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Colebrookdale Puts 90-Year-Old Brill Motorcar into Service

June 16, 2021

Colebrookdale Puts 90-Year-Old Brill Motorcar into Service

The M-55 motorcar worked for Sperry Rail Service and Remington Arms before entering tourist service in the 2000s.


Metra Increases Service, Reworks Schedule for Changing Needs

June 15, 2021

Metra Increases Service, Reworks Schedule for Changing Needs

This month, ridership on Chicago’s Metra reached 17 percent of its pre-pandemic levels.


Union Pacific Announces Month Long Big Boy 4014 Tour

June 14, 2021

Union Pacific Announces Month Long Big Boy 4014 Tour

Union Pacific 4014, the world’s largest operating steam locomotive, will embark on a month-long tour starting Aug. 5.


City Approves Plan to Sell Atlantic Coast Line 4-6-2 to U.S. Sugar

June 14, 2021

City Approves Plan to Sell Atlantic Coast Line 4-6-2 to U.S. Sugar

U.S. Sugar plans to restore Atlantic Coast Line 1504 to operation to join its ex-Florida East Coast steam locomotive.


Illinois to Form High Speed Rail Commission

June 11, 2021

Illinois to Form High Speed Rail Commission

Once signed into law the commission would be tasked with developing a statewide plan for high-speed rail in Illinois to connect St. Louis and Chicago.


U.S. Steel Railroads Sold to Fortress for $640 Million

June 10, 2021

U.S. Steel Railroads Sold to Fortress for $640 Million

The sale includes six different railroads across the country, including the Union Railroad, that serve U.S. Steel mills.


Western Maryland Scenic Names New Interim Director

June 9, 2021

Western Maryland Scenic Names New Interim Director

Wesley Heinz is the executive director at Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad & Co. and will replace John Garner who is dealing with health issues.


Amtrak, Local Officials Tout Heartland Flyer Expansion

June 9, 2021

Amtrak, Local Officials Tout Heartland Flyer Expansion

The railroad’s top two executives met with local officials to talk about extending the Heartland Flyer north of Oklahoma City.


Effort Underway to Move Wood-Burning 2-6-0 to Georgia

June 9, 2021

Effort Underway to Move Wood-Burning 2-6-0 to Georgia

Fundraising is underway to bring former Tavares, Eustis & Gulf 2-6-0 2 to Georgia in time for October trips.


Atlantic Coast Line 4-6-2 Could Get New Lease on Life

June 8, 2021

Atlantic Coast Line 4-6-2 Could Get New Lease on Life

U.S. Sugar proposes restoring Atlantic Coast Line 1504 to operation to join its ex-Florida East Coast steam locomotive.