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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 129
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: June 29, 2017 04:35PM

NOTICE Trainnews will not publish during the long holiday and will return with issue 133 next Wednesday. Enjoy the 4th.

This Date in Railroad History


June 29, 1906
The Hepburn Act gave the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) the power to set maximum railroad rates and led to the discontinuation of free passes to loyal shippers. In addition, the ICC could view the railroads' financial records, a task simplified by standardized bookkeeping systems. For any railroad that resisted, the ICC's conditions would remain in effect until the outcome of litigation said otherwise. By the Hepburn Act, the ICC's authority was extended to cover bridges, terminals, ferries, sleeping cars, express companies and oil pipelines. The ICC staff grew from 104 in 1890 to 178 in 1905, 330 in 1907, and 527 in 1909. The limitation on railroad rates depreciated the value of railroad securities, a factor in causing the panic of 1907. Scholars consider the Hepburn Act the most important piece of legislation regarding railroads in the first half of the 20th century. Economists and historians debate whether it crippled the railroads, giving so much advantage to the shippers that a giant unregulated trucking industry — undreamed of in 1906—took away their business.
[en.wikipedia.org]

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An east bound Norfolk Southern loaded crude oil train rounds the curve on the approach to the Route 53 overpass three miles east of Cresson, PA on February 10, 2017. Leading the 88 car train is SD70ACe No. 1048, one of 175 such diesels on Norfolk Southern’s roster. This is on the Pittsburgh Line, which was originally the PRR’s main line through Pennsylvania. Winter Storm Niko swept through this area the previous day, depositing a half-foot of fresh snow and creating picturesque photo ops

Alex Mayes photo



Today's North American News


Gov. Cuomo declares state of emergency for MTA
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

CN, Whirlpool break ground on new distribution center
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

AAR recognizes Andrew Paul with Chafee environmental award
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Brightline trains to run on biodiesel
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Metropolitan Council to install Tchourumoff as chairwoman
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

U.S., Canadian railroads post traffic gains in Week 25
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

BART installs security cameras in all rail cars
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Cando awarded contracts for rail switching in Wisconsin
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

WMATA tests tunnel material to prevent arcing incidents
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Police identify CSX workers killed by Amtrak train
[www.washingtonpost.com]

SMART train launches North Bay preview, but opening still unclear
[www.sfchronicle.com]

Train derailment in Phoenix causes traffic delays
[www.azcentral.com]

$5 Million Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against MTA Over 'A' Train Derailment
[gothamist.com]

RTD inches closer to resolving commuter train issues
[www.9news.com]

Proposed train to connect El Paso, Las Cruces
[kfoxtv.com]

Princess Cruises Overhauls Additional Train Cars With SmartTray® Tables
[www.prnewswire.com]

Siemens, Bombardier Said to Explore Two Rail Joint Ventures
[www.ajot.com]

Union Pacific improving Carrizozo line to Ft. Bliss
[www.ruidosonews.com]

Line may be discontinued in Manawa
[www.waupacanow.com]

Greenbrier Adds Two Independent Directors to Board of Directors
[www.prnewswire.com]

Today's International News


Rail tracks sink near Mumbai, 2 coaches of Valsad train inch towards platform
[www.hindustantimes.com]

Southern Rail strike: Commuters vent frustration as 1,100 trains axed due to Aslef drivers' overtime ban
[www.standard.co.uk]

Alstom opens UK train refurbishment plant
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Six Madaraka Express trains to start operating in July
[www.nation.co.ke]

France launches its last high-speed rail lines
[www.economist.com]

BHEL signs pact with Japanese firm for manufacturing coaches for metro trains
[economictimes.indiatimes.com]

JR Tokai unveils N700S design for bullet train to run in fiscal ’20
[www.asahi.com]

Running Extra


Riding First Class On The Caledonian Sleeper Train To Scotland
[www.forbes.com]

Iconic train station from The Quiet Man saved after Hollywood stars back campaign
[irishpost.co.uk]

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