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    MBTA awards construction contract for Fall River commuter rail extension

    MBTA just awarded a contract to build the South Coast Phase 1 project that will extend service to Fall River, MA. https://www.progressiverailroading.com/passenger_rail/news/MBTA-board-approves-South-Coast-Rail-construction-contract--60435 This following Mass Transit article has more...
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    Missouri Budget proposal would eliminate one RiverRunner Roundtrip

    The struggle of the Missouri RiverRunner continues.... The train has had both ontime performance problems and funding budget problems. The ontime performance problems are mostly due to dispatching priorities and heavy train traffic on a route that has sections of single-track mainline mixed...
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    Downeaster receives $16.8 million

    It was just announced that NNEPRA will receive $16.8 million for track and station improvements as well as add a sixth roundtrip. The Wells siding will be rehabbed and extended from its current 2 miles to be 8 miles long. The Wells station will receive a new second platform on the sidingbamd a...
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    New Swiss mountain tunnel to open 2020

    Here is a long detailed article about the new Swiss passenger and freight train mountain Ceneri Base Tunnel that will connect to the Gotthard Base Tunnel that opened a few years ago. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/trans-alpine-rail-tunnels/index.html
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    Fire Walking in Chicago

    Amtrak and Metra trains are "Fire Walking" today because the burners are lit to keep snow off of the switches.
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    Hiawatha unique train consist tonight (1/28/20)

    The 5:08 pm northbound Hiawatha has seven passenger cars with a Siemens Charger on the lead and GE Dash 8-32BWH on the rear. The consist has one Amfleet business class, 2 Amfleet coaches and 4 Horizon coaches.
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    Progressive Railroading Dec 2019 Article

    Stephen Gardner and Anderson discuss current and near future Amtrak plans and state upcoming 2020 bad changes to long distance trains (for people who ride and support them) in this article...
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    Happy Holidays - Union Station

    Chicago Union Station has a large tree amongst its decorations.
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    Polar Express train at Chicago Union Station

    The Polar Express train has arrived at Union Station. The assigned coaches are different this year. The six coaches are Budd SPV 2000s with a Viewliner 2 full baggage car coupled in the middle of the six cars. GE locomotive #147 was on the head end of the train. The train's consist is as...
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    Amtrak land development in Chicago

    Amtrak is moving forward with development of its property in downtown Chicago. The Amtrak Parking garage closed on September 30th and construction baracades for the demolition of the multi-level parking structure are already set-up on the adjacent streets. A new office building and a smaller...
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    Dome cars for the Downeaster?

    Iowa Pacific is sellong 6 full length dome cars as a part of a sell-off of 33 locomotives and passenger cars. So, people wishing for a full length dome car to operate on a Downeaster train, NNEPRA and others have an opportunity to buy a dome car. Here's a link to the seller's website...
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    Winter Park Ski Train 2019/2020

    The Winter Park Ski Resort has updated its website to include the 2019/2020 Ski train information. Reservations are now being taken and more information will be announced in the near future. https://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/getting-here/winter-park-express
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    New Canada-US Customs Pre-Clearance

    Canada and USA now have a new Customs Pre-Clearance Agreement that covers railroads in addition to airports. https://www.dhs.gov/news/2019/08/15/united-states-and-canada-implement-preclearance-agreement
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    MBTA equipment transfers north and south routes

    How does MBTA transfer commute rail locomotives and coach equipment between north lines and south lines?
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    Amtrak funding and committment to restore Gulf coast service

    Here a link to the news announcement to restore service qithin 24 months. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.al.com/news/2019/06/amtrak-set-to-return-to-gulf-coast.html%3foutputType=amp
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    New Senators Letter to Anderson

    A new letter signed by ten Senators has been sent to Anderson and they request an answer by April 29th. Here's a link to the letter. https://www.hayspost.com/2019/04/14/moran-urges-amtrak-to-continue-support-for-routes-that-connect-rural-communities/
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    Superliner coach reassignments

    Hi, I read information posted on trainorders that some of the superliner coach fleet is being "rented" to state services (under 750 mile routes). Has anyone heard if this is true? https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,4754528
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    Amtrak "Fire Sale Article" on Railway Age website

    Here is an interesting article to read about Amtrak and it's current sale practice.  The lack of information from the current leadership on the direction they are taking our intercity passenger rail service is a huge concern.  We are the "shareholders" of this railroad and they are sharing no...
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    Downeaster News

    Hi, Here is the link to Downeaster news.  The 5th round trip to Boston will originate in Brunswick starting on November 12th. Llhttp://www.trainridersne.org
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    Amtrak is selling passenger cars & locomotives

    I just saw this on Railroad.net. I am surprised that a few Horizon cars are being sold. http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=168527
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