The New Face of Railroad Security

June 1, 2004 The Cross-Tie 0

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. — Puffs of air greeted passengers to the New Carrollton, Md., rail station May 4. It was the first day of the Transportation Security Administration’s test program for people and bags traveling on U.S. trains. Amtrak and Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) passengers boarding at the New Carrollton train station were screened for explosives as part of a pilot project to make rail travel safer, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said. The Transit and Rail Inspection Pilot (TRIP) will evaluate the use of emerging technologies to screen passengers and their carry-on items for explosives in the transit

Blue Ridge Opens 7th Season

May 1, 2004 The Cross-Tie 0

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. — Nostalgia and excitement sweep through the growing crowd. Some experience the anticipation of their first train ride. The conductor calls out “All Aboard” and visitors climb the steps of the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway as the 7th season of operation began with daily train trips from Blue Ridge, Ga., to Copperhill, Tenn., during Spring Break, April 2-10. New this year are “Half Price Mondays” for groups of 15 or more or for individuals with a coupon from The Atlanta JournalConstitution or The Marietta Daily Journal. “This is a relaxing, oldfashioned train ride along the Toccoa River,

Plan Emphasizes Timely Intelligence

March 15, 2004 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON — The nation’s freight railroads have implemented a security plan that utilizes intelligence data to ensure the security of the system, a Senate hearing on transportation security was told in March. Edward R. Hamberger, president and chief executive officer of the Association of American Railroads, told the Senate Commerce Committee that after Sept. 11, 2001, attacks the railroad industry “on their own initiative — with the assistance of outside security experts with a background in intelligence — conducted a thorough risk analysis of the rail network to identify vulnerabilities and develop countermeasures. This resulted in the implementation of an

Editor Lectures on Clarksville Railroads

December 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

Todd DeFeo, publisher of The Cross-Tie, presents a lecture — Railroads in Clarksville: The Present and the Future — to a journalism class at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. DeFeo presented the lecture on Oct. 30. Much of the basic information in the presentation can be viewed at Railfanning.org. For more information, log onto: http://railfanning.org/trackside/clarksville/. Three major railroads passed through Clarksville — the Tennessee Central Railway, later the Illinois Central Gulf; the Indiana, Alabama and Texas Railroad, later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad; and the Memphis, Clarksville and Louisville Railroad, later the L&N Railroad and today the line

Isabel Slows Trains

October 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON — Rail service along the eastern coast was slowed in September because of Hurricane Isabel. Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern and other railroads between North Carolina and New York reported interruptions to their service due to the hurricane. Norfolk Southern implemented its contingency plan, taking extra safety precautions to assure the safety of employees and prevent damage to facilities, equipment, and shipments, the railroad said in a news release. This included moving equipment and shipments that have not yet placed within customer facilities, out of coastal and low lying areas prone to flooding. Likewise, CSX ceased some operations between Virginia

Blackout Halts, Delays Northeast Travel

September 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

NEW YORK — A sweltering heat welcomed passengers to Penn Station Saturday, Aug. 16. A massive power outage left millions without power and thousands more stranded when transportation unable to operate. Commuter rail and subways shut down leaving residents without travel options. And when power was partially restored, travel was slow and fewer trains, particularly on New Jersey Transit lines, operated. Within days, however, rail service was back to normal, with passengers being whisked across the Northeast on assorted subways and commuter trains.

Fatalities Reported in Train Derailment

June 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

HINESVILLE, Ga. — Two people were killed following a May 8 grade crossing wreck here. Amtrak’s southbound Silver Star struck a lumber truck at 7:20 a.m. May 6 and derailed, officials said. The truck’s driver — Boyd James Van Horn of Richmond Hill, Ga. — was fatally injured in the crash. “It felt like a really hard bump,” passenger Darren Hinzman told The Associated Press. “Then I felt a crash. Chairs were falling forward, objects were falling.” The train’s engineer — Larry Wayne Edenfield of Macclenny, Fla. — died May 9 from injuries he sustained in the wreck. He was

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