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

Mask Guidelines Changed While Waiting On A Railroad Platform.

June 13, 2021

Mask Guidelines Changed While Waiting On A Railroad Platform.

On Thursday, June 10, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that travelers are no longer required to wear a mask while waiting for a train,  trolley car, bus or ferry at outdoor transit hubs, including outdoor railroad platforms. This is due to the lower risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors. However, masks are currently still required indoors on all forms of transportation.

RJ Corman Hosts  Fourth of July Fireworks Display

June 11, 2021

RJ Corman Hosts Fourth of July Fireworks Display

R. J. Corman Railroad Group is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Nicholasville’s annual Fourth of July fireworks once again! The launch site of the fireworks will be in the same area as last year, overlooking our iconic display trains on US-27.

Western Maryland Appoints Interim Executive Director

June 10, 2021

Western Maryland Appoints Interim Executive Director

As of June 9, 2021, the Board of Directors of the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR) unanimously voted to appoint Wesley Heinz to the position of interim executive director while Mr. John Garner, current director, was granted a 60-day sabbatical to address health and family concerns.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 5, 2021

June 10, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending June 5, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending June 5, 2021 For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 489,144 carloads and intermodal units, up 12.9 percent compared with the same week last year.

U. S. Steel Announces Sale of Transtar, LLC to Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC for $640 Million

June 9, 2021

U. S. Steel Announces Sale of Transtar, LLC to Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC for $640 Million

United States Steel Corporation  announced   that it has agreed to sell Transtar, LLC to an affiliate of Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC  for $640 Million. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions including receipt of certain regulatory approvals.

Amtrak Passengers Can Tour the Country for One Low Fare with USA Rail Pass

June 8, 2021

Amtrak Passengers Can Tour the Country for One Low Fare with USA Rail Pass

With the relaunch of its USA Rail Pass, Amtrak is introducing a new and affordable way to take a multi-segment train journey across America. This new offering allows customers to take up to ten rides to see the country and explore sights at many of Amtrak’s 500 destinations.

June 7, 2021

CSX Announces Senior Leadership Changes

CSX Corp.  today announced the appointments of Mark K. Wallace as executive vice president of CSX, Kevin S. Boone as executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Sean R. Pelkey as vice president and acting chief financial officer

MTA Announces Track Renewal and Signal Modernization Work Taking Place in Manhattan This Summer

June 7, 2021

MTA Announces Track Renewal and Signal Modernization Work Taking Place in Manhattan This Summer

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced critical infrastructure work coming to its 6 Av and 8 Av lines in Manhattan this summer. The track renewal project on the 6 Av Line includes replacement of the downtown express track at 47-50 Sts- Rockefeller Center.

CSX Announces Stock Split

June 4, 2021

CSX Announces Stock Split

CSX Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a 3-for-1 stock split to be distributed to shareholders as a stock dividend.  Each shareholder of record at the close of business on June 18, 2021, will receive two additional shares of CSX common stock for each share held as of this record date.

Amtrak Restores Traditional Dining On Western Long Distance Routes

June 3, 2021

Amtrak Restores Traditional Dining On Western Long Distance Routes

Amtrak announced today the restoration of traditional dining service beginning Wednesday, June 23 on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, and Texas Eagle (for service between San Antonio and Los Angeles). Travelers will experience a redesigned menu featuring chef-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and a three-course dinner.