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Trainnews - volume 10 - issue 191
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: September 25, 2017 04:10PM

This Date in Railroad History


September 25, 1900
The Erie Railroad opened its new steel bridge 301 ft over Kinzua Creek. It stretched for 2,053 feet across an isolated valley in northwestern Pennsylvania. The first bridge here was built by the Phoenix Bridge Company using iron in 1882, constructed to carry bituminous coal from western Pennsylvania mines to Buffalo, N.Y. In only eighteen years, growing train and engine weights made the iron bridge obsolete, hence the new steel version. In the late 1950s, the Erie reached an agreement to share B&O tracks and retired Kinzua Viaduct. The state of Pennsylvania acquired the bridge and in 1987 the Knox and Kane Railroad began running tourist trains across it. Carrying 20,000 passengers a year, trains continued to run until the summer of 2002, when state officials noticed structural deterioration and closed the bridge. Emergency repairs had been partially completed in July 2003, when a tornado toppled the eleven tallest towers into the valley below, leaving a 1,400-foot gap.
[explorepahistory.com]

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Detroits’ new Streetcar doesn’t always run on overhead wire. The six Brookville “Liberty” streetcars are powered by rechargeable ion lithium batteries. That can be recharged while the car is in service. Here the car is recharging its battery from the short section of overhead rail. The streetcar can not run the full distance of Woodward Avenue on battery power alone. There are several small sections of overhead wire. But most running is on battery power. Dallas Texas has two Brookville “Liberty” streetcars in service that showed the usefulness of the rechargeable battery option. The Q-Line wraps make for interesting visuals. There are pity sayings from some notables like Rosa Parks and even Dr Seuss.

The transit center where the cars are maintained is named for Roger Penske, one of the major moving forces in the re-birth of the Motor City.

Norm Schultze photo



Today's North American News


Railroads, Operation Lifesaver mark national Rail Safety Week
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

USDOT publishes first report on tank-car fleet composition
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Ontario seeks design ideas for hydrogen-powered GO Transit trains
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Twin Eagle Sand acquires West Virginia frac sand terminal
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Cleveland RTA Deputy GM York to retire
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Tradepoint Atlantic marks opening of FedEx distribution center
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

LIRR to install concrete ties on Babylon Branch
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Rocky Mountaineer restructures leadership team
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Brightline works to raise awareness about danger of train tracks
[www.palmbeachpost.com]

Lawmakers ask NJ Transit chief about Record probe of train engineers, office space
[www.northjersey.com]

Sounder service between Seattle, Lakewood expands with 2 new trains
[www.kiro7.com]

Crews clean up coal, derailed train cars in NW Montana
[www.spokesman.com]

Privately funded passenger rail pitched for southern NH
[www.unionleader.com]

High-speed rail in the Valley was once supposed to be done by Saturday. Not even close
[www.fresnobee.com]

Second LRT train about to begin journey to Waterloo region
[www.cbc.ca]

Threats to Both Planes and Trains Bruise Bombardier
[www.bloomberg.com]

MTA to unveil better stats to measure subway service quality
[www.nydailynews.com]

Commuters find joys, pains of using new SMART rail system
[www.petaluma360.com]

Sugar Pine Railroad re-opens following wildfire
[kmph.com]

Working without contract since January 2015, union members protest around railroad picnic
[fox4kc.com]

NJ TRANSIT Facing Possible Shortage Of Engineers
[newyork.cbslocal.com]

Baja California Railroad, por mercado energético [for spanish speakers]
[t21.com.mx]

Today's International News


London grinds to a halt: Thousands of commuters left stranded as train chaos hits capital
[www.express.co.uk]

French train inspector demands limbless man prove he's disabled
[www.thelocal.fr]

Alstom eyes Liverpool hydrogen train trials
[www.theengineer.co.uk]

Theft of signal cabling causes major disruption for Scots train travellers
[www.scotsman.com]

Swedish Transport Administration puts in plans to prevent autumn train damage
[www.globalrailwayreview.com]

‘We will build trains in UK,’ says Talgo
[www.railmagazine.com]

First Virgin Pendolino train re-painted in Widnes now back in service
[www.runcornandwidnesworld.co.uk]

Nightly train disruption out of Glasgow expected to last till May 2018
[www.glasgowlive.co.uk]

More cancellations and anger as data reveals the true extent of disruption on blighted Northern rail service
[www.nwemail.co.uk]

Murmansk transport hub's infrastructure due by late 2019
[tass.com]

Tokyu unveils new tram with beckoning cat livery to mark 110th anniversary of Tamagawa Line
[www.japantimes.co.jp]

Running Extra


Rail RFP: SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT DISTRICT - RFQ/P NO. 49GH-110
[www.progressiverailroading.com]

Remote school teaches people how to drive a steam train
[durangoherald.com]

Another steam train passes through St Albans City station.
[www.hertsad.co.uk]

A tale of two Costa Ricas: hope, inequality and an hour on the train
[www.ticotimes.net]

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