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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 165
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Date: August 21, 2015 05:56PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 165 - 08/21/15

This day in Railroad History

August 21, 1882
The first California Southern Railroad train departed National City, California and arrived in Colton, inaugurating the CSR line. Fare was $6 one-way or $9 round-trip. Passengers remarked on the stark beauty of the Temecula canyon, and the newspapers boasted that seeing it was alone worth the price of a ticket. But rainstorms in February brought tremendous downpours, the result of the Krakatoa volcanic explosion half-way around the world, which spewed so much ash into the skies as to alter weather patterns all around the globe. Fallbrook experienced over 20 inches of rainfall, resulting in a total washout of the tracks through the Temecula canyon. The CSR suspended rail service to Temecula, and the effect on the company’s finances put them on the brink of bankruptcy. But the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad stepped in, providing enough capital to repair the link between Fallbrook and Temecula.

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The 611 was deactivated in 1994 when the Norfolk Southern Corporation ended the excursion program, and it was returned to the Virginia Museum of Transportation (VMT) in Roanoke in 1995, where she sat dormant for two decades. In June 2013 the VMT announced through the “Fire up 611” committee that 611 would be restored to operating condition. Sufficient funds were raised to complete the restoration, and on March 31st, 2015, the 611 was fired up for the first time in over 20 years for a test fire.

This photo was taken on the Sunday June 7th trip as the train passed the concrete grain mill at Marshall, VA, heading back to Manassas.

Alex Mayes Photo

Almost all train news found by search tonight is regarding US Marines action on a French train. As such news is a bit light tonight.

North American News

SEPTA's GM Casey to retire

U.S. Class I workforce shrinks in mid-July

Twin Cities' Blue, Green light-rail lines log more than 1 million rides in July

Ohio commission OKs three rail crossing projects

Amtrak slates opening date for new stop in Holyoke, Mass.

BLET members ratify six-year pact with Indiana Southern Railroad

WMATA gears up to open Silver Spring Transit Center

Miller named new staff director of T&I subcommittee

Investigators: oil train derailed in Lynchburg, Va., on damaged track

Elon Musk's Hyperloop dream gains speed
Specialist vacuum company hops aboard the Hyperloop train

Amtrak train hits pickup, injures 2 in Northern California

Train bills parked in Congress

New railroad crossing at Brownsville to link US, Mexico

Wisconsin Railroad Association: Wisconsin receives national grant to improve rail safety

Wildfire near Essex shuts down highway, railroad

Train problems could cost Junction City $100K

Union Pacific Director Sells $665,408.00 in Stock (UNP)

Pittsburgh man tried to derail train by putting pieces of concrete on railroad tracks, police say

Federal, state officials celebrate opening of Indiana Rail Road's White River Bridge

South Orient Railroad may roll again

Central Appalachian coal train loadings climb to highest volumes since May: STB

New Oil Train Safety Rules Approved In Oregon

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