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Trains February 2021

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Positive train control is finally here. After decades of research, literally an act of Congress to make it happen, and a dozen years of implementation efforts, it’s on major railroads from coast to coast. Now railroaders are looking to squeeze more operational efficiencies by using PTC. Malcolm Kenton explains in this issue what the future looks like, and how the controversial system may help keep railroading competitive in our increasingly fast-paced world. I know a lot of railroaders who find PTC to be a cumbersome system (A real dispatcher conversation with a train crew facing troubles, “Please reboot your locomotive.”), but now that it is an everyday part of railroading, it’s time to see what else it can do for the industry.…

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3 min
rail industry awaits biden administration

AS PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN awaits his Jan. 20, 2021, inauguration, his impact on railroading is expected to extend far beyond the passenger railroad, which led to his “Amtrak Joe” nickname. Supporters of everything from two-person freight-train crews to high speed rail to the long-stalled Gateway Tunnel are looking to Biden to advance their causes. Biden pledged during his campaign to require two-person crews. The current Federal Railroad Administration position is there’s no need for a federal crew-size law, given the lack of data showing two-person crews are safer than single-person operations. Unions have sought two-person requirements and have managed to successfully push for laws in some states, although those regulations are being challenged in court. Biden’s approach to larger issues such as trade and the environment are also likely to affect freight…

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1 min
news photos

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1 min
amtrak hails fra on-time performance standards

AMTRAK CALLS A NEW Federal Railroad Administration rule establishing a minimum standard to measure on-time performance by host railroads “a victory for Amtrak customers.” The head of the FRA says it’s an effort to get the parties involved to cooperate. The rule defines arrivals within 15 minutes of the scheduled time at every stop as “on time.” To meet the minimum standard, a train must deliver 80% of its passengers on time for any two consecutive calendar quarters. The new definition likely means most schedules must be renegotiated to ensure ontime arrivals at heavily used stations. It also requires Amtrak and host railroads to certify Amtrak schedules, and creates metrics for ridership, train delays, station performance, and host running time. The establishment of the rule addresses a gap caused by litigation over…

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1 min
csx announces it will buy pan am railways

CSX TRANSPORTATION announced plans to buy 1,700-mile New England regional PAN AM RAILWAYS. CSX CEO Jim Foote said the deal would have “substantial benefits to the rail-served industries of the Northeast,” but NORFOLK SOUTHERN indicated reservations. NS, a partner with Pan Am in the PAN AM SOUTHERN, which gives NS access to New England, said it was “carefully considering the effects of this transaction, especially any competitive harm to the marketplace.” Above, a Pan Am train passes through Orange, Mass. ROCKY MOUNTAINEER announced plans to launch service between Denver and Moab, Utah, in August 2021, using single-level, large-window SilverLeaf coaches. The trip includes an overnight stay in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Fares start at $1,250; access to a lounge car with drinks and an enhanced menu adds $395. The 21-mile portion of…

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4 min
final frontier?

briansolomon.author@gmail.com @briansolomon.author Blog: briansolomon.com/trackingthelight/ Podcast: TrainsMag.com Borders can be abstract concepts: political affectations born from the complexities of human interactions and/or disagreement, strengthened by wars, strife, mistrust, economic disparity, or — as the events of 2020 demonstrated — the fear of viral infection. In some situations political borders are founded or augmented by natural boundaries, where an imposing body of water or a wall of mountains presents an obvious obstacle, but many modern borders are purely abstract — just dotted lines on a map — yet the divisions they represent are real. I’ve often crossed borders in my study of railroads. In the 1980s, one of my first big solo rail journeys included an overnight trip on Amtrak’s Montrealer between Springfield, Mass., and its namesake. During my southward journey, I experienced the power of an international…

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