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Trackside, Issue #004 -- The "Dog Days" Of Summer
August 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 along 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.

Please note!: While still in the process of completing them all be sure and visit the fallen flags section of American Rails for maps detailing each road. Eventually I plan to cover all of the Class Is and Regionals as well (and maybe even the shortlines if I can locate maps of each for reference), and I hope the maps are another good source of reference for you in whatever you may be researching regarding a particular railroad (that’s what they are there for!).

Monthly Photo

Also, as you may have noticed a new featured has been added to the newsletter, a monthly photo, which is just meant for fun and to add a bit of interest. Of note, the photos used each month are the property of individual photographers and as such should not be redistributed or used without their permission.

This month's photo comes courtesy of Rob Kitchen and depicts a Grand Trunk Western GP9, #4134, leading an eastbound train at Charlotte, Michigan in September of 1977. The train has just hit the New York Central diamond, whose branch connecting Jackson and Grand Rapids ran through Charlotte and the GTW station can be seen to the left (which was still active at the time of the photo). Also note the two semaphores guarding the location.

Class Is

Canadian National News:

CN warns EJ&E's acquisition is not an absolute

CSX Transportation News:

Former B&O Z Tower Closing

TCI loses $1 billion, but gains seats on CSX board

Union Pacific News:

UP to pay $102 million for Feather River fires

Regionals and Shortlines

General Regional and shortline News

Updated Ohio Central Equipment Listing

If you have any interest in the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad please click here to keep up with the latest on the railroad.

Museums and Tourist Railroads

Railroad Museum and Tourist Line Guide

General Tourist Railroads and Museums News Wire

Flagg Coal #75 Coming to the Whitewater Valley Railroad

Photos of the GOld Coast Railway Museum

Videos of the Strasburg Railroad

Railroad Safety

BNSF New Citizens For Rail Security Website

Two arrested for stealing ballast

FRA grants $1 million to Operation Lifesaver

Operation Lifesaver equipment hits man in VA

City misses filing deadline, loses quiet zone

Truck falls off California Northern Railroad bridge

Court strikes down state-imposed speed limit on rail line

Thieves take quarter-mile stretch of tracks

Preservation News

Station and Depot News

Commuter Rail/LRT News

General Amtrak News

General Commuter Rail News

Salt Lake City adds streetcar line to transit mix

Hawaii Governor signs anti-rail petition

Bids solicted for D.C. streetcar project

Kerry bill will seek $1 billion for Acela, NEC

Obama reaffirms passenger rail support

Editorial Comment: The Wall Street Journal missed the train

State News

General State and Regional News Wire

North Carolina News Wire

Railroad photography exhibit opens in West Virginia depot

Morristown rail, bus transportation gets $3.3M federal boost

Upgrades roll into Rutherford station

NY/NJ port's Staten Island terminal exceeds container volume

Rail route no danger to historic battlefield, county says

All aboard a modern-day train station

Tourist line cancels stop

Ohio provides grants for diesel emission-reduction projects

NS transfers right-of-way to Pa. townships

Restoration of station in Jefferson County Under Way

Steam returns to Elkins July 10th 2008

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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