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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 182
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: September 12, 2017 05:31PM

This Date in Railroad History


September 12, 1930
The Union Pacific Railroad, in conjunction with the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, initiated the passenger train the Portland Rose, which ran between Chicago, Illinois, and Portland, Oregon. The Portland Rose was heralded as “A Triumph in Train Comfort.” The train had its own china pattern and specially decorated club observation car, the Portland Club. This car featured a radio, soda fountain, maid service, hairdresser, barber, valet and bath. The rose was the decorative motif for this train. The soft, deep pink of "Madame Caroline Testout," the official rose of Portland, was the prevailing color. Through the Columbia River Gorge, between The Dalles and Portland, an open top observation car was added on the rear of the train. In 1941, the Portland Rose took on a Challenger section with meal prices of 35 cents for breakfast, 40 cents for lunch and 50 cents for dinner. The entire train was air-conditioned, but the luxury accommodations were found on the streamliner City of Portland and the Portland Rose.
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The Strathroy Sub of the Canadian National runs through the small town of Komoka Ontario, which is west of London. The locals say that much of the traffic, both on the CN and the adjacent CP runs at night. But the subdivision sees both freight and Via Rail traffic. Here is CN 2820 splitting the signals.

Norm Schultze photo



Today's North American News


Trump nominates CSX's Elliott to head PHMSA
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WMATA posts on-time performance improvements
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Penn State Altoona's rail engineering program earns accreditation
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Met Council chair rejects bids for Southwest light-rail construction
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Global Port Tracker: July retail imports set a monthly record
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Shuster shuffles T&I Committee staff
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Infrastructure Ontario closes RFPs for Stouffville Line station improvements
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

NYCT begins Q Line repairs
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Brandon Bostian, engineer of derailed Philly Amtrak train, sees charges thrown out
[www.nydailynews.com]

$80M cost estimate for Ann Arbor train station project questioned
[www.mlive.com]

SEPTA midway through $36 million project on Levittown train station
[www.buckscountycouriertimes.com]

MBTA's new chief tried to take the train on his first day on the job and the fare machines weren't working
[www.masslive.com]

Norfolk Southern Says Train Routes Closed Amid Hurricane Irma Are Being Restored To Service As Safe To Do So
[www.benzinga.com]

Amtrak reduces ticket window service as passengers choose eTicketing
[www.mlive.com]

After 24/7 shutdowns and single-tracking, problems remain in Metro work zones
[wtop.com]

Ardmore neighbors protest South Shore plans
[www.wndu.com]

Spuds boost UP, Watco Cold Connect
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Rail Agencies Hosting Third Main Line Open House In Geneva
[www.chicagotribune.com]

CSX begins operations at new Pittsburgh intermodal terminal
[www.americanshipper.com]

New Orleans' Big Plans Showing Dividends
[www.marinelink.com]

Caltrain to reduce horn noise
[www.smdailyjournal.com]

Bid to cut $1.1 billion in Amtrak funding defeated
[www.businesstraveller.com]

Gateway Program meeting with Trump 'productive,' Amtrak chairman says
[www.amny.com]

Today's International News


Japan's Abe to launch $17-billion Indian bullet train project as ties deepen
[www.reuters.com]
and
Bullet train will be underground between BKC to Diva; 7-km stretch to be under Thane creek
[www.hindustantimes.com]

High-speed rail tested in university lab
[www.bbc.com]

Melbourne awards Metro Trains and KDR $7bn contract to operate train and tram networks
[www.businessreviewaustralia.com]

Running Extra


Genesee & Wyoming has multiplied holdings a hundredfold since 1977 by employing a carefully crafted acquisition strategy
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Massive ball python rides New York subway on handrail
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