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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 138
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 15, 2015 04:46PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 138 - 07/15/15


This day in Railroad History

July 15, 1913
The crews building the San Antonio, Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad Co. 920 ft tunnel near Fredericksburg, Texas "holed through." Workers were paid an average of 50 cents a day and took four months to burrow through the limestone from each end of the 2,300-foot Big Hill. The line to San Antonio was abandoned in the late 1930s. Today it is part of the 16-acre Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area, and thousands of people visit in the summer months to see the show put on by the millions of Mexican free-tailed bats that inhabit the tunnel. When the bats emerge at dusk they turn into a dark swirling mass so intense it can show up on weather radar as a rainstorm. The whirring wings sound like a breeze whipping through the trees.
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Tonight's Photo - Please send photos to photos@trainnews.org

The Blue Unit Circus Train, hauling the 144th Edition of RB&BB Circus "Legends" rolls through Weimar TX of the Glidden Subdivision. The Show will next play in Houston TX.

The S-KBDP-06 [Kirby Tx-Dallerup Yard] is hours behind schedule. The combination of a late train and the high humidity, have made stunning shots of the 5409 foot monster of the midway difficult at best. But it's good to be trackside enjoying the waves from the cast as the sun begins to wane.

Norm Schultze Photo




Notices

North American News

CSX sets three all-time financial records in 2Q
[progressiverailroading.com]

House GOP introduces short-term extension of transportation funding
[progressiverailroading.com]

BNSF Logistics acquires Transportation Technology Services
[progressiverailroading.com]

CATS hires Lewis as exec director, opens Gold Line streetcar route
[progressiverailroading.com]

FECR's intermodal volume spikes in first year of Port Everglades facility
[progressiverailroading.com]

Sound Transit nears completion of elevated guideway for Angle Lake light-rail station
[progressiverailroading.com]

L.A. Metro begins tunnel excavation for Crenshaw/LAX line, marks 25 years of Blue Line service
[progressiverailroading.com]

NS unveils corporate sustainability report for 2014
[progressiverailroading.com]

Locomotive rear-ends train; 18 cars derail, 20,000 gallons of lube oil spills
[www.foxnews.com]
and
Train rear-ends another train in Virginia
[www.torontosun.com]

Passengers Affected by Train Derailment in High Spirits
[www.kfyrtv.com]
and
Train derails in far northeast Montana, delays Amtrak service
[bismarcktribune.com]

Florida East Coast Railway Opens New Train Dispatch Center
[www.thestreet.com]

NJ Transit board cuts late night train to Rockland, approves fare hike
[www.lohud.com]
and
NJ Transit Approves Increasing Fares an Average of 9%
[www.wsj.com]

CSX says weak coal, crude oil demand will slow the railroad's profit growth this year
[www.usnews.com]

Angels Flight supporters circulate petition calling for reopening historic downtown L.A. railway
[www.dailybreeze.com]
and
Can Bunker Hill's Angels Flight Funicular Just Reopen Already?
[la.curbed.com]

CSX not closing O’Fallon tracks anytime soon
[www.bnd.com]

US weekly coal carload volumes rebound from almost 25-year low: AAR
[www.platts.com]

Old interurban B.C. Electric Railway line touted as possible transit Plan B
[www.straight.com]

Railways Can Meet Regulatory Needs and Boost Services with IP/MPLS
[blog.tmcnet.com]

BNSF Logistics acquires rail logistics firm with energy focus
[www.dcvelocity.com]



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