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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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2 min
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…

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…

8 min
new acela rising

IT’S ONLY IN PIECES NOW — spread across six buildings at Alstom’s three Hornell, N.Y., plants, with additional components yet to arrive from other U.S. suppliers. The first of 28 Next Generation Acela trainsets, comprising a $2.4-billion investment, won’t be assembled as a cohesive unit for months. However, a tour in mid-June with Alstom and Amtrak managers reveals equipment poised to build on the premium Boston-Washington, D.C., travel brand Amtrak launched in December 2000. Acela has name recognition and the ability to generate more revenue per passenger with a better onboard experience. This is the main reason the new equipment, based on a fifth-generation French TGV design, won’t bear Alstom’s “Avelia Liberty” product designation. “With such a strong brand, we don’t want anyone saying, ‘Why are you getting rid of Acela?’” says…

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
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.…

7 min
blue island operator — and crew caller

SPRING 1957 signaled the beginning of what became known as the Eisenhower recession. My job disappeared two days before the birth of our first child. After visiting my wife and our son in the hospital, I dropped by the Grand Trunk Western’s tower across from the passenger depot in Lansing, Mich., to hang out, which, ultimately, led to a job with the railroad — and a lesson in people management. After a month of training, I bid the only job up for which I had the “whiskers,” third trick at Blue Island, Ill., and my wife moved in with her parents for the present. The drive to Chicago from southern Michigan was through a blizzard, and the temperature was plummeting downward. I had allowed several hours extra time, but was almost late,…