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MATA May Revive Vintage Trolleys After All
Downtown businesses are suffering because of the trolleys’ absence.... Since April, MATA has been routing green hybrid transit buses along the Main Street trolley lines. Garrison’s five-year, $32.2 million proposal to buy replica trolleys would include $6.4 million in local government revenue and $25.7 million from 80 percent federal matching funds.
Source: Commercialappeal.Com, Memphis, TN, USA
Posted on August 28, 2015 by o anderson

Group Of Black Women Kicked Off Napa Wine Train After Laughing Too Loud
The 11 women, all members of the same book club, boarded the Napa Valley Wine Train, excited to sip wine in a historic rail car with the scenic northern California vineyards as a backdrop. Two hours in, train workers told the women that they had to leave because they were too loud. About 1 p.m., they were met by police officers and given a bus ride back to the station.
Source: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California, USA
Posted on August 27, 2015 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Morouns Float Idea Of Moving Operations To Train Depot
Over the years, dreamers have recommended all sorts of schemes for the old Michigan Central Station, from casinos to vertical agriculture. But it may turn out that the best new use may be closer to the station’s original purpose — a transportation hub.
Source: Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Posted on August 25, 2015 by Tim Davis

Are New Train Station Windows Historically Accurate?
To the delight of many, the Moroun family has been installing windows in the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station. But some fans of historic architecture say the replacements are not historically accurate -- metal when they should be wood and unable to be opened like the originals.
Source: Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Posted on August 23, 2015 by Tim Davis

City Lays Out Tipple Preservation Plan
After a summer of fundraising and several years of planning, work could soon begin on the Grand Haven's coal tipple.
Source: Grand Haven Tribune, Grand Haven, MI, USA
Posted on August 18, 2015 by Tim Moriarty

Thomas The Tank Engine Theme Park Opens In Massachusetts
The first American theme park devoted to Thomas the Tank Engine and his locomotive friends opened Saturday in Massachusetts, promising to be a popular attraction with the preschool set. The $25 million theme park is situated on 11 acres within Edaville USA, an amusement park and railroad in Carver, about 40 miles south of Boston. "Thomas Land" features 11 rides based on various Thomas characters, such as Bertie's Bus Tours, Toby's Tilting Tracks, as well as a 20-minute train ride around the Island of Sodor on a life-size Thomas train.
Source: Cable News Network, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Posted on August 17, 2015 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Train Depot Progress Report: About 60% New Windows
Proud of progress at Michigan Central Station, the Moroun organization gave a tour today inside the structure where workers continue to replace more than 1,000 windows broken during years of neglect. Article includes about 40 pictures.
Source: Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Posted on August 14, 2015 by Tim Davis

Wanted: Rail Enthusiasts To Clean And Paint Old Carriages At Derbyshire Railway
RAIL enthusiasts could find their dream job by volunteering to clean and repair historic railway carriages.
Source: Derby Telegraph, Derby, Derbyshire, England
Posted on August 13, 2015 by Richard Buckby

Colebrookdale Railroad Gets Another Train Car
A Pullman car from the Everett RR collection was trucked to the Colebrookdale RR at Boyertown, Pa., arriving August 11th.
Source: WFMZ-TV, Allentown, PA, USA
Posted on August 13, 2015 by Alexander D. Mitchell IV

Windows Give Michigan Central Depot New Look
Windows are going in at a long-shuttered train depot that for nearly two decades has been one of Detroit's best-known eyesores.
Source: Detroit News, Detroit, MIchigan, U. S. A.
Posted on August 12, 2015 by Tim Davis

Caboose May Roll From Park After Nearly 50 Years
...The cupola-topped 1920s Southern Pacific caboose, with its peeling paint and deteriorating siding, may soon make a final journey – either to the hands of a private collector or perhaps the scrapyard. ... Riverside officials are looking for someone to take the caboose off their hands at no cost to the city.
Source: Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California, USA
Posted on August 6, 2015 by rock island lines

Short Line Sunday - Stewartstown Railroad And Ma & Pa Railroad Combo Tickets
The Stewartstown and the Ma & PA Railroad Heritage Village are joining forces on Sunday, August 9th 2015, to celebrate the heritage of short line railroads in Southeastern York County. For this special Short Line Sunday event, they will offer a reduced price combination ticket to visit and ride the trains at both railroads
Source: York County, Pennsylvania, York, Pennsylvania, USA
Posted on August 6, 2015 by Mike Ruane

Rail/Trail Hearing Set For August 24th
Kingston Common Council President Jim Noble is holding a hearing on rail vs. trail options later this month. According to a press release issued Wednesday, the purpose of Noble’s hearing, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 at City Hall, “is to afford the opportunity to city residents and business owners to ask questions and give their opinion on the rail vs. trail [question] for the U&D railroad corridor.”
Source: Kingston Times, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on August 6, 2015 by Ernest Hunt

Before Buses, Ohio's Public Transit Consisted Of Electric Trains
article with photos about Ohio's trolley and interurban systems including the Northern Ohio Railway Museum
Source: Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Posted on July 30, 2015 by steve heister

Kevin Cahill Clicks ‘Like’ On Rail-Only Option Up To Glenford
To ride, or not to ride, or maybe to walk. Those are the questions — or at least two of them — surrounding the fate of the Catskill Mountain Railroad for the hearts and minds of railroad enthusiasts, hikers, bikers, politicians, bureaucrats and everyone who wishes to visit or benefit from a trip to the Ashokan Reservoir.
Source: Kingston Times, Kingston, New York, USA
Posted on July 25, 2015 by Ernest Hunt

Runaway Rail Car
Historic rare NYC Streamer damaged
Source: Daily News, New York, New York, USA
Posted on July 24, 2015 by Steve aresty

Charlotte Trolley Collision
There was a collision July 19 on the new streetcar line in Downtown Charlotte, which just opened. The replica streetcars, built by Gomaco Trolley Company and modeled on the double-truck Birney design from the 1920s, were reported that the operator neglected to switch the controls from one end of the car to the other at the terminal. This Market Street Railway blog posting discusses impacts to heritage street railways in general.
Source: Market Street Railway, San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on July 24, 2015 by O Anderson

Asbestos Lawyer Raises Concerns About Locomotive At Paterson Museum
PATERSON, NJ — An attorney who has handled asbestos-related litigation for more than three decades says he is concerned that one of the two locomotives outside the Paterson Museum may contain the disease-causing mineral. The lawyer, Jon Gelman, said he was photographing the locomotive during a recent visit to the museum when he spotted whitish-grey fibers that he said he believes to be asbestos.
Source: North Jersey Dot-Com, New Jersey, USA
Posted on July 5, 2015 by rock island lines