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

Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Port Jervis Metro-North Railroad Station Transformation

October 4, 2021

Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Port Jervis Metro-North Railroad Station Transformation

New York Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the completion of a project that has transformed the Port Jervis station, making it fully accessible and giving it a more modern feel, as customers continue their return to the railroad. The top-to-bottom transformation at the West of Hudson terminus station included the construction of a one-car length high-level platform, a concrete ramp leading from the parking lot to the platform, and a new sidewalk. 

Unions join together to thwart Norfolk Southern’s effort to eliminate train service crafts

October 1, 2021

Unions join together to thwart Norfolk Southern’s effort to eliminate train service crafts

The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD) have joined forces to defeat efforts by Norfolk Southern Railway to supplant the train service crafts of conductors and brakemen by calling locomotive engineers to work their assignments.

Progress Rail and Norfolk Southern Collaborate on Tier 4 Locomotive

September 30, 2021

Progress Rail and Norfolk Southern Collaborate on Tier 4 Locomotive

Progress Rail, a Caterpillar Company, and Norfolk Southern Corporation have collaborated on the first EMD GP34ECO locomotive built for yard and intermediate operations. The locomotive is currently undergoing testing to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 emissions certification requirements – the highest emission standard for locomotives.

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 25, 2021

September 30, 2021

Rail Traffic for the Week Ending September 25, 2021

The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending September 25, 2021. For this week, total U.S. weekly rail traffic was 511,713 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.3 percent compared with the same week last year.

Brightline and Siemens Unveil Latest Trainsets

September 29, 2021

Brightline and Siemens Unveil Latest Trainsets

Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly high-speed rail, and Siemens Mobility, on September 28,  celebrated the completion of Brightline’s newest trainsets, which will roll off the assembly line at the Siemens Mobility North American manufacturing headquarters and prepare to begin passenger operations

MTA Announces Completion of Environmental Review for Metro-North Penn Station Access and Four New Stations in the Bronx

September 28, 2021

MTA Announces Completion of Environmental Review for Metro-North Penn Station Access and Four New Stations in the Bronx

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced that the environmental review process for the Metro-North Penn Station Access Project is complete. The milestone makes four new stations in the Bronx as well as direct Metro-North service to Penn Station from the Bronx, Westchester, and Connecticut a step closer to reality.

Virginia Expands Train Service From  Downtown Richmond

September 28, 2021

Virginia Expands Train Service From Downtown Richmond

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced the launch of expanded rail service from Richmond to the Northeast Corridor. The Amtrak Northeast Regional Route 51 will now offer early morning service from Main Street Station, getting travelers from Downtown Richmond to Washington D.C., when the workday begins or to New York for a lunchtime meeting

Empire Builder Derailment in Joplin, Montana

September 27, 2021

Empire Builder Derailment in Joplin, Montana

At approximately 4 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 25,  Amtrak Empire Builder train 7/27, traveling westbound from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, derailed operating on BNSF tracks near Joplin, MT.

Amtrak’s New Graphic Photo Walls

September 23, 2021

Amtrak’s New Graphic Photo Walls

As part of Amtrak’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, a series of colorful graphic photo canvasses will soon be appearing in stations around the country.

New River Gorge Foliage Excursion Postponed

September 23, 2021

New River Gorge Foliage Excursion Postponed

In consultation with state and local officials, Rail Excursion Management Company (Railexco) has announced that the 2021 Autumn Colors Express railroad passenger excursions in the New River Gorge have been postponed