Ohio Gov Asks Amtrak to Review 3-C Corridor for Possible Passenger Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saying his administration is “committed to providing Ohio’s urban areas with the tools they need to create jobs and attract investments to make their communities vibrant centers of commerce,” Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has written a letter to Amtrak President & CEO Alex Kummant asking the nation’s passenger rail corporation to identify what is needed to initiate rail passenger service in the “3-C” (Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati) corridor. Governor Strickland asked that the analysis be done in two parts: Cleveland to Columbus and Columbus to Cincinnati (via Springfield and Dayton). The Governor called the 3-C the “backbone of the Ohio

Norfolk Southern Utilizes Wind to Power Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ohio

October 29, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

BELLEVUE, Ohio – Norfolk Southern is erecting a 50 kilowatt wind turbine at its Bellevue Yard in Ohio to power the yard’s wastewater treatment plant. Construction of the turbine is expected to begin in November and be complete by the end of the year. This is one of the first times wind has been used to provide power to a railroad facility in the U.S. “Norfolk Southern is assessing opportunities to utilize alternative renewable energy sources where practical,” said Chuck Wehrmeister, vice president safety and environmental. “We are confident that the wind turbine at Bellevue Yard will be an immediate

CSXT Continues Response to Oct. 10 Derailment in Ohio

October 15, 2007 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

CSX Transportation and local responders continue recovery efforts in Painesville, Ohio, just east of Cleveland, after the Oct. 10 derailment. Based on that progress, Painesville and Lake County officials permitted all evacuated residents to return to their homes at noon on Oct. 13. Approximately half of the evacuated residents were permitted to return on the afternoon of Oct. 12. Area residents with questions or needs can call a CSXT telephone hotline, 1-877-835-5279 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. While residents return to their homes, cleanup activities continue at the derailment site. Soil was excavated Saturday in consultation with the Ohio

37 States Experience Fewer Train Accidents During First Six Months of 2006

September 25, 2006 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

WASHINGTON – Thirty-seven states experienced fewer train derailments and collisions during the first half of 2006 as compared to the same period last year Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph H. Boardman announced earlier this month. Boardman also said that railroads were doing a better job focusing on safety performance. A review of the preliminary statistics compiled by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for January through June 2006 reveals that railroads had 262 fewer train accidents, or a 16.1 percent reduction, when compared to the first half of 2005, Boardman said. Specifically, the number of derailments decreased by 13.6 percent and train-to-train

Wheeling & Lake Erie to Get Overhaul

August 10, 2004 Railfanning.org News Wire 0

AKRON, Ohio – The Wheeling & Lake Erie (W&LE) Railway will get a much needed face lift thanks to a new loan from the U.S. Department of Transportation meant to boost the competitiveness of the railroad that serves as a key economic link in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. U.S. Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Emil Frankel was on hand at the railroad’s Brittain Yard in Akron in late July to announce a $25 million loan to the W&LE for rehabilitation of 315 miles of track and replacement of over 168,000 rail ties. “Along the aging Wheeling and Lake Erie

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