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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 169
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 24, 2017 05:36PM

This Date in Railroad History


August 24, 1951
Noted soil engineer Dr. Ralph Brazelton Peck conducted a test boring as part of a project to stabilize movement of the then-70-year-old Northern Pacific Railroad bridge over the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota. Although original bridge architect George S. Morison properly designed his bridge to withstand the force of ice jams and high water, he did not foresee was that slope instability above the bank would create decades of problems and almost lead to abandonment of his bridge. Shortly after the railroad bridge was completed, the east pier began sliding towards the river. For the next 68 years, Northern Pacific engineers applied a variety of slope stabilization techniques in an attempt to stop the pier from moving. Peck used the results of the test bores to determine the factor of safety for the slope above the pier. At Peck's direction, the NP removed a considerable amount of the hillside above the east pier to reduce the slope to the factor of safety. Finally, after all of those years, Peck's efforts resulted in relative stability of the slope above the east bridge pier, and the bridge stands today. (link is to a 7Mb .PDF with diagrams and photos, both vintage and current.)
[www.dmr.nd.gov]

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Amtrak train 14, the northbound Coast Starlight, accelerates about a mile north of the Albany, Oregon station on Union Pacific track running a little over one hour late on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Louis Cerny photo



Today's North American News


Short Line Safety Institute awarded hazmat training grant
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

North Carolina Railroad to invest in new factory's rail spur
[www.progressiverailroading.com]
and
N.C. Railroad to invest in rail spur for new $60M Triad plant
[www.bizjournals.com]

TriMet adds mobile fare-payment options
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Amtrak wrapping up Penn Station's summer repair project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

U.S. intermodal traffic jumps 8.2 percent in Week 33
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

DART appoints new board members
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

SEPTA rolls out Wi-Fi, digital services at commuter-rail hub
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Rail supplier news from Wi-Tronix, KLW, HAZON, Alstom and RATP
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

New train bridge weathers growing pains
[www.gloucestertimes.com]

Gory CSX Train Accident Linked To Solar Eclipse
[www.newschannel5.com]

Amtrak adds three Friday round-trips, reduced fares to Winter Park Express ski train for 2018
[www.denverpost.com]

Flyer extension inching forward
[www.thekansan.com]

Railroad track improvements set to start in East Moline
[www.kwqc.com]

Amid storm of criticism, CSX says problems should subside by Labor Day
[www.supplychaindive.com]

Railroad buys pair of passenger cars
[romesentinel.com]

Friday ceremony in Santa Rosa marks start of full SMART rail service
[www.pressdemocrat.com]

BNSF Logistics Delivers Fairbanks Transformers
[www.breakbulk.com]

Fairfield County leaders push back against high-speed rail proposal
[www.darientimes.com]

Morris out as Atlanta BeltLine leader
[www.mdjonline.com]

Today's International News


Zambia railway firm attributes train derailment to sabotage
[news.xinhuanet.com]

Train Delivers Eye Surgery to China’s Rural Poor
[www.sixthtone.com]

Train guards’ strike would not affect services – Greater Anglia bosses
[www.eadt.co.uk]

Arriva Trains Wales appoints new Managing Director
[www.globalrailwayreview.com]

Experts deem Eurasian high speed railway link between China and EU promising
[tass.com]

OHL wins €215m contract to modernise Lund-Arlöv line in Sweden
[www.railway-technology.com]

IDB funds Buenos Aires rail electrification
[www.publicfinanceinternational.org]

Running Extra


Ringling Bros. train car gets permanent home in Seffner
[www.fox13news.com]

Northern Pacific Beanery is closing
[www.livingstonenterprise.com]

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