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Trackside, Issue #007 -- The Holidays Approach
November 01, 2008

With November comes the cold and we all know what is just weeks away now, the holidays of course! With the leaves dropping it also means that abandoned right of way season is heating up so if you enjoy exploring old, long forgotten rail lines have fun and stay safe.

Welcome to Trackside, The Newsletter; a new part of the website. 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 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.

Please note!: Now completed are maps detailing nearly all of the fallen flag system covered at the site. Eventually I plan to also feature all of the Class Is and Regionals (and maybe even the shortlines if I can locate maps of each for reference). In any event, I hope that the maps are another good source of reference for you in whatever you may be researching regarding a particular railroad (thatís what they are there for!).

Also, as you may have noticed, one other new feature added to the newsletter is a monthly photo, which is just meant for fun and to add a bit of interest. Of note, the photos used each month are the property of individual photographers and as such should not be redistributed or used without their permission.

This month's photo comes courtesy of Brian Rackley and depicts a Burlington Northern piggyback freight at Lee, Illinois on December 10, 1988 led by EMD GP50 #3135.

Class Is

Norfolk Southern News:

NS issues first-ever 'sustainability' report

Virginia green lights NS to build Heartland Corridor terminal

Union Pacific News:

CSXT, UP introduce California-to-New York produce train

Kansas City Southern News:

KCS sets revenue, income records

Canadian Pacific News:

DM&E/IC&E Folded Into CP

CPR to demolish more than 50-year-old locomotive shop

Canadian National News:

CN begins removing Ontario line

Regionals and Shortlines

General Regional and shortline News

Port of Tillamook Bay repair cost: $57 million

Genesee & Wyoming acquires Georgia Southwestern

Buckingham Branch News

Iowa Interstate breaks steam-hauled freight record

If you have any interest in the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad please click here to keep up with the latest on the railroad.

Museums and Tourist Railroads

Railroad Museum and Tourist Line Guide

Railroad Historical Society Guide

General Tourist Railroads and Museums News Wire

L&N painted E8 goes on display in Kentucky

Knox & Kane equipment faces disposition

Mid-Continent gets $10,000 for flood recovery

Actor Michael Gross to serve as spokesman for B&O Railroad Museum

EBT Shops Machines Return for 2008 Spectacular

Michigan's Star Clipper dinner train will move

Railroad Safety

BNSF New Citizens For Rail Security Website

Railroad Safety News

Preservation News

Station and Depot News

Alco to go on display in California park

Grants loses BNSF depot to demolition

B&O museum to focus on restoration of 4-6-0

Ann Arbor Caboose #2839

Low water level in California lake reveals SP relics

Commuter Rail/LRT News

General Amtrak News

General Commuter Rail News

Amtrak talks of service over FEC

Rail safety bill, passenger rail act become law

Bush will sign rail safety, Amtrak bill

State News

General State and Regional News Wire

North Carolina News Wire

East Coast Ethanol to construct rail-served plants in four states

Northern Ethanol to build CSXT-served plant in New York

Man turns E unit into soda fountain

New Tappan Zee Bridge may include a rail line

B&P moves to abandon New York branch

A&A in full steam Mon 10/13/2008

Waldwick Depot Restortation

NJ Transit launches construction on Hudson-Bergen light-rail station

NJ Transit cleaning up its depot in Dover, finally

NJ Transit unveils updated Watsessing Station

Study bolsters North Carolina commuter service idea

North Carolina DOT to close crossings

Union Station not detoured by commuter train study

Decaying bridges may shut down Ohio tourist pike

Pennsylvania rail authority seeks STB approval to buy line

That ratty lookin' railroad trestle

Clarksburg, W.Va. - D.C. Commuter Service

Idled coal dock in Kenova to open

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.

With most of the fall foliage now past-peak I do hope that if you were photographing the brilliant splendor, whether with trains or not, you are happy with how the pictures turned out. Best regards,

Adam Burns

P.S. As always, we are always looking for new members at the forums so if you have any interest in joining in we would be very happy to have you!

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