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

MBTA Ski Train Returns to the Fitchburg Line

November 29, 2022

MBTA Ski Train Returns to the Fitchburg Line

The MBTA and Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the agency’s operating partner for Commuter Rail, announced an updated schedule for the Fitchburg Line beginning on Monday, December 12, 2022. The updated schedule reflects the addition of the seasonal “ski train,” a specially equipped train that connects passengers to the Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Amtrak Fiscal Year 2022:

November 29, 2022

Amtrak Fiscal Year 2022:

Amtrak continued rebuilding its business and began a new era of intercity passenger rail investment in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 by growing ridership by 89%, restoring and expanding service across the nation and launching major infrastructure projects.

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Acquires Park-Series Dome

November 22, 2022

Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Acquires Park-Series Dome

The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society has acquired the Riding Mountain Park, a vintage streamlined dome-lounge-observation car built in 1954 for transcontinental passenger train service on the Canadian Pacific. The acquisition was made possible by a private donor.

Norfolk Southern to Purchase Assets of the Cincinnati Southern Railway

November 22, 2022

Norfolk Southern to Purchase Assets of the Cincinnati Southern Railway

Norfolk Southern Corporation announced the execution of a purchase agreement under which the company’s operating subsidiary, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, will acquire substantially all of the assets of the Cincinnati Southern Railway (CSR), an approximately 337 mile railroad that runs from Cincinnati, Ohio to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Amtrak Advances Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

November 21, 2022

Amtrak Advances Susquehanna River Rail Bridge Project

Amtrak is moving forward with a major infrastructure project to replace the 116-year-old Susquehanna River Rail Bridge. Two new bridges will replace the current bridge; and overhead power, signal, safety and security systems will be modernized to improve railroad efficiency on the Northeast Corridor. The total construction cost to replace the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge is estimated to be at least $1.5 billion.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town on SEPTA

November 18, 2022

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town on SEPTA

The SEPTA Santa Express – powered by Penn Medicine – returns for its 31st year to kick off the holiday season in Center City Philadelphia, on Friday, November 25.

FRA Publishes Northeast Corridor Project Report

November 17, 2022

FRA Publishes Northeast Corridor Project Report

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a list of priority projects in the Northeast Corridor, a railroad line that spans from Boston to Washington, D.C. This list will advance a systematic approach for the improvement and development of the commuter and intercity passenger rail backbone of the region’s rail network.

SEPTA Celebrates a Century of Elevation:

November 17, 2022

SEPTA Celebrates a Century of Elevation:

On Thursday, November 11th, SEPTA and Philadelphia city officials marked a significant milestone of the Market-Frankford Line with a special celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Frankford section of the MFL.

Cross Continental Steam Train Planned

November 16, 2022

Cross Continental Steam Train Planned

Canadian Pacific is preparing 4-6-4 steam locomotive  2816, the “Empress”  for a special cross-continental voyage from Calgary, Alberta to Mexico City, Mexico to celebrate completion of the proposed CP-Kansas City Southern merge.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 12, 2022

November 16, 2022

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending November 12, 2022

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) today reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending November 12, 2022.  For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 490,350 carloads and intermodal units, down 2.5 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending November 12 were 235,474 carloads, down 0.2 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 254,876 containers and trailers, down 4.5 percent compared to 2021.