Welcome to Trackside, The Newsletter; a monthly piece covering the railroad industry. 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 keeping you up-to-date on the latest on-goings around the country.
Now in every issue Trackside features a "Photo of the Month" and just as a general note these photos used are the property of individual photographers and as such should not be redistributed or used without their permission. In any event, I hope you like the new layout!
This month's photo comes courtesy of Brian Rackley and depicts shortline Lancaster & Chester GP38-2s leading a freight Chester, South Carolina on January 22, 2009.
General Rail News
VW plant at Chattanooga spurs railroad project
House Appropriations Committee approves $4 billion for railroad construction
Rail Funds Give Chicago Hub a Lift
Report sees little environmental impact from Gardner railroad freight center
Rail still dominates ethanol transport, group says
Port of Vancouver (Wash.) to acquire land for rail access
Mont. railroad easement delayed; price tag doubles
Railroad project could see stimulus money
Iowa optimistic that trains are in state's future
Please, never try to beat the train at a crossing. For more information at railroad crossing safety be sure and visit Operation Lifesaver's website.
U.S. man says aided al Qaeda plan NY railroad attack
The Dangers of Railroad Crossings
Learning to handle railroad emergencies
5 dead as teen driver tries to beat train at Canton Twp. crossing
Beloved couple's suicides on railroad tracks remain a mystery in Henrietta
Passenger Rail/LRT News
Progressive Railroading to boot up HSRupdates.com on Sept. 8
Virginia seeks more than $2 billion in ARRA funds to advance HSR
New Jersey governor, congressman back NJ Transit light-rail extension
Sound Transit opens Seattle-to-Tukwila Link line
Iowa governor rides rails to promote proposed Amtrak lines
Wisconsin purchases two Talgo train sets
Pa. seeks Federal Railroad funds
North Carolina DOT opens Amtrak station in Durham
Six governors team up to pursue a high-speed rail system in New England
Nonprofit group unveils streetcar routes for LA
Colorado, New Mexico and Texas team up to obtain 11th and final federal HSR corridor designation
Amtrakís Adirondack seen at risk
Ohio's '3C' corridor garners support; Midwest HSR association releases feasibility study on St. Louis-to-Chicago line
USDOT, two states agree to extend California HSR corridor from L.A. to Las Vegas
Railroad from New York City To Poconos
BNSF wants to demolish Miles City, MT depot
Center for Railroad Photography & Art Releases Illustrated Guide to North American Railroad History
1950: Take the train to a treasure buried on Olde Cape Cod
Young Railroad Enthusiast Says Chattanooga Should Bring Back The Streetcar
Riding the rails: 'Speeders' are run for fun by railroad enthusiasts
Where the Transcontinental Railroad finally joined
Nashville Residents Now in National Railroad Hall of Fame
Leaders say Florence downtown revitalization is necessary
Railroad museum to acquire caboose
Hotel Monaco Baltimore to open at former B&O Railroad building
V&T railroad to resume Carson-Virginia City route after 71 years
Railroad cars to sit by Plainfield depot
Landowners won't regain property once used by railroad
Clinchfield Railroad Museum taking shape
County may join with railroad rehab project
Local man sees business opportunity with Grafton & Upton Railroad
Revival of Big 4 railroad bridge in progress, Sky11 has the overhead view
Locomotive No. 13 returns steam power to railroad museum
Rye, Port Chester New York train stations to get repairs
Original Hoboken ferry slips should be restored by 2011
Trainís a Coming This Year, Promises Macrie
There are two railroad stations that are in danger of being destroyed. One, located in Detroit is of Michigan Central heritage and a multistory structure. A recent effort to keep the Detroit city council from razing the building has begun and you can sign a petition in their efforts if interested. To view their website please click here.
Another is the Kendrick, Idaho depot a Northern Pacific structure. The local city council is also attempting to raze the building. A preservation group has also been formed to save this building and to help their efforts you can write to the council by visiting the group's website here.
Arizona ghost hunter travels: Roaring Camp Railroad ghost
As Trackside moves forward I will look to include more topics and information within it. Also, be sure and keep up with the latest site updates on Facebook! 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.
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