Woman, Unhurt, Falls in Path of Amtrak Train

NEW CARROLLTON, Md. – A woman, who fell off a platform and under an Amtrak train, avoided injuries, published reported indicate. “It appears to be an accidental fall,” Maryland Gazette Newspapers quoted Chauncey Bowers, spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, as saying. “Unfortunately, she ended up falling onto the track bed and under a portion of the train.” Authorities indicated the train had stopped when the woman fell of the platform. Emergency crews responded to the station shortly after 2 p.m. Monday (June 14) and rescued the woman. She was transported to an area hospital where she was

Empire Builder Reaches 75 Years: Amtrak & Others Celebrate Northernmost U.S. Transcontinental Train

WASHINGTON – The Amtrak Empire Builder, one of the great trains in American history and the northernmost U.S. transcontinental train, will celebrate its 75th anniversary of service on June 11, 2004. “The Empire Builder is an essential public transportation connection across the upper United States,” said Amtrak President and CEO David L. Gunn. “We are the steward of three-quarters of a century of reliable passenger train service to an otherwise isolated area of the nation.” Celebrations are scheduled at each of the three Empire Builder endpoints – Chicago, Seattle and Portland – and at the Milwaukee; St. Paul-Minneapolis; Edmonds, Wash.;

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

Northeast Business Leaders Unite to Preserve Amtrak

WASHINGTON – Citing the vital importance of Amtrak to the nation’s economy and quality of life, a large delegation of East Coast business leaders today introduced a new coalition to advocate for increased federal investment in the aging passenger rail system. The Amtrak Business Coalition (ABC) consists of more than 50 East Coast business organizations from Virginia to Maine and includes The New England Council. In all, the Coalition represents 12 states and the District of Columbia. The ABC will work toward an increased federal commitment to preserve safe and reliable service along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor Main Line, as well

Amtrak: State-of-Good-Repair is Aim of FY ’05 Proposal

April 15, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Amtrak President and Chief Executive Officer David L. Gunn has sent the railroad’s FY ’05 federal grant request of $1.798 billion to Congress. Continuing Amtrak’s comprehensive effort to return the railroad to a state-of-good-repair, the request would fund $791 million in capital projects, provide $570 million for operations and repay a $100 million federal loan obtained in 2002.  The balance of the request is for debt service and working capital.    “As we enter the second year of our five-year strategic plan, this request should come as no surprise to anyone. When we announced our plan last February, we said

One Killed, Dozens Injured in Amtrak Derailment

YAZOO CITY, Miss. – One person was killed and dozens more injured when the northbound City of New Orleans derailed Tuesday (April 6). Meanwhile, members of Amtrak’s customer care team arrived at the wreck scene, about 25 miles north of Jackson, Miss. The team provided assistance for passengers, including accommodations, clothing, transportation and communication. At the time of the wreck, there were 73 people aboard the train – 61 passengers and 12 crewmembers. Injured passengers were taken to six area medical facilities, where most were treated and released; four persons were admitted. One person – 68-year-old Clara L. Downs of

November is Good to Amtrak

December 11, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — Amtrak ended the busiest November in its 32-year history with a ridership total of 2,076,054, up 11.7 percent over last year’s total of 1,858,345. All 16 long-distance trains posted double-digit gains and, collectively, posted a 32 percent surge in ridership. The most impressive gains were realized on the Capitol Limited (Chicago – Pittsburgh – Washington), up 54 percent; the Sunset Limited (Orlando – New Orleans – San Antonio – Los Angeles), up 50 percent; and the Cardinal (Chicago – Indianapolis – New York), up 51 percent due to a route extension from Washington to New York City. Regional

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

Amtrak Employees May Strike for One Day

September 17, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Don’t expect to see any trains Oct. 3 if unions representing Amtrak get what they want. Union leaders have threatened a one-day strike to focus attention on what they are calling gross under funding of the national passenger railroad. Acting Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees President Freddie N. Simpson noted that Amtrak’s President, David Gunn, said Amtrak needs $1.8 billion for Fiscal Year 2004 to maintain its operations. And without that level of funding, Gunn said he will seek to shut down Amtrak nationwide. The US House of Representatives has agreed to provide $900 million in funding

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