MIDWEST CHARGER – NEW AMTRAK LOCOMOTIVES IN MIDWEST

New Amtrak locomotives are rolling out across the US Midwest. Made by Siemens in Sacramento, California, the new “Midwest Charger” engines will operate within Amtrak’s five-state network of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri. The locomotives commenced operations in Wisconsin and Illinois at the end of August. The engines feature the new Amtrak Midwest logo.… Read More MIDWEST CHARGER – NEW AMTRAK LOCOMOTIVES IN MIDWEST

BRAD PITT’S JESSE JAMES FILM MARKS 10th ANNIVERSARY

Today, September 21st, marks the 10th anniversary for the release of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). Directed by Andrew Dominik, and starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck as James and Ford, respectively, the film was based on the Ron Hansen 1983 novel of the same name. Set in the… Read More BRAD PITT’S JESSE JAMES FILM MARKS 10th ANNIVERSARY

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