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December 2011

The “Cabbage,”Amtrak’s Recycled F40

December 30, 2011

The EMD F40PH was Amtrak’s primary locomotive for more than two decades. These husky locomotives hauled millions of passengers from coast to coast, racking up millions of miles which ultimately caught up with them. In 1996, the time was clearly up, and Amtrak placed an order for their first order of P42’s that would displace […]

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MTA Plan To Link East Bronx Gains Momentum

December 28, 2011

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority may follow through with the idea to bring the Metro-North rail line to the East Bronx.  Borough President Ruben Diaz told NY Daily News that he was excited about the possible project, and he believes that the easier transportation would be an important component for economic development in the Bronx. When […]

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Lone Star State Is One Step Closer To A Regional Commuter Rail

December 28, 2011

The LSTAR rail line, a planned commuter rail in Texas that would link San Antonio and Georgetown, has made little growth since its conception 15 years ago.  In the past 15 months, however, officials with the Lone Star Rail District have made a giant leap by reaching a preliminary agreement with Union Pacific.  If all […]

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Amtrak Involved in “Plan B” for Central Valley High-Speed Rail Line

December 28, 2011

California will soon begin construction on the first phase of their high-speed rail project in the Central valley, but many fear that this 100-mile stretch of track will become useless if the project flops.  To combat some of these fears, a “plan b” of sorts has been developed for the track to be incorporated into […]

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Chinese Bullet Train Tests At 500 Km/Hr

December 26, 2011

Over the weekend, the largest rail vehicle manufacturer in China, CSR Corp. Ltd, tested its fastest model yet.  With speeds reaching 500 km per hour, the six-car bullet train easily surpasses the other Chinese trains that are already known for their speed.  Although Japan currently holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest train, testing […]

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On a Christmas Day – The Best Friend of Charleston Inspried Many

December 24, 2011

Christmas day marks the 181 year anniversary of the Best Friend of Charleston. The best friend of Charleston was a passenger train – the first ever railroad locomotive train built in the United States. On Christmas day in 1830 – this railroad locomotive ran for the first time. It would be used as a passenger […]

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