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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 218
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: November 04, 2015 05:41PM

This Date in Railroad History

November 4, 2008
The newly constructed steam locomotive Tornado made its first run, of 120 yards, along track in a rail yard in Darlington, England. It completed a further successful test run two weeks later, reaching 75mph between York and Newcastle. The engine, whose full title is Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, was built for £3 million following donations from thousands of enthusiasts. Tornado was unveiled while undergoing tests and will go into active service on the East Coast Main Line, pulling ‘specials’. It will leave its home at the National Railway Museum in York for the Royal journey before embarking on a series of tours between York, Newcastle and London. The A1 class were among the last steam engines to be withdrawn from service and replaced with diesels. No A1s survived, so in 1990 a group of railway enthusiasts began their project to build an engine from scratch. They set up the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, asking supporters to donate the price of a pint of beer a week – £1.25 at the time – and slowly completed Tornado.
[www.dailymail.co.uk]

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Former Norfolk & Western Class A No. 1218 and Class J No. 611 head up a passenger special as it rolls southbound on the former Southern Railway main at Dry Fork, NC on July 19, 1989. The steam-powered extra is en route to the NRHS convention, which was held in Asheville, NC that year. The 14-car train, which was named the Asheville Special, originated in Alexandria, VA and was sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter. Leaving Alexandria, the 611 powered the train to Lynchburg, VA where the 1218 was coupled onto the front. The Asheville Special tied up for the night at Salisbury, NC, 326 miles south of Alexandria, and the 378 passengers were bused to nearby motels. The following morning recently restored former Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 578 was coupled onto the head end, and it led the inbound special the rest of the way to Asheville, with the 1218 coupled behind. The 611 later traveled to Asheville via a different route since its wheelbase was too long to navigate through the tight curves in the “Loops” area west of Old Fort, NC. All three engines powered trips at the convention, which had 1,379 registered attendees.

Alex Mayes photo



Today's North American News

Crosslinx signs $9.1 billion contract for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line
[progressiverailroading.com]

Heavy-truck amendment defeated in House
[progressiverailroading.com]

Georgia Northeastern Railroad to be acquired
[progressiverailroading.com]

PANYNJ names Holwell interim general counsel
[progressiverailroading.com]

Rep. Denham wants reports on high-speed rail cost overruns, delays
[progressiverailroading.com]

UP opens new railport in Texas
[progressiverailroading.com]

Canadian panel awards funds for CN intermodal hub's environmental review
[progressiverailroading.com]

VIA Rail earns risk management honors
[progressiverailroading.com]

Rail supplier updates from Lilee, Vossloh, Intellifuel, Motive Power and FreightCar America
[progressiverailroading.com]

In caverns deep below N.Y. streets, train terminal taking shape
[www.reuters.com]

Union president: TriMet ordered MAX drivers through floodwater
[www.katu.com]

Heat caused Montana train derailments, BNSF says
[www.grandforksherald.com]

MBTA OK'd to negotiate $338M train-control pact
[www.sentinelandenterprise.com]

Railroad to spend $6.5M to improve track
[www.thenewsstar.com]

Union Pacific's Getting Bigger and Better
[news.morningstar.com]

House transfers DC Metro board appointments to DOT
[thehill.com]

Genesee & Wyoming Downgraded to “Hold” at Zacks (GWR)
[www.dakotafinancialnews.com]

Repairs to Sandy-ravaged rail tunnels won't start until end of decade
[www.nj.com]

C$9·1bn Eglinton Crosstown light rail contract signed
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Automating the industry, one yard at a time
[www.railwayage.com]

Construction of Rail Vehicle with Extra-Long Stainless Steel Profiles
[www.railway-technology.com]

Today's International News

Battery-Powered Train Built by Students Runs 13.7 Miles
[blogs.wsj.com]

Egypt's 'lost' train rescued from desert after nine years
[www.bbc.com]

Irish Rail warns of disruptions if strike goes ahead on Friday
[www.independent.ie]

Arriva Trains Wales drivers walk out in pay dispute
[www.bbc.com]

India’s SAIL to Export Rail Tracks to Iran for Railroad Project
[www.tasnimnews.com]

Odisha, Railways sign agreement to take rail link to Nabarangpur
[indianexpress.com]

Ffestiniog Railway building new shed for their historic slate wagon fleet
[www.dailypost.co.uk]

Gulf railway project begins in UAE, Oman, and in Saudi after two months
[english.alarabiya.net]

Can the Trans-Caspian Route deliver the next freight revolution?
[www.railway-technology.com]

Vossloh Rail Vehicles sold to Stadler
[www.railwaygazette.com]

£230m plan to reinstate key North railway line receives major boost
[www.thenorthernecho.co.uk]

Minister replaced after damning Fyra report
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Warszawa metro extension contractors selected
[www.railwaygazette.com]

RFI to upgrade Bologna - Rimini line
[www.railjournal.com]

Lotos Kolej launches German freight operations
[www.railjournal.com]

Light rail line 2 becomes operational in The Hague
[www.railway-technology.com]

Russian Post orders mail coaches from TMH
[www.railjournal.com]

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