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Rail Blog

That Wasn’t a … Was It?

It never fails. There I was standing inside a building no more than 50 feet away from the railroad tracks when the sound of a freight train breaks the evening silence. I wait patiently, looking out the window in anticipation. Lo and behold, here comes the mixed with a Southern Pacific engine among the motive power. Figures, I don’t have my camera handy (Actually, my camera was out in my car). OK, so it’s only one train. And besides, it’s not like I’ve never seen a Southern Pacific locomotive in action. Fifteen minutes passed and the sound of another freight

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Miscellaneous

A brush with history

For decades, an aging relic has stood as the icon of this city’s railroad past. Now, thanks to donations from some area businesses, the 76-year-old Gainesville Midland steam engine No. 208 has a new coat of paint.

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NTSB

NTSB: Failure to Adhere to Track Warrant Control Led to Fatal Texas Wreck

WASHINGTON – The probable cause of a May 19, 2004, fatal collision between two BNSF trains was caused by one crew’s failure to adhere to an after-arrival track warrant requiring them to stay in one location until the northbound train arrived, the National Transportation Safety Board has determined. Contributing to the accident was BNSF Railway Co.’s use of after-arrival track warrant authority in non-signaled territory, and the Federal Railroad Administration’s failure to prohibit the use of such authority. Also contributing to the accident was the train dispatcher’s informal communications regarding planned train meeting locations. “This accident could have been prevented