The End of the Southern’s Crescent

October 2, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — While Amtrak started its operations in 1971, not all railroads gave up passenger service. Southern Railways’ Crescent route between New York and New Orleans was once such example. However, by May 1978, Southern was spending $560,000 per month operating the train, which passed through Atlanta. The railroad petitioned the Interstate Commerce Commission to discontinue the service, which at that point was the railroad’s only passenger route. In 1978, 195,000 people took the train, down dramatically from the roughly 9 million who used the service during World War II. On Dec. 13, 1978, Amtrak’s board of directors agreed to

Railroads’ Humble Beginning (Part II)

October 2, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

In 1772, Oliver Evans created a 21-ton boat on wheels that could travel on both land and water. The vehicle boasted a paddle that helped it glide across the water. A steam engine helped it ride along the land.

Canadian Pacific Announces the Departure of Mike Franczak

October 1, 2012 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CALGARY, Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX: CP) (NYSE: CP) today announced that Mike Franczak, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, has resigned from Canadian Pacific, effective today. Mike joined CP in 1987 and has since advanced through a series of operating positions of increasing accountability and scope across CP’s network. “I wish to congratulate Mike on his distinguished career and thank him for his 25 years of dedication to CP and its customers,” said CEO E. Hunter Harrison. “Mike served the company well in all areas for which he had responsibility. We wish him success

Railroads’ Humble Beginning (Part I)

October 1, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

The earliest railroads looked little like their modern ancestors. Beyond the rails and wheels on cars, they had little in common. They couldn’t haul the huge loads that today’s railroads can and their mode of power was either man or animal, usually horse or ox.

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