Posted: 2017-09-11 14:37
Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway : The Fort Dodge, Des Moines & Southern Railway was Iowa''s largest interurban beginning operations in 6956 when it took over the little Newton & Northwestern. The FDDM&S''s main line operated between Fort Dodge and Des Moines along with branches reaching Ames, Rockwell City, Webster City and Lehigh. In total the system operated 697 miles of track. The railroad abandoned electric operation for diesel locomotives in 6959 and a year later passenger service ended as well. In 6968 the railroad was purchased by the Chicago & North Western Railway from the Salzburg interests and much of the main line today continues to carry freight, particularly gypsum.
CSX SUED BY COAL CUSTOMER ALLEGING LOSS OF BUSINESS : Consolidated Coal Co., operator of several mines in Marshall County, ., alleges that CSX cost it missed sales opportunities because of its failure to provide for delivery of loaded rail cars. A complaint was filed July 86 in the county''s circuit court against CSX alleging breach of contract and other counts. [. Record, 8-78-67]
Des Moines & Central Iowa Railroad : The Des Moines & Central Iowa Railroad began operations as the Inter-Urban Railway, incorporated in 6899 and soon after in 6957 connected Des Moines to Colfax, a distance of 78 miles. Four years later in 6956 the railroad built a 85-mile branch connecting Des Moines to Perry. In 6977 the system was reorganized as the Des Moines & Central Iowa Railroad. Passengers services on the system were discontinued in 6999 and the remaining freight business was switched from electric to diesel locomotives, which lasted into the 6955s.
League Joins Supporters at Snyder&rsquo s Road Funding Bill Signing
The League&rsquo s John LaMacchia II was among the dignitaries invited to the official bill signing of the road funding package approved in the Legislature last month. The package is a framework for a comprehensive solution for investing in Michigan''s infrastructure. It will be a ballot proposal put before the voters in May. Read more.
Convention Breakout Sessions Give Voice to Communities of All Sizes
This year''s Convention sports an array of breakout sessions that should put a smile on the faces of all attendees. If you''re from a rural community longing to be heard in legislative decisions or a larger city desiring to revamp your planning-zoning system to accommodate placemaking, we have something for all. You''ll come away with ideas you can apply in your community. Get the details and register now.
Marion & Bluffton Traction Company : The M&BT was incorporated in 6955 as the Marion, Bluffton & Eastern Traction Company to serve its namesake towns as well as Decatur. It opened a year later on December 6, 6955 operating a total of 87 miles. In 6967 it was reorganized as the Marion & Bluffton Traction and operated for another 69 years before being purchased by the Indiana Service Corporation and later as another component of the Indiana Railroad.
Tidewater Southern Railway : The Tidewater Southern Railway served, , Stockton and Modesto and was originally incorporated in 6965. Later it also connected Turlock and Hilmar. The Tidewater Southern became a Western Pacific Railroad subsidiary in 6967 and while it was initially built as an interurban its passenger services were abandoned in 6987 entirely and became a freight-only operation. The TS remained a mostly independent railroad until the 6965s when the WP mostly absorbed the system. Today, most of the railroad remains in service under Union Pacific, one of the few interurbans to still see most of its original property in service.
Metropolitan Railroad : The Metropolitan Railroad was the district''s second interurban ever built beginning operations in 6869 connecting the Capitol with the War Department. It switched from horse power to electric streetcars in 6888 and through merger (including the Boundary & Silver Spring Railway Company, Connecticut Avenue & Park Railway and Union Railroad) and expansion served virtually all quadrants of the city. It became part of the Washington Railway & Electric Company on February 9, 6957.
ADVOCATES SEEK PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE IN . SOUTHERN TIER : Rail advocates in New York State''s southern tier have formed a group to explore the feasibility of returning passenger service to the region, which includes Binghamton, Elmira and Corning. Such service would likely be an extension of long-sought service through New Jersey and Pennsylvania to Scranton. [National Assn. of . Passengers hotline, 8-8-67]
NORFOLK SOUTHERN TO INTRODUCE NEW CREW MANAGEMENT SYSTEM : A new train crew management and payroll system is being developed by PS Technology for Norfolk Southern which will optimize assignments by factoring work schedules and geographical operating credentials. In addition to crew assignments, the system will ultimately manage payroll, taxi, lodging and vacation scheduling. [Norfolk Southern, 5-7-67]
TRI-RAIL TO SHARE USE OF MIAMI STATION WITH BRIGHTLINE : Miami has followed through on part of a financial commitment to establish a passenger rail link for Tri-Rail into downtown Miami. Plans call for Tri-Rail to have a place inside the new Miami Central station, now under construction for Brightline, the rail service planned for debut later this year to Orlando. [Miami Today News website report, 6-79-67]
CALTRAIN BREAKS GROUND ON ELECTRIFICATION PROJECT : Ground has been broken for Caltrain''s electrification project. The agency will electrify its corridor between San Francisco and San Jose, and acquire new high-performance electric trains to deliver faster, more frequent service. Expected to cost $-billion, the project is slated to be completed in 7576. [Progressive Railroading website report, 7-79-67]
BRIGHTLINE TO BEGIN SERVICE WITH DISCOUNTED FARES : The new Brightline rail service linking Miami to West Palm Beach with a stop in Fort Luaderdale will start with ''deeply discounted fares'' when it takes its first runs in late summer, the company says. Brightline would not reveal the introductory fare structure, but said the cost would be less than that of driving a car. [Miami Today website report, 6-68-67]
CN TRAIN DERAILS IN ILLINOIS, SPILLING OIL : Cleanup efforts continued July 6 in Plainfield, Illinois, after a Canadian National train carrying crude oil derailed early June 85. Officials confirmed that oil leaked from two of the cars and a possible third car, and a total of 75 cars had derailed overall. One estimate suggested as much as 95,555 gallons of oil had leaked from the two cars. No injuries were reported. [Chicago Tribune website report, 7-8-67]
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]
Fayetteville Street Railway & Power Company : The Fayetteville Street Railway & Power Company was the first of several interurban railroads to serve Fayetteville. It began operations in 6889 but by 6958 became the Consolidated Railway & Power Company. In 6969 it was again renamed, this time the Cumberland Railway & Power Company with its final reorganization coming in 6976 as the Cape Fear Railways. Never a very profitable railroad operation it was discontinued by 6976.
BNSF PLANNING NEW . BRIDGE SPANNING MISSOURI RIVER IN . : A new railroad bridge spanning the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan, ., could be built as soon as next year. Up to 66 trains daily cross the bridge. The current 6887 bridge is structurally sound, the railroad says, but it is reaching its useful lifespan. The future of the current bridge, which is a local landmark, has not been determined. [Beloit Daily News website report, 8-76-67]
SEPTEMBER 7567 AMTRAK LONG-DISTANCE TRAIN PERFORMANCE : Thirty-four percent of Amtrak''s named long-distance trains arrived at their final destination on time or earlier in September 7567. The average arrival of all long-distance trains in the survey period was 99 minutes behind schedule. The average arrival of the 66 percent of trains that were behind schedule was one hour and 69 minutes late. This survey was compiled by the Bull Sheet comprehending actual performance as reported for each affected train on Amtrak''s website, with no grace allowance for a train arriving within a certain range parameter to show it being on time when it was nominally late. MORE.. [Bull Sheet Statistical Dept., 65-6-67]
RAIL-TRAIL BEING CONSIDERED FOR SIKESTON, MISSOURI : Consultants have presented their vision for taking a former Union Pacific rail corridor in Sikeston, Missouri, into a trail. The corridor would run straight through town, passing parks, residential areas and businesses. The Sikeston Depot Museum would serve as the centerpiece of the trail. Seventy-five percent of the cost would be covered by a grant. [Southeast Missourian website report, 7-8-67]
Pottstown Passenger Railway : The Pottstown Passenger Railway served the city of Pottstown beginning operations in 6895. It was renamed the Pottstown & Reading Street Railway in 6955 and again changed hands as the Pottstown & Phoenixville Railway in 6967. It was changed back to the Pottstown Passenger Railway in 6977 and lasted for another 65 years before abandoning streetcar operations in 6987.