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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 220
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: November 06, 2015 05:47PM

This Date in Railroad History

November 6, 1979
The first unit-coal train traveled the length of the Burlington Northern newly constructed Powder River 116-mile rail line across the Wyoming prairie. BN built the rail line in the Powder River Basin, from Gillette to Orin, Wyo., to help meet the country's growing need for low-cost, cleaner-burning coal. New rail service connected two east-west main lines serving about 15 operational coal mines and -- at the time -- was considered the longest stretch of new railroad built across the United States since 1931. The ICC also granted the Chicago & Northwestern RR access to the new line, and the "poor" C&NW used millions from Union Pacific to pay for their share.
[cs.trains.com]

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This year’s convention of the National Railway Historical Society ran June 13-21, and was based in Rutland, Vermont, a very old and historic city in the western part of the state which is at the junction of four rail lines. The convention featured excursions over all four lines, three of which are mostly freight-only and provided “new mileage” for serious mileage collectors.

On June 18th a chartered passenger train was operated on the Vermont Rail System (VRS) between Rutland and Burlington, VT. The all-day, 140 mile round trip excursion ran over the freight-only Vermont Railway. Passengers had the option of detraining at Sherburne, VT to tour the famous Shelburne Museum, or continuing northward to Burlington, six additional “rare miles”. At Burlington an optional tour of the VRS roundhouse was offered. The 12 car train was powered by VRS GP40 No. 301 and VRS GP40-2LW No. 311, painted in a striking red, white and gold 50th anniversary paint scheme. This is the return trip arriving back at the Shelburne station to pick up passengers.

Alex Mayes Photo



Today's North American News

House passes first long-term transportation bill in a decade
[progressiverailroading.com]

WMATA appoints Wiedefeld GM, CEO
[progressiverailroading.com]

Norfolk Southern unveils 'Eco' locomotives at Chicago intermodal site
[progressiverailroading.com]
and
Norfolk Southern rolls out the GP33ECO
[www.railwayage.com]

SFMTA unveils rail-car technician apprenticeship program
[progressiverailroading.com]

IANA: Intermodal volumes up 3.4 percent in Q3
[progressiverailroading.com]

Canada's TSB: CN derailment caused by poor wheel set performance
[progressiverailroading.com]

Fort Worth transit agency to hold meetings on service improvements
[progressiverailroading.com]

Michigan DOT slates webinar for the public to review long-range transportation plan
[progressiverailroading.com]

Train T-bones school bus in Maricopa, driver escapes unharmed
[www.kpho.com]

California Bullet Train Drives Into New Controversy
[www.govtech.com]

CA: Test Runs Reach 79 mph as SMART Gears Up Train for Commuter Service
[www.masstransitmag.com]
and
SMART Train Speed Test
[www.pressdemocrat.com]

SUV and Valley Metro Rail train collide in Mesa
[www.kpho.com]

Agency approves funding plan for Suisun train station
[www.dailyrepublic.com]

Interagency emergency response training held by Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad
[www.kxro.com]

More than $2B allocated to Metro-North in 2015-19 capital plan
[westfaironline.com]

Westermo Awarded Network Equipment Order for Washington DC Metro Trains
[www.railway-technology.com]

US states purchase new diesel-electric locos
[www.railjournal.com]

Caltrain shortlists three firms for Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project
[www.rtands.com]

Today's International News

Bird flying into train's windscreen causes hours of delays and disruption for commuters
[www.mirror.co.uk]

Sydney Metro Train Design Revealed
[www.masstransitmag.com]

Rush-hour train services almost empty after late strike action call-off
[www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk]

Milano welcomes new M2 metro train
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Laos, China set date to launch train project
[www.bangkokpost.com]

Prasa’s new train arrives, but depot is lacking
[www.bdlive.co.za]

Railways double ticket cancellation fee
[indianexpress.com]

'Amazing feeling' as Mountsorrel railway line officially opened
[www.loughboroughecho.net]

Railway supply industry news in brief
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Barwadih railway line to facilitate coal transportation
[www.dailypioneer.com]

South West Trains and Network Rail open training campus in England
[www.railway-technology.com]

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