“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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The rumbling sounds of locomotives of the HO-scale Michigan Interstate model railroad greet visitors to Greg McComas’ home north of Fort Worth. What’s missing, besides the diesel fumes, is an expansive layout that would seemingly justify the heavy-duty tractive effort at work. At a tightly knit 12’ x 13’ and a foot and a half wide, the mostly scenicked DCC layout is proof that creative model railroading doesn’t always command bonus rooms or a basement.
Waste straw from the region’s wheat fields is being used to create pulp for paper products as well as biopolymers for a variety of industrial uses at a new mill that is ramping up in rural Washington. Columbia Pulp is opening North America’s first tree-free market pulp mill and plans to process straw for pulp and chemicals by the fourth quarter. Watco’s Great Northwest Railroad is providing rail service.
The Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet will stop in Denver for the first time at October’s Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo…
The California Northern is putting Tier 4 locomotives to work…
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy is Trainfest’s Celebrate-a-Railroad this year.
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BONUS WEB COVERAGE: Adding a little clutter to right of ways adds realism without overdoing it on the Cowcatcher’s project layout, the Northwest Tarrant & Pacific Railroad…
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The 51st Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show in January packed more than 18,000 in the “Big E” in Springfield, MA, and new HO- and N-scale locomotives grabbed plenty of attention.
PIKO SmartControl light DCC System
Model railroaders seeking an affordable, easy-to-use DCC system for smaller layouts should consider the PIKO SmartControl light Basic Set. The set is designed for use with HO, N and TT layouts and has advanced features not seen in other entry-level DCC systems.
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