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by SOO2719
Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Southwest LRT Price Tag Keeps Increasing
Replies: 0
Views: 724

Southwest LRT Price Tag Keeps Increasing

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2018/06/01/hennepin-county-oks-more-cash-for-southwest-lrt.html Pity they cannot scrap this project and put the money to other transit projects. I used to think the Southwest LRT was a good idea, but the swelling costs, coupled with what I feel is unreali...
by SOO2719
Fri May 18, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 6419

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

The Spine runs through towns such as Albert Lea, Owatonna, and Faribault. North of Faribault, the Spine junctions with the old Milwaukee Road I & M Division, which it shares up to Rosemount, where the line diverges right to go to South St. Paul. There the Spine ends due to the Rock's swing bridg...
by SOO2719
Thu May 17, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 6419

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

The Spine Line was once the Rock Island's north-south route to the Twin Cities from Iowa. Purchased by the Chicago and North Western after the Rock's untimely demise, the Spine today is operated by the Union Pacific and has hosted UP 3985 in 2002 and 2008.
by SOO2719
Mon May 14, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)
Replies: 41
Views: 6419

Re: U.P. Steam Shop 4014 Update 05/07/2018 (see last page)

I won't be able to make Ogden either, but I am wondering if the Spine Line can support a Big Boy. 3985 could use the line, so why not 4014? :D I guess I will wait for the Big Boy to come to me rather than vice versa.
by SOO2719
Fri May 04, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

Mark, I see your point. I admit I am rubbed pretty raw by all this nonsense, but on the flip side of the coin, plenty of people are speaking up to try and set things right.
by SOO2719
Thu May 03, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

Here is Steve Glischinski's take on the matter: http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/05/03-friends-of-the-261-forced-to-cancel-june-steam-trip As for Richard Anderson? Sorry, but the truth is his fingerprints are on the knife in so many people's backs thanks to his myopic airline mentality. On ...
by SOO2719
Wed May 02, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: 261 Trips to Duluth Cancelled Acount of Amtrak

Boy am I glad I came down to St. Paul Union Depot to visit the 261 while you were tending her fire, Mark. How little I could have guessed that would be the last time I would see the 261 under steam for the near future. :-( I am not going to Train Days at S.P.U.D. this year out of protest against Ric...
by SOO2719
Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Private Car Owners' Comments On Amtrak's New Policies
Replies: 1
Views: 717

Private Car Owners' Comments On Amtrak's New Policies

Article is not behind paywall:

http://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2018/04/23-private-car-owners-disappointed-by-new-amtrak-policies

Interesting stuff.
How is the Friends of the 261 handling the new tariffs and rules?
by SOO2719
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)

And that, John, is why I don't work for big companies, rail or otherwise.
by SOO2719
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)
Replies: 7
Views: 1255

Re: NS sues train crew in Kentucky (March 18th)

Okay, what has Jim Squires been smoking?! How can they do this to one of their own crews?!
by SOO2719
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Opinion: Amtrak's new CEO is unfit
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Opinion: Amtrak's new CEO is unfit

In my opinion, Amtrak's new CEO, Richard Anderson, is unfit to hold the position. He has no background in railroading, only airlines, and he is trying to run Amtrak like an airline. How idiotic is that ? Need an example? Okay, how about the recent cancellation of the Empire Builder along its entire ...

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