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Rail Heritage Trust Awards More Than $300,000 in Grants

March 26, 2020

Rail Heritage Trust Awards More Than $300,000 in Grants

John H. Emery Railroad Heritage Trust announced this week that it was giving $305,000 in grants to 18 different rail preservation organizations.


Organizers of Annual New River Trip Announce Chicago to Cincinnati Excursion

March 24, 2020

Organizers of Annual New River Trip Announce Chicago to Cincinnati Excursion

Organizers of West Virginia’s Autumn Colors Express announce one-way excursion from Chicago to Cincinnati this October.


From Main Lines to Museums, Railroads Feel the Impact of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

From Main Lines to Museums, Railroads Feel the Impact of Coronavirus

Just as it has touched nearly every facet of American life, railroads large and small across the United States are feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.


William Flynn to succeed Richard Anderson as Amtrak CEO

March 2, 2020

William Flynn to succeed Richard Anderson as Amtrak CEO

Amtrak announced that it has named William J. Flynn as its next Chief Executive Officer and President. Flynn, a seasoned business leader with four decades of transportation and logistics experience, will begin his role on April 15, 2020.


Bombardier Bows Out, Alstom Buys In

February 20, 2020

Bombardier Bows Out, Alstom Buys In

Ending 50 years in the railroad and transit industry, Canadian company Bombardier is selling its rail operations to French firm Alstom.


New CN blockades emerge in British Columbia and Ontario

February 15, 2020

New CN blockades emerge in British Columbia and Ontario

Canadian National announced that there have been new blockades on its network today, one in Vancouver, B.C., and two in Vaughan, Ont.


East Broad Top Railroad to reopen this fall under new ownership

February 14, 2020

East Broad Top Railroad to reopen this fall under new ownership

Pennsylvania’s three-foot gauge East Broad Top Railroad will reopen this fall under the management of a new non-profit foundation including Wick Moorman, Bennett Levin, and Henry Posner III.


Union Pacific Trims Steam Program, Retires 3895

February 13, 2020

Union Pacific Trims Steam Program, Retires 3895

In a confirmation of fears that Precision Scheduled Railroading could adversely affect Union Pacific steam operations despite the recent revival of Big Boy UP 4014, the railroad has announced it will curtail its steam and heritage operations, citing PSR as the reason.


Canadian National plans orderly shutdown of eastern lines due to blockades

February 13, 2020

Canadian National plans orderly shutdown of eastern lines due to blockades

Canadian National announced today it has been forced to initiate a disciplined and progressive shutdown of its operations in Eastern Canada.


Union Pacific Challenges Palestine Deal

February 6, 2020

Union Pacific Challenges Palestine Deal

Union Pacific is suing to end a contract that guarantees jobs in Palestine, Texas.