Terminals set for Dallas, Bryan/College Station and Houston Texas high-speed rail investors plan to form an entity to develop train stations in Dallas, Houston and Grimes County near College Station, where the Texas Central Railway’s high-speed rail line terminals will be built. The Texas High-Speed Rail Station Development Corp. (SDC), independently owned and separate from Texas Central, will build three stations along the planned line from Houston to Dallas. SDC will undertake planning, design, development, construction, improvement, commissioning, operation, maintenance and funding of the terminals, station sites, platform surfaces and circulation area. The company will engage with governmental agencies and private companies seeking to deliver high-speed rail to Texas. The company, to be led by investors John Kleinheinz and Jack Matthews, is an offshoot of Cadiz Riverfront Holdings and Cadiz Development Houston, LLC. SDC owns approximately 52 acres south of downtown Dallas, approximately 45 acres in Houston formerly known as…
As expected, Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern last week re-entered into a merger agreement under which CP will acquire KCS in a stock and cash transaction representing approximately $31 billion USD. The agreement follows a Surface Transportation Board ruling earlier this month that rejected Canadian National’s request to form a voting trust agreement in an effort to acquire KCS. Also, KCS terminated CN’s offer of $33.6 billion last weekWednesday to pursue the deal with CP. CP and KCS agreed in March to form Canadian Pacific-Kansas City (CPKC), but KCS backed out when CN put in a higher offer the following month. Like the previous deal, CP will assume $3.8 billion of outstanding KCS debt. The transaction, which has the unanimous support of both boards of directors, values KCS at $300 per share, representing a 34 percent premium, based on the CP closing price Aug. 9, 2021. “Our path…
The proposed Canadian Pacific-Kansas City Southern merger is regaining momentum. Talks are back on after a Surface Transportation Board decision stalled Canadian National Railway’s attempts to take over KCS, and CP issued a new proposal to merge with the nation’s smallest Class I railroad. The STB recently rejected CN’s request for a voting trust agreement to pursue its $33.6 billion bid because it was inconsistent “with the public interest standard under the board’s merger regulations.” The announcement followed CP’s upgraded $31 billion offer in stocks and cash to acquire KCS earlier in the month. CP’s latest proposal represents a better deal than what the railroads agreed to in March, according to company officials. Terms are similar to those in the CN merger agreement but offer “significantly higher regulatory certainty than the proposed CN merger and significantly higher value than our previously agreed combination.” The proposed transaction values KCS at $300…
Siemens Mobility has been awarded $34 billion in contracts in the United States to design, manufacture and technically support 73 multi-powered trains for Amtrak, the company said this week. There is also a possibility for up to 140 additional trains and further maintenance agreements. The order is Amtrak’s latest endeavor to acquire the most sustainable and efficient trains on the market, which include dual powered and hybrid battery vehicles. The trains will operate across the Northeast Corridor and various state-supported routes, including those in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. With expanded capacity and the ability to shorten trip time, Amtrak expects the new trains will add over 1.5 million riders annually. “These new trains will reshape the future of rail travel by replacing our aging 40-to-50-year old fleet with state-of-the-art, American-made equipment,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn. “This investment is essential to preserving Northeast…
Prototype modelers will be out in force in Texas and Missouri in June and July. Saturday’s Red River Railway Prototype Modelers Meet in Forest Hill, TX, is one of two events on tap for rail fan purists and modelers this summer. The event − which features clinics, discussions and modeling of prototype railroading − is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is the first of its kind in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Red River RPM was originally scheduled for last spring, but covid-19 put on the brakes. Since then, organizer Jacob Damron has canvassed the RPM community, and modelers from around the country are expected to attend at the Forest Hill Civic Center. “We’ve gotten pretty strong response,” he said. “I’ve got prototype modelers coming out of the woodwork.” Prototype modelers raise the bar high on their scratch-built reproductions of real freight cars, locomotives, structures and other railroad artifacts….
No. 4014 returns after making inaugural 2019 run Union Pacific announced Monday that Big Boy No. 4014, which stole America’s heart in 2019 with its gallant return, is thundering back for an encore.The venerable steam locomotive will depart Cheyenne, WY, Aug. 5 and travel through Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. This is the first tour since the locomotive was restored for 2019’s “Great Race” that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad’s completion. The multi-year restoration took place at Union Pacific’s steam shop in Cheyenne following a retirement that spanned six decades. “This summer, we are proud to announce that the Big Boy will be back to tour through 10 of the states and hundreds of the communities which Union Pacific serves,” UP Senior Vice President Scott Moore said. No. 4014 will be on display in Fort Worth (Aug. 14), Houston (Aug. 17),…
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The Springmaid Line
In its 125 years, the Lancaster & Chester Railroad, known as the Springmaid Line, has been the pulse of South Carolina’s Chester and Lancaster counties. The line evolved from a narrow-gauge operation that ran out of money, like so many railroads in the late 19th century. And today, the L&C is in a very active growth mode and is the region’s ticket to the future.
Gateway Grain Railway
William Selleck’s traveling N-scale “shadowbox” layout may pale in comparison to the large layout in his Lansing, MI, basement, but it expands the mind. At 2 feet by 8 feet, the Gateway Grain Railway depicts a fictional short line operated by the large rural elevator that it serves. The compact size has allowed Selleck to focus on weathering, realism and operations, and he loves to share his work with other modelers.
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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad marks 50 years (plus one) of narrow-gauge excursions between Chama, NM, and Antonito, CO, will a celebration of steam. …
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The Cowcatcher reviews Rapido Trains’ dynamic HO-scale Southern Pacific “Bloody Nose” SW1200 switching locomotive in the July/August 2021 issue. The model, designed from original blueprints and field measurements, is full of prototype details and runs effortlessly with lots of pulling power.
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