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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 171
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 28, 2017 04:26PM

This Date in Railroad History


August 28, 1864
The first U.S. Railroad Post Office route was officially established when George B. Armstrong, the assistant postmaster of Chicago, Illinois, placed a postal car equipped for general distribution in service between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa, on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Similar routes were established between other major eastern cities. When railway mail service began, mostly letter mail was sorted on the cars, which were not equipped to distribute other kinds of mail. By about 1863, other mail, except packages, was sorted as well. In 1930, more than 10,000 trains were used to move the mail into virtually every city, town, and village in the United States. Following passage of the Transportation Act of 1958, mail carrying passenger trains declined rapidly. By 1965, only 130 trains carried mail; by 1970, the railroads carried virtually no First-Class Mail.
[postalmuseum.si.edu]

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West Virginia Central Railroad's local to Spruce, WV prepares to depart the former B&O Railroad yard in Belington, WV on July 27, 2017. On the point is ex-Western Maryland Railway RARE EMD BL2 No. 82, coupled behind the BL2 is ex-B&O GP9 No. 6532, and the third unit ex-Milwaukee Road F7A No. 109A, now painted into a blue and yellow Chesapeake and Ohio scheme and renumbered 7094.

Alex Mayes photo



Today's North American News


Hurricane Harvey's impact on rail service continues
[www.progressiverailroading.com]
and
Freight Companies Scramble to Reroute Goods in Wake of Harvey
[www.foxbusiness.com]
and
Union Pacific, BNSF suspend Houston operations because of Harvey
[www.platts.com]

Quebec slots CA$300 million for Montreal train garage
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Cargill pursues grain facility expansion on UP line
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Maryland officials to break ground on Purple Line light-rail project
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

USDOT withdraws local-hiring plan for federally funded projects
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Grain pact to benefit terminal on Alton & Southern Railway line
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Metrolinx names Verster CEO
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

AASHTO: Trump administration to talk infrastructure with state DOTs
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

New trains to shave hour off Amtrak's Chicago-to-St. Louis trip: state
[www.chicagotribune.com]

Cap Metro tab for train control system $14 million beyond estimate
[www.mystatesman.com]

Furloughed railroad workers rehired en masse, but is coal really growing?
[www.csmonitor.com]
and
BNSF has recalled most of its furloughed workers
[journalstar.com]

CSX tackling service issues, CEO tells rail regulator
[www.reuters.com]
and
CSX changes metrics used to measure performance
[www.jaxdailyrecord.com]

NCRR to invest in rail infrastructure, textile facility
[www.americanshipper.com]

Metro-North union boss asking members to back rail strike over contract disputes
[www.lohud.com]

Rail Maintenance Machines Collide in West Virginia; 5 Hurt
[www.usnews.com]

Grant funds short line hazmat training
[www.railwayage.com]

After long-awaited launch, North Bay’s SMART line now faces biggest test
[www.petaluma360.com]

Today's International News


Train Carriage Makers Rush to Iran's Growing Market
[financialtribune.com]

British trains 'up to four times slower outside the south-east'
[www.theguardian.com]

Standing room only as train passengers expected to top 35 million
[www.dutchnews.nl]

Councils ask political parties to keep Capital Connection train
[www.google.com]

Magna proposes to build railroad to Slovenian factory to allay environmental worries
[seenews.com]

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