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Trains April 2020

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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hot spots of our life and times

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Among the many college courses that I enjoyed as an undergraduate was economic geography. It intrigued me, and it was well suited for my early and ongoing railroad fascination. Today, 40 years later, it seems like I am thinking about that class every time I go into the field to examine a railroad location where business is brisk and traffic is heavy. In short, a hot spot. In my years as a train-watcher, the hot spot of the day has wandered across the map. At various times, it’s been the export coal docks at Tidewater, Va., the coal mines in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and the container ship port at Long Beach, Calif. And as Bill Stephens reports on pages 34-41, a new star is in the sky — that remote,…

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on the web

TRAINS NEWSLETTER Sign up on our homepage for a free weekly email newsletter to learn what’s in our latest issue, get hot news, watch videos, sign up for trips and events, and more. Photo by Robert W. Scott LOCOMOTIVE ROSTERS Subscribers can download PDFs of the latest locomotive roster data for North America’s Class I railroads and Amtrak. Photo by Marshall W. Beecher TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by Bob Johnston ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask Trains” segment. Photo by Michael S. Murray 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…

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conversations

Letter GREEN BAY & WESTERN GRATITUDE I enjoyed the story, “Golf Balls & Western” [“In My Own Words,” pages 64-66, February], on the Green Bay & Western Railroad. When I was a kid, we called it the “Grab Baggage & Walk.” A friend had an uncle who worked for the railroad and said it meant “Get Busy & Work.” I never heard the golf balls label. When I was in my twenties, my wife asked me to help with a fundraiser for the Green Bay Symphony. One of my assigned calls was to the Green Bay & Western, and I was asked to meet with H. Weldon McGee, the railroad’s president. I was invited into his office and explained the fundraiser, and he kindly asked how much we would like to raise. I…

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gregory hynes

GREGORY HYNES IS NOT A STRANGER to railroading. The national legislative director of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers Transportation Division (SMART-TD) is a fifth-generation railroader who hired out on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in Los Angeles in 1995. At the time, railroads were pushing for remote-control locomotive operations in rail yards and Hynes thought that was unsafe. “I wanted to get involved and so I started attending union meetings,” he says. “Then I ran for union office and now I’m here.” In 2003, Hynes was elected legislative representative of Local 1081 at Glendale, Ariz. The following year, he became assistant legislative director for Arizona, then director in 2009. Hynes was elected national legislative director in August 2019, replacing long-time official John Risch. TRAINS spoke with…

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virginia’s big deal

THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA’S $3.7 billion agreement with CSX Transportation, unveiled in late 2019, will dramatically expand rail capacity, setting the stage for more Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express service. It could boost passenger-rail travel as far south as North Carolina, if not beyond. Projects in the agreement announced by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will be completed over a 10-year period. The deal includes acquisition of 225 miles of track and 350 miles of right-of-way from CSX. To help fund it, Northam in January proposed a 4-cent increase in the state’s gas tax. When completed in 2030, improvements will include a second two-track bridge over the Potomac River, a fourth mainline track between Crystal City and Alexandria, a third track from Franconia to Lorton, six new passing sidings, and a Franconia-to-Springfield bypass…

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humps idled, crews cut as up remake continues

CHANGES CONTINUE AT YARDS across Union Pacific as part of the railroad’s implementation of its version of Precision Scheduled Railroading. The most recent move saw the hump at Davidson Yard in Fort Worth, Texas, shut down in January. It was the fifth hump UP has idled since adopting E. Hunter Harrison’s operating model. The railroad also has shifted some switching from Settegast Yard in Houston to nearby Englewood Yard, and concentrated Kansas City-area switching at 18th Street Yard after shutting down neighboring Armourdale Yard and previously idling the hump at Neff Yard. “Going forward, we will continue to look for ways to reduce car touches, leading to additional terminal rationalization opportunities on our network,” Chief Operating Officer Jim Vena told investors and analysts on UP’s fourth-quarter earnings call. Classifying cars fewer times…