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Old December 20th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #121
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That mudslide put Sounder commuter train out of service too.
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Old December 27th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #122
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CN has rebuilt and reopened their long-dormant ex Wisconsin Central, nee SOO Barron Sub between Ladysmith, WI and the Barron, WI area, about 60-70 km. It was restored to serve several fracking sand mines in the Barron-Rice Lake, WI area.

The first train over the line was CN's annual Santa train on 2012-12-18, with revenue freight service resuming the next day.





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Old February 1st, 2013, 11:03 AM   #123
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I wonder what is the current status of EMD SD-90 MAC-H?
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 03:00 AM   #124
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I dunno. I thought they were being retired because of smog rules?

I've never actually seen one before(in person) either. I thought they were rare?
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Old February 8th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #125
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Old February 11th, 2013, 09:57 AM   #126
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I dunno. I thought they were being retired because of smog rules?

I've never actually seen one before(in person) either. I thought they were rare?
The SD90MAC-Hs were all retired due to unresolvable major reliability issues with their engines. I don't have a detailed list of every unit built, but from what I recall, most of the ones that were on Union Pacific were scrapped after being returned to their lessor.

OTOH, aside from a small handful of wreck-related retirements, the non H-engine SD90MACs are all still in active service on UP and other North American railroads.

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Old February 11th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #127
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The SD90MAC-Hs were all retired due to unresolvable major reliability issues with their engines. I don't have a detailed list of every unit built, but from what I recall, most of the ones that were on Union Pacific were scrapped after being returned to their lessor.

OTOH, aside from a small handful of wreck-related retirements, the non H-engine SD90MACs are all still in active service on UP and other North American railroads.

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That was my recollection as well.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #128
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It's pity that such brand new engines had to be scrapped. Are there any of them preserved in museum?
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Old April 13th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #129
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http://www.economist.com/news/busine...pe/backontrack

The Economist - "When it comes to moving goods America has a well-kept freight network that is the most cost-effective in the world"
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Old April 14th, 2013, 05:04 PM   #130
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Good article.
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Old April 14th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #131
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Good article.
Indeed. But I've been pondering some items I stumbled across, and I'm not enough of a rail expert to figure them out myself, so I'll just blurt them out here. Perhaps it'll lead to an entertaining discussion :

According to the Georgia Freight Logistics Plan, c December 2011, there is considerable scope for moving freight from over-the-road trucks to rail. From Table 3.2, the proportion of freight shipped by rail versus road varies hugely by corridor, with the south lagging the rest of the nation:

Norfolk-Pittsburgh: 89% rail, 11% OTR truck
Chicago-Seattle: 88% rail, 12% OTR truck
Norfolk-Chicago: 85% rail, 15% OTR truck
Los Angeles-Chicago: 82% rail, 18% OTR truck
Norfolk-Columbus: 81% rail, 19% OTR truck
Los Angeles-Dallas: 60% rail, 40% OTR truck
New York-Chicago: 54% rail, 46% OTR truck
Birmingham-Northeast: 28% rail, 72% OTR truck
Atlanta-Northeast: 24% rail, 76% OTR truck
Memphis-Northeast: 24% rail, 76% OTR truck
Dallas-Atlanta: 13% rail, 87% OTR truck

The report goes on to recommend $4-$6 billion in rail investments for Georgia alone, with a benefit-cost ratio (if I'm interpreting the report correctly) of roughly 3.3/1. This is assuming that no external factors, such as a large increase in fuel costs and/or failure to complete the highway improvements also recommended by the report, shifts the economics in favor of rail, which to me is a highly questionable assumption.

Beyond that, the AAR National Rail Freight Infrastructure Capacity and Investment Study shows, among other things, that the proportion of intermodal freight going to/from Florida is ridiculously small. I suppose that that's partly due to the proximity of Florida's ports to the state's economic centers and possibly due to operational problems with rail lines connecting to the rest of the nation. Moreover, while the study recommends $135 billion in improvements to the nation's Class A rail system by 2035 (of which about $70 billion could come from current levels of investment and another $26 billion from productivity improvements), the proportion of traffic to/from Florida is apparently projected to increase barely at all.

Finally, while the Economist article points out that the current level of investment in better railroads is impressive, it may well be that if/when the economy returns to normal, with non-depression-level interest rates, the amount of capital available through railroad profits will be inadequate to finance the appropriate level of rail investment as capital flows to other areas of the economy. After all, while the benefits of an expanded rail system would be large, they'll also be distributed diffusely throughout the economy, with only a small proportion accruing to railroads as investable profits.

Based on my very incomplete knowledge, I'd like to see a well-funded, well-planned program of rail system expansion, intended not only to provide for projected growth in rail traffic, but also to greatly increase the proportion of freight transport by rail. While I'm at it, I'd also like to see an effort made to integrate "Accelerail" 110 mph passenger service as a part of rail upgrades where feasible. With the benefit/cost ratios presented, I further believe that such a program should be funded largely through borrowing by the US government, since the ROI from a well-crafted system will vastly exceed borrowing costs for quite some time in the future.

Thoughts?

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Old May 2nd, 2013, 07:21 AM   #132
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Old May 2nd, 2013, 05:01 PM   #133
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I believe that's the "pumpkin" scheme. The ATSF's "warbonnet" scheme looked more like:

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Old May 28th, 2013, 11:14 PM   #134
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 10:58 AM   #135
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UP frac sand train in the Eau Claire, WI area.


Check out how slow and craptasic those tracks are in the first segment of the video. If anything good ever comes from the frac sand boom in Wisconsin, hopefully it will be a much needed update to our railway infrastructure.
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Old June 16th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #137
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UP frac sand train in the Eau Claire, WI area.


Check out how slow and craptasic those tracks are in the first segment of the video. If anything good ever comes from the frac sand boom in Wisconsin, hopefully it will be a much needed update to our railway infrastructure.
As I mentioned upthread, CN just rebuilt and restored to service their long-dormant ex SOO/WC Barron Sub. (Ladysmith-Barron) to serve fracking sand mines and that track is immaculate.



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Old September 11th, 2013, 01:51 PM   #138
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First phase of US double-stack project completed

THE National Gateway coalition, which includes US class 1 railway CSX, announced on September 5 that it has completed the first phase of its $850m project to create a new double-stack intermodal freight corridor between the Atlantic Coast and the Midwest
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Old September 30th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #139
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Old December 13th, 2013, 08:58 AM   #140
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Looks like DM&IR had a serious wreck yesterday :

http://www.fox21online.com/news/vide...nt-two-harbors

You really need this kind of images to realize how strong forces are implied in serious railroading...
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