Wood-Ridge

Hopewell, New York Depot Restoration

Rosedale Station Gets A Facelift

Third Train to Serve North Carolina

Charlotte, NC to study streetcars

B&O Steam at Fostoria, Ohio (YouTube Video)

Wheeling, WV Streetcar 639 Restored

Railroad photography exhibit opens in West Virginia depot

As Trackside moves forward I will look to include more topics and information within it. In any event, if you have any opinions, ideas, and/or general comments/suggestions for the newsletter please feel free to pass them my way. As with I am always looking for ways to improve the newsletter to better benefit you, the reader.

For the railfans, now that good weather is here, happy hunting when trackside and stay safe out there! Best regards,

Adam Burns

P.S. By the way, have you ever been interested in a place to talk and discuss with others the hobby of railfanning? Likewise are you looking for a quick answer to a railroad or railroad-related question? The American Rails Forums were created basically for those very two reasons, to have fun and learn about our country’s railroads, from its history to today’s operations. Even if you do not have a serious interest in railroading the forums can be a great resource guide to find answers to any questions about trains and railroads that you may have. If you are perhaps interested in joining us please click here to visit the forums.

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