NTSB: Engineer’s Inattentiveness to Blame for 2005 Wreck

December 21, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – An engineer’s inattentiveness to signal indications and his failure to operate the train in accordance with the signal indications and speed restrictions is probable cause of a September 2005 Metra derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board determined. Contributing to the Sept. 17, 2005 derailment of Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corp. (Metra) train No. 504 in Chicago was lack of recognition by Metra of the risk posed by the significant difference between track speed and crossover speed at the accident location and its inaction to reduce that risk through additional operational safety procedures and other means. Also, contributing

DOT Wants Railroads to Route Hazardous Materials Based on Range of Safety, Security Factors

December 19, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Railroad companies would be required to perform a safety and security risk analysis to determine the most appropriate route for shipping hazardous materials as part of a new proposal by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters said the notice of proposed rulemaking, issued by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), would make shipments of certain high-risk hazardous materials, including explosives, radioactive substances and toxic-inhalation risk materials, more safe and secure by adding to and strengthening existing federal regulations. “These materials are fueling

Two Cars of CTA Train Derail

December 19, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO – The last two cars of a northbound Orange Line Chicago Transit Authority train derailed at 14th and State Street south of the Roosevelt Line station Tuesday, Dec. 19, causing delays on both the Green and Orange lines.Several minor injures were reported in the derailment. The train’s first two cars did not have a problem passing over a switch, but apparently the switch moved before the final two cars passed, causing the derailment, The Associated Press reported. At the time of the derailment, the train was traveling about 25 mph. Orange Line trains were operating between Midway and Halsted,

Coast Starlight to Originate in Portland, Cascades Service Operating Normal

December 19, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

SEATTLE – Amtrak service in the Pacific Northwest has returned to normal with the exception of the Coast Starlight, train No. 11.Train No. 11 will originate in Portland Monday, Dec. 18, with alternate transportation between Seattle and Portland. Amtrak Cascades will operate as scheduled. Passengers may call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for additional information and train status updates. – Special to Railfanning.org News Wire

Pacific Northwest Service Resumes South of Seattle, Coast Starlight to Originate in Portland

December 17, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

SEATTLE – BNSF Railway has opened the railroad between Portland, Ore., and Seattle, Wash. following mudslides south of Seattle, and Amtrak service was to resume Saturday, Dec. 16, with the exception of the Coast Starlight, train No. 11. Train No. 11 will originate in Portland, with alternate transportation between Seattle and Portland. Amtrak Cascades will operate as scheduled. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for schedule information and train status updates. – Special to Railfanning.org News Wire

First-Class Service for Injured Troops on Liberty Limited

December 17, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

FORT BELVOIR, Va. – The luxury railroad car Pennsylvania has seen its fair share of two things: precious cargo and the Army-Navy football rivalry. In 1961 the red Pennsylvania Railroad business car carried John F. Kennedy from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., along a temporary rail line put in place for the gridiron classic. Kennedy chose to take the car to the annual football game again in 1962. This year, the Pennsylvania carried more than one guest of honor as it began a familiar trip Dec. 6 from Washington’s Union Station to the 107th Army-Navy game. The car was part of

TTX Company Announces Senior Level Appointments

December 17, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CHICAGO – TTX Company President and CEO Andrew F. Reardon announced the appointments of Thomas F. Wells to Executive Vice President and Patrick J. Casey to Vice President Fleet Management.In addition to his current duties, Wells will direct Strategic Planning as well as Strategy and Marketing for the Railcar Maintenance and Technology areas of TTX, the largest private railcar fleet in North America. Wells joined TTX in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Fleet Management. He brings over 20 years of industry experience, including 17 years with Norfolk Southern Railway’s Supply Management, Sales and Marketing, Operations and intermodal departments. A graduate

Canadian Pacific Railway announces 2007 planned capital investment

December 17, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway plans to spend $885 million to $895 million in 2007 on capital programs.This is an increase from its 2006 program of roughly $845 million. “CPR’s planned capital investments are targeted at further improving the fluidity of our network, while maintaining the reliability and safety of our infrastructure,” said Fred Green, President and Chief Executive Officer. “These investments support our strategic initiatives, our focus on execution excellence and drive to improve CPR’s operating ratio. This capital plan, implemented with the ingenuity of our employees, will keep us on track to become the safest, most fluid railway

N.J. Transit: Longer Platforms, Expanded Station Building Coming to Metropark

December 16, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEWARK, N.J. – N.J. Transit is planning to renovate the station building and build longer, wider platforms at N.J. Transit’s busiest outlying rail station – Metropark Station on the Northeast Corridor in Woodbridge Township. “These improvements will ensure that Metropark Station remains an efficient and modern gateway for commuters in the growing Central New Jersey region,” said Transportation Commissioner and N.J. Transit Board Chairman Kris Kolluri. “While providing an enhanced customer experience, the project will also enable the station to serve more riders in the future to support capacity expansion projects such as the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel

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