Amtrak’s Grounded Acela Returns to Service on N.E. Corridor

August 1, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON – The first Acela Express trains returned to service July 11 with four daily departures from New York and Washington, marking an end to a roughly three-month service disruption, Amtrak announced. Throughout July, Amtrak announced weekday Acela Express service between New York and Washington beginning Monday, as well as weekend service starting July 16 on the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak suspended the trains’ operations after the discovery of cracks on the spokes of brake discs on April 15. The first trains to return operated Monday-Friday with two morning and two afternoon departures from New York and Washington, and served all

June 2005 Wreck Roundup

July 15, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

A Union Pacific coal train derailed June 26 near Glenwood Springs, Colo., and the mishap stranded 200 passengers aboard an Amtrak train using the same tracks. Eighteen cars of the Union Pacific train derailed, but no coal from any of the cars spilled, WLS television in Chicago reported. Amtrak planned on using buses to transport passengers past the derailment. Eleven cars derailed in Jasper County, Texas, on June 24 and caused more than $1 million in damages, KTRE reported. Although the 74 car Watco Co. train had four cars with hazardous materials, none of them derailed, and no injuries or

May 2005 Wreck Roundup

June 10, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

A vacuum train derailed May 31 at a Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn, Newsday reported. The MTA train pulled out of a station around 4 a.m. and it took crews almost 12 hours to clean up the derailment. A Canadian National train derailed May 30 in Baton Rouge, La., and forced the evacuation of some downtown blocks, The (Baton Rouge) Advocate reported. Eight cars derailed, half of which were carrying the flammable gas propylene oxide, according to the newspaper. On May 24, a Union Pacific train derailed in Los Angeles and a car leaked acetone, a television station reported. A pair

Amtrak: Problems Force Acelas Off Tracks, Metroliners Ride Again

May 12, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON — Amtrak suffered yet another blow in April, when its high-speed trains in the Northeast were taken off line, forcing the railroad’s management to add more Metroliners to the schedule. Starting April 25, Metroliner trains were added in most Washington-New York Acela weekday time slots between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. All 13 hourly departures will be covered by Metroliners starting May 2. “We are going to do everything we can to satisfy our passengers, running a reliable schedule that they can count on,” said Amtrak’s Senior Vice President of Operations, William Crosbie. Click here to read more.

April 2005 Wreck Roundup

May 10, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

More than 20 cars from a Norfolk Southern freight train derailed April 26 in North Carolina, snarling rail traffic and delaying Amtrak trains. In all, 21 of the train’s 112 cars derailed. The train was traveling from Asheville, N.C., en route to Linwood, N.C., when it derailed about 40 miles north of Charlotte, N.C. No one was injured in the derailment. A dozen cars derailed April 22 in a CSX rail yard in Waycross, Ga., a Jackson, Fla., television station reported. The 12 cars, which were carrying primarily logs, and two engines derailed in the east end of Rice Yard,

The Legacy of Casey Jones

May 1, 2005 Todd DeFeo 0

Casey Jones is as much myth as he is historic figure. Jones was catapulted into American folklore and became a railroad legend shortly before 4 a.m. on April 30, 1900.

March 2005 Wreck Reundup

April 10, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

On March 18, a 15-year-old boy was killed trying to beat a Long Island Rail Road train, Newsday reported. The boy was walking with five friends along Gillette Avenue headed to a barber shop, according to the newspaper. The boy who was killed ignored warning signals — including bells and flashing lights, authorities said. At least 13 people were killed March 13 in a derailment in the Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue, according to Reuters news agency. Two of a train’s 13 cars derailed killing nine people immediately, according to Reuters. The four other people died en route to the

February 2005 Wreck Roundup

March 15, 2005 The Cross-Tie 0

The man charged in a deadly January Metrolink derailment pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of murder, according to various news sources. California authorities initially said Juan Manuel Alvarez parked his SUV on train tracks to commit suicide, but changed his mind and abandoned his vehicle. Eleven people were killed in the wreck and hundreds more injured. One person was killed and at least 50 others injured when an express passenger train derailed Feb. 28 in eastern Bangladesh, The Associated Press reported. According to reports, the Joyantika Express derailed en route Dhaka. The train was traveling from Sylhet, a city

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