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Trains October 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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United States
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carefree highway, take me to the tracks

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Oren Helbok’s story about U.S. 220, Eastern America’s vaunted railfan road, evokes multiple thoughts and feelings for me. I first was told of 220’s charms as a young railroad enthusiast more than 30 years ago. Over the years, as my curiosity caused me to travel, I learned just how apt the informal designation was. I am happy that it still is so: All of the major sites and sights along the way were enough to convince me that it truly is a gateway to great main lines, museums, and much more. Of course, U.S. 220 is but one of many roads that we who love trains particularly like to travel. There’s U.S. 30 along Union Pacific’s busy main line across Nebraska, including a wonderful stretch of triple track between Gibbon and…

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on the web

BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTS Listen to Trains columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his biweekly podcasts ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask TRAINS” segment. Photo by Brian Solomon TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. Photo by Steve Glischinski 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 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.…

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kevin corbett

KEVIN CORBETT, president and CEO of NJ Transit since February 2018, oversees the secondlargest commuter rail agency in the nation — one that has faced significant challenges in funding and manpower shortages. In conversations in January and July, Corbett discussed his agency, which offers commuter rail, light rail, and bus service. Its 12 rail lines serve over 300,000 passengers daily, second only to the Long Island Rail Road. The interviews have been edited for length and clarity. Q What makes NJ Transit different from the Long Island Rail Road, Metra, Metrolink, and other commuter railroads? If you were trying to sell NJT to a client, what would you say? A One of the things about our job is it is an amazing entity on the rail side, the largest statewide one in the…

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stb plays referee in chicago

THE SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD HAS BEEN ASKED to settle a pair of disputes in Chicago — one between Amtrak and commuter railroad Metra at Chicago Union Station, and one between the two Canadian-based Class I railroads over interchange procedures. The dispute over the rent Metra pays to Amtrak, owner of Chicago Union Station, has already gone to the STB once. In 2018, Metra asked the board to get involved. But the STB returned the matter to Amtrak and Metra then, saying board involvement would be premature. This time, it is Amtrak asking for an STB ruling, saying in late July that the two sides have reached an impasse. Amtrak is asking to increase rent from $9.66 million in 2018, while Metra reportedly wants to reduce the rent to $7 million per…

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durango & silverton sued over 2018 wildfire

Federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit against the DURANGO & SILVERTON NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD, saying one of its trains started a fire that began June 1, 2018, and burned more than 53,000 acres. The suit seeks about $25 million toward reimbursement of the costs of fighting the “416 Fire.” The fire, which closed the railroad for more than a month, led to D&S plans to introduce diesel locomotives in periods of high fire risk and convert at least one locomotive to burn oil. An attorney for the railroad declined comment, citing the pending litigation. BOMBARDIER will lay off 550 workers — half the workforce — from its Thunder Bay, Ontario, plant in November, citing a drop in orders and the effects of “Buy America” provisions on car orders in the United States.…

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ntsb cites human error, lax safety planning in silver star wreck

HUMAN ERROR COMBINED WITH inadequate attention to safety led to the fatal crash of Amtrak’s Silver Star into a CSX Transportation train in Cayce, S.C., on Feb. 4, 2018, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded at a meeting in July. The Amtrak train was diverted off the main line and into a parked CSX auto-rack train at more than 50 mph because of an improperly lined switch. The Silver Star’s engineer and conductor were killed and 91 passengers were injured. Investigators focused on the failure of CSX to identify and mitigate the risk of operating trains under a signal suspension on a 23-mile segment of the railroad’s Columbia Subdivision. The signals were suspended because CSX was installing positive train control, the system intended to prevent exactly the kind of accident that occurred…