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August 2011

Amtrak Train Derails in Nebraska

August 27, 2011

The Washington Post has reported that on Friday, August 26th at approximately 8:00 central time, Amtrak’s California Zephyr Train 6 heading to Chicago from Emeryville, California collided with a demolition crane in southwest Nebraska.  In the aftermath of the crash, two locomotives and three passenger cars were derailed.  Luckily, only the locomotives tipped over after […]

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Kansas City Southern’s Holiday Express Will Spread Cheer this December

August 26, 2011

In a recent press release, Kansas City Southern (KCS) has announced a complete schedule for their 2011 Holiday Express.  The Holiday Express, which has been a KCS tradition since 2001, is a Christmas themed train that specializes in holiday spirit and charitable giving.  The holiday express will feature visits to 25 communities in several states, […]

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Hurricane Irene Forces Amtrak to Cancel Weekend Trains South of Washington

August 26, 2011

As many people are now aware of, multiple states on the East Coast are declaring emergency status as they prepare for the incoming hurricane, Irene.  Hurricane Irene is expected to bring 100+ mile an hour winds and over a foot of rain in some areas. An impending hurricane means a variety of issues for East […]

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Metro North Commuters Reject 16% Fare Increase

August 25, 2011

Metro North is one of the nation’s most heavily used commuter rail systems and takes numerous commuters from Connecticut to New York and back on a daily basis.  Recently, the  Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs Metro North, proposed to raise fees for the commuter rail service by 16% in addition to reducing service on the […]

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Railroads Recieve Funds to Protect Against Terrorism

August 25, 2011

More than $2 billion in government funds are going to be allocated to protecting key parts of the United States infrastructure from terrorism and according to a recent Business Insurance article, part of this money will be dedicated to railroads.  In terms of freight railroads, around $7 million will be used to allow railroad operators […]

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Union Pacific Will Pay $50 Million to Improve Border Security

August 24, 2011

A recent Union Pacific press release has stated that after a long standing dispute with the U.S. Customs and Border Agency (CBP), mitigation terms have been agreed upon that will result in Union Pacific paying $50 million dollars to improve security at the Mexican border.  The origins of the dispute are rooted in hundreds of […]

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