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Trains

May 2021
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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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United States
言語:
English
出版社:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
刊行頻度:
Monthly

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from the editor

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine It has been a particularly difficult year for American railway preservation and its fans. The COVID-19 virus forced many venues to curtail operations or shut down. Most fans were warned to stay at home. We’re just now seeing the fallout from the pandemic. This is an industry that counts on admissions, memberships, donations, and volunteers. So as we present our annual look at tourist railroads and museums, be sure to check in with your own favorites or the ones in your backyard to lend a hand. Railway preservation depends on all of us supporting its efforts, and that is never more true as we begin to feel the pandemic release its hold on us. Be sure to celebrate the survivors. They’re here to save the past and do us all…

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new twists on existing technology

A DETROIT-AREA COMPANY aims to use its patented shipping containers to put loads of auto parts into multilevel railcars that otherwise would return empty to assembly plants. Pro-Tech Group, which has designed containers to fit within the confines of auto racks that carry finished vehicles, has successfully completed pilot runs carrying pallets of wheel rims from California to Dearborn, Mich. “The benefit of this process is to eliminate the 66,000 railcars that come back empty” each year, Pro-Tech CEO Earle B. Higgins tells Trains. Higgins would not disclose which railroads handled the test loads for an unnamed automaker. But a video on the company’s website shows a forklift loading containers onto an auto rack via a Union Pacific ramp. The 22-inch wheels are imported to California, sent to a manufacturer in the Golden State,…

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bus-light rail hybrid seeks best of both modes

WHILE HARD-HIT TRANSIT agencies are struggling to find money to keep trains running and undertake construction projects, a Canadian entrepreneur believes he has a new solution. Steve Ostrowski says he’s “in the good idea business.” He’s started companies and developed products ranging from snowmobile shock absorbers to deck awnings, and now he wants to reinvent light rail. The way Ostrowski sees it, light rail is attractive but slow and expensive to build. Bus routes and bus rapid transit are cheaper but may not draw riders out of their cars. So, he wants to blend the two modes. He calls it ultra-light rail or ULRT. He proposes putting a bus on steel wheels where it can run on rails but retain the rubber tires to drive off-rail for more flexibility. Think of a hi-rail…

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news photos

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csx’s pan am plan addresses ns concerns

GENESEE & WYOMING WILL BECOME operator of Pan Am Southern, and Norfolk Southern will gain trackage rights in New England under terms of CSX Transportation’s plan to acquire Pan Am Railways. In a February filing with the Surface Transportation Board, CSX says its proposed acquisition of Pan Am will improve service, capture business from trucks, and boost railroad competition. The future of Pan Am Southern, the joint venture that provides Norfolk Southern access to New England, was a key issue. To resolve it, Genesee & Wyoming will operate and maintain Pan Am Southern under its Pittsburg & Shawmut subsidiary, which will do business as Berkshire & Eastern. Norfolk Southern had sought a neutral operator. CSX and NS will jointly own Pan Am Southern, with NS retaining its 50% share and CSX acquiring…

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stb decision leaves sale of massena line in doubt

CANADIAN NATIONAL’s purchase of the Syracuse, N.Y.-Montreal Massena Line from CSX is in doubt after the SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD declined to alter conditions approving the deal. At issue is its decision to eventually allow CN to negotiate interchange agreements in Syracuse with the FINGER LAKES RAILWAY and NEW YORK, SUSQUEHANNA & WESTERN. CN and CSX were unable to come to terms on shortline interchange. METRA will seek proposals to replace its aging fleet of switchers with six new locomotives meeting Tier IV emission standards — as well as a zero-emission, all-electric switcher. The current fleet of eight switchers built in 1971 or earlier includes an SW1 dating to 1939. Above, an SW1 built for ILLINOIS CENTRAL in 1946 works as the 47th Street Shop switcher. TRAINS: David Lassen South Dakota will sell its…