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Trackside, Issue #015 -- October, 2009
October 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.

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!

In this month's photo taken by Wade Massie we see the Maryland Midland Railway's GP9 #202 toting a single hopper car near Ladiesburg, Maryland on July 2, 1991 along what was originally the PRR's Frederick Branch.

Notable News

D.C.-Greenbrier luxury train possibility being explored

For those who are not aware, the below story is big, at least in regards to railroad history, concerning the Milwaukee Road's former Lines West transcontinental main line (for more information about it please visit the Milwaukee Road page on the website). Royal City, Washington is located just west of Othello, and east of Beverly, along the former main line of the Milwaukee and I believe it was one of the few stretches, for whatever reason, where the tracks were not removed after the railroad discontinued operations in February of 1980.

Trains obviously haven't traveled there regularly in nearly 30 years so this will be something if it all pans out, let's keep our fingers crossed. Also of note, if it does reopen the line will be only one of two small segments of Lines West in operation, the other being the St. Maries Railroad near St. Maries, Idaho. However, I think the Royal City operation will be the longest stretch at 26 miles.

Port of Royal Slope (Washington) Hears Money-Making Idea

General Rail News

NS takes wraps off electric locomotive, KCSM takes delivery of 'Repower' units

STB completes environmental review of Alaska Railroad's northern extension

Wisconsin doles out $30.5 million for 10 freight-rail projects

Connecticut Seeks Federal Grants To Renovate Freight Rail System

Rell: Connecticut seeking $15.5M for Valley Railroad Project

State of Wisconsin awards $12 million for restoring railroad

Grant to build railroad spur will roll jobs into Horn Lake (Tennessee)

KCS, KCSM continue to pursue international bridge, double-track line

FRA provides more than $14 million for seven freight-rail projects

Maine DOT seeks TIGER grants for three rail projects

Railroad Indicator: On Track for Recovery

Grant to build railroad spur will roll jobs into Horn Lake, MS

CSX prepares for a railroad rebound

Louisiana, Maine to craft long-range rail strategies

New York reaches initial agreement on Amtrak station, provides funds for short-line projects

Watco seeks STB approval to launch fourth short line in Idaho

Opening of P&N Railroad delayed to December

Railroad funding secured for Arcade & Attica Railroad

Obama undermines airline security and railroad safety: 9/11 lessons ignored

Supply Chain News: Despite Dramatic Decline in Volumes, Railroads Staying Profitable, Investing in Service and Speed

On The Right Track

County says 'No' to railroad rehab project

Tracking Change On Grafton & Upton Railroad

Railroad owner promises to be a good neighbor

New half-mile railroad bridge replaces historic Boone trestle

Alaska Railroad plans significant layoffs

Iowa Interstate expands locomotive fleet, tests bio-diesel blends

Railroad company considers Clanton (Alabama)

Henderson, Texas Board Selects Spur Short-Line Operator

Passenger Rail/LRT News

Virginia to gain additional Amtrak service along the Northeast Corridor

Massachusetts finalizes deal to buy railroad tracks

Milwaukee to Chicago in 36 minutes? French railroad says "oui"

Empire Builder trains to add stop in Washington tourist town

NJ Transit's board advances light-rail extension, awards transit center contract

Senate Votes to Allow Guns on Amtrak

Amtrak back on board with plans to move NY gateway

FRA grants $28 million for Pittsburgh maglev effort

NS: Shared freight/passenger route costs Virginia less

Race Is On to Grab Stake in Rail Effort

NCDOT applies for $92.6M in federal railroad funds

Streetcars, trolleys once ruled the streets of Salt Lake City

Jon K. Broadbooks: History shows that rail decisions will be momentous

Chemical producer to build tank-car equipping/repair facility in Indiana

Railroad History

Arlington, Washington calls on volunteer help to promote downtown projects

Station Break celebrates 35 years

Filming to begin on lost railroad tunnel documentary

Signs mark Lincoln's time in Piatt County

Civil War-era railroad remains found in Key West

How the Railroads Took Control of Time

First railroad in Syracuse commemoration

When Vanderbilt Did Not Get His Way

Couple rest cabooses in converted train station

Pettem: Niwot (Colorado) echoes its past as a railroad town

Lionel's new model celebrates LIRR's 175th anniversary


Hyde Park, NY Railroad Station Rich In History

Historical marker commemorates Marion’s train depot

Art center replacing old depot

Grand Junction, CO Depot derailed: 103-year-old structure falls into foreclosure

Ashland, Nebraska Depot Demolished

Englewood's green dream

Caboose owner feels railroaded

All aboard! Union Pacific Depot turns 100

Enthusiasts hope to save old Ind. railroad tower

Pine River, Minnesota Depot dedicated at Heritage Days celebration

Railroad relic is man's passion

Blaine, Washington residents rally to try to save train station

Many aboard for depot, caboose dedication

Trestle makeover (Alamogordo, New Mexico)

‘Pardon me boys,’ is that an historic train depot?

Railroad takeover planned (Clinton, Michigan)

Restored King Street Station clock unveiled

Aiken (South Carolina) Depot's first phase nears completion

Railroad remains obstacle for trail project

Saving Detroit's Central Depot

Tourist Railroads/Excursions

Corinth, NY gets $1M to improve railroad

The Strasburg Rail Road is one of Lancaster’s most popular tourist attractions

Tracking a Lumber Town's History

Please Note!: Next month there will be an additional category added covering railroad station/depot news. Since I come across so much of it now I thought it would be a good idea to cover depots and stations as a separate section.

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

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