Trains January 2021


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from the editor @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Coal has been an integral part of railroading since its beginnings almost 200 years ago. It has been the lifeblood of American railroads. But it feels more endangered than ever. On business trips back east this year, CSX and Norfolk Southern intermodal trains outnumbered coal by a wide margin. But coal isn’t going away any time soon. There will be demand for rail-hauled coal for years. With this issue, we kick off a series of stories around the “Coal Isn’t Dead” theme. We’ll highlight insular railroads, short lines, branches, and main lines where coal is still king. The story of American railroading and coal traffic is far from over. From our series, I think you’ll come to understand that coal is still a part of everyday railroading.…

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leslie richards

LESLIE RICHARDS, former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, became general manager of the South-eastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority on Jan. 6, 2020, two months before COVID-19 upended public transportation. Trains spoke with Richards about her first months on the job and SEPTA’s plan to recover from the current crisis. Q What were your first few months like? A I thought I would be working on ways to increase ridership. Never did I think that at any point I would be asking people not to ride our system or be making large decisions right away on how to decrease our system. We’ve had over 300 of our employees test positive. So not only did we have to adjust on what’s going around, but also the number of healthy and available employees we…

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metra, up fight spawns another court case

THE ALREADY ROCKY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN Union Pacific and Chicago commuter railroad Metra has become even more contentious — and litigious. Metra sued the freight railroad in a Cook County, Ill., court in October, saying its “arbitrary and capricious” refusal to deploy conductors for fare collection and other activities on UP-operated commuter trains on three Metra routes is damaging the commuter agency’s income and reputation. While Metra stopped collecting fares on all routes early in the COVID-19 pandemic, all lines except the three operated by UP resumed the activity in June. Union Pacific did nothing to collect fares until Oct. 5, when it began checking tickets for inbound and outbound passengers as they passed employees in plexiglass enclosures at the downtown Ogilvie Transportation Center. Metra said this cost it millions of dollars in…

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boyd, former amtrak, ic president, dies

ALAN BOYD, FORMER PRESIDENT of the Illinois Central Railroad and Amtrak who was the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation, died Oct. 18, 2020, at age 98. Current Amtrak President and CEO Bill Flynn hailed Boyd’s importance to Amtrak and passenger rail, saying that at the DOT and Amtrak, “Alan Boyd championed safety, the development of an integrated, multi-modal transportation system, and consistent federal funding for intercity passenger rail service to realize its full potential. By his emphasis on ensuring employees gained the training they needed and standards were adjusted to new business demands, Mr. Boyd left us after four years in a much stronger position than when he arrived.” Boyd was instrumental in creation of the cabinet-level Department of Transportation and was its first secretary under Lyndon Johnson, confirmed by the Senate…

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news briefs

Jim Vena, whose arrival at UNION PACIFIC to oversee the railroad’s version of Precision Scheduled Railroading triggered a $9 billion stock bounce, announced he would step down as chief operating officer at the end of 2020, becoming a senior advisor. Vena, 62, came to UP in January 2019 from Canadian National. Eric Gehringer will become executive vice president-operations. CANADIAN PACIFIC, which sold most of its ownership share in the Detroit River Rail Tunnel in 2009, will gain full tunnel ownership in a deal announced in October. The $312 million purchase from Borealis Transportation Infrastructure Trust marks the second time in less than a year CP has repurchased assets sold by previous management, after its purchase of short line Central Maine & Quebec. After suspending operation of the Canadian for more than eight…

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conway scenic adapts to covid-19 Blog: Podcast: In March 2020, news of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed like a distant threat from my office in Conway Scenic’s 1874-built North Conway, N.H., station. By the end of the month, the news became real when, with little warning, the New Hampshire governor imposed statewide restrictions to stem the coronavirus spread. This precluded our spring reopening. However, several days into this shutdown, we laid the foundations to reopen. By June, we wondered when and if we might be able to resume operations. We then learned through the media that New Hampshire had allowed tourist railroads to have guests, with strict conditions to mitigate virus spread. We faced unknowns: Should we reopen? How would we implement the mandates? How would these changes alter our operations? Conway Scenic avoided a prolonged period of…