CN sets multiple Canadian grain-hauling records

News Wire Digest second section for July 7: DC Metro train derails; Pikes Peak Railway launches new website
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Tuesday afternoon rail news:

CN sets Canadian grain-hauling records
Canadian National has set a record for Canadian grain movement for the fourth straight month, helping it also set records for the quarter, first half of the year, and crop year to date. The railroad moved 2.7 million metric tons of grain in June, bettering the previous mark of 2.44 million metric tons. CN has now moved 26.9 million metric tons in the crop year (the old record was 26.5), 15 million metric tons in the first half of the calendar year (the old mark was 13.9), and 8.15 million metric tons in the quarter (the old record was 8.08). Over 1 million metric tons of grain have moved via container, also a record.

No injuries as DC Metro train derails
No one was injured, although the operator and one passenger were stuck on board for about 45 minutes, when two cars of a DC Metro Red Line train derailed this morning as the train was leaving the Silver Spring, Md., station. The DCist website reports 32 passengers were on board. A preliminary investigation by the independent Washington Metrorail Safety Commission indicates the operator ran a red signal. The Washington Post reports a jammed door kept the two people onboard for an extended period, and that service on part of the Red Line was suspended as a result of the incident.

New website for Pikes Peak Cog Railway
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has launched a new website offering monthly project updates and behind-the-scene images as the tourist railway works toward a May 2021 reopening, as well as the Pikes Peak Summit Cam offering views from atop the 14,115-foot summit. The railway, which last operated in 2017, is undergoing a $100 million renovation including a complete rebuild of its right-of-way, along with upgrades to rolling stock and its depot.

 

 


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