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China Speeding Ahead With High-Speed Rail

December 29, 2012

China today unleashed its most aggressive high-speed rail initiative, covering over 1400 miles in just 8 hours. Pretty amazing, and it shows how exciting high-speed rail can actually be. Weather.com noted that at these speeds, a train could go from New York City to Miami in 7 hours. Imagine how helpful that could be to […]

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Final F40PH in RTA Baby Blue paint scheme!

December 29, 2012

In 1973, the Regional Transportation Authority was formed to fund Chicago’s commuter operations, but it was not until 1977 that the first new locomotives were ordered-16 F40PH’s for the Rock Island. Three more sets of these units would be ordered through 1983 for use on the C&NW and Milwaukee Road lines. All came painted in […]

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Amtrak Makes A Significant Step Towards High Speed Rail

November 26, 2012

Amtrak has launched a 110 MPH track on service between Chicago and St Louis. These are speeds which many say will help to show that high-speed rail in this country can be an reality one day. As reported in Business Week this new announcement made by Amtrak over the busy Thanksgiving weekend has received a […]

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SUPER DOME on AMTRAK HIAWATHA!!!

November 25, 2012

On Thanksgiving Day, one of Amtrak’s Hiawathas to Milwaukee had a full-length “Super Dome” in the consist! The OCEAN VIEW is former Great Northern. Does anyone know why this car is on this train?

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Train From Vegas to LA In The Works

November 23, 2012

Commuters who have sat in awful traffic on the 15 headed between Las Vegas and LA may be in for a great surprise. A party train may be springing up at the end of 2013 to connect the two popular destinations. The train would serve a big market – as many Southern Californians head to […]

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Amtrak Now On Alert After Reports Of Drug And Alcohol Use By Train Operators

October 1, 2012

As reported in the Washington Post, Mechanics, Operators, and Engineers who work on Amtrak trains have been using drugs more often over the previous 6 years. This was uncovered by a Government watchdog and it is a serious concern. When we put ourselves and our children onto an Amtrak train – we are assuming that […]

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CB&Q SW7 #9255 at IRM

September 16, 2012

Chicago Burlington & Quincy SW7 #9255 was built in May, 1950 and saw many year of service for her parent. After spending time on a short line in Iowa known as the Davenport and Rock Island, she came to the Illinois Railway Museum and was restored to her original paint.  She continues to serve patrons […]

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