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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 135
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 07, 2017 06:14PM

This Date in Railroad History


July 7, 1908
The United States Congress officially designated all railroads as official postal routes on July 7, 1838. But it took more than 24 years for dedicated Railway Postoffice cars to come into use. The Railway post office was introduced in the United States on July 28, 1862, using converted baggage cars on the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad (which also delivered the first letter to the Pony Express). Purpose-built Railway Post Office (RPO) cars entered service on this line a few weeks after the service was initiated. Their purpose was to separate mail for connection with a westbound stagecoach departing soon after the train's arrival at St. Joseph. The first permanent Railway Post Office route was established on August 28, 1864, between Chicago, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa. This service is distinguished from the 1862 operation because mail was sorted to and received from each post office along the route, as well as major post offices beyond the route's end-points.
[en.wikipedia.org]

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Eastbound Norfolk Southern freight with Canadian Pacific lead unit about one mile eat of downtown Roanoke, Virginia. May 29, 2017

Louis Cerny photo



Today's North American News


FRA issues draft environmental report for Hudson Tunnel project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]
and
DOT Proposes $12.9 Billion Hudson Tunnel Plan
[ohsonline.com]

State transportation funding includes $20 million for Caltrain electrification
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Hoglander takes NMB's gavel for sixth time
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Texas port contracts Primoris to complete rail project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

CSX, short line to help fund overpass in Indiana
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Amtrak trains to temporarily return to Grand Central Terminal
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Saskatchewan short line buys grain hoppers from province
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Rail supplier news from Union Leasing, Kapsch TrafficCom, Steel Dynamics and Tiger Cool
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Regular NJ Transit service resumes at NYC's Penn Station after derailment
[abcnews.go.com]

North Bay SMART Train Offering Free Preview Rides
[sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com]

First responders hailed heroes after a SEPTA train rescue
[6abc.com]

Amtrak Reveals Engineer To Blame For Train Derailment
[nwpr.org]

Portion of track where train derailed passed inspection hours earlier, company rep says
[www.wisn.com]
and
West Allis train derailment clean up could take days
[fox11online.com]

Trains stopped after rail bridge catches fire southeast of Merced
[www.mercedsunstar.com]

Trains collide in Jefferson causing derailment, traffic headache
[www.news-journal.com]

White Pass proposal draws emotional response from Skagway residents, assembly members
[khns.org]

Waste management facility proposed for New London
[www.theday.com]

30 minutes or it's free
[riverdalepress.com]

Florida Tourist Train on Track for Golden Triangle Service to Begin Late Summer
[www.ajot.com]

Weekend track work will affect Blue, Orange and Silver lines downtown
[wtop.com]

Railroad length increases in effort to keep costs down, efficiency up
[www.supplychaindive.com]

Today's International News


China's longest train service will take you 5000km in three days for as little as 461 yuan
[shanghaiist.com]

Byron Bay to get world's first solar-powered train, courtesy of a coal baron
[www.smh.com.au]

Bengaluru Metro staff call off strike, train services to resume
[timesofindia.indiatimes.com]

Only steam train in Romania’s Hunedoara reopens for tourists
[www.romania-insider.com]

Track renewal work to affect train services for four days
[timesofindia.indiatimes.com]

TRAIN STRIKE GUIDE When are this month’s Merseyrail strikes, what are the 2017 dates and which routes are affected by the walk out?
[www.thesun.co.uk]

New Ilkeston train station marks 30,000 journeys
[www.nottinghampost.com]

Suburban train planned for Kempegowda International airport
[newsable.asianetnews.tv]

Electric-battery train on test
[www.railwaygazette.com]

Train services to and from London Liverpool Street return to normal after track defect repaired
[www.eadt.co.uk]

ScotRail slammed as new report reveals about half of all trains arriving at Inverness and north stations come in late
[www.inverness-courier.co.uk]

Running Extra


Watch a High-Speed Train Race a Fighter Jet
[sploid.gizmodo.com]

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