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Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to end Jim Thorpe operations in November

October 16, 2019

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to end Jim Thorpe operations in November

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad passenger excursion operation based out of Jim Thorpe, Pa., will suspend operation by the end of November in response to the Borough Council’s demand for the payment of an “amusement tax” amounting to nearly $100,000 for the years 2016 through 2018.


Steamtown Begins Cosmetic Restoration of Big Boy 4012

October 2, 2019

Steamtown Begins Cosmetic Restoration of Big Boy 4012

Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pa., has removed the Union Pacific “Big Boy” No. 4012 steam locomotive from public display for cosmetic restoration work and painting.


Bridge Fire Temporarily Severs Arizona & California Railroad

September 16, 2019

Bridge Fire Temporarily Severs Arizona & California Railroad

A dramatic late-night fire damaged significant portions of the historic Arizona & California Railroad bridge across the Colorado River at Parker, Ariz., on September 14, severing its route between Cadiz, Calif., and Phoenix.


Union Pacific Big Boy to Swing Through Southwest in October

September 5, 2019

Union Pacific Big Boy to Swing Through Southwest in October

Departing Cheyenne, Wyo., on September 27, Union Pacific’s “Great Race Across the Southwest” will have Big Boy 4014 visit several locations across the American Southwest this October.


CSX Donates Last TTI U28B to Illinois Railway Museum

August 2, 2019

CSX Donates Last TTI U28B to Illinois Railway Museum

The last intact and unmodified example of a General Electric U28B has been donated by CSX, and will be on display at the Illinois Railway Museum this season.


Brookfield Asset Management to purchase Genesee & Wyoming in $9 billion deal

July 1, 2019

Brookfield Asset Management to purchase Genesee & Wyoming in $9 billion deal

Accoridng to a report by Reuters, Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management has reached an agreement to purchase Genesee & Wyoming Industries for nearly $9 billion.


Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad named Norfolk Southern Shortline of The Year

June 19, 2019

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad named Norfolk Southern Shortline of The Year

On June 11, Norfolk Southern presented the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad with its Short Line of the Year award, the second industry recognition for DL this year.


Union Pacific Big Boy Prepares for “Great Race Across the Midwest”

June 13, 2019

Union Pacific Big Boy Prepares for “Great Race Across the Midwest”

The Big Boy No. 4014 is headed back out on the Union Pacific system beginning July 8 for the “Great Race Across the Midwest,” taking it through Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming.


CSX Panhandle Line Sold to RailUSA

June 4, 2019

CSX Panhandle Line Sold to RailUSA

The on again, off again sale of the CSX Florida Panhandle route to RailUSA LLC subsidiary Florida Gulf & Atlantic finally has been consummated on June 3.


Kansas City Southern Trims Roster in Diesel Auction

June 4, 2019

Kansas City Southern Trims Roster in Diesel Auction

A large group of 20-year-old EMD SD70MAC road engines and much older end-cab switchers will be sold at public auction on June 26.