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…

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…

WEEKEND RAILROADERS – DOCUMENTARY FILM ON SPEEDERS

One interesting film made about railroad speeder culture is Weekend Railroaders, released in 2013 on Blu-Ray and DVD. A speeder, sometimes called a railway motor car, is a motorized rail vehicle that was used by railroads to inspect track and move work crews between locations. While not fast in comparison to a regular train, the…

MUSIC FOR THE ACR – FUNDRAISER FOR ALGOMA PASSENGER TRAIN

The Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) has announced a major fundraising event toward re-starting passenger rail service on the Algoma Central Railway. On April 6th, celebrated Canadian folksinger Ian Tamblyn will perform at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Money raised will support efforts by Missanabie Cree First Nation…

COLORADO FRONT RANGE PASSENGER RAIL – NEXT STEPS

The state of Colorado has taken an important recent step toward the return of passenger rail along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. On February 23rd, the state Senate approved a bill to continue the mandate of the Southwest Chief Commission to maintain & expand passenger service in the south of Colorado, while expanding…