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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 151
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: July 31, 2017 04:08PM

This Date in Railroad History


July 31, 1909
16 passengers are killed and more than 100 are injured and maimed when two electric interurban trains owned by the Spokane & Inland Empire Railroad Company collide head-on at Gibbs, Idaho, approximately two miles northwest of Coeur d’Alene (some 30 miles from Spokane, Washington). The trains, linking Spokane with Coeur d’Alene, are carrying an estimated 600 passengers who are on their way to bid for Indian reservation lands. During this land rush, crowds are so large that the railroad is operating special trains on open schedules, running every 15 to 20 minutes. The motormen, James Delaney in No 20 and Edgar E. Campbell in No 5, caught sight of each other when the trains were 800 feet apart, too late to prevent the collision. Train No. 20 came to a complete stop in 200 feet, and people in the lead car began jumping for their lives. Train No 5 attempted to stop as well, but the air brakes on the overloaded train failed. The special train ran into the regular train at about 20 miles per hour.
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This year’s convention of the National Railway Historical Society was held June 21-24, and was based in Nashville, TN. The main events included four rail excursions, visits to nearby points of interest, a lunch cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat, the annual NRHS Banquet and a night photo session. Other events included a trip to the Historic Railpark Museum in Bowling Green, KY and a tour of Andrew Jackson’s estate The Hermitage. On Friday, June 23rd, an interesting series of seminars were offered and several National NRHS meetings were held. The convention was well planned and operated, with all events running on time. Planning for the convention was conducted by the NRHS Convention Planning Committee, headed by John Goodman, as was last year’s convention in Denver. The convention headquarters hotel was the Nashville Airport Hotel, which is currently being converted into a Hilton property.

The final event of the convention was a night photo session at the Tennessee Central Railroad Museum’s facility in Nashville on June 24th. This event was run by Steve Barry and Michael Burkhart using remotely fired Alien Bee strobe lighting.

Four scenes were illuminated, this is the first one: E8 No. 6902 and F7Bs 715 and 719, both ex-B&LE and the third scene illuminated, Tennessee Central SW8 No. 52 with actors posed on the steps and Tennessee Operation Lifesaver caboose No. 1155.

Photos by Alex Mayes, Potomac Chapter NRHS



Today's North American News


Senate Appropriations OKs transportation funding bill
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Longshore workers' approval of West Coast port contract appears likely
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

L.A. Metro launches workforce development program
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

FTA allows Durham-Orange rail project to begin engineering
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Ferromex to use GE digital services to monitor locomotives
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

BNSF, UP to serve new ethyl acetate plant in Nebraska
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Georgia Ports Authority posts record TEUs in FY2017
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

WMATA preps for Green Line interlocking replacement
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

California Bullet Train About to Get Hit With Blizzard of Lawsuits
[www.motherjones.com]

Vote kills State Fair Train for good, clears way for new Hamilton County greenway
[www.indystar.com]

North Bay’s SMART commuter rail system to roll after long delays
[www.sfchronicle.com]

Power problems delay some Metro-North trains
[www.ctpost.com]

Canada 150 Train rolling into Saskatoon for big party
[thestarphoenix.com]

Union Pacific train marking Nebraska statehood
[railwayage.com]

Lac-Mégantic residents divided over whether to move train tracks: BAPE report
[www.cbc.ca]

Metro rethinking shared rail lanes downtow
[www.houstonchronicle.com]

'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever
[www.greencarreports.com]

Norfolk Southern rolls out consolidation plan for Central Division headquarters
[www.logisticsmgmt.com]

MMEX Resources Corp. Announces Land Acquisition for Pecos County Refinery Project
[www.nasdaq.com]

Gaston County shortline railway gets third operator in as many years
[www.bizjournals.com]

Court throws out lawsuit by commuter rail rider frustrated with winter 2015 service
[www.metro.us]

Exploring the emergency repair work that’s shaping Penn Station commutes this summer
[www.amny.com]

Today's International News


Swedish train takes wrong track and ends up in the wrong town, yet no one seems to know why
[www.thelocal.se]

A futuristic looking new train arrived in Swansea station for the first time today
[www.walesonline.co.uk]

No clarity yet on frequent metro trains in Bengaluru
[economictimes.indiatimes.com]

China's Lightning Fast Fuxing Train Poses Challenge to Western Rivals
[sputniknews.com]

LNVG receives first upgraded Coradia train
[www.railway-technology.com]

Russia to Invest in Iran’s Railroad Industry
[www.tasnimnews.com]

Colombo Suburban Railway Project not realistic: expert
[www.dailymirror.lk]

Running Extra


Rising Stars: Travis Kelly, Texas Central Partners LLC
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Disneyland Railroad reopens after year-long hiatus
[mynewsla.com]

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