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IRM Debuts Restored Rock Island Geep

July 1, 2018

IRM Debuts Restored Rock Island Geep

Completed by Illinois Railway Museum volunteers and unveiled to the public early this summer, the museum’s new showpiece is Rock Island EMD GP7 4506.


Former Ontario & Western Railway Headquarters in City Hands

June 28, 2018

Former Ontario & Western Railway Headquarters in City Hands

Damaged by fire in 2004, the former Ontario & Western headquarters in Middletown, N.Y., is now back in the hands of the city, seeking a redevelopment proposal.


Ford Motor Co. Announces Plans for Michigan Central Station

June 19, 2018

Ford Motor Co. Announces Plans for Michigan Central Station

Ford Motor Company announced their plans today to renovate the landmark Michigan Central Station as part of a program to not only relocate various engineering divisions but also to create a new beacon for community development on Detroit’s south side.


Colorado’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway Could Reopen in Two Years

June 13, 2018

Colorado’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway Could Reopen in Two Years

According to a report published by KRDO-TV, a plan to repair and reopen the legendary Pikes Peak Cog Railway has been released by owner Broadmoor Hotel.


Durango & Silverton Trains Suspended in Wake of Wildfires

June 7, 2018

Durango & Silverton Trains Suspended in Wake of Wildfires

Steam-powered operations are temporarily suspended on the Durango & Silverton and sister Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad as a consequence of a forest fire north of Durango, Colorado.


Friends of Milwaukee Road 261 Launch GoFundMe Campaign for PTC Installation

June 4, 2018

Friends of Milwaukee Road 261 Launch GoFundMe Campaign for PTC Installation

The Friends of the 261 have launched a campaign to raise funds for the installation of the Positive Train Control (PTC) safety system on Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261. The federal government has mandated PTC be installed on locomotives by December 2018.


GE Transportation and Wabtec to Merge

May 21, 2018

GE Transportation and Wabtec to Merge

Wabtec Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to combine with GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Company.


New Book Detailing Life and Legacy of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg

April 2, 2018

New Book Detailing Life and Legacy of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg

“Beebe and Clegg: Their Enduring Photographic Legacy”, a new book from the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, details how partners Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg introduced railroad photography and the world of railroading to the popular audience beyond railfans.


Amtrak AEM-7 Preserved at Illinois Railway Museum

March 29, 2018

Amtrak AEM-7 Preserved at Illinois Railway Museum

The Illinois Railway Museum announced this week that Amtrak AEM-7 No. 945 arrived in Chicago as will soon be moved to its new home in Union.


Amtrak Bombshell: No More Charters, Special Trains

March 28, 2018

Amtrak Bombshell: No More Charters, Special Trains

In a stunning blow to operators and fans of historic locomotives and passenger equipment nationwide, Amtrak issued a memo to employees on March 28 stating its intent to immediately stop hosting charter excursions, private cars and special trains.