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Are Hybrids the Future for Locomotives?

By Noel T. Braymer
The Diesel-Electric locomotive has been around since the 1930’s. Since the 1950’s it has been the standard locomotive for most American Railroads. The Diesel-Electrics drove out the Steam locomotives for simple economic reasons: one Diesel-Electric could do the work of at least 3 steam locomotives. Will economics again drive out the Diesel-Electric […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for November 1, 2014

Fight onboard an Amtrak train ends with a stabbing ABC30.com-Nov 12, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) –Authorities are investigating a stabbing on an Amtrak passenger train. The Amtrak train involved was number 714.

November 17, 2014
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Steel Wheels in California Conference Presentations

Steel Wheels in California

Saturday – November 15th, 10:30 – 3:30 PM
California State Railroad Museum,  Sacramento
Presentation Files:

NARP Update
Robert Stewart, Chair, NARP
NARP Today … and Tomorrow!
Jim Mathews, President, NARP
ACEforward and San Joaquin JPA
Dan Leavitt, Manager of Regional Initiatives, San Joaquin JPA
Latent Opportunities of the National Network
Andrew Selden, United Rail Passenger Alliance

RailPAC eNewsletter for November 10, 2014

State ends negotiations with Amtrak alternative Journal and Courier-Nov 8, 2014 The Indiana Department of Transportation has ended contract negotiations with Corridor Capital LLC to provide passenger rail cars, marketing and other services for the Hoosier State line between Indianapolis and Chicago, said INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield. Wingfield did not comment as to why negotiations were terminated. But he […]

Everything Starts in California

Commentary by and opinion of Noel T. Braymer
California has for almost the last 100 years, for better or for worse been the trendsetter for this country. Whatever it is, it either starts or takes off in California before spreading to the rest of the county and often the rest of the world. Be it freeways, […]

What’s the matter with Metrolink?

By Noel T. Braymer
Metrolink has been slowly going downhill even before the Chatsworth crash disaster in 2008. Since 2008, safety on Metrolink has been greatly improved and will get better with the full implementation of Positive Train Control. But Metrolink’s problems stem from a lack of leadership and planning. Metrolink has been slow to adept […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for November 3, 2014

24 hurt as Amtrak train, semi collide Indianapolis Star-Oct 28, 2014 “I went across the tracks, then I seen that train coming, and it was too late,” Hatfield said recalling the morning’s accident. “That’s about it.” There were 56 passenger on this Hoosier State. The crossing didn’t have warning lights or gates: see photos in this story. NB

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RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (October, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers!
Click on each photo to see it full size!
Contributions to this page are welcome. Send your jpg rail photos to Russ Jackson, RailPAC Photo Editor, at info@railpac.org.

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This was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Caltrain Baby Bullet trains, which was held the […]