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Trains April 2018

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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1 min
short lines and regionals

I have known my share of short lines where the vice president of operations filled out paperwork in the afternoon after he ran the train to the interchange in the morning. Oh, and he also stopped to size up the roadway crew’s efforts on a culvert replacement in the middle of it all. The work of a shortline railroader is never done, and it’s often about wearing multiple hats, carrying overlapping job titles, and fielding several responsibilities all at once. I’m especially proud of this issue as it looks at a half-dozen independents, maps a holding company’s wide-ranging empire, revisits a celebrated branch on a regional, and goes in depth with a Southwestern mineral hauler whose founder and CEO is a beloved member of the shortline and regional railroad family. I hope this…

2 min
‘surfliner’ salvation

Thousands of Southern Californians can say that Amtrak rescued their trips in January after mudslides blocked the primary route from Los Angeles along the Pacific coast near Santa Barbara, Calif. In the process, many were introduced to rail service they had not previously experienced. Deadly Jan. 9 mudslides covered U.S. Route 101 near the Santa Barbara suburb of Montecito, as well as the Union Pacific’s Coast Line. With adjacent roads also closed by slides or for clean-up efforts, drivers faced a nearly 200-mile detour to travel between Santa Barbara and communities to the south. So, when UP reopened its line Jan. 11, a crush of passengers descended on the Pacific Surfliner’s five daily round trips, as well as the Coast Starlight. In response, Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency…

2 min
routes under review

It should come as no surprise that CSX Transportation is conducting a major review of its network: Last year, E. Hunter Harrison was hired to shake up the railroad, and the then-CEO said CSX’s routes would be scrutinized to determine what to keep and what to sell, all with an eye on creating value for shareholders. And new CEO Jim Foote has said he will follow up on the late Harrison’s vision for the railroad. CSX in January was reviewing as much as 8,000 miles of rail lines, sources told Trains. People familiar with the situation did not expect that much track to ultimately go on the block. But they say the sheer amount of mileage under review — more than a third of CSX’s 21,000-mile network — is an indication…

1 min
railroaders salute fallen fan

Elliot Burgos loved trains. Even after the 9-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2016, he still loved to go down to the tracks and watch the big yellow locomotives roll by. With the help of Mason City, Iowa, UP employees, Elliot’s mother, Shanda Burgos says the rail yard had quickly become a special place for her son and her family. But she never realized how special it was until Jan. 20, five days after Elliot died. Following the boy’s funeral, the family took his locomotive-painted casket to the rail yard one final time. “We just figured we’d sit there for a few minutes,” Burgos says. But upon their arrival the UP employees invited them into the terminal. That’s when the family saw locomotive No. 8508, an SD70ACe. The number has significant…

1 min
charging east

The expansion of Siemens’ Sacramento, Calif.-built SC44 Charger diesel passenger units now extends coast to coast as MARC, short for Maryland Area Rail Commuter, in January began testing the first three of eight 4,400-hp units. The newcomers replace MARC’s aging fleet of HHP-8 and AEM-7 electrics. So far, Siemens has built more than 74 units, which have also gone to Amtrak’s Midwest and Pacific Northwest services and Brightline in Florida.…

1 min
semipermanently coupled ‘acela’ comes undone

Amtrak officials say one of the railroad’s premiere high speed trainsets separated because of a “mechanical failure” while en route to Boston on Feb. 6 and moving at 124 mph. “This is the first time Acela has ever encountered this mechanical issue,” Amtrak representative Jason Abrams says. “Following the separation, the train’s safety systems functioned as designed and immediately stopped the train.” Abrams declined to specify what component had failed. The Washington-to- Boston Acela Express train No. 2150 separated early on Feb. 6 with 52 passengers, who were later transferred to Amtrak Northeast Regional train No. 180. Amtrak crews inspecting the pull-apart found no other problems in other Acela trainsets, which are semipermanently coupled.…