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Volume 16 - issue 021
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Date: May 21, 2023 07:03AM


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An east bound Norfolk Southern coal train arrives at Melrose, NC, at the bottom of Saluda Grade in June 1995. Saluda Grade was the steepest mainline grade in the U.S., with a formidable average of 4.24 percent on this three-mile segment between the towns of Saluda and Melrose, N.C. and an astounding 4.94 percent for about 300 feet. Saluda Grade gains 606 feet in elevation in less than three miles between Melrose and Saluda. Because of accidents involving downgrade runaway trains in the late 1880s Southern Railway built two spur tracks for such incidents. The train pictured is about to cross the spur track at Melrose. Norfolk Southern took the grade out of service for economic reasons in December 2001. In February 2023, Norfolk Southern agreed to sell 31 miles of the Saluda Grade to The Saluda Grade Trail Conservancy, a group which plans to convert the ROW into a hiking trail.

Alex Mayes photo.



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Domestic News (Canada, Mexico and USA)


NC By Train adding more trains, new schedules
[independenttribune.com]

Sunshine State's fastest train will soon connect Orlando to South Florida
[www.foxweather.com]

Damaged switch sends train down the wrong track – SAPD investigates
[www.conchovalleyhomepage.com]

Eight train cars derailed due to heat expansion of tracks
[www.thedailyworld.com]

Mexico declares national security protection for Mayan tourist train
[www.reuters.com]

Railroad safety bill could decrease the number of blocked train crossings in Houston
[www.houstonpublicmedia.org]

BART Train Collides With Vehicle That Crashed Onto Tracks in Oakland
[www.nbcbayarea.com]

What is happening with the México-Querétaro train project?
[mexiconewsdaily.com]

Ontario Expands GO Train Service to Niagara
[news.ontario.ca]

Train service from the Central Coast will take longer if your destination is San Clemente or San Diego
[keyt.com]

Montgomery County train derailment: 31 cars carrying limestone rock derail near Dacus
[www.fox26houston.com]

Train engineers union reaches first sick-time deal with Atlanta-based Norfolk Southern
[www.wabe.org]
and
NS, BLET Reach Paid Sick Leave Deal
[www.railwayage.com]

New Report Shows Benefits of Coatesville Train Station Extend Beyond the Tracks
[vista.today]

Union Pacific freight train derails in south Pocatello
[www.idahostatejournal.com]

New Autonomous Battery-Electric Trains Are Coming For Your Diesel
[cleantechnica.com]

Mexican government sends marines to take over private rail line
[www.aljazeera.com]

Roadtrippin’ 2023: The Alaska Railroad celebrates its centennial year
[www.alaskasnewssource.com]

New $9.8 million railroad yard expected to ease congestion in west Tuscaloosa
[www.tuscaloosanews.com]

CSX Named Best Railroad by Intermodal Service Providers
[www.marketscreener.com]

Colorado Pacific Gives Up Bid for Tennessee Pass
[railfan.com]

New York railroads set post-pandemic ridership records
[transportationtodaynews.com]

St. Lucie River railroad bridge in Stuart to reopen Monday to boaters during daytime
[www.tcpalm.com]

Union Pacific promotes Jalali to EVP
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Short line advocates to visit Congress today
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

UP Continues to Struggle Moving Amtrak’s ‘Sunset Limited’
[railfan.com]

Hearing held on dire state of San Diego’s coastal tracks. ‘The rail corridor has never been in more jeopardy.’
[www.encinitasadvocate.com]

Work begins to replace historic Norwalk River Railroad Bridge
[westfaironline.com]

Metro-North rebrands locomotives to mark 40th anniversary
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

OIG: Big federal investments increase Amtrak's fraud risks
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Short-line operator: California’s new locomotive emissions rule could ‘kill’ industry
[www.freightwaves.com]

BNSF to expand intermodal service in Texas
[www.freightwaves.com]

Norfolk Southern not ready to abandon this controversial railroading strategy after derailments
[finance.yahoo.com]

Chicago suburbs appeal CPKC merger decision
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

MTA reveals farebeating cost $690M last year as it rolls out plan to cut losses
[nypost.com]

Feds Release $8.8B Expansion Plan for DC’s Union Station Rail Hub
[www.enr.com]

U.P.'s ‘Big Boy’ to visit Gering June 7-8, travel to Panhandle communities
[starherald.com]

SEPTA breaks ground on Wissahickon station expansion
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

STB allows UP to keep some service reporting info confidential
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Peloquin named president, CEO of VIA Rail
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Why Canada's two big railways are livid over Justin Trudeau's attempt to force competition
[financialpost.com]

Zero/Low-Emission Locomotive Global Roundup
[www.railwayage.com]

Nearshoring in Mexico: A Lifetime Opportunity
[www.railwayage.com]

Chicago Transit Authority Issues RFP for Red Line Extension
[railway-news.com]

People News: FreightCar America, UP
[www.railwayage.com]

CN on Grain: Government Doesn’t Know How to Bake
[www.railwayage.com]

International News


Train strikes: New RMT walkout means three strikes in four days
[www.bbc.com]

The U.A.E. Is Building a Cross-Country Luxury Train for Middle Eastern ‘Rail Cruses’
[robbreport.com]

A panoramic Swiss train will ride on Czech railways this summer
[www.expats.cz]

Vande Bharat Express trains now operational on 15 routes in India. See full list
[www.hindustantimes.com]

Flix’s big green trains could be en route to the Netherlands
[thenextweb.com]

Train drivers’ union says it has received ‘significant’ pay offers in Wales and Scotland
[www.theguardian.com]

Rasht-Astara Railroad Completion to Take Four Years
[financialtribune.com]

Trans-Baikal freight train derailment, latest Russian railroad incident, caught on video
[www.yahoo.com]

Iraq: Designs ready to build rail, road network to Turkiye
[www.middleeastmonitor.com]

CoCT furious as transport minister says ‘no’ to its bid for railroad services
[www.capetownetc.com]

Great Central Railway to celebrate 50 years in operation
[www.bbc.com]

Japan railway firms boosting efforts for automated operations
[www.japantimes.co.jp]

Uganda says construction of long-delayed modern railway line to start this year
[www.reuters.com]

Freight train derails after explosion on railway in Crimea
[euromaidanpress.com]

West Midlands Railway changes announced in timetable overhaul
[www.bbc.com]

Great Western Railway announce 'biggest timetable shake-up' in five years
[uk.news.yahoo.com]

Network Rail reveal five-year plan to improve Britain’s railway
[www.railadvent.co.uk]

Running Extra


Road Trip! Explore This Massachusetts Museum By Train
[b985.fm]

Astros' Minute Maid Park train not running, but expected to be fully operational soon
[www.houstonchronicle.com]

AI and Data Analytics are Not the Railroads’ Savior
[www.mhlnews.com]

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