KANSAS CITY, MO – Kansas City Southern says that its KCS Holiday Express train won’t run this holiday season because of the pandemic. But that isn’t stopping the Class I railroad from continuing its annual giving tradition. Each year since 2001, the Holiday Express has stopped at various towns along KCS’s network and donated more than $2.1 million to the Salvation Army. The donations help provide warm clothing and other necessities for children. While the train led by KCS’s Southern Belle business train is idled, KCS will still celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary with a fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army in 20 communities across its U.S. rail network. “KCS is pleased to celebrate 20 years of its Holiday Express program benefiting The Salvation Army in communities throughout our U.S. rail network,” said KCS president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer. “While it is not safe to gather for free visits…
NORFOLK, VA (PRNewswire) — Oysters, river otters, shore birds, and other wildlife have a new place to call home along an industrial stretch of the Elizabeth River that Norfolk Southern has reclaimed as a living shoreline. The innovative sustainability project, completed recently, has transformed a stretch of severely eroded shoreline at the railroad’s Lamberts Point terminal into a green oasis in an area where ship repair and port businesses operate. The initiative advances significant environmental, community, and business goals. “This project reflects our long-standing commitment to be a good community steward,” said Josh Raglin, chief sustainability officer. “We are restoring habitat that not only beautifies the shoreline and contributes to a healthy river ecosystem, but also will help protect important business assets at our terminal. We view it as a sustainability triple play.” For years, Norfolk Southern has worked closely with the Elizabeth River Project, a community nonprofit in Hampton Roads whose mission…
The National Retail Hobby Stores Association (NRHSA) canceled its October 2020 Las Vegas Table-Top Expo because of covid-19. The annual event for hobby retailers and dealers will return in September 2021. Numerous reasons for the cancellation include a 14-day quarantine period at most U.S. airports and the recent surge of the virus in Las Vegas, NRHSA said in a news release last week. “The risks to exhibitors and visitors would have been too great under the present circumstances, even with the most stringent controls and safeguards,” said Rob Gherman, event director. The deciding factor was the 14-day quarantine period at airports and returning travel restrictions imposed by the individual states. “NRHSA exhibitors and most retailers come in from various locations,” Gherman said. “Our event would not have been viable with these restrictions in place and we could not have delivered the quality show that the industry has come to expect.”…
The nation’s largest model train shows announced cancellations this week, some for dates as far away as early 2021. World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour and Trainfest, which account for about five of the most widely attended model railroad shows each fall and winter, canceled upcoming dates out of concern for covid-19. The cancellations follow suit with many smaller regional shows that have steadily dropped off since early March. Train Show, Inc., issued an exhibitor update Friday announcing that WGH on Tour was being sidelined until 2022. The four or five winter shows that rotate major metropolitan areas are typically hosted from January to early March. The 2021 slate had not been announced. “The Covid-19 health crisis has created an exceedingly difficult situation for event promoters,” the company said in a statement. “Most government jurisdictions and venues are not allowing large gatherings, hence most sporting events, concerts and trade shows have…
After four decades in business, M.T.H. Electric Trains is closing. President Mike Wolf announced Monday that he is retiring, shuttering the business in May 2021 but leaving the door open to prospective buyers to form a new company. In a letter to customers, Wolf said the last products the company will offer are those associated with its latest catalogs. Wolf thanked retailers for supporting the company from its “humble beginnings” and employees for their hard work. At one point, M.T.H. Electric Trains employed 57. The dealer network extends beyond the U.S. “M.T.H. Electric Trains would not have enjoyed success without the support of the M.T.H. Authorized Retailer network,” he said in a statement. “While traditional retail has changed significantly over the past decade, the independent hobby shop has been and continues to be the most important cog in our distribution chain. I truly appreciate the support and friendship these shops…
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Salt is the primary commodity on the Ithaca Central, which is rebuilding business on the portion of the Lehigh Valley line from Ludlowville, NY, to Sayre, PA. A trio of SD40-2s can usually be seen hauling rusty hoppers and tank cars up the hill out of Ithaca, NY, and around picturesque Cayuga Lake. Watco Companies signed a 10-year lease in 2018 with Norfolk Southern to operate the 48.8-mile stretch.
Destined for the curb, a museum-quality O-gauge layout has been painstakingly reassembled over nearly two decades and fills 1,500 square feet over a trucking business.
As model train shows continue to cancel dates, two groups in Colorado and Oklahoma masked up and hosted shows in July…
Traffic on North American railroads continues to lag 2019’s pace. Rail volume in the U.S. Canada and Mexico for the first 32 weeks of 2020 was down 11.5 percent compared to last year…
Through scenery that “enchants the eye,” riding the Milwaukee Road’s Olympian Hiawatha was quite a trip…
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