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Keep up to date on the latest railroad news from the northeastern United States and Canada, edited by Carl Perelman.

Steamtown National Historic Site Partial Reopening

July 6, 2020

Steamtown National Historic Site Partial Reopening

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Steamtown National Historic Site (NHS) is increasing recreational access. Beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Steamtown NHS, in response to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Green Phase for Lackawanna County, will allow access to the certain areas from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily,

CN Investing $10 Million in Nova Scotia

July 2, 2020

CN Investing $10 Million in Nova Scotia

CN  announced today that, as part of its strategic investments to support growing demand and enable supply chains, it plans to invest over $10 million (CAD) across Nova Scotia in 2020

NJ Transit Monmouth Park Station Reopens Tomorrow

July 2, 2020

NJ Transit Monmouth Park Station Reopens Tomorrow

NJ TRANSIT is off to the races! Rail service to Monmouth Park Racetrack for the 2020 season begins with the return of live racing this Friday, July 3rd.

Rail Traffic for June and the Week Ending June 27, 2020

July 1, 2020

Rail Traffic for June and the Week Ending June 27, 2020

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 27, 2020, as well as volumes for June 2020. U.S. railroads originated 794,256 carloads in June 2020, down 22.4 percent, or 228,975 carloads, from June 2019.

Maryland DOT Transitions To Normal Transit Schedules

July 1, 2020

Maryland DOT Transitions To Normal Transit Schedules

Effective Sunday, July 12, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will begin transitioning from the service reductions first implemented March 17 under the COVID-19 health emergency to more normal transit schedules.

Amtrak and PENNDOT To Restore One Daily Keystone Roundtrip To New York

July 1, 2020

Amtrak and PENNDOT To Restore One Daily Keystone Roundtrip To New York

In coordination with state partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, beginning Monday, July 6, Amtrak is partially restoring full-length Keystone Service (New York – Philadelphia – Harrisburg) with one roundtrip between Harrisburg and New York in response to anticipated increased demand. Keystone Service train 640 will operate through to New York and train 653 will originate in New York and operate through to Harrisburg. 

Pan Am Railways For Sale

June 30, 2020

Pan Am Railways For Sale

News sources have indicated that Pan Am Railways is for sale. Owner Timothy Mellon combined Maine Central with Boston & Maine into Guilford Transportation Industries in 1983, rebranded as Pan Am Railways in 2008.

New Rotary Car Dumper System for CSX’s Curtis Bay Yard

June 29, 2020

New Rotary Car Dumper System for CSX’s Curtis Bay Yard

Metso has been awarded a contract for the design, supply and installation of a railroad car dumper system for CSX Transportation in the USA. The new Twin Cage Tandem Rotary Car Dumper System will be used for the unloading of coal from railroad cars at the CSX Curtis Bay Export Terminal, located in Baltimore, Maryland. 

VIA Rail Canada Reports Record Ridership in 2019

June 26, 2020

VIA Rail Canada Reports Record Ridership in 2019

With a record breaking five million passengers travelling by train in 2019, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) announced today that it recorded its highest annual ridership in the last three decades. This represents a 5.5 % increase in passengers compared to 2018.

Amtrak Starts Construction To Increase Capacity at Washington Union Station

June 26, 2020

Amtrak Starts Construction To Increase Capacity at Washington Union Station

A major construction project that will increase rail capacity is underway at Washington Union Station, the second busiest terminal in the U.S. The project is among other improvements to upgrade and enhance the customer experience at the historic transportation hub.