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Trains December 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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on the web

ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask TRAINS” segment. Photo by Steve Sweeney BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTS Listen to TRAINS columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his biweekly podcasts LOCOMOTIVE ROSTERS Subscribers can download PDFs of the latest locomotive roster data for North America’s Class I railroads and Amtrak. Photo by Craig Williams TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by David Lassen Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine…

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‘t’ in texas — for today and tomorrow

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Texas has long been a major factor when it comes to U.S. railroads. It still is, and it’s poised to be even more important. That’s why we’re devoting the feature section of this issue to the railroads of Texas. With 52 railroads it ranks second only to Pennsylvania in the number of operating companies, and with more than 10,000 miles of track it’s far ahead of No. 2 Illinois by some 3,000 miles, according to the Association of American Railroads. There’s a reason why all that track is there, and it’s not just because of the state’s size. Texas is home to millions, and it’s growing fast. Check your favorite search engine for stories about Texas’ projected growth through the first half of the 21st century, and you’ll understand why the state’s…

1 min.
conversations

Letter ROUTE 220 IN ROANOKE I liked Oren B. Helbok’s cool and informative article, “Railfan Road” [pages 42-49, October], and wanted to mention additional organizations in the Roanoke, Va., area. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is home to Norfolk & Western Class J 4-8-4 No. 611, along with other locomotives and exhibits. The Roanoke Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society maintains and operates its own locomotives, rolling stock, and artifacts on the VMT grounds. Also, the Norfolk & Western Historical Society houses an extensive collection of documents, drawings, artifacts, and literature on the N&W Railway and other railroads. On a U.S. Route 220 trip, Roanoke is worthy of a full day of railfanning. Paul VanHoosen, Roanoke, Va. Fixes August 2019 Page 54: One BNSF Railway model was omitted in the “Ask Trains” answer about sixaxle locomotives.…

7 min.
rafael santana

RAFAEL SANTANA BECAME president and CEO of Wabtec July 1, after the historic merger earlier in 2019 with GE Transportation, where he had been CEO. TRAINS spoke with Santana about the combined company, its locomotive strategy, global competition, new technology products, and its transit business. Questions and answers have been condensed. Q You’re still in the process of combining the two companies. How is the merger going? A This year Wabtec completes 150 years of history in the transportation industry, and I think we are really off to a solid start as we merge the two companies. We’re driving productivity. We’re moving people, and moving products around the globe. We’ve made several really positive strides in integrating our cultures and getting the right organizational structure. It’s all about delivering a solid set of…

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first battery-electric road unit to debut

NORTH AMERICA’S FIRST HEAVYHAUL, battery-electric road locomotive is scheduled to be delivered in late 2020 and begin testing in California in 2021. Wabtec has begun construction of the “FLX Drive” locomotive. The plan is to pair it with existing diesels to create a hybrid consist, able to run on diesel or electric power, or a combination of the two. The initial test will be on a 350-mile stretch of BNSF Railway between Stockton and Barstow, Calif. That will be the test site because about half of the more than $30-million cost of developing the first locomotive will come from a grant from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. Wabtec estimates that the introduction of the battery-electric locomotive will bring fuel savings of 10% to 15% to the entire consist. The unit…

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conway and conrail

briansolomon.author@gmail.com @briansolomon.author Blog: briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/ Podcast: TrainsMag.com At the start of school were you ever assigned one of those “my summer vacation” essays? My teenage summer descriptions probably read more like a child’s fantasy than the typical essay. That’s because it was pure fiction: I worried that if I wrote about what I really did, I’d be quizzed, “Tell us again, why were you riding on a locomotive?” This past summer I had two jobs. One was to illustrate, research, and write a book on Conrail. The second came up unexpectedly. At the end of May, I traveled to North Conway, N.H., to research and photograph for a TRAINS article on the Conway Scenic Railroad. My old friend Dave Swirk, Conway’s president and general manager, mentioned that he was short of help and hoped I could…