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Trackside, Issue #011 -- June, 2009
June 01, 2009

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.

As some may have noticed Trackside went on a hiatus for a few months. This was because I thought the original format was becoming rather dull and needed to be revamped. The information presented will still be practically the same but with a little different layout and presentation.

The monthly photo will still be shown each month, one of my personal favorite parts of the newsletter. I hope you have enjoyed it as well. 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. In any event, I hope you like the new layout!

This month's photo comes courtesy of Gary Morris and depicts a Rock Island freight near Waxahachie, Texas in October of 1976.

General Rail News

Officials meet to gather support for railroad line

Railroad companies profit from ethanol Cohoama County studying railroad transportation system

Obama's High-Speed Vision Gets Railroad Companies Back on Track

R.J. Corman to acquire most of Railpower's assets

Two U.S. senators secure $950,000 for New Jersey short-line rehabilitation

UP: 'E-Railsafe' makes railroad safer and more secure

Senator Backs Off Support For Rail Antitrust Bill

Washington short line secures $1 million state grant for track upgrades

Housatonic Railroad wants to expand Hawleyville transfer station in Newtown

Passenger Rail/LRT News

High-speed rail among top 100 U.S. infrastructure projects, CG/LA says

Rockefeller-Lautenberg bill aims to increase the use of intercity passenger rail, freight transportation provided by non-truck modes

Amtrak cuts Northeast fares 25 percent for the summer

Biden pitches railroad plan

FRA provides emergency rail repair grants to nine state DOTs

NJ Transit to advance MOM rail corridor

USDOT provides $75 million grant for Portland Streetcar extension

USDOT awards $742.5 million in stimulus funds for 10 passenger-rail projects

Railroad History

Passion for trains helped create SEPTA

On This Day (May 10): Transcontinental Railroad Completed

Historic Katy railyard being demolished in Bellmead

Event to give glimpse of railroad history

Old railroad tunnel found underneath construction site


Greenbrier Resort Sold

Depot owner hopes to remake building

Glassboro wants to revive historic railroad station

Railroad Museum may donate Soo locomotive to city

Town, LIRR mark 100th anniversary of station

There are two railroad stations that are in danger of being destroyed. One, located in Detroit is of Michigan Central heritage and a mulit-story structure. A recent effort to keep the Detroit city council from razing the building has begun and you can sign a petition in their efforts if interested. To view their website please click here.

Another is the Kendrick, Idaho depot a Northern Pacific structure. The local city council is also attempting to raze the building. A preservation group has also been formed to save this building and to help their efforts you can write to the council by visiting the group's website here.

Tourist Railroads/Excursions

CN to re-equip, refurbish Sault Ste. Marie tour train

Railroad offers beer-tasting rides

Monthly Cartoon


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 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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