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Trackside, Issue #002 -- Rolling Into Summer
June 01, 2008

First, let me welcome you to 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.

Well, June means summer is here and, obviously, that also means there is plenty to do and see in the world of railroad museums and tourist lines. So, if you are looking for a quick vacation or just wanna get out this summer, 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 opens history-making quadruple track in the PRB

BNSF puts 67 Genset switchers in service

Ex-NP line sold to port, county

CSX Transportation News:

Battle continues to between TCI and CSX

CSXT unveils GenSet switcher at Michigan yard; Central California Traction kicks GenSet's tires at Stockton port

Norfolk Southern News:

NS, Pan Am Railways team up to create 'Patriot Corridor'

NS highlights a green light for going green

Union Pacific News:

STB orders UP to provide $30 million in rate relief to K.C. utility

Regionals and Shortlines

General Regional and shortline News

RailAmerica will abandon Oregon short line

RJ Corman Looking Into Using Tracks In Pennsylvania

Museums and Tourist Railroads

Railroad Museum and Tourist Line Guide

General Tourist Railroads and Museums News Wire

Saving an RS-1

New Railroad Museum

Railroad Safety

BNSF New Citizens For Rail Security Website

Girls sunbathing on railroad tracks lose limbs

Preservation News

Station and Depot News

Museum to display pieces of Pennsylvania K-4

Cosmetically Restoring a Yellowstone (2-8-8-4)

R.J. Corman to break in QJ on Saturday

Commuter Rail/LRT News

General Amtrak News

General Commuter Rail News

Seattle ponders streetcar network

State News

General State and Regional News Wire

Rutherford train station to be restored

NY/NJ port authority advances station design, rail study

New York DOT dishes out $20 million from freight, passenger

Schumer: PA should oversee New York-Penn Station work

LIRR to quiet train horns

Construction under way on Binghmton terminal

NS, Pan Am Railways team up to create 'Patriot Corridor'

New York MTA chooses new developer for Hudson Yards

New York state gives $8 million to turn old railroad bridge

NS, 10 short line partners team for "Empire Link"

North Carolina Railroad News

Marlinton, WV Depot Organization Votes To Rebuild

SBVR Experimental Ties

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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