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Trackside, Issue #020 -- March, 2010
March 01, 2010

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!

The final years of the Rock Island were a sobering thing to see, such as in this view from Gary Morris a worn GP35, #301, leads a mixed freight at Tomball, Texas near Houston in August of 1977.

Notable News

Wilbur rail switching yard funding restored

General Rail News

$105 million in federal money to bolster rail corridor

Railroads look to tackle Chicago chokepoint

RJ Corman Receives $17.5 Million Federal Grant

New railroad files to purchase track in Chadron and west

Riverport Railroad receives option to buy industrial park, pursues 'rail-car mall' project

Rail could be answer to I-81 gridlock, report says

Boatright, Alabama on track for railroad tie plant in Clanton

Public Stimulus Funds Spent on Private Wine Train

Updated STB study: Railroads' rate hikes not a market power play

Railroads Fight Back

Passenger Rail/LRT News

VREís 11-mile extension takes big step forward

American Railcar to form venture for diesel cars

Siemens revs up to compete for U.S. high speed rail business

Austin, TX ponders LRT or streetcar option

High-Speed Rail Grants Favor the Prepared

N.J. says onus for rail funding rests on Pennsylvania

What should the SMART train stations look like?

Honolulu light-rail system set to receive $55 million in feds' FY2011 budget

Budget awards $1.82 billion to 27 big transit projects

Illinois provides $45 million for Chicago-to-Quad Cities passenger service

Passenger and freight rail win new funding in Obama's budget

Railroad History

Iron-Horse Stampede

Monument to commemorate Lincoln's funeral train

100 years after deadly avalanche, abandoned Washington town still haunts trail

Historically Speaking, Abraham Lincoln

UNL team aims to digitize railroad history

Railroads shaped Illinois


The Railroad Foremanís House added to register

Station/Depot News

Salem, OR Rail depot gets historic status

Former Rock Island Depot nominated for national registry

Royston, GA Depot renovation plans move forward

JCDA hoping to save historic train depot with cityís help

Study estimates benefit to Niles from having depot at $5 million

Burlington Struggles To Decide Future Of Depot

Saving the 'gateway'

Interior reconstruction done on Pompton Plains railroad station

Doomed Wells, Minnesota Depot Resurrected

USDOT approves $303.9 million in loans for Denver station rehab

Fort Madison railroad depot renovations to begin in spring

Train station on the move

Train Excursions/Museums

All aboard!

Dining by Rail

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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