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Trains August 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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railroading in the heartland: ohio

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine When I think of Ohio railroads, my mind goes to CSX and Norfolk Southern with their east-west main lines. They’re the competitive spirits of the New York Central and Pennsylvania on the race between Chicago and the Northeast. They bang across one diamond after another not far from Lake Erie. Places like Deshler, Fostoria, and Marion are part of the national railroad lexicon. But there is much more to Ohio than vital main lines. When I think of Ohio, I think of one of the most magnificent terminals left in America from the golden age of passenger-train travel, Cincinnati Union Terminal. I smile pondering the output and genius of my favorite steam-locomotive builder, the Lima Locomotive Works. I think about the railroad bridges in downtown Cleveland, and the magnificent ride on…

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on the web

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will riders return?

AS PANDEMIC-INDUCED LOCKDOWNS LIFT WORLDWIDE, the burning question for every transportation provider is “will the passengers return?” Stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, telework, and plain fear of crowded spaces combined to devour ridership on intercity trains and transit systems. Once-crowded trains ran empty. Amtrak saw passenger counts fall 96%. New York City subway trains carried 92% fewer riders. The story repeated across the country: Metra ridership off 95%, Boston subway 90%, Washington Metro 95%, Caltrain 98%. In response, drastic cuts were made to train schedules, with transit agencies maintaining just enough service to enable essential workers to get to their jobs. But in providing crucial service, they dug a deep hole in their finances that could challenge their ability to recover and bring riders back. There are no good historical models to go by.…

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service, workforce cuts coming for amtrak

AMTRAK SAYS SERVICE CUTS and workforce reductions are in its future, even as it asks for additional funding it says is necessary to maintain “minimum service levels” across its national network. In a letter to Congress, the passenger carrier asked for $1.475 billion — in addition to its $2.04 billion budget request for fiscal 2021 and $1 billion in coronavirus relief funds already received — to offset the drastic reduction in ridership and revenue triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with the additional funding, it says most long-distance routes will be reduced to less than daily service. Some of that $1.475 billion would replace payments the company usually receives from states and commuter agencies. Separately, the company told employees it planned to reduce its workforce by as much as 20%, cuts CEO…

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mountaineer opts for short season

AFTER MORE THAN ONE postponement, Rocky Mountaineer was finally set to launch its 2020 daytime-only excursions starting July 31 through mid-October from Vancouver and Kamloops, British Columbia, to Jasper and Banff, Alberta, and return. In addition to those two-day trips, the company is again offering once-weekly, three-day “Rainforest to Gold Rush” itineraries between North Vancouver and Jasper in both directions with overnight stops in Whistler and Quesnel, B.C. The scenic route through British Columbia’s Cariboo region includes a former BC Rail segment north of Squamish along scenic Anderson Lake. Canadian National announced earlier this year the line would be embargoed for freight traffic, but Rocky Mountaineer spokeswoman Nicole Ford tells Trains, “CN has confirmed we will have access to that rail line.” Those excursions operate on CN’s Prince Rupert route east…

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obituary

Peter A. Hansen RAILROAD WRITERS RARELY ARE KNOWN for wide exposure in multiple forms of national media, but Peter A. Hansen was a major exception. He not only edited the venerable publication Railroad History and wrote frequent longform stories for Trains and Classic Trains, he also hosted or appeared in several nationally broadcast television shows and documentaries about railroads. For deep and entertaining railroad context, he was the go-to expert. Hansen died May 15 at his home in Winter Park, Fla. He was 62. His loss is felt across a wide spectrum of people involved in railroad history, including Robert Holzweiss, president of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, which has published Railroad History since the organization’s formation in 1921. Hansen began editing the journal in 2007. Holzweiss got to know him after…