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RailPAC eNewsletter for December 8, 2014

FRA waives Buy America rules on high speed train prototypes
Railway Gazette International – Dec 4, 2014
‘FRA believes a waiver is appropriate because domestically-produced high speed trainsets meeting the specific technical, design, and schedule needs of Amtrak and CHSRA are not currently available in the USA’, the letter explains. ‘Moreover, domestically-produced high speed trainsets cannot be […]

Rail Connections to California’s Major Airports

By Noel T. Braymer
California now has some connections by rail at its airports. This will improve over the next 10 to 20 years. The two airports now with the best rail connections are San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank near downtown Los Angeles..

SFO has direct and regular service from BART […]

RailPAC rail PHOTOS of the month (November, 2014)

Here are this month’s photos by RailPAC photographers!
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8 PHOTOS THIS MONTH. LOOK FOR A SPECIAL WINTER EDITION SOON!
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 is Donner Lake at 7000 ft in the […]

Fact Sheet regarding recent inaccurate claims made about Corridor Capital LLC’s and the Indiana Hoosier State route

November 26, 2014
Regarding Mobilization of rail services for the Hoosier State route

• The projected “mobilization costs” for the Hoosier State were provided at Indiana Department of Transportation’s (INDOT) request several days after June 24. 2014, when INDOT advised Corridor Capital LLC (Corridor) it had been chosen through a full procurement process as “preferred vendor” for […]

Trip Report on the Texas Eagle and other trains: How was it?

Commentary by Russ Jackson
Opinions expressed in this report are the author’s, and not necessarily those of the RailPAC Board

This writer and spouse recently completed a November Amtrak circle trip, starting and ending with the Texas Eagle, which covered much of the western United States. For reporting purposes, the information below primarily covers the portion […]

RailPAC eNewsletter for November 24, 2014

Whistle-blower: INDOT wasted time on alternative Journal and Courier-Nov 18, 2014
The Indiana Department of Transportation expects to reach agreement with Amtrak to continue operating the Hoosier State passenger rail service between Indianapolis and Chicago, INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield said.

November 24, 2014
The above copy of this enewletter is on a PDF file . If you would like […]

Capitol Corridor Monthly Report (FY 2014 and October, 2014)

From DAVID B. KUTROSKY, Managing Director
Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority
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Service Performance Overview
FY2014 Projected Results
The Capitol Corridor finished the FY 2014 on a high note. In September
2014, a total of 119,034 passengers rode Capitol Corridor trains, an
impressive increase of 7.6% compared to September 2013, representing six
straight months of ridership […]

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 […]