Amtrak: Private dollars will follow taxpayer funding

December 18, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

As Amtrak looks to upgrade its operations in the Northeast Corridor, the railroad made it clear public money will be needed to jump start the project. In testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure earlier this month, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said revenues of $1 billion or more annually from Northeast Corridor operations could lead to private investment. But, that is likely to come after taxpayers pony up the dollars to fund upgrades. Early next year, Amtrak plans to start the process to replace its 20 Acela Express train sets. The railroad wants to buy

Strike Clock Ticking for Amtrak Machinists

November 2, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) says its 500 Amtrak members can strike on Dec. 1 unless President Bush intervenes and appoints a Presidential Emergency Board (PEB). A 30-day countdown began when the National Mediation Board formally released the IAM and Amtrak from mediated negotiations on Oct. 31. “We expect and are prepared for a Presidential Emergency Board,” said IAM General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “Our attorneys and economists are primed to defend the fair and reasonable positions our negotiators have taken at the bargaining table.” Once empanelled, a PEB has 30 days to

Amtrak and Cianbro Corp. Announce $76 Million Bridge Span Replacement at New London, Conn.

January 13, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – The nearly 100-year-old Thames River Bridge between New London, Conn., and Groton, Conn., will undergo a $76 million replacement of its aging bascule lift span under a construction contract between Amtrak and Pittsfield, Maine-based Cianbro Corp., the parties announced. The construction project will take two years to complete and is the largest single capital improvement Amtrak will make to the Northeast Corridor during this time. Work on the project begins this month on the installation of seven new underwater communications and signal submarine cables. In the most dramatic phase of the construction project to occur over 12 days

Investigators Looking at Speed in Deadly Philadelphia Antrak Wreck

May 13, 2015 Todd DeFeo 0

Investigators are looking into whether speed played a role in the fatal wreck that left six dead and dozens more injured, CNN reported. The train derailed about 9:30 p.m. just north of Philadelphia. The train was traveling from Washington to New York. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life from Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening,” Amtrak said in a statement. Amtrak said there were 238 passengers and five crewmembers on the train at the time of the crash. At least 140 people were taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition,

Wrecks

August 24, 2013 Railfanning.org 0

May 12, 2015: Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured after an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington to New York derailed in Philadelphia. Amtrak said there were 238 passengers and five crew members on the train at the time of the crash. At least 140 people were taken to area hospitals, some in critical condition, according to news reports. Amtrak service on the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended. Feb. 24, 2015: Dozens were injured after a Metrolink commuter train struck a tractor-trailer trailer in Oxnard, Calif. The driver of the truck apparently fled the scene of the

Dining Car

September 23, 2012 Railfanning.org 0

Edited from Wikipedia Before dining cars in passenger trains were common in the United States, a rail passenger’s option for meal service in transit was to patronize one of the roadhouses often located near the railroad’s water stops. Fare typically consisted of rancid meat, cold beans and old coffee, and such poor conditions discouraged many from making the journey. Most railroads began offering meal service on trains even before the First Transcontinental Railroad. By the mid-1880s, dedicated dining cars were a normal part of long-distance trains from Chicago for points westward, save those of the Santa Fe, which relied on

Gainesville, Georgia

January 7, 2011 Railfanning.org 0

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — May 28, 1871, spelled an important day for the city of Gainesville — it was the day that the Atlanta and Richmond Air Line Railway opened. In 1894, the railroad came under the control of Southern Railway. The railroad served as an important link between Atlanta and Charlotte. As the railroad grew, so to did other lines that served Gainesville and the city quickly became and important railroad hub. On Aug. 23, 1872, the Gainesville, Jefferson and Southern Railroad was chartered. A 55-mile segment between Gainesville and Monroe opened March 8, 1884. In 1904, the Gainesville Midland

Atlanta, Georgia

January 7, 2011 Railfanning.org 0

ATLANTA — Atlanta is a true railroad town. If not for the railroad, the city may not exist. Case in point: The city was originally named Terminus. That’s because the city was established at the starting point of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which the Georgia General Assembly chartered in 1836 to connect Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn. Atlanta Railroad Timeline 1842: The Georgia Railroad (chartered in 1833) between Augusta and Atlanta opens 1846: The Macon & Western Railroad connecting Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., opens May 9, 1850: The complete Western & Atlantic line (chartered in 1836) between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tenn., opens 1853:

Metuchen, New Jersey

January 6, 2011 Railfanning.org 3

METUCHEN, N.J. — The first trains passed through this Central New Jersey town in 1836 when the New Jersey Railroad was completed. The current railroad depot is situated in the center of town and was built in 1888, the same year the railroad right-of-way was elevated above the street. It was rededicated on Dec. 13, 1979, and today serves N.J. Transit commuter trains. A second line, the Easton and Amboy Railroad, reached Metuchen in the 1870s. At Metuchen, Easton and Amboy passenger traffic connected with the Pennsylvania Railroad and continued to the Pennsylvania’s Exchange Place in Jersey City, a connection that lasted until 1891

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