Digest: Cumbres & Toltec resumes trips from Chama, N.M.

News Wire third section for Sept. 21: UP consolidates intermodal operations in Houston; Akron, Ohio, advances plans for elevated rail trail
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The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, shown in October 2018, is resuming trips out of Chama, N.M.
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Still more Monday morning rail news:

Cumbres & Toltec resumes trips from Chama

The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is resuming trips out of Chama, N.M., as of today and plans to operate from Chama for a month. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the railroad, which has had its operations significantly curtailed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will offer trips from Chama to Osier, Colo., and return in addition to the trains that have been running between Antonito, Colo, and Osier since June. Railroad general manager John Bush tells the newspaper the railroad has been operating with about 40 of its usual 100 seasonal employees, and has carried about 8,000 passengers this summer between Antonito and Osier. It hopes to carry another 1,000 from Chama and 1,000 from Antonito between now and Oct. 18. Last year, the railroad carried 43,000 passengers.

Union Pacific consolidates Houston intermodal operations
As of today, Union Pacific has consolidated its Houston-area intermodal operations at Settegast Yard. Intermodal service had also been previously offered at nearby Englewood Yard, which is being expanded to handle longer trains and additional manifest traffic. “This shift will further improve the network fluidity in the Houston area, providing you with safer and more consistent service,” Kenny Rocker, UP executive vice president, sales and marketing, said in a recent message to customers.

Akron advances plans for elevated rail trail
Akron, Ohio, is advancing plans to build a 6-mile trail on a stretch of abandoned elevated railway, creating a park intended to resemble New York City’s popular High Line. Cleveland.com reports the “Rubber City Heritage Trail” would be constructed on the former Akron-Barberton Belt elevated rail line. The 10-foot-wide trail would accommodate hikers and cyclists. The Akron City Council has approved $75,000 for the project, with the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition providing $75,000 in matching funds. The trail will be developed as funds become available over the next eight to 10 years, with construction on the first phase expected to begin in 2022.

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