Four Killed, 40 Injured Following Metro-North Derailment in the Bronx

December 1, 2013 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

At least four people were killed and 40 more were injured when a Manhattan-bound Metro-North train derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station, according to various media reports. Five of the train’s seven cars derailed, according to The New York Post. The train may have been traveling too fast when it took a tight curve at about 7:20 a.m., the newspaper’s report suggested. The train, which originated in Poughkeepsie, was due to arrive at Grand Central Terminal at 7:43 a.m. All traffic on the Hudson Line has been suspended, according to USA Today. “I was at my desk at

Amtrak’s new ACS-64 locomotives undergoing testing in Colorado

August 13, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

PHILADELPHIA — Amtrak’s next generation of locomotives are undergoing “rigorous” testing before they enter regular service next fall. A pair of the Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotives are being put through the paces at the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) facility in Pueblo, Colo., while a third locomotive will run field tests on the Northeast and Keystone corridors this summer. A fourth will be tested in a climate-controlled chamber to see how it reacts to the extreme temperatures — both hot and cold — it might see while in service. The new ACS-64 locomotives, built by Siemens Mobility, will replace

Amtrak CEO: Time for ‘dedicated, multi-year federal operating and capital funding’

May 7, 2013 Todd DeFeo 0

Amtrak turned 42 years old this month, and the railroad’s president says it is time for a “dedicated, multi-year federal operating and capital funding for Amtrak and intercity passenger rail.” The national railroad, created as a result of the President Richard Nixon-signed Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, took over passenger service from struggling railroads, and its first train, The Clocker, departed from Union Station in New York at 12:05 a.m. on May 1, 1971. Today, the railroad operates 305 weekday trains across a network of 21,100 rail miles. “With record ridership and strong financial performance, Amtrak is successfully fulfilling

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

41 Years Later: Still Debating the Pros, Cons of Amtrak

September 28, 2012 Todd DeFeo 0

For 41 years, policymakers and the public have debated the benefits and pitfalls of Amtrak. The national railroad, created as a result of the President Richard Nixon-signed Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, operates 305 weekday trains across a network of 21,100 rail miles. The new railroad took over passenger service from struggling railroads, and its first train, The Clocker, departed from Union Station in New York at 12:05 a.m. on May 1, 1971. Amtrak for years has touted ridership gains. According to Amtrak, between October 2011 and August 2012, ridership was up 3.4 percent. By Sept. 30, when the

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