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Trackside, Issue #001 -- Here We Go!
May 01, 2008

First, let me welcome you to the inaugural edition of Trackside, The Newsletter; a new part of the website. I had thought long and hard about creating a newsletter to go 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.

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Being that May is here and warm weather is upon us please remember that railroad museums and tourist lines are now opening their doors for the summer season. So, if you are looking for something to do this summer or an additional side-trip to your planned vacation, you might want to consider visiting one of these places. For a complete museum and tourist line guide please check out their section below.

Class Is

BNSF Railway News:

BNSF New Citizens for Rail Security Website

BNSF upgrades Seattle intermodal facility; CSXT eyes coal terminal expansion

CSX Transportation News:

CSX sets first-quarter revenue, income and operating ratio records

Kansas City Southern News:

KCS posts progress on new intermodal terminal, rehabilitated line in south Texas

Norfolk Southern News:

Elliston ideal Virginia site for Heartland Corridor intermodal facility, rail agency says

Union Pacific News:

UP marks all-time-best freight revenue, revenue per car in the first quarter

Regionals and Shortlines

General Regional and shortline News

Napa Valley Railroad eyes freight hauling

Museums and Tourist Railroads

Texas museum will move

Railroad Museum and Tourist Line Guide

Preservation News

Milwaukee Road "Skytop" Lounges saved!

Roundhouse to be restored

Railroad 'eyesore' may be razed

ATSF Seligman, AZ Harvey House demolition

Station and Depot News

Commuter Rail/LRT News

General Amtrak News

General Commuter Rail News

Bids solicted for D.C. streetcar project

State News

Pennsylvania transportation department ponies up $5 million for five freight-rail projects

Colorado transportation department to determine feasibility of freight-rail relocation

Out'n'about: Railroad Days celebrate city's long train history

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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