‘Big Shanty, 20 minutes for breakfast’

February 19, 2009 Todd DeFeo 0

The General steam locomotive pulled the morning passenger train, winding its way through the rural Georgia countryside. Shortly before 6 a.m. on a rainy morning, Engineer Jeff Cain blew the locomotive’s whistle to signal that Big Shanty was approaching.

Amtrak Guest Rewards and Broadway’s Official Loyalty Program Join Forces

February 18, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Amtrak Guest Rewards and Audience Rewards, the Official Loyalty Program of Broadway, announced an exciting new marketing partnership designed to promote and make theatre more accessible to Amtrak Guest Rewards members. Members of Amtrak’s program can transfer their points into Audience Rewards ShowPoints and Audience Rewards members can convert their ShowPoints to Amtrak Guest Rewards points. “Amtrak is a critical marketing partner for Broadway given the access and reach it provides to potential theatre goers from major markets such at Boston, Providence, New Haven, Philadelphia, and the Washington D.C. area. We believe this partnership will create exciting marketing

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited Declares Dividend

February 18, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY — The Board of Directors of Canadian Pacific Railway declared a quarterly dividend of $0.2475 per share on the outstanding Common Shares. The dividend is payable on April 27 to holders of record at the close of business on March 27 and is an eligible dividend pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act. — PRNewswire-FirstCall

Two-Day Black History Month Celebration at Philadelphia 30th Street Station

February 18, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Amtrak 30th Street Station in Philadelphia will celebrate Black History Month on Feb. 26 and 27, in the North Arcade reception area at the station. The celebration will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The day will feature an array of talented African American entertainers showcasing poetry, spoken word, dramatic presentations, instrumental performances, individual singers, chorale lyricists and interpretive dancers. There will also be motivational and inspirational speakers throughout the day. A diverse group of individuals will be represented with participants ranging from ages 6-60. Local politicians have been invited to speak or participate

Standing where the raiders once stood

February 13, 2009 Railfanning.org 0

MARIETTA, Ga. – The Kennesaw House is an impressive building, even by today’s standards. But its role in one of the most fascinating events of the Civil War is what makes it truly unique. Built in 1845 as a cotton warehouse, it is one of the oldest buildings in Marietta, and it has witnessed a lot over the years. After serving as a warehouse for some time, the building was converted into the Fletcher House Hotel, and on April 11, 1862, with the Civil War in Full Swing, the Fletcher House unknowingly played host to a group of Union spies

Oberstar: ‘Recovery’ Bill Will Benefit Rail Industry

February 13, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — The so-called “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009″ will help with rail infrastructure and help put Americans back to work, Rep. James L. Oberstar, D-Minn, said. “This bill is urgently needed to put Americans back to work,” Oberstar said. “The infrastructure investments funded by this bill will create good, family-wage jobs — jobs that cannot be outsourced to another country, because the work must be done here in the U.S. on our roads, bridges, transit and rail systems, airports, waterways, wastewater treatment facilities, and Federal buildings. “

Oberstar, Brown Urge ‘Full Funding’ of HMEP

February 13, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — T&I Committee Chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., and Rail Subcommittee Chairwoman Corrine Brown, D-Fla., wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to urge “full funding” of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant program at the $28.8 million authorization level.Among other things, the HMEP grant program helps governments develop and implement emergency plans and train fire fighters and other emergency personnel to respond to accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials. It has been projected that there will be a funding shortfall of $9.3 million in 2009. As a result, hundreds of thousands of emergency response personnel will not receive adequate

CSX Corp. Declares Quarterly Dividend

February 11, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Board of Directors of CSX Corp. approved a $0.22 per share quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on March 13 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Feb. 27. — PRNewswire-FirstCall

Canadian Pacific Completes Common Share Offering

February 11, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway announced it has completed its common equity offering of 13.9 million shares at $36.75 per share for total gross proceeds of $510.8 million, which includes the exercise in full of the underwriters over allotment option for 1.3 million shares. — PRNewswire-FirstCall

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