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Trains September 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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they haul what by train?

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine The basic premise of any business is problem solving. In our case, it’s how to explain railroading to you the reader. For the railroad industry, it’s how to move big stuff long distances. The situation is well explained on pages 28-33 with Robert Scott’s story about moving 737 fuselages from their manufacturing location in Kansas to their final assembly point in Washington state. That’s a big shipment, and that’s a long way to carry it. It’s impressive! I think about that first trip on the tracks for a new airplane every time I board a plane that belongs to Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest operator of 737s with more than 750 in its fleet. I doubt that any of my fellow passengers know or care where their plane began its life…

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on the web

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.…

1 Min.
conversations

Letter AN UNLIKELY LOCATION The June issue’s cover photo of Norfolk Southern’s Pennsylvania Railroad heritage unit, ES44AC No. 8102, reminded me of another Tuscan Red, yellow-pinstriped diesel I saw in Moradabad, India, in January 1994. Indian Railways Class WDS6 No. 36088, a broad gauge locomotive, was built in 1986 by Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi, India. I was there to chase the Indian Railways’ still-abundant steam power, but I couldn’t resist this Pennsy look-alike, even if it was a diesel. J.W. Swanberg, Guilford, Conn. Fixes March 2019 Pages 22-23: The direction of the train was incorrect in the caption. The Rocky Mountaineer test train heads west at Kamloops, British Columbia. June 2019 Page 28: The Niles station was misidentified. It is a former Southern Pacific station. Page 50: The Budd Co. plant’s location was incorrect. The plant was located on…

6 Min.
robert lauby

ROBERT LAUBY, the top career safety officer at the Federal Railroad Administration, retired April 13 as associate administrator for railroad safety. Lauby joined FRA in 2005 as a senior systems safety engineer after leading the National Transportation Safety Board’s railroad accident investigation program for a decade. His career included stints in locomotive maintenance at Conrail; at a railroad equipment company, Knorr Brake; and as a consultant. Trains spoke with Lauby about advancements in rail safety—and what remains to be done. Q How did attitudes toward railroad safety change over the course of your career? A There seems to be more social responsibility for safety that wasn’t there before. Things that were tolerated in the old days—drinking, not getting your rest, unsafe activities—I don’t believe the working man is that tolerant of those…

2 Min.
hoosier state’s last hurrah

IN THE END, it didn’t matter to state lawmakers that central Indiana communities, fighting to preserve daily train service, have for years contributed more than $350,0000 of operating support to the Hoosier State. The train made its last runs June 30 after Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb declined to include a $3-million annual grant in his $33-billion, two-year state budget [see “Hoosier State Threatened—Again,” “Passenger,” April 2019]. This leaves only the triweekly Cardinal to serve the Chicago-Indianapolis route. Amtrak immediately added more direct Thruway bus options between Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Chicago. Those bypass Crawfordsville, Rensselaer, and Dyer, Ind., now served only by the Cardinal on Monday northbound, Tuesday southbound, and Thursdays and Saturdays in both directions. There are no trains between Chicago and Indianapolis on Fridays and Sundays, the busiest travel days…

1 Min.
news briefs

VIRGIN TRAINS USA held a ceremony to mark the start of construction on its extension from West Palm Beach, Fla., to Orlando, but said it would delay the beginning of work on its proposed service between Southern California and Las Vegas, Nev., after failing to secure tax breaks from the Nevada legislature. The company said it would try again to secure those tax abatements during the next Nevada legislative session in 2021. RJ Hill Photo & Video/courtesy Virgin Trains USA The FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION announced $326 million in Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grants for 45 rail projects in 29 states. Notable projects include $33 million to the Southern Rail Commission to restore Amtrak service to the Gulf Coast; $29 million to the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis for…