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September 2020

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.
looking inside a railroad merger

jwrinn@kalmbach.com @TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine Storytelling is a human experience we all enjoy. Tales of what almost was is particularly intriguing: Difficulty and drama are inherent components to endeavors that end in failure. So it is with Keith Bryant and Fred W. Frailey’s tale of the failed Santa Fe Southern Pacific merger (see page 30). Merger, the business term for a relationship that leads to marriage, is never an easy thing. It’s about money, operations, and efficiency, but it’s also about control, us-vs.-them infighting, and personalities. Done well, it can yield great results; done poorly, it can result in bankruptcy, like Penn Central, or years of bickering. The mergers that have occurred in my lifetime have been epic. They’ve rearranged the American railroad map in ways never imagined. None changed things more than the 1999 break up…

1 min.
on the web trainsmag.com

ASK TRAINS Subscribers can find out the answers to questions in our online “Ask Trains” segment. TRAINS NEWS WIRE Subscribers can access all the latest railroad industry news and updates to stories daily. BRIAN SOLOMON PODCASTS Listen to Trains columnist Brian Solomon discuss railroad topics in his podcast series TRAINS PRESENTS Follow along and watch all the action in our video series that covers a range of railroad events and topics Follow us on facebook.com/TrainsMagazine twitter.com/TrainsMagazine @trains_magazine…

5 min.
chris koos

SINCE 2003, Normal, Ill., business owner Chris Koos has championed downtown development as mayor of the Midwest college town situated on Amtrak’s Chicago-St. Louis main line. The combined population of Normal and adjacent Bloomington, Ill., was more than 130,000 in 2018. In May, Koos and former Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah Feinberg were nominated by President Donald Trump to fill two slots on the Amtrak board of directors held by Democrats whose terms have expired. They join three Republican nominees whose confirmation has been on hold for an extended period after a coalition of U.S. Senators expressed concern about Amtrak management’s 2018 plan to abandon the Southwest Chief route through portions of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. The conversation with Koos at Normal’s Uptown Station in early June came before Amtrak management…

4 min.
what will lng mean for railroads?

RAILROADS HAVE GAINED REGULATORY APPROVAL to haul liquefied natural gas in tank cars. Now the questions are how quickly will an LNG market develop, and how big will it be? Controversial new federal regulations governing the movement of LNG by rail went into effect this summer. Previously, LNG shipments required special permits from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. As a result, only two railroads — Florida East Coast and Alaska Railroad — currently handle LNG in limited quantities using ISO containers, which have tanks within a frame the size of a standard intermodal container. A new fleet of cryogenic tank cars will be required to get LNG moving on rails. Of the 433,000 tank cars in service in North America, only 62 are DOT-113C120W cars…

3 min.
fantasy author’s railroading reality

GROWING UP IN A BAYONNE, N.J., HOUSING PROJECT, George Martin dreamed of owning an electric trainset, a wish that was granted that Christmas when he received a hand-me-down Lionel layout. It was, he recalls on his blog, “pretty basic, to tell the truth. A circle of track, a transformer, a locomotive, a couple of cars, and a caboose.” Today, Martin — now widely known as George R.R. Martin, author of the books adapted into the HBO series “Game of Thrones” — has a new trainset, and it’s a bit more substantial. He and two Santa Fe, N.M., friends, cinema owner Bill Banowsky and arts nonprofit founder Catherine Oppenheimer, have bought the dormant Santa Fe Southern Railway, an 18-mile short line linking the New Mexico state capital to Lamy, N.M. “We want to…

2 min.
washout adds to durango & silverton’s woes

THE YEAR 2020 is proving to be a difficult one for every tourist railroad. But it would be hard to find one facing more challenges than the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, long a model operation for the heritage rail industry. The railroad was days from reopening after an almost three-month shutdown because of the COVID-19 virus when it discovered heavy rains had washed out a portion its line about 5 miles from Silverton, Colo. The rains created a logjam at a bridge over Elk Creek; waters forced out of the creekbed washed out about 40 feet of track. While the railroad opened as scheduled on June 23 with abbreviated trips between Rockwood and Cascade, the washout eliminated the possibility of operations to the remote mining town, its usual destination,…