“Union Pacific Timeline”, an e-book that details Union Pacific Railroad’s 150-year historical timeline, was released was July 1. The book is free in the Apple iTunes Store. To mark its 150th anniversary this year, UP created www.up150.com, which includes an interactive timeline. “Union Pacific Timeline” allows users to swipe among timeline entries to view photos, as well as read stories about critical moments during UP’s history. There also is an index where users can go directly to specific dates and events they wish to view. Union Pacific’s digital timeline can be found at www.up150.com/timeline. The book’s debut came on the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln July 1, 1862 signing of the Pacific Railway Act, authorizing construction of the transcontinental railroad and creating UP. From the groundbreaking and laying of the first rails to the opening of UP’s Harriman Dispatching Center and new headquarters building, the timeline covers major achievements, innovations,…
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WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration announced recently a $54.6 million loan to Kansas City Southern Railway Co. (KCSR) for the purchase of 30 new General Electric ES44AC locomotives. The diesel-electric locomotives, to be built in Erie, PA, are more energy-efficient and produce significantly less carbon emissions than the locomotives they are replacing. The locomotives, which will be funded by the FRA’s Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program, will be deployed throughout KCSR’s system to accommodate increased demand for shipments of coal, chemicals, grain, sand, stone, gravel, plastics, metals, and automobiles. RRIF provides direct loans for eligible borrowers to acquire, improve, or rehabilitate rail and rail-related intermodal equipment and facilities. There is currently up to an aggregate of $35 billion available in the RRIF program for these types of projects.
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When Ken Jaglinski drew up layout plans for the Ashland, Superior & Pacific in the early 1980s he fashioned them so trains would run in and out of view across the landscapes much like prototypes. “I like it when trains seem to be going somewhere and you lose continuous sight of them,” he said. That’s just one illusion created by Jaglinski on the layout that is a Milwaukee-area fixture and was featured on the NMRA’s 75th Anniversary National Convention layout tour in 2010.
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The “What’s Neat This Week in Model Railroading” and “What’s Neat” podcasts are attracting a legion of YouTube viewers. Depending on the time of year, some podcasts – which talk about anything model railroading – generate 28,000-50,000 views.
Greenbrier Companies’ new Tsunami Gate grain hopper debuted in September at the Minneapolis Railway Interchange with lightning-fast unloading speeds…
Illinois Central’s Panama Limited basked in the glory of the Panama Canal by offering all-Pullman service…
Curing electrical pickup issues on one HO-scale locomotive is possible by soldering wheel rivets…
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WALTHERS HO MODERN YARD OFFICE
Walthers’ recently introduced HO-scale Modern Yard Office kit is an example of today’s common practice of converting industrial shipping containers into living spaces. Containers can be used for a variety of applications on model railroads, including offices, apartments and storage buildings.
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