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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 123
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: June 21, 2017 04:32PM

This Date in Railroad History

June 21, 1968
President Lyndon B. Johnson remotely set off the final charge of explosives completing the 7 mile Flathead Tunnel, part of the Great Northern (BNSF) railroad relocation to enable completion of Libby Dam. The construction of Libby Dam required the relocation of 60 miles of the GN tracks, including the new tunnel, and relocating the town of Rexford, MT. The east portal has a door that can be closed and fans to ventilate the tunnel. Trains started using the tunnel in 1970. The tunnel is 42 miles to the west of Whitefish, Montana, and is the second-longest tunnel in the United States.

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Florida’ Briteline now has three of the four train sets that will be used to inaugurate service between Miami and West Palm Beach. Testing is continuing and a soft opening draws closer. By fall, West Palm Beach will be a hotbed of activity: TriRail, Amtrak and now Briteline will all call at the station. The train sets are manufactured by Siemens in Sacramento CA and hauled by UP to New Orleans where they are handed off to CSX for delivery on the FEC at Jacksonville.

This is Cibolo TX and ‘Brite Green’ and ‘Brite Orange’ at being forwarded by UP. The smooth lower nose has been removed for the addition of the EOT, it will look better when fully operational.

Norm Schultze photo

Today's North American News

Metro-North President Giulietti to retire in August

Chevron achieves milestone on Gulf Coast petrochemical project

Metrolink to solicit input on proposed 2018 budgets

Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor names Metro Ports terminal operator

NARP to rally for funding of Amtrak long-distance trains

Operation Lifesaver names new board members

Short Line Safety Institute unveils interactive training
SLSI uses interactive training to encourage safety

MARTA launches rail system art program

Train cars removed, track repair underway following Boulder derailment

Train derails near Earlimart, causes traffic jam

NGS Coal Train Derails

Additional Pittsburgh-Harrisburg rail service subject of study

Union Pacific Railroad Aiding in Getting Wyomingites Back to Work

Union Pacific Plans to Invest $5.1 Million in its Washington Rail Infrastructure

360 Rail Services acquires Railroad Specialties

3rd track info meeting set for Thursday in New Hyde Park

CSX rebuts SRC member’s allegations

Here's what's wrong with SEPTA's West Trenton Line

Erie-Lackawanna group adds circus cars to collection

Today's International News

Preston train crash caused by trainee driver's brake error

Train accidents due to driver age, negligence, finds study

Tom oks road test for hybrid e-train

The driverless freight train: as imagined in Germany

Running Extra

Scenic train rides start this weekend

Steam train experiences return to Borders line this summer

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