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Trains February 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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back to basics: spikes and bridges

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine We are looking at two of the railroad industry’s most basic components this month: spikes and bridges. We do this because, to quote a wise track supervisor I met years ago, without these essential elements, you don’t have a railroad: There are no trains to run, there are no fascinating locomotives to study, there is no business to manage. Railroading’s core components are topics we enjoy covering because of the simple fact that none of this technology is static. It is always changing and growing. To me, it’s important from time to time to stop and review the items we see and use every day. They are the fascinating building blocks of the industry we admire so much. Both spikes and bridges, featured in this issue, have been around from the beginning of…

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on the web

TrainsMag.com CHICAGO DEPOT GALLERY See additional photos from Van Buren Street Station. Photo by Nolan Wallenkamp 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 Bob Johnston 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…

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into the sunset

FOR THE FIRST TIME in nearly 50 years, a U.S. President has been carried to his final resting place by rail. Thousands of spectators lined the route on Dec. 6, 2018, as the 11-car funeral train of George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, traveled from Spring, Texas, to College Station aboard a Union Pacific special powered by a locomotive painted to honor the former president. In Navasota, Texas, one of the small towns along the 70-mile route on UP’s Navasota Subdivision, the crowds stood trackside with a backdrop of buildings decorated with red, white, and blue bunting, along with a sign reading, “President George H.W. Bush. Thank You For A Lifetime of Service.” Students were dismissed from school early to allow what the Navasota Independent School District called “a once in…

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in brief

Presidential funeral train facts UNION PACIFIC NO. 4141 is a 2005-built SD70ACe painted to honor former President George H.W. Bush. The railroad dedicated it in a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. Bush’s funeral consist included: No. 4141 and SD70ACe No. 9096; UP power car 2066; dome car City of Portland; dome car City of San Francisco; baggage car Council Bluffs, carrying Bush’s casket; business car Lone Star; dome car Harriman; diner Overland; sleeping car Portola; diner City of Denver; dome car Walter Dean; and business car Kenefick. The trip lasted 2 hours, 43 minutes. Before Bush, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER was the most recent U.S. president to have a funeral train, in 1969. It traveled 2,804 miles from Washington, D.C., to Abilene, Kan., his hometown,…

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nashville & eastern ges will stay under r.j. corman

EXPECT LITTLE CHANGE when R.J. Corman takes ownership of Nashville & Eastern rail properties. On Nov. 5, 2018, the two companies announced they had finalized an agreement for Corman to purchase the Nashville & Eastern Railroad Corp.; Nashville & Western Railroad Corp.; Transit Solutions Group, the operator of Nashville’s Music City Star commuter railroad; and three related operating entities. Nashville & Eastern was founded in 1986. William Drunsic, founder, worked with partners to lease approximately 110 miles of former Tennessee Central track between Nashville and Monterey, Tenn., from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Nashville & Eastern Railroad Authority. The physical plant was improved and in 2006, the Music City Star commuter rail service began between Nashville and Lebanon, Tenn. Nashville & Eastern operates exclusively with General Electric locomotives, and that will…

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companies collaborate to create short lines in ny, florida

MORE SHORT LINES are being created from Class I railroad main lines in the near future in New York and Florida. Pittsburg, Kan.-based Watco Cos. wants to lease Norfolk Southern track running from Sayre, Pa., to Lansing, N.Y., about 48.8 miles. The shortline holding company, according to its Nov. 8 filing with the Surface Transportation Board, controls 38 Class III railroads and one Class II line. Shortline officials say in their filing that they anticipate no increase in revenue or traffic that would require it to become a Class II or I railroad. The line is known as the Ithaca Secondary. The railroads have agreed on a lease and the Surface Transportation Board approved the deal in late 2018. In Florida, the Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad will acquire 373 miles of CSX…