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Trackside, Issue #021 -- April, 2010
April 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!

With April and spring upon us this scene taken by Tom Granville is quite fitting. Two BNSF SD40-2s, still in Santa Fe Warbonnet paint, lead a freight at Attica, Ohio with spring in full bloom in mid-May, 2008.

Notable News

Caltrain set to approve plans to electrify railroad

USDOT to help keep Maine line open for shippers, Sen. Collins says

Talgo taps Milwaukee for U.S. manufacturing site

General Rail News

Three decades of U.S. freight railroad progress after near collapse speaks volumes

Portland & Western track to be repaired

Warren Buffett sees strong rail system as key to U.S. growth

Marcellus Shale sends short-line railroad booming

Railway Age names Short Line, Regional Railroads of the Year

Analysts: Robust rail revenue growth predicted

Return of freight railroad delayed

Union County railroad project wins federal grant

Passenger Rail/LRT News

Cash-strapped Metra prepares to spend millions

Amtrak marks creation of high-speed department

World’s High-Speed Train Makers Set Sights on U.S.

Amtrak: Ridership, market share grow; equipment ages

Heartland Flyer extension? Kansas, Amtrak release study

Twin Cities' Central Corridor to launch construction in summer

Dozens of transit-rail projects gain USDOT grants

NJ Transit to trim workforce, cut execs' salaries and freeze spending

Amtrak to Congress: Liability is a nationwide concern

Oregon DOT orders two trainsets from Talgo-America

Rail is Virginia’s transportation future, officials say

Railroad History

The railroad comes to town (Othello, Washington)

Rail route tunnels saved lives in big fire

Community celebrates Warwick Valley Railroad 150th anniversary

Locals in shock after SPI reveals intentions to destroy Amador County's entire railroad

Cinncy's railroad was a good investment

Trains moved America

Michigan Central Station Was Assembled For Michigan Central Railroad

Group pushes for Crestview railroad depot replica

Preservation News

Heritage Explorers restoring railroad car

Workers carefully dismantle an aging covered railroad bridge in Cottage Grove, WA

Restored Locomotive Back At B&O Railroad Museum

Station/Depot News

Central Railroad of New Jersey station a beacon of Scranton's better days

Washington County (Maryland) to seek quotes on B&O railroad station demolition

New life for old Aberdeen train station

Cincinnati quest: Use Union Terminal for 3-C service

Advocates hope for rail museum in Waite Park

Train Excursions/Museums

Mazomanie railroad museum, a tribute to the past, opened March 27, 2010

Grants wrap up 1 project, start 2nd at Railroad Museum

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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