Isabel Slows Trains

October 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON — Rail service along the eastern coast was slowed in September because of Hurricane Isabel. Amtrak, CSX, Norfolk Southern and other railroads between North Carolina and New York reported interruptions to their service due to the hurricane. Norfolk Southern implemented its contingency plan, taking extra safety precautions to assure the safety of employees and prevent damage to facilities, equipment, and shipments, the railroad said in a news release. This included moving equipment and shipments that have not yet placed within customer facilities, out of coastal and low lying areas prone to flooding. Likewise, CSX ceased some operations between Virginia

Blackout Halts, Delays Northeast Travel

September 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

NEW YORK — A sweltering heat welcomed passengers to Penn Station Saturday, Aug. 16. A massive power outage left millions without power and thousands more stranded when transportation unable to operate. Commuter rail and subways shut down leaving residents without travel options. And when power was partially restored, travel was slow and fewer trains, particularly on New Jersey Transit lines, operated. Within days, however, rail service was back to normal, with passengers being whisked across the Northeast on assorted subways and commuter trains.

Railroad History Runs Deep in Guthrie, Ky.; Trains Still Run

June 1, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

GUTHRIE, Ky. — Driving into this small town, hugging the Kentucky- Tennessee state line, one can feel a sense of history, long forgotten over several decades. At one point in history, five railroads served the city. Today, one Class I Railroad and one short-line railroad still pass through Guthrie on a daily basis. Trains first reached Guthrie in the 1850s. And within the next 30 years, Guthrie became a hub for travelers and railroads. Trains left Guthrie, connecting to almost anywhere in the Eastern United States. The first, and most famous railroad to serve Guthrie, was the Louisville & Nashville

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

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

Amtrak Gets Most of Requested Funding

March 10, 2003 The Cross-Tie 0

WASHINGTON – Congress on Feb. 13 passed legislation granting Amtrak a $1.05 billion operating and capital grant for the 2003 fiscal year. Additionally, repayment of a June 28, 2002, $100 million from the U.S. DOT loan from has been deferred. “We have no plans to shut down,” Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Van Veen told Gannett News Service. Amtrak’s $1.2 billion request for the fiscal year was predicated upon projected revenue levels and tight controls on spending. Despite the appropriation, Amtrak still believes sustaining operations will be an ongoing challenge. “Though the budget will be extremely tight, this funding level should be

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