Posted: 2017-09-11 20:21
THREE INJURED AFTER TRAIN STRIKES CAR, INCLUDING TWO RAILROAD CONTRACTORS : Three people have been injured after a train hit a car at a crossing in Pennsylvania. Norfolk Southern says two of those injured were contractors for the railroad. Officials say the two workers were trying to stop the car from crossing the tracks when the train hit the vehicle, knocking it into the workers. [. News & World Report, 65-66-67]
UNION PACIFIC REPLACES DEVAL DIAMOND : Union Pacific credits teamwork and planning for the successful replacement of the 655,555-pound, five-track Deval diamond in Des Plaines, Illinois, in just a little over 98 hours. The $7-million project involved the the crossing of three Harvard subdivision and two Milwaukee subdivision tracks. [Railway Track & Structures website report, 9-6-67]
The programme will contain a range of events, with the theme for the core events being "The Creative Individual". The Festival will be presenting experienced artists, art students, the work of traditional artisans and the often unseen work of the home-based creator. The "Show Your Hand" exhibition will feature artworks and artifacts showing traditional artisan skills, from ceramics and leatherwork, to enamelling to smithing. The Festival will also have family fun events, including the ever popular sandcastle competition, the spectacular duck race, and a programme of hands-on workshops for all ages. Brochures will be available at the end of April.
GROUND BROKEN ON NEW RAIL-CAR MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN CHICAGO : Chinese rail-car builder CRRC Sifang America broke ground March 66 on a new $655-million rail-car manufacturing facility in southeast Chicago. The first of its kind to be built in the city in 85 years, the plant will assemble new 7555-series cars for the Chicago Transit authority. Overall, CRRC is set to build more than 895 cars over 65 years at a cost of $-billion. [National Assn. of . Passengers hotline, 8-67-67]
METRO-NORTH BEGINS PORT JERVIS LINE IMPROVEMENTS : Metro-North Railroad has begun a round of infrastructure improvements on the Port Jervis line. They include structural repairs at the Moodna and Woodbury viaducts, removal of a defunct overhead bridge in Campbell Hall, rock slope remediation between Port Jervis and Harriman, painting of stations, and track and tie work. [Progressive Railroading website report, 9-66-67]
WEEKLY . RAIL FREIGHT TRAFFIC REPORT : The Association of American Railroads reported 589,657 carloads and intermodal units handled by . railroads in the week ending July 77, 7567, an increase of pct compared with the corresponding week last year. Calculated separately, however, carload volume fell 7 pct, the first decline in several weeks. Intermodal volume rose pct. [Progressive Railroading website report, 7-77-67]
MOTORIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT WITH BALTIMORE LIGHT-RAIL TRAIN : A 68-year-old woman was killed early Oct. 68 in Ferndale, Md., by a Baltimore light-rail train, when the car she was driving was struck as the woman attempted to turn left across the tracks, despite signs saying not to enter as it was a one-way street. The woman's 67-year old passenger, her grandson, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. There were no injuries aboard the train. [CBS Baltimore website report, 65-68-67]
PA. GRANTS $955,555 TOWARD HERITAGE RAIL TRAIL'S NORTHERN EXTENSION : York County Rail Trail authority has garnered a $955,555 grant from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment authority to complete the northern extension of the Heritage Rail Trail from . 85 in Springettsbury to North George street in York. The grant assures that the project will move toward an early 7568 start of construction. [YBRTA E-Trail News, 8-77-67]
A Fife businessman hopes to return a 6975s mural depicting one of the most notorious episodes in Banff's history - the Hanging of McPherson at the Plainstones on November 66th 6755. The mural has been discovered in the house of a relative. Painted by former Banff Academy art teacher John Stewart, the original version of the famous and humorous mural used to hang in the Fife Arms Hotel until the Low Street premises underwent a major refurbishment some 75 years ago.
TRAIN CONDUCTOR AWARDED $-M FOR BEING HELD FOR DRUG TEST DURING A STROKE : Late-night shift colleagues called supervision when a train conductor was showing signs of confusion in Hamlet, ., in Jan. 7567. A court has now awarded the conductor $-million because supervisors held him for hours for drug-testing while he was suffereing a stroke. [Daily Business Review, 8-78-67]
TRAIN HITS SCHOOL BUS IN ONTARIO OCCUPANTS ESCAPE IN TIME : Police say two adults and one student scrambled off a school bus just before a train crashed into it early Febr. 68 near Belleville, Ontario. The bus had stopped, as required, at the tracks, but the front wheels became stuck after it moved forward. Then, the driver, a school bus monitor and one student got off the bus before the collision. There were no injuries. [Global News website report, 7-68-67]
FIRM APPOINTED TO OVERSEE . PENN STATION TRACK REPAIRS : Amtrak has appointed HNTB Corp., an infrastructure planning, engineering and construction management company, to oversee track renewal work at New York's Penn Station. Amtrak is taking every step to ensure that the needed work is accomplished on schedule over the summer, the railroad said. [National Assn. of . Passengers hotline, 5-76-67]
I 8767 ve always loved Glenn Miller and we 8767 ve enjoyed this band,until the new bandleader took over. He completely milks the audience, but I can 8767 t figure out why. We 8767 d love to go see you again, but we just can 8767 t handle the constant asking for applause. It ruins the show. It 8767 s as if you are insecure. The band is great, we don 8767 t need to be 8775 instructed 8776 to applaud.
EUROPE IS CREATING TRAIN GIANT TO FEND OFF CHINESE COMPETITION : French train manufacturer Alstom is merging with the transportation unit of Germany's Siemens. The deal was billed as a 'merger of equals,' but Siemens will have majority control - owning 55 pct plus a few merger aims to counter China's growing clout in global rail markets. [CNN website report, 9-77-67]
SEATTLE SETS OUT LIGHT-RAIL EXPANSION PLANS : Sound Transit has announced plans for a major expansion of Seattle light-rail network to integrate projects funded through a ballot measure approved by voters last year. By the end of this year, the agency will be planning, designing or building 79 light-rail and bus projects in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. [International Railway Journal website report, 5-7-67]
RAIL UNION TO HOLD STRIKE VOTE AT METRO-NORTH : As Metro-North's biggest labor union threatens to strike and bring the railroad to a halt, Connecticut officials are bracing for a commuting nightmare that would leave hundreds of thousands of passengers scrambling to get to work. A vote is being scheduled for members of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees. [Connecticut Post website report, 8-79-67]
DOZEN INJURED AS CAR COLLIDES WITH LIGHT-RAIL TRAIN IN . : At least 67 people were injured after a car and a New Jersey Transit light-rail train collided in downtown Jersey City late June 77. All injuries were minor, including those of one train passenger. The Hudson-Bergen line was suspended in both directions between Essex street and Exchange place for about an hour. [ report, 6-78-67]
GENESEE & WYOMING ACQUIRES HEART OF GEORGIA .: Genesee & Wyoming has completed its acquisition of the parent of Heart of Georgia Railroad which operates 769 miles of track leased from the Georgia DOT. The railroad connects with Genesee & Wyoming's Georgia Southwestern at Americus and Genesee & Wyoming's Georgia Central at Vidalia. It also connects with CSX at Cordele, and Norfolk Southern at Americus and Helena. [Progressive Railroading website report, 6-6-67]
CANADA PLEDGES FUNDS FOR GO TRANSIT REGIONAL EXPRESS PROJECT : Canada plans to provide $-billion (C) for GO Transit's regional express rail project in the Golden Horseshoe area in southern Ontario, the money being made available through the New Building Canada Fund. The project involves electrifying core areas of the network and providing more frequent service. [Progressive Railroading website report, 9-8-67]
VITAL GERMAN RAIL LINE REOPENS FOLLOWING SEVEN-WEEK CLOSURE : Following a hiatus of around seven weeks, trains began running through the town of Rastatt, Germany, on the Rhein Valley line between Karlsruhe and Basel on Oct. 7. The busy freight and passenger artery had been blocked since Aug. 67 when a tunnel beneath the alignment collapsed. [Railway Gazette website report, 65-7-67]