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

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

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.

N.J. Transit Set to Open Secaucus Station

August 30, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEWARK, N.J. – After much anticipation, N.J. Transit will open its Secaucus Transfer Station Sept. 6 for weekend-only service, Executive Director George Warrington announced July 31. “The Secaucus transfer station creates new markets, generates job growth and sparks economic development for the State of New Jersey,” said N.J. Transit Board Chairman and State Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “The new hub also sets the groundwork for the next generation of transportation services, such as a new two-track tunnel under the Hudson River and 100 bi-level rail cars.” The $450 million Secaucus transfer connects 10 of N.J. Transit’s 11 rail lines, providing rail

UP Opens $181 Million Chicago Region Intermodal Facility

August 28, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

ROCHELLE, Ill. – Union Pacific on Aug. 27 officially opened a new $181 million intermodal facility here, which officials say will attract companies to the area. “The level of interest from companies looking to relocate to the area continues to be quite high,” Neil Palmer, a suburban Milwaukee-based consultant who worked with Union Pacific on the Rochelle hub, told the Rockford Register Star. “It gives you reason to believe that the facility will continue to attract new business as well as keep business in the region.” Intermodal shipping involves moving freight by more than one mode of transportation without re-packing

The Great Blackout of 2003

August 23, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

NEW YORK – A sweltering heat welcomed passengers to Penn Station Friday (Aug. 15) as power remained out after the nation’s largest blackout. The 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. “I would like to thank our customers for

Challenger Goes for a Ride

August 19, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. – For the first time in its 60-year history, Union Pacific Railroad’s “Challenger” No. 3985, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, made a passenger run between Cheyenne, Wyo., and Joyce, Neb. July 12. The one-day public steam excursion celebrated railroad heritage on a Union Pacific line that has not seen an operating steam locomotive or passenger train in over 50 years. The Challenger pulled a 16-car passenger train. Union Pacific’s No. 3985, an articulated locomotive with a “hinged” frame to allow it to negotiate curves, is 122 feet long. It weighs more than one million pounds, has six-foot-diameter

Amtrak Posts Strong Gains in July

August 16, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Amtrak reported carrying 2,223,358 passengers in July, making it the best month for ridership in the railroad’s 32-year history. The record-setting month comes on the heels of Amtrak’s strongest April, May and June ridership totals ever. The railroad carried 2,098,901 passengers in April, 2,104,916 passengers in May, and 2,129,697 passengers in June. “Slowly but surely we are making improvements, and we are beginning to see results,” Amtrak president David L. Gunn said. “With public support to bring our infrastructure, trains and stations to a state of good repair, Amtrak will continue to build on this success.” Fifteen Amtrak

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