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  1. John Bredin

    Deadly train crash in Taiwan

    A train busy with holiday travelers derailed in a tunnel in Taiwan because a truck or construction equipment rolled down the embankment as the train was at the mouth of the tunnel. 51 dead at latest count, dozens injured. NY Times article. CNN article. BBC article. NPR article. The NPR article...
  2. John Bredin

    Beaver on the Toronto subway

    A beaver found its way into a Toronto subway station. Article. Another article. Perhaps it confused the TTC Subway with the Canadian Pacific Railway? 😄
  3. John Bredin

    Turkey in the sleeper

    Which presumably is more comfortable than a turkey in the straw. 🤣 Seriously, when the eastbound California Zephyr stopped at Galesburg just before noon today, a person got off one of the sleepers with a live turkey (or possibly a large goose) in a red sweater or jacket. Owner and bird then...
  4. John Bredin

    Wolverine reduced-service question

    So I just realized today :oops: looking at the Chicago arrivals/departures on one screen (link) that in reducing Midwest service during Covid, Amtrak partially broke any connection between the Wolverine and points west of Chicago. On the Hiawatha and Lincoln service, there's still trains both...
  5. John Bredin

    Federal arrests for placing "shunts" on tracks.

    So two women face federal terrorism charges for placing shunts on tracks in Washington state. Article. Another article. To quote one article in turn quoting the federal Justice Dep't: "women accused of terrorism after a 'shunt' was placed on train tracks in Whatcom County, an act that could...
  6. John Bredin

    Another luxury (private car on Amtrak) rail service?

    A travel-related email I read today referred to a new luxury rail service starting next year, using cars from the 1930s through the 1960s. When I clicked on the link, it led me to this outfit. Link. It's a bit vague because their plans are on-hold during Covid, but this seems like another...
  7. John Bredin

    Metra UP service shenanigans

    Union Pacific operates three commuter lines under contract with Metra, inherited from the Chicago and NorthWestern Railway when UP bought C&NW. For a while now, UP has wanted "out" of operating the service. Metra thinks UP has common-carrier obligations, while UP doesn't. So the UP has gone...
  8. John Bredin

    Back to work, but not by transit (in NYC!)

    The New York Stock Exchange reopened today, under various rules to address coronavirus. One of those rules is that nobody will be allowed into the building who arrived by public transit. Article. Article noting that to be "an issue since the vast majority of those who work at the NYSE take...
  9. John Bredin

    UP wants "out" of Chicago commuter rail

    Union Pacific's contract with Metra expires at the end of February 2020 and they want a new contract where Metra runs its own trains like most of the Metra routes. As they haven't reached a new contract yet, UP has gone to federal court...
  10. John Bredin

    St. Louis Labor Day weekend trip

    Having not taken a train trip in a while (other than by Metra around the Chicago area) and myself not having many vacation days to spare at work, my fiancee and I decided to travel to St. Louis over the long Labor Day weekend. She convinced me to use some of my accumulated Guest Rewards points...
  11. John Bredin

    Seth Rogen will be the voice of Vancouver TransLink

    https://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a22573029/seth-rogen-voice-vancouver-public-transit/?src=nl&mag=esq&list=nl_enl_news&date=072718 The gig was going to go to Morgan Freeman -- talk about the Voice of God during your morning commute -- but he got me-too'd, so hometown-boy-made-good Seth...
  12. John Bredin

    $2.1B plan aims to make all CTA stations accessible

    http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=1a50f198-c311-46e2-b71a-0f8f5a31ec42 The article mentions a station that'll be hairy to make accessible, Damen/North Blue Line, but I would love to see a plan for installing elevators at North/Clybourn Red Line. I have...
  13. John Bredin

    Elon Musk's Boring Company to build O'Hare-downtown tunnel

    Or at least the City of Chicago accepted the Boring Company bid. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/99494771-132.html I'd love to see this come to fruition, and Musk seems to be the type who can attract investors, *except* that using 16-passenger vans vehicles make this sound...
  14. John Bredin

    He's got his whole farecard in his hand...

    ...or at least the functional part of it. The true story of a man who had the chip from a tap-and-go farecard implanted in his hand so he could pay his fare by waving his hand instead of a card. For a while, anyhow...
  15. John Bredin

    Chicago Union Station (south) derailment (11/28/17)

    I'm a bit surprised there's no thread on this, either in this or Commuter Rail forum. A Metra train derailed in the air-rights "tunnel" of the Chicago Union Station south concourse last night, and Metra and Amtrak south-concourse trains are still delayed today, up to 30 minutes...
  16. John Bredin

    "The Queen Rode the Train on Monday" article

    For the 175th anniversary of Queen Victoria's first train ride. http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2017/06/queen-elizabeth-rode-the-train?mbid=nl_CH_594157b9914d864283a58799&CNDID=40915796&spMailingID=11259126&spUserID=MTc1NTEyNTQzMTg0S0&spJobID=1181222327&spReportId=MTE4MTIyMjMyNwS2 Oh, Prince...
  17. John Bredin

    Metra's strange delay 12/20

    The UP-Northwest and UP-North lines were delayed for about an hour at the tail-end of the evening rush yesterday due to a vehicle on the tracks near Clybourn. :wacko: The tracks are elevated near Clybourn. The tracks are elevated from Ogilvie until several miles north of Clybourn. The news...
  18. John Bredin

    Massive fire shut down Metro-North lines

    http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2016/05/18/new-york-city-harlem-truck-fire-pkg.wabc http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/18/thousands-stranded-as-fire-disrupts-metro-north-rail-service.html Yesterday, explosions and huge fire under the elevated tracks that carry all three east-of-Hudson Metro-North lines...
  19. John Bredin

    Brussels bombings in Metro and at airport

    I'm a bit surprised not to see a thread on the horrifying news of the three bombings in Brussels, two at the airport and one in the Metro, during the busy morning rush. At last news, the Brussels Metro is still closed. While the more horrific pictures on CNN etc. are of the airport bombing...
  20. John Bredin

    Metra moving to non-flippable seats...

    ...so now Metra passengers can join the chorus of CTA passengers kvetching about "horrible" seating arrangements that commuters on other systems have dealt with for decades. :giggle: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-metra-new-seats-20160126-story.html Read some of the...
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