Amtrak Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Adirondack Service

August 6, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEW YORK — Amtrak along with its partners, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the National Park Service Trails and Rails program, is commemorating the 35th anniversary of the operation of the historic Adirondack service with a special event at the Rensselaer station in Albany, N.Y., on Aug. 5. “The Adirondack represents rail travel’s connection to the past as well as its importance as a vital transportation alternative now and for the future,” said Tom Connolly Amtrak’s District Superintendent, noting that the Adirondack remains a popular route carrying over 112,000 passengers during FY08, representing an 11 percent

Federal Railroad Administration Awards $1 Million Rail Safety Grant to Operation Lifesaver

August 6, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo announced a $1,015,000 grant for Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), providing the Alexandria, Va.-based nonprofit organization support to continue its wide-ranging public education outreach efforts to raise awareness about the potential hazards at grade crossings and the dangers of illegal trespassing on railroad property.In 2008, there were 2,395 grade crossing incidents resulting in 287 deaths, as well as 453 deaths due to rail trespassing, slightly fewer than similar incidents in 2007. “Despite decreases in the number of train-vehicle collisions, promoting railroad safety is as important as ever,” Administrator Szabo said. “Through this sustained public-private

Amtrak Pere Marquette 25th Anniversary

August 5, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

HOLLAND, Mich. – Michigan communities along the Grand Rapids – Chicago route of the state-supported Amtrak Pere Marquette train will celebrate the 25th anniversary of passenger rail service on Aug. 5 and Amtrak is offering a special anniversary fare promotion this week to recognize the Silver Anniversary of the service. To commemorate the milestone, Amtrak is promoting the event with the special use of Superliner train equipment, including a double-decker lounge car and coaches. Every westbound passenger on Aug. 5 will receive a gift bag containing West Michigan products. In addition, ceremonies organized with the Michigan Department of Transportation and

Canadian Pacific Announces Sale of Windsor Station to Cadillac Fairview

August 4, 2009 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway announced the sale of Windsor Station and significant other related real estate assets to The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited for $86 million. As part of the transaction, Canadian Pacific has entered into a long term lease with Cadillac Fairview, and will remain the principal tenant of Windsor Station, reflecting its close connection to the building and its long-term presence in Montreal. The transaction has received the necessary regulatory approvals, including federal government approval.

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