Digest: Burlington, Iowa, council to help fund short line relocation project

News Wire Digest third section for Dec. 3: NS cleaning up two derailments; B&O Museum hosts toy drive
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Still more Thursday morning rail news:

City council to help fund Burlington Junction line relocation

The Burlington, Iowa, city council will pay $170,000 to help fund a Burlington Junction Railway project to relocate part of its line, helping the city save on the cost of a floodwall project. The Hawk Eye newspaper reports the railroad will move its track from next to the Burlington Memorial Auditorium to an area north of Bluff Harbor Marina, and will allow the railroad to move its easement at no charge. The change is projected to save $170,000 on floodwall construction.

NS cleaning up two derailments
Norfolk Southern continued cleanup of one derailment on Wednesday while sustaining another. The railroad reopened a line in Amherst, Ohio, where 10 cars derailed Tuesday, and is now investigating the cause, the Morning Journal reports, while an unknown number of cars were involved in a derailment in Mosselle, Miss. The Mississippi derailment involved carloads of vehicles, polyvinyl, and acetone, WXXV-TV reports. No injuries were reported in either incident.

B&O Museum partners in, plays host to toy drive
The B&O Railroad Museum is partnering in and serving as the headquarters for the “Stuff The Train” Toy Drive, a hybrid in-person and online effort with a goal of 20,000 toy donations for children across Maryland. Through Saturday, donors may drop off toys at the museum at 900 West Pratt Street in Baltimore, or purchase toys from the museum gift shop or an Amazon wish list. Gifts collected will be distributed across Maryland through the Greater Chesapeake Charitable Foundation and other organizations, including United Way of Central Maryland and Johns Hopkins Childrens Center. Gifts will be donated to children in hospitals and schools, and to nonprofits that provide critical services to children in the community. The drive will conclude Saturday with a live-streamed holiday-theme dance party at the museum featuring Chris “DJ” Kopec. That event will be available here.

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