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Twin Cities & Western, Red River Valley & Western adding motive power

GLENCOE, Minn. – The Twin Cities & Western and its sister North Dakota railroad Red River Valley & Western are adding four GP38-2s to their motive power fleets. The Twin Cities & Western units are numbered 2015-2016, while the RRV&W units are 2017-2018. The locomotives are on long-term lease from First Union Rail, a division of Wells Fargo. Metro East Industries of East St. Louis, Ill., handled mechanical repairs and painting of the units. All four were built by EMD as high...

UK to test hydrogen powered trainsets by 2020

LONDON — The United Kingdom's Rail Safety and Standards Board says hydrogen-powered trains in the U.K. are possible by 2020. The standards board's chief, Mark Phillips made the comment in response to a speech from U.K. Rail Minister Jo Johnson who has laid down a goal of eliminating diesel-powered train service by the year 2040. “In 2015, we co-funded a £7 million pilot of a battery-powered train with industry partners, and we are working with Alstom to pilot a hydrogen power...

PTC may sideline Pennsy E-units after May excursion

PHILADELPHIA — The owner of two notable Pennsylvania Railroad streamlined diesels says the Dec. 31 Positive Train Control deadline will force him to retire the locomotives from mainline excursion service. In an interview with Trains Newswire, long-time private car and excursion train operator Bennett Levin says the cost of installing and maintaining PTC equipment on his Tuscan red PRR E8s Nos. 5711 and 5809 is excessive for two units that see operations once or twice each year. “Base...


Streamliners at Spencer
Streamliners line up around the turntable.


Trains News Wire Round-up for Feb. 9

'Silver Star' crash, 'Acela' pull-apart, Knoxville Locomotive Works diesels

Trains News Wire Round-Up for Jan. 5

Trains Associate Editor Steve Sweeney tries to be witty with all the rail news that is fit to publish for the week of Jan. 5, 2018, including: CSX Transportation's response to the Surface Transportation Board; heavy snows along the U.S. East Coast; new locomotives for Metra and Canadian National; and where to expect Trains editors and contributors to appear in the week ahead. Only from Trains!...

Trains News Wire Round-Up for Dec. 29

Trains Editor Jim Wrinn and Associate Editor Steve Sweeney discuss all the Top Ten news stories of 2017! See all the stories online!...


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