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Trains August 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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for the love of those distinctive diesels

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Fellow locomotive enthusiasts, be prepared for a shock. I’m about to speak well of internal combustion power. Most of you know that anything with a boiler that has siderods or gears quickens my pulse. But today, I’m here to praise diesel locomotives. Steve Glischinski’s report on Electro-Motive Division GP30s that still prowl the Southwest (page 42) got me thinking about diesel locomotives that I like. My general pecking order is that a cab unit — a streamlined E, F, or something by Alco or Baldwin with a round face and a smooth carbody — is tops. Right after that are the Century-series locomotives that Alco built near the end of its production in 1969 — 50 years ago! And just behind are diesels with distinction — the GP30s, U30Cs, and such…

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on the web

TrainsMag.com ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask Trains” segment. Photo by Steve Schmollinger BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTS Listen to Trains columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his biweekly podcasts TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by Ralph Spielman TRAINS PRESENTS Follow along and watch all the action in our growing collection of new videos Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Trains Magazine (issn 0041-0934, usps 529-850) is published monthly by Kalmbach Media Co., 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI, 53187-1612. Periodicals postage paid at Waukesha, Wis., and at additional offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to TRAINS, P.O. Box 8520, Big Sandy, TX 75755. Canada Publication Mail Agreement #40010760.…

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cascades investigation finds widespread blame, dooms talgos

ALMOST NO PARTY ESCAPED unscathed in the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into the fatal 2017 derailment of an Amtrak Cascades train in DuPont, Wash. Some agencies targeted were quick to respond. Just days after the NTSB announced its findings, the Washington State Department of Transportation said the Cascades’ Talgo Series 6 trainsets — like the one involved in the Dec. 18, 2017, accident that killed three people — would be removed from service “as soon as possible.” And Sound Transit, the Seattle-area agency that owns the Point Defiance Bypass where the accident took place, said it would have an outside review of its safety procedures. The NTSB found fault with WSDOT, Sound Transit, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration in the 53 findings and 26 recommendations unveiled in a May 21…

4 min.
michael litschi

MICHAEL LITSCHI RECALLS going to the passenger station in Fullerton, Calif., to watch trains with his dad. Now he’s one of the managers that oversees Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, a major component of rail traffic at that station. The LOSSAN Rail Corridor Agency — the acronym refers to the major route points of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Luis Obispo — took over management of the Surfliner from the California Department of Transportation in 2015. “It was a two-man team for probably the first 18 months or so until we were able to start bringing on staff to support all of the efforts and initiatives,” recalls his boss, Jennifer Bergener, managing director. Together, the pair developed the proposal that earned LOSSAN its managing and marketing role. Since LOSSAN took over, ridership has…

2 min.
widespread psr moves continue

PRECISION SCHEDULED RAILROADING is unfolding in predictable and unpredictable ways on Class I systems this year. Union Pacific will consolidate six Chicago-area intermodal terminals into four in July. And Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena says the focus on hump yards is misplaced. “Did we shut down and curtail operations at two hump yards? Absolutely. Is there probably more that we’re going to do? Absolutely,”Vena says.“But at the end of it what it comes down to is: What can you do to move a railcar faster?” A hump yard is efficient, he says, but it’s best to avoid them when possible. Kansas City Southern slashed a day out of some of its cross-border intermodal schedules, nearly all of which were tightened as it combined traffic into longer trains, particularly in Mexico. After reducing terminal…

4 min.
another train derails

ffrailey@gmail.com Blog: TrainsMag.com I’d be grateful if someone could figure out how to provide passenger rail service at a profit — or at least discover those few parameters or circumstances in which the economics come close to working. Or just demonstrate you can run passenger trains without throwing money to the winds. The failures are embarrassing. In June’s column [“Fred Twitches, Durham Sizzles,” “Commentary”], I wrote about the light rail line, 17 miles long, between Durham and Chapel Hill, N.C., that would cost $3 billion to build and outfit. That came to $169 million a mile. At that, my imagination failed me — how can you give away enough Benjamins to spend that much money every 5,280 feet? People more knowledgeable about public finance told me that other, similar light rail projects…