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 Rob Kitchen and depicts a wintry scene of two burly Chicago & North Western Alco C628s hauling a cut of loaded ore jimmies at Ishpeming, Michigan in February of 1976.
Rails ready to rumble again in Coonskin Park
Berks commissioner wants to revive historic Colebrookdale rail short line
Berkshire buying BNSF Railway
Hopedale leaders upbeat about Grafton & Upton Railroad prospects
General Rail News
Railroad shipping: AAR says volumes for week ending November 21 are year's best
Out beyond Chino Valley, planners say they've found a future economy
Stimulus dollars to help fund rail spur rehab on Long Island
Loan will rehab track between Mansfield, Willard
Watco launches Idaho railroad, Adrian & Blissfield plans HQ relocation
Cape-based Massachusetts Coastal Railroad to expand freight service
Ohio rail commission OKs grants for freight-rail projects
County balks at railroad remedy
CSX to create double-stack corridor in Philadelphia
Axion Signs Milestone $957,000 Contract for Construction of Railroad Bridges Made from Recycled Plastic
Sound Transit to help Seattle port preserve Eastside rail corridor
Rail transport sign for economic health
Men of Steel
Repairs to Cimarron Valley Railroad to begin
J.B. Hunt, NS agree on plan to bolster intermodal
Pinsly to acquire two Arkansas short lines
California port pursues rail-related project for Honda traffic
NS to upgrade Philadelphia intermodal terminal as part of Crescent Corridor initiative
Ready to haul freight again
Passenger Rail/LRT News
Northern Virginia entities coalesce for streetcar growth
Florida governor “optimistic” on SunRail service
Trio of streetcars finally bound for nation’s capital
Passenger rail ideas for Santa Cruz County track run from dinner trains to commuter rail
Government spending millions on yet another San Antonio railroad plan
Amtrak unveils new long-term strategic, financial plans
New book fuels a passion for train history
Where Ghost Passengers Await Very Late Trains
Railroad History on Display
Fairview history, Early days of rail
Hop a ride through the region's past as 'Railroad Town'
You ask Youker: What became of the gravity railroad that once ran up Mount Penn?
Southern Regional student digs up railroad history in Barnegat, NJ
Where The West Begins
Idaho History: Railroads brought steel bridges to Idaho
Backstory: Fact or fable, locomotive story rolls on
Changing Skyline: Powering down
Clement Railroad Hotel Museum program brings history to life
Panel shares personal train tales
MILW #261 returning to Railroad Museum
West Allis company that refurbishes rail cars wins a major contract
Historic locomotive back in Jamestown, CA
Developer plans to move antique Fairhaven rail cars to Pennsylvania
Portland's locomotives will get new $3.5 million home
All aboard! Kansas City Rail Experience offers insight into train transportation at Union Station
Easton, MA Historical Society recognizes 40th anniversary of gift of railroad station
Where We Stand: Florence, SC's first depot
Historic Poughkeepsie Railroad Station gets $9.5M makeover
Will the bells toll on King Street Station?
New Jersey Town property targeted as site for train museum
Some Assembly Required will show vintage toys at Railroad Museum
RTD proposes to donate stretch of rail line to historical society
Tracking the train
Truckee railroad museum rolls into town
Railroad Museum Seeks Donations
Española, NM Unveils Plans for Railroad Museum
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. Lastly, with December upon us let me take a moment to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Season's Greetings!
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