RAILNATION – CHICAGO TO HOST NARP 50th ANNIVERSARY

Chicago, America’s Railroad Capital, is set to host the 50th anniversary gathering of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) from November 2nd to 5th. Founded in 1967 in the Windy City, NARP is the largest advocacy group for train and rail transit passengers in the US. NARP began in the era of private railroad… Read More RAILNATION – CHICAGO TO HOST NARP 50th ANNIVERSARY

RAILSWESTERN.COM – NEW SITE FOR PASSENGER RAIL

Launched on September 1st, 2017, Railswestern.com is the successor website to Westernsreboot.com. This re-branding reflects a shift by this writer toward increased rail-related content and passenger rail advocacy in North America. The geographic focus of such will be westward from the Northern Ontario (Canada) and the US Midwest. For the Western fan, select Western genre… Read More RAILSWESTERN.COM – NEW SITE FOR PASSENGER RAIL

NEW BOOK ON HISTORY OF AMERICA’S TRAIN STATIONS

A recently-released book takes a look at the history of train stations in the United States. Train Stations: Then and Now (2017), by Ken Fitzgerald, traces the story of train station development across America. Arranged alphabetically by city name and featuring numerous images, the 144-page book notes the various architectural styles of stations built during… Read More NEW BOOK ON HISTORY OF AMERICA’S TRAIN STATIONS

GREEN LOCOMOTIVES COMING TO MIDWEST AMTRAK

Greener locomotives will soon grace the front of Amtrak passenger trains in the Midwest region. The engines, Siemens Chargers, meet the highest standards for US emissions, according to the Environmental Proctection Agency (EPA). Siemens, a German company, has operations in the US and is building the new locomotives in Sacramento, California. The new engines also… Read More GREEN LOCOMOTIVES COMING TO MIDWEST AMTRAK

NEW RAIL PHOTO EXHIBIT AT OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

A new photographic exhibit at the Oklahoma Historical Society highlights the role of railroads in that state. “Smoke Over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George” includes 25 images of the historic locomotives and railroad lines that passed thru Oklahoma. Those lines included the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (known as the “Katy”), the Sante… Read More NEW RAIL PHOTO EXHIBIT AT OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

NATIONWIDE RALLIES TO SAVE AMTRAK TRAINS

As a response to the current US administration’s budgetary plan to end all long-distance Amtrak trains in America, nationwide rallies opposing the cuts are set for June 23rd and 24th. Led by the non-profit National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP), the #Rally4Trains events will draw attention to the key role that long-distance passenger rail plays… Read More NATIONWIDE RALLIES TO SAVE AMTRAK TRAINS