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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 132
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 07, 2015 06:01PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 132 - 07/07/15


This day in Railroad History

July 7, 1908
The United States Congress officially designated all railroads as official postal routes on July 7, 1838. But it took more than 24 years for dedicated Railway Postoffice cars to come into use. The Railway post office was introduced in the United States on July 28, 1862, using converted baggage cars on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (which also delivered the first letter to the Pony Express). Purpose-built Railway Post Office (RPO) cars entered service on this line a few weeks after the service was initiated. Their purpose was to separate mail for connection with a westbound stagecoach departing soon after the train's arrival at St. Joseph. The first permanent Railway Post Office route was established on August 28, 1864, between Chicago, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa. This service is distinguished from the 1862 operation because mail was sorted to and received from each post office along the route, as well as major post offices beyond the route's end-points.
[en.wikipedia.org]


Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to photos@trainnews.org

Amtrak on the Moffat Subdivision of the Union Pacific. This is where the plains meet the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and the train is just about to enter Tunnel One before it heads North toward Boulder CO then west into the mountains,

John Hill Photo




Notices

North American News

Raitt highlights rail safety changes made since Lac-Megantic tragedy
[progressiverailroading.com]

SORTA taps Transdev for streetcar contract
[progressiverailroading.com]

DTE Energy project to extend rail line, eliminate crossing in Trenton, Mich.
[progressiverailroading.com]

Metrolinx, Toronto expand bike-sharing program
[progressiverailroading.com]

Unimin ships longest frac-sand unit train
[progressiverailroading.com]
and
Twin Eagle Sand Logistics Lands Largest Frac Sand Unit Train on Record at Mission Rail
[www.nj.com]

Vancouver voters reject proposed sales tax increase for transit funding
[progressiverailroading.com]

Reading & Northern sues over Pennsylvania rail authority's no-bid contract
[progressiverailroading.com]
and
Judge tosses RBMN's injunction attempt; JRA can choose railroad operator
[newsitem.com]

Pennsylvania delegation tours SEPTA PTC test facility
[progressiverailroading.com]

Man escapes unharmed after train runs over him as he lay on tracks in Bronx
[www.nydailynews.com]

Train derailment near Pontiac causes Amtrak delays
[www.cinewsnow.com]
and
Freight train derailment causes ordeal for Amtrak passengers
[newsok.com]

Illinois Democrats urge extension on train safety system deadline
[www.chicagotribune.com]

Train traffic resumes after Berry Hill derailment
[www.tennessean.com]

Locomotive from Civil War train chase to stay in Atlanta
[onlineathens.com]

Amtrak Could Add Second Train Between Chicago And St. Paul
[chicagoist.com]

Metro employees and union claim new train operators not properly trained
[www.myfoxdc.com]

Union Pacific Warns of the Dangers of Taking Pictures on Train Tracks
[petapixel.com]

MARC train breaks down in Baltimore tunnel, stranding 200
[www.baltimoresun.com]

All Aboard Florida train picks Archer Western to build rails
[www.orlandosentinel.com]

Arizona Railroad Approaches a Potential Final Chapter
[www.wsj.com]

Lawsuits challenge railroad's authority to OK oil pipeline
[journalstar.com]

Railroad fights Auburndale traffic citations
[www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com]

Group calls for more transparency on railroad cargo
[www.cbs58.com]

Columbus commissioners to consider giving railroad $1.8 million upfront
[www.wbtv.com]

ENSCO Awarded Contract with Canadian National Railway for Hi-rail Track Geometry and Joint Bar Inspection Systems
[www.itbusinessnet.com]

Hennepin County will fill part of SW light rail budget gap
[www.mprnews.org]

Wasatch Railroad Contractors acquires Dimec Rail Services
[www.railwayage.com]

Rail car worker found dead inside tanker in Southeast Texas
[eaglefordtexas.com]

Admiral Thomas B. Fargo elected to Greenbrier Board of Directors
[www.twst.com]

Michigan Rail Project to Eliminate Dangerous Crossing
[www.insurancejournal.com]

Photo gallery: Parade of trains at Nevada State Railroad Museum
[www.nevadaappeal.com]



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