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Trackside, Issue #007 -- The Holidays Approach
November 01, 2008
With November comes the cold and we all know what is just weeks away now, the holidays of course! With the leaves dropping it also means that abandoned right of way season is heating up so if you enjoy exploring old, long forgotten rail lines have fun and stay safe.
Welcome to Trackside, The Newsletter; a new part of the American-Rails.com 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 American-Rails.com sister site, the American Rails Forums (ARF), much of the information in Trackside will be linked to topics at ARF.
Please note!: Now completed are maps detailing nearly all of the fallen flag system covered at the site. Eventually I plan to also feature all of the Class Is and Regionals (and maybe even the shortlines if I can locate maps of each for reference). In any event, I hope that the maps are another good source of reference for you in whatever you may be researching regarding a particular railroad (thatís what they are there for!).
Also, as you may have noticed, one other new feature added to the newsletter is 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 Brian Rackley and depicts a Burlington Northern piggyback freight at Lee, Illinois on December 10, 1988 led by EMD GP50 #3135.
Norfolk Southern News:
Union Pacific News:
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Canadian Pacific News:
Canadian National News:
If you have any interest in the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad please click here to keep up with the latest on the railroad.
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 American-Rails.com I am always looking for ways to improve the newsletter to better benefit you, the reader.
With most of the fall foliage now past-peak I do hope that if you were photographing the brilliant splendor, whether with trains or not, you are happy with how the pictures turned out. Best regards,
P.S. As always, we are always looking for new members at the forums so if you have any interest in joining in we would be very happy to have you!
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