CSX Transportation Launches Track Maintenance Blitz

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – During a nine-day blitz, CSX suspended operations on a key rail line from Elkhorn City, Ky., to Laurens, S.C., while hundreds of railroad employees performed track upgrades, highway-rail crossing improvements and bridge and tunnel repairs. The engineering “Jamboree,” which ran from June 30 through July 8, enabled CSX to complete in nine days what would take two months if train operations were not rerouted. This year’s Jamboree was the largest of several such events the railroad has held across its 23,000-mile rail network since 1999, and materials have been pre-staged during the past six months. “Jamborees have

Amtrak No. 40: Time for a Paintjob?

July 1, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

ATLANTA — On a recent jaunt to Washington, D.C., on Amtrak’s Crescent, I noticed something on the train’s lead Genesis unit. It needs a paint job. I’m not sure why it struck me. Perhaps, it was the most detailed examination of a Genesis unit I had ever given. So, on my way down the stairs leading to the plat- form, I snapped a picture and captured the moment on film. In the scheme of railfanning, it’s not an Earth shattering development. But, nonetheless, I found the picture compelling and be worthy of publication here. The picture isn’t typical of what

Railfanning is Fun, But Safety is Key

June 14, 2003 Todd DeFeo 0

I always play it safe when I take to a trackside location to railfan. Safety is my — and should be all railfans’ — No. 1 priority. For example, if you’re watching trains from a railroad crossing, abide by the law and stay behind the gates.

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

U.S., Canadian Customs Agencies, Railroads Reach Agreement To Strengthen Security

OTTAWA, Ontario – United States and Canadian customs agencies, along with Canada’s two major railways, have announced a declaration of principles to further enhance security at the Canada-U.S. border and to ensure secure rail access to the U.S. The joint government-industry initiative was completed after several months of discussion about ways to increase security of U.S.-bound rail shipments, while ensuring trade continues to flow between the two countries. These discussions were part of a larger process of implementing the Smart Border Declaration adopted by Canada and the United States in December 2001. “The signing of the declaration of principles shows

High Speed Rail in America

April 15, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

At the new year of 2003, only one high-speed rail corridor was in operation in the United States – The Northeast Corridor. “Our goal with this first Acela Express train was to establish a strong initial presence between Boston and New York and based on these initial results, we are succeeding,” said former Amtrak President George D. Warrington in January 2001. “Acela Express marks the introduction of premium, limited stop Amtrak service in New England and this first roundtrip was scheduled to serve that market.” However, high-speed rail as a viable option is being considered in communities nationwide. And in

CSX Relocates Headquarters

April 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

CSX Corporation announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to Jacksonville, Fla., from Richmond, Va., on Feb. 15. “This decision continues CSX’s strategic evolution from a multimodal transportation company to a streamlined enterprise with greater focus on our railroad,” said Michael J. Ward, CSX chairman, president and chief executive officer. “As a result, we no longer need a central location for our holding company, and it makes business sense to locate the corporate headquarters in the same city as the major operating unit, CSX Transportation. “We have a deep and lasting gratitude for the relationships formed in Richmond and will

Railroads in 2002

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (NYSE: BNI) FORT WORTH, Texas – BNSF’s earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2002, was $2.00 on a diluted basis compared with prior period earnings of $1.87 per diluted share. Freight revenues for the year were $8.87 billion compared with 2001 revenues of $9.09 billion. Operating expenses of $7.32 billion decreased by $135 million. Operating income fell to $1.66 billion from $1.75 billion as compared with the prior period. 2001 earnings include unusual items comprised of an automotive contract settlement gain, losses on non-rail investments, work force reduction related costs and an expense

UP Offers Quick Web Pricing Solutions For Expanding “MexDirect” Service

March 31, 2003 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

OMAHA, Neb. – Union Pacific has announced that customers can now access rail through-rates and easy-to-use instructions on the UP Web site for their MexDirect product, offered in conjunction with the Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana and other participating rail connections. MexDirect, first introduced last year, is the industry’s first “one-stop” rail product for shipments moving between major markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Union Pacific and Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (TFM ) also announced the expansion of this innovative product, first introduced to cover iron and steel sheet or coil, to include other steel products, lumber, and various panel products. “We

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