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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 157
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 11, 2015 05:22PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 157 - 08/11/15


This day in Railroad History

August 11, 1970
The last train, the Birmingham Special, SR train No. 18 to Washington DC, pulled out of Chattanooga's "Gateway" - Terminal Station, the building was boarded up and the future looked bleak. The $1.5 million dollar Terminal Station had been built by the Southern Railway and opened in 1909, replacing the earlier Central Station. However, instead of being demolished, the 24 acre facility became a hotel complex, opening in May1973. It included 48 Pullman train cars divided into 96 rooms, and a 103 room Motor Inn. By 1976, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo averaged over one million visitors a year. The hotel has since expanded the convention center and added more hotel rooms. The property boasts a regularly operating Perley Thomas Car Works trolley built in High Point, North Carolina.
[www.tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org]


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Former Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611 pulled its final series of excursions scheduled for this year over the July 4th weekend. Two trips ran out of Roanoke, VA each of the three days-morning trips to Lynchburg over Norfolk Southern’s Blue Ridge District, and afternoon trips to Walton Junction over the Radford District. The powerful 4-8-4 pulled 22 car consists over 1.3 percent Christiansburg Grade, and 1.2 percent Blue Ridge Grade with little effort. The 22 cars were comprised of vintage coaches, lounge cars and observation cars, including three dome cars, plus a tool car. The trains were turned at Lynchburg and Walton Junction for the return trips. All six trips were sold out, with about 900 passengers on each trip.
Saturday morning's trip to Lynchburg, east bound at Glade Creek, taken from Blue Ridge Parkway.

Alex Mayes photo




Notices

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BNSF's net income up 5 percent, total revenue down 6 percent in 2Q
[progressiverailroading.com]

STB: Rail industry's cost of capital contracted in 2014
[progressiverailroading.com]

North Dakota Public Service Commission hires Carson as track inspector
[progressiverailroading.com]

Ports busy as retailers gear up for the holidays
[progressiverailroading.com]

San Diego transit system names Guaderrama director of security
[progressiverailroading.com]

BART completes fleet-wide carpet replacement project
[progressiverailroading.com]

ASLRRA appoints Collins to board's executive committee
[progressiverailroading.com]

Rail supplier updates from Hub Group, Siemens, Alstom and Hanson
[progressiverailroading.com]

Los Angeles Might Be Getting Occasional Party Train to Vegas
[la.curbed.com]
and
Fancy Train Service From SoCal to Vegas Starting This Year?
[www.lamag.com]

Heavy Rains Waterlog Tri-State Airports, Cause Train Delays
[www.nbcnewyork.com]

Amtrak, SEPTA on schedule to meet federal train control system mandate
[www.nj.com]

HazMat crew clearing train derailment scene in Spring
[abc13.com]

Train derails in Old Town Spring
[www.12newsnow.com]

Sherwood train trestle collapses after catching fire
[www.kptv.com]

Normal service resumes on all PATH train lines
[www.nj.com]

Orlando-To-Miami Train Moves Forward As Potential Connector Between Central & South Florida
[cleantechnica.com]

Amtrak Exec: Train Delays Might Become More Common
[www.manufacturing.net]

As Ridership From NJ Doubles, Train Service Could Be Cut By Three Quarters
[gothamist.com]

Progress Made For Enhanced Train Schedule
[blackburnnews.com]

Farnham freight train derailment investigated by Transportation Safety Board
[www.cbc.ca]

Work starting on first train station along high-speed rail line
[www.sj-r.com]

BNSF Railway fined for treated railroad ties in water
[www.google.com]

Rocla lays off 75 at Pueblo plant
[www.google.com]

Ten years after Katrina, a wait continues for restoring Gulf Coast passenger rail
[www.al.com]

Clean locomotive prototype is readied
[www.knoxnews.com]

Tacoma rail trestle set for demolition; new bridge, platform to benefit Sounder and Amtrak passengers
[www.thenewstribune.com]

Belt Railway Clears Track for More Efficiency
[www.google.com]

Caltrain electrification grant
[www.railwaygazette.com]

CHSRA releases RFQ for HSR environmental and engineering services
[www.railway-technology.com]

NS says intermodal service improving, but trade speeds don’t reflect
[www.joc.com]



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