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Trackside, Issue #018 -- January, 2010
January 03, 2010

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 Drew Jacksich in what appears to be a scene of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge or Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroads. However, taken in June of 1967 it depicts the final years of the Denver & Rio Grande's narrow gauge steam operations in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Shown at Monero, New Mexico D&RGW 2-8-2 #487 is assisted by sister #483 shoving up grade having just loaded coal at the tipple in the background.

Notable News

Land board OKs vast coal development

Plymouth works to lure company, WSOR looks to rebuild 15 miles of line (Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin)

General Rail News

Dakota Southern owners consider rehabilitation for regional railroad line

Port of Seattle Buys BNSF Line

Corps Approves BNSF Intermodal Hub Plan

State land board to ponder lease of 572M tons of Otter Creek coal

Local Railroad company plans Saybrook expansion in Ashtabula, Ohio pending environmental study

Texas town to create industrial rail park

Train delay: A property dispute threatens the Allegheny railroad

NJ County secures more short-line railroad funding

Pennsylvania DOT provides $24.5 million for 39 freight-rail projects

Rockefeller advances draft version of STB reauthorization bill in Senate

Santa, Marines hit the rails, travel through Morris to collect toys

Railroads call longer trains an efficiency measure

Grant Money Awarded to Wellsboro & Corning Railroad

Railroad reactivation inches nearer in Roxbury, NJ

Birmingham has a rail-side seat as railroad transport regains steam

Maryland Transit Administration to upgrade freight-rail line

Massachusetts Coastal to acquire CSXT's operating rights on South Coast Lines

Mississippi giving $520,000 grant to build railroad spur

Passenger Rail/LRT News

James T. Brett: Car-obsessed Americans will use railroads

Florida enacts bill to spur passenger rail; FTA advances light-rail project in Texas

Work ends to expand railroad tracks between Greensboro, High Point, NC

Environmental group hails higher high speed rail numbers

Transportation secretary praises Connecticut on high-speed rail efforts

Amtrak's Downeaster hopes to tap stimulus money

Local view: Commuter rail service benefits Minnesota communities

Metra engine flap leads railroad to seek locomotive bids

$583M contract awarded for Hudson tunnel project

Nation needs to provide $15 billion for public transportation, APTA says

Streetcar projects eligible for new USDOT grants

Railroad History

Hidden history in Napa, CA

Alliance pushes high-speed train corridor

How railroads changed Christmas

Food for Thought: Dining on the railroad

Not yet set in stone

Ennis, Texas: A Railroad Town

New book captures colorful history of Northern Pacific in shaping Yellowstone

When meals on a train were a premier experience, the B&O


Old caboose highlights areaís rail history

Committee aims to help give South Cle Elum Substation a future

Land purchase extends Rails-To-Trails

Sacramento city meets stimulus deadline for Railyards

Historic railroad car leaves Tehachapi for new life in Nevada on the V&T

Station/Depot News

This group in Wells, MN did what many towns dream of, but donít

Seven Worth Saving: 'Mysterious' train depot conjures visions of railway's past

Platts introduces law to include Gettysburg Railroad Station in park boundary

Former Railroad Station Back to its Former Glory

URS Corp. donates $300K to Friends of Aiken Railroad Depot

Potential buyer says he's still interested in Depot

Bethlehem architects move into former railroad building

Train Excursions/Museums

Railroad buffs hope Oklahoma City trains bring fans

Placerville, Sacramento Valley Railroad, a 'Catalyst'

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. Best wishes to you in 2010, may it be quite prosperous and filled with many good things.

Best regards,

Adam Burns

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