NEW RAILROAD SIMULATION GAME COMING IN 2018

A new railroad simulation game will launch in 2018. Railway Empire, by Kalypso Media, will launch for Xbox One, Sony PS4, and PC (personal computer) platforms in the first quarter of next year. As a rail management simulation, the game will allow players to explore the technology and economics of building a railroad in the…

GREEN LOCOMOTIVES COMING TO MIDWEST AMTRAK

Greener locomotives will soon grace the front of Amtrak passenger trains in the Midwest region. The engines, Siemens Chargers, meet the highest standards for US emissions, according to the Environmental Proctection Agency (EPA). Siemens, a German company, has operations in the US and is building the new locomotives in Sacramento, California. The new engines also…

NEW RAIL PHOTO EXHIBIT AT OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A new photographic exhibit at the Oklahoma Historical Society highlights the role of railroads in that state. “Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” includes 25 images of the historic locomotives and railroad lines that passed thru Oklahoma. Those lines included the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (known as the “Katy”), the Sante…

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID TOP UK HISTORY CHANNEL POLL

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the famous 1969 Western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, has been named the “most iconic Western of all time” in a new poll. The survey, conducted by the UK’s HISTORY Channel to mark its launch of Redford’s docu-drama series The West, saw the Newman-Redford film win almost half…

ROBERT REDFORD’S AMERICAN WEST SERIES DEBUTS IN UK

The acclaimed docu-drama series, The American West (2016), will have its UK debut June 27th on that nation’s HISTORY channel. The eight-hour eight-part series focuses upon the years 1865 to 1890 in the American West, exploring lesser-known stories of such icons as Billy the Kid, Sitting Bull, Jesse James, Crazy Horse, and Wyatt Earp. The…

NATIONWIDE RALLIES TO SAVE AMTRAK TRAINS

As a response to the current US administration’s budgetary plan to end all long-distance Amtrak trains in America, nationwide rallies opposing the cuts are set for June 23rd and 24th. Led by the non-profit National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), the #Rally4Trains events will draw attention to the key role that long-distance passenger rail plays…