NOTE: The info below is being distributed to passengers arriving on the Sunset Limited, train #1, at Los Angeles Union Station. The scheduled arrival time of this train there is 5:35 AM now with the new timetable effective May 7, 2012.

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Meeting date: April 26, 2012 in Fresno, California; Reported by Mike Barnbaum, RailPAC Associate Director, Sacramento
Late April was a busy time for the San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee. The Fresno meeting kept members busy with legislation pending in Sacramento that would allow for the possible formation of a Joint Powers Authority for the Amtrak San Joaquins.

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Prepared by Mike Barnbaum, RailPAC Associate Director

The legislation discussed at the April San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee and associated infrastructure changes forthcoming at the Sacramento Valley (Amtrak) Station set the slate for a busy calendar ahead for California and the West Coast. Here is the latest of what we do know through September 30th.

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Posted in Issues

Opinion By Noel T. Braymer

The heyday for Turbine powered passenger trains was back in the 1960′s and 70′s. The conventional wisdom is rising oil prices and high fuel consumption with Turbine Trains caused their days to be numbered. One reason for the decline was the leader in building Turbine Trains was France. The prototype TGV train built in the 70′s was a turbine train which still holds the speed record for turbine trains of 198 miles per hour. The decision to electrify the TGV trains was largely political. During the oil uncertainties of the 70′s the French Government began building more Nuclear Power Plants. The government soon found they had a glut of electrical power from these new power plants so it ordered the railroad to electrify more lines and the TGV trains.

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Posted in Editorials

Tax dollars generate economic growth when spent WISELY. On the left we see the San Diego Depot in 1995 soon after the start of Coaster service. On the right is a view 12 years later. Transportation is central to economic activity and growth. Rail service attracts jobs and business.

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Posted in eNewsletter

For information about Train Day activities near you, go to http://www.nationaltrainday.com/events/other/and click on your state for a list of events! Now read about some of the activities in California: RailPAC salutes one of the Train Day events to be held in California: at the Dunsmuir Amtrak station from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This historic railroad town on the route of the Coast Starlight, built in the 1880s, will have many features, an exhibit of train use during World War II, and the 4th annual Pie Social! Pie is $3 a slice, $20 for a whole pie. Come on up!

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