Entries from March 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007 at 8:08 am

Mudslides Knock Out CPR Main Line

The problem is, once you start covering minor rail accidents in Canada (and in British Columbia in particular), you’re kind of obligated to continue. Still, this story about mudslides in the Fraser Canyon — not far from the site of CN’s spectacular Lytton derailment — that have closed the Trans-Canada Highway for up to a […]

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 9:50 am

How to Get Cheaper UK Rail Fares

I can’t help thinking that this is somehow a way to keep British anoraks busy and blissfully geeked out: BBC News’s Magazine has a feature on how to get cheaper rail fares, with 10 examples. In a nutshell: buying a through ticket from point A to point B is not necessarily the cheapest fare; it’s […]

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 3:10 pm

VIA Update: No Pelletier Appeal, Tracks Reopened

The government of Canada will not appeal a federal court ruling ordering it to reinstate Jean Pelletier as chairman of VIA Rail. Back in March 2004, Pelletier was fired by then-Prime Minister Paul Martin over comments he made about former VIA employee (and Olympic gold medallist) Myriam B├ędard. (I blogged about it at the time: […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Grain Shippers File Major Complaint Against CN

A change in the way CN allows grain shippers to book a guaranteed supply of grain hoppers has led an Alberta grain company, Great Northern Grain, to file a complaint against CN with the Canadian Transportation Agency (press release here and as a PDF). The complaint, which is backed by ten other grain companies including […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 3:45 pm

CSX Accidents

A CSX derailment this morning in Oneida, New York caused a propane explosion that closed a highway and suspended Amtrak service in the area. Meanwhile, on Saturday night two men were struck and killed by a CSX train in Smithfield, North Carolina. And on Sunday morning, two people were killed when the car they were […]

Monday, March 12, 2007 at 9:51 am

VIA Rail Accident Roundup

VIA Rail trains in the Corridor have had a spate of bad luck in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, train no. 85 from Toronto to Sarnia clipped a car at a level crossing west of Guelph: a child in the car was killed, and two women were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries; no one on the […]

Thursday, March 8, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Two More Model Railroad Blogs

Two more model railroad blogs for future reference. The Oregon, Washington, Navigation and Railway is Kent Williams’s N-scale protolanced Pacific Northwest layout. Confessions of a Model Train Geek is another of Steve Boyko’s projects (his railfanning blog was covered here previously) and another blog that chronicles a layout’s construction.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at 9:05 pm

FRA Denies DM&E’s Powder River Loan Guarantee

The April 2007 issue of Trains, which arrived in my mailbox last week, had a short article about the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern winning its case before the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: it’s trying to secure $2.5 billion in federal loans to upgrade its line and expand westward to tap into the Powder […]

Monday, March 5, 2007 at 8:14 pm

CN Daily Accident Report

This is getting ridiculous. CN had another derailment in B.C. on Saturday — about one-third of the cars of a 90-car grain train left the tracks on the CN mainline near Blue River. Fortunately, grain is hardly a hazardous material, and it was cleaned up; there were no injuries. And, half a continent away, they […]

Monday, March 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm

A Blog About High-Speed Rail in California

High Speed Rail Now is a blog that advocates high-speed rail for California. The premise is explained in the inaugural post: “California needs high speed rail more than most any other place on earth that does not yet have it. The charter for this blog is to provide both a visceral and technical understanding of […]