Entries from November 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006 at 4:19 pm

Internal Documents Reveal Extent of CN Accident’s Devastation

Internal documents obtained by Canadian Press depict the severity of a Canadian National derailment that all but wiped out a river’s fish stocks (story at Canada.com, CBC News). On August 5, 2005, a 114-car train derailed along the former BC Rail line near Squamish, British Columbia. Among the nine-car spill was a car containing 53,140 […]

Monday, November 20, 2006 at 9:35 am

Indian Garratt Restored

The Hindu reports that a 230-ton Beyer-Garratt articulated steam locomotive has been restored to service after 36 years; it made an inaugural 58-km run between Shalimar and Mecheda on the South Eastern Railway in West Bengal, India on Friday. It’s expected to be put to use on a tourist line. Other coverage: Business Standard, Kolkata […]

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Over the Hill

The oncoming CN train is half a mile away. (Being a CN train, it’s 50-50 whether it’ll still be on the tracks when it gets here.) Photo by †JDAWG†.

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 9:48 pm

Narrow Gauge Tourist Railroads

I’m a sucker for narrow gauge, and I know I’m not alone. For some reason, railroads built to a gauge narrower than the standard four feet, 8½ inches have captured railfans’ and model railroaders’ imaginations, no doubt due in no small part to the rugged terrain and astounding scenery in which such railroads were invariably […]

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 7:10 pm

Steamtown and Strasburg

While searching Flickr for interesting railroad photos, I kept stumbling across photos taken by Raymond Fudge, particularly those from the Steamtown National Historic Site and the Strasburg Rail Road. The former is a museum set in the yards of the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania (official site; Wikipedia); the latter […]

Friday, November 17, 2006 at 12:03 am

Daily Flickr Photo: SP&S 700

A night shot of Spokane, Portland and Seattle #700, a 4-8-4 Northern, in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Paul Vernon Photography.

Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Canadian Railway Museum

Though its season is winding down — over the winter it’s only open weekends and holidays — the Canadian Railway Museum is an incredible place to visit. It’s just outside Montreal, on the border between the towns of Delson and Saint-Constant. (Delson is a railway town: the name is a contraction of Delaware and Hudson.) […]

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 9:21 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Bridge Over St. Croix River

I refuse to apologize for posting so many bridge photos — not when there are so many fine ones out there, like Jim Brekke’s shot of this bridge over the St. Croix River, on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. Photo by Jim’s outside photos.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 5:48 pm

RailAmerica Taken Over, Cofounder Starts Over

RailAmerica, the holding company that operates a number of short lines across North America (including, for example, the Ottawa Valley Railway in my neck of the woods; see their system map), has agreed to be taken over by investment firm Fortress Investment Group LLC, for nearly $640 million. The deal is worth $1.1 billion when […]

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at 5:38 pm

VIA News: Snow Train, Preference Points

VIA Rail has added a special “snow train” between Edmonton and Jasper. It will run in addition to the thrice-weekly Canadian, as trains #7 and 8 on Fridays and Sundays, which gives Edmontonians a Jasper-for-the-weekend-by-train option that I would frankly have loved when I was living there. But it’s winter-only, especially because it will use […]