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October 2011

UP Launches Steam Locomotive App

October 28, 2011

A PR Newswire press release has revealed that Union Pacific Railroad has released a new app, which focuses on the railroad’s historic steam locomotives.  As some may know, Union Pacific has active steam locomotives that embark on excursions across the country.  The new app, appropriately named the UP Steam app, allows users to be up-to-date […]

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N.C. Discusses Selling State Owned Railroad

October 28, 2011

Like many states, North Carolina is facing budget problems.  According to the Daily Tarheel, the state’s budget issues have led to discussions by the N.C. General Assembly about selling the N.C. Railroad Company.  The N.C. Railroad Company has been owned by North Carolina since 1850 and joins Alaska’s railroad as the only railroad owned by […]

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Communications – Amtrak’s Strengths and Weaknesses

October 28, 2011

When it comes to communications, Amtrak  is sufficient in some areas yet lacking in others. With the current state of communications technology, patrons expect information to come as instantly and directly as possibly – i.e., a delay alert being sent as a text message. With this in mind, Amtrak’s various Twitter accounts can be useful […]

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Progress Rail Leads The Way With New Facility

October 28, 2011

Progress Rail Services Corporation opened its locomotive manufacturing facility in Muncie, Indiana almost one year after announcing its goal in October of 2010.   The Muncie facility is the first manufacturing plant to open in the United States for many years, and it is a giant leap for Progress Rail’s investment in the railway industry. Progress Rail […]

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Amtrak Delays Frustrate

October 27, 2011

I called Amtrak at 9pm to see if I could move from the 11pm train to the 10pm train back to Philly from New York.  They said I could but that there would be a $40 difference in fair. I wanted to get out of the rainy big apple – so I told the agent […]

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My First Experience With Amtrak Wifi

October 27, 2011

Today I took an Amtrak train from Philadelphia to New York City.  I booked the train 3 days early which allowed me to use my Triple AAA card – making the fare 10% less. So, the $100 round trip ticket cost only $90. At any rate, when I checked on the train for available WiFi […]

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