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Trains June 2019

TRAINS IS THE #1 MAGAZINE AMONG RAILROAD ENTHUSIASTS! EACH ISSUE IS PACKED WITH PROBING FEATURES, RAILROAD NEWS, EXPERT COMMENTARY, CUTTING-EDGE INDUSTRY REPORTS, DETAILED MAPS AND SPECTACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY COVERING RAILROADING’S INFLUENTIAL HISTORY AND EXCITING FUTURE.

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‘skookum’ and other steam dreams

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Those of us who thrill to the excitement of restored steam power were ready to take a big hit in 2019. Positive train control, Hunter Harrison’s legacy of cost cutting, and general trends were supposed to make this year a dud. Instead, as I write these words, we have a lot to look forward to. Trains magazine helped kick things off in March with our Skookum photo charter at the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Learn more about that adventure on page 30. Union Pacific’s Big Boy 4-8-8-4 No. 4014 is the biggest thing for steam preservation… well, since the end of regular service steam 60 years ago. Back East, Western Maryland Scenic Railroad is restoring its Chesapeake & Ohio Railway 2-6-6-2 No. 1309. These locomotives are why I like to call…

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on the web

LOCOMOTIVE ROSTERS Subscribers can download PDFs of the latest locomotive roster data for North America’s Class I railroads and Amtrak. Photo by Matt Krause BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTS Listen to Trains columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his biweekly podcasts TRAINS PRESENTS Follow along and watch all the action in our growing collection of new videos TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by Justin Franz Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine…

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metrolink ceo stephanie wiggins

STEPHANIE WIGGINS’ CAREER in public transportation is, by her own description, an accident. In 1994, while awaiting admission to a college MBA program, she took a summer job with San Bernardino Associated Governments, and “got excited about the connection public service has to mobility, and opportunity,” she says. So she stayed, one job led to another, and on Jan. 1, 2019, Wiggins became the CEO of Metrolink, the commuter rail agency for Los Angeles and adjacent counties. She sat down with Trains for an hour-long interview in February. These highlights have been edited for length and clarity. Q How do you assess your ridership? What’s the No. 1 way you can grow ridership? A We’re underperforming. Our ridership is growing a little bit, but given our service area [of] 18 to 20…

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after the flood

MARCH FLOODING in the Midwest produced major disruptions to rail service, as well as eye-catching images of trains wading through standing water, and traffic reroutes for both freight and Amtrak trains. What goes into the decisions to operate through floodwaters, or to reroute trains? Railroad decisions on operating through water are on a case-by-case basis; the General Code of Operating Rules, used by western railroads, specifies a 5-mph speed limit when water is above the top of the rail, and requires authorization by a mechanical department supervisor. Track-maintenance and building-and-bridges supervisors can be involved to determine the stability of the right-of-way and any bridges or culverts. If traffic is detoured onto another railroad, a master agreement covers costs and liabilities, says Bruce Barrett, who retired from BNSF Railway as manager, joint facilities.…

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miamicentral’s virgin debut

RED REPLACED Brightline yellow as the dominant color at MiamiCentral on April 4 when Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson swept into town to rebrand the line’s flagship terminal. “Brightline did a very good job of building their brand from scratch,” Branson tells Trains on the ride to West Palm Beach after unveiling the new logo in front of the station, “but adopting the Virgin brand and the fun, panache, and 98-percent name recognition in America that goes with it will put Virgin Trains USA on the global map.” During the visit, Virgin Trains USA president Patrick Goddard revealed the company’s expansion from West Palm Beach to Orlando would open simultaneously with a station at Walt Disney World and a connection with Orlando’s SunRail commuter system. Earlier in the week, the company…

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boardman’s legacy

HOW APPROPRIATE, and haunting, was the blast from Amtrak locomotive horns that sounded at 11:01 a.m. nationwide on March 15. The coordinated salute marked a final farewell to Amtrak’s second-longest-serving president, Joe Boardman, who died March 7 at age 70, following a stroke. Boardman left Amtrak in 2016 after eight years, but not before pushing through orders for 130 single-level passenger cars to replace aging heritage relics, buying 70 ACS-64 electric locomotives, and inking the deal with Alstom for 28 Avelia Liberty trainsets. Previously, Boardman spent three years as Federal Railroad Administration Administrator and eight before that as New York State Transportation Commissioner. Though retired, he never shied away from voicing opinions about how Amtrak must continue to link the nation together [see “Boardman Talks to Trains,” “News,” March 2019]. The many…