Digest: Amtrak expands carry-on bicycle program in northeast

News Wire Digest third section for Sept. 3: Fire destroys BNSF trestle, cuts off service to power facilities in North Dakota; REMSA-NRC offer online panel on COVID-19 practices
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Thursday afternoon rail news:

Amtrak expands bike program on 'Northeast Regional,' three state-supported routes

Amtrak will expand the carry-on bike program on Northeast Regional trains as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will add the program on three state-supported operations — the Keystone Service, Downeaster, and Amtrak Hartford Line — as of Sept. 15. There is a $20 fee for the service, and reservations are required. After entering the origin and destination when booking a ticket on the Amtrak website or Amtrak’s smartphone app, an icon with a number of spaces available will display if bike service is available. Customers should proceed 'Add Ons' step to add bikes to a reservation. Customers can also call 1-800-USA-RAIL to add a bike reservation to an existing reservation. Customers are encouraged to arrive at the station at least 30 minutes prior to departure. All panniers and bags attached to your bicycle need to be removed and consolidated before boarding. More information on the bike program is available on this page at the Amtrak website

Fire destroys BNSF bridge, cuts off power coop customers in North Dakota
A fire that destroyed a wooden BNSF Railway bridge earlier this week in North Dakota has left three facilities that serve a regional power co-operative without rail access. The website for TV stations in Bismarck and Minot, N.D., KXNet.com, reports the Spring Creek bridge, two miles west of Beulah, N.D., was destroyed by fire on Aug. 31. The fire cut off service to the Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Dakota Gasification Co., a coal gasification plant, and coal-fired Antelope Valley Station power plant, as well as North American Coal’s Freedom Mine, which serves another Basin Electric plant. The bridge is on an 8-mile line serving the three facilities. BNSF told the companies a new bridge could be in place in two to four weeks, depending on the level of structural damage to the earlier structure. The three facilities may temporarily ship and receive products by truck until the bridge is replaced.

REMSA, NRC offer panel on COVID-19 practices
The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association and National Railroad and Construction Maintenance Association will hold a jointn online joint panel discussion on COVID-19 best practices on Sept. 24, featuring representatives from Loram Mantenance of Way, RailWorks Corp., and R.J. Corman Railroad group. More information and registration is available at this page on the REMSA website.

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