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Trains June 2017

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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america’s city solution

Cities across the United States are growing fast, which has brought new challenges like how to move people and attract business in a way that is also good for the environment. That is why cities are choosing to work with Siemens, where more than 800 Americans focus on designing and building energy-efficient rail vehicles that can help people reach their destination quickly, comfortably and safely. Siemens complete solutions for mobility are helping change how cities grow and how their citizens move through them. Because mobility is more than just transportation, it helps build sustainable cities. Somewhere in America, our team of more than 60,000 employees spends every day creating answers that will last for years to come. usa.siemens.com/mobility…

2 Min.
from the editor

A place for shortline history I stood in amazement in front of the diminutive 2-6-0 under a roof in the rural northern Wisconsin town of Tomahawk. The 1924 Alco Mogul, once a workhorse for the Marinette, Tomahawk & Western, stood proudly in the village park, a local landmark and a rarity in preservation. The locomotive, No. 19, seems treasured here, and I can understand why, provided that a town or city knows and appreciates its history: The little 2-6-0 kept this corner of the state going in the early part of the 20th century when timber was king. Look across the museums and monuments to railroading around the country and you’ll sadly find few that celebrate the short lines or regional railroads that serve their communities. That’s disappointing because, of all the railroading…

4 Min.
railway post office

OUR RAILROAD FAMILIES Upon receipt of the April issue, I went right to Kevin P. Keefe’s article, “One Family’s Railroad Story” [pages 24-33], on his family’s history with the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad. What a thrill it must have been for him as he discovered new details about his grandfather and greatgrandfather, as well as their careers with the C&EI. Also, my compliments on the layout, because the photos didn’t just focus on railroading, but on locales far more personal to Mr. Keefe. Speaking of personal, the photo on pages 34 and 35 in Ron Flanary’s feature, “Family Lines” [pages 34-41, April], struck me like a lightning bolt. The year the photo was taken, 1905, is the same year my paternal grandfather began his career as a blacksmith for the Louisville…

3 Min.
fec’s mexican chapter begins

A Mexican mining company shocked the railroad world when it emerged victorious in bidding for the Florida East Coast Railway. Grupo Mexico, which also owns Mexico’s largest railroad, in March said it would purchase FEC from Fortress Investment Group for $2.1 billion. The all-cash transaction will require the approval of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. “It surprised me that they were involved,” independent rail analyst Anthony B. Hatch of ABH Consulting says of Grupo Mexico. Rail observers had expected that an infrastructure fund or a regional railroad operator, such as Genesee & Wyoming or Watco, would pick up the FEC. But Grupo Mexico outbid them all, coming in with a price that raised eyebrows. It’s a sign, Hatch says, that Grupo Mexico is a strong believer in the FEC’s long-term prospects. Although it…

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western group makes bid for texas state

The Western Group is in negotiations to take over operations at the Texas State Railroad, members of the Texas State Railroad Authority board of directors announced at a March meeting. Several weeks prior, the authority’s board had announced its intention to part ways with Iowa Pacific, the Chicago-based company that has managed railroad operations on the property since 2012. The board received several responses to its request for proposals. Of the companies that responded, the Western Group scored highest. The Western Group is based in Ogden, Utah, and manages operations at the Verde Canyon Railroad in Arizona, among other businesses. Authority President Bob Goldsberry says board members also wanted to ensure that the railroad’s current staff members retain their positions after the transition. The Texas State Railroad made headlines in January, when…

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world’s largest railcar maker to open chicago shop

The world’s largest railroad equipment manufacturer has expanded its entry into the U.S. market with a ground-breaking ceremony in March for a plant in Chicago. The plant, in the city’s Hegewisch neighborhood, will be used by CRRC Sifang America to build cars for the Chicago Transit Authority’s L system. CRRC — the Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corp. — won a contract in March 2016 to build as many as 846 cars, at a cost of up to $1.3 billion. The initial order is for 400 cars with options for the rest. Completion of the full order will take 10 years after the plant begins production in late 2018. The first prototype is expected to be complete in 2019. The new plant will become the first in Chicago to build railcars since the…