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Gandhi Weighing Offer From Amtrak

No, not that Gandhi. This one:

DC Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is being wooed by Amtrak,
which has offered him $350000 to take control of the debt-ridden
railroad’s finances, …

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR200…

http://tinyurl.com/3b2yrw

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Hobo living: Freight train hopping in New York state (You tube video)

Watch a couple of guys doing stupid and dangerous things while hopping
various freight trains
around New York state.    They were fortunate they were not killed or
maimed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kycDkIABM0A

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BNSF coal train cabin tour

Something interesting I found on You Tube.  Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgySahbb97U

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Iowa DOT website on historic auto trails

http://www.iowadot.gov/autotrails/indexauto.htm

Has some interesting old maps.

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Police officer derailed suicide on train track

Police officer derailed suicide on train track
By: KENDRA GENTRY (Mon, Apr/16/2007)

Selflessness. Bravery. Determination. The American Red Cross said it
has found the "real heroes" of Bucks County. The Courier Times will
feature each of their stories this month.

TULLYTOWN  PA- John Finby had to think fast. A 66-year-old Croydon man
stood with his feet planted on the SEPTA/ Amtrak railroad tracks.

A train was approaching.

The incident happened back in December near the Tullytown/Levittown
train station off Route 13.

The Tullytown patrolman said he had just left headquarters about 1
p.m. when he got a call that a drunken person was wandering on the
tracks.

As he drove over a bridge near the station, Finby, 36, said he looked
to his right to see a man on the northbound track wearing a bright
orange sweatshirt.

"He looked like a traffic cone," Finby, of Levittown, said. "I called
out to him, "Get off the track!’ "

But the man, who was facing the oncoming train, refused to turn
around. "He clenched his fists and tilted his head back," Finby said.

The officer made a split-second decision.

He stopped his car, ran up the tracks and tackled the man. The two
scuffled on the ground as the man struggled to crawl under the
passing train.

"We didn’t get sucked under, thank God," Finby said.

After using pepper spray, Finby was able to handcuff the man, who was
sent to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Word of the officer’s efforts spread, and on Thursday, Finby was one
of 13 people recognized by the American Red Cross’ Lower Bucks
chapter during a "Heroes" breakfast banquet.

Finby, who has been with the Tullytown Police Department since 2003,
said he doesn’t consider himself a hero.

"Any officer would have done the same thing," he said.

Months later, Finby said he thinks about the dangerous experience
only when he sees a train go by.

Looking back, he said, he would do it all over again.

"I wasn’t even thinking of how fast the train was going. I just
wanted to get him off the tracks," he said.

Kendra Gentry can be reached at 215-949-4206 or
kgen…@phillyBurbs.com.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04162007-1331188.html

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Grand Central Terminal open all night?

While NY’s Pennsylvania Station is open all night, Grand Central
Terminal is not.  I believe this change was made back in the early
1970s / late 1960s as a result of continuing urban problems.  Would
anyone know accurately when GCT ceased being open all night and the
impact on remaining passenger trains?

Also, the Long Island Rail Road operates all night today.  Did the
commuter trains of the NYC/NH (in what now is under Metro North)
operate all night back when GCT was open all night?

Thanks!

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GG-1 is most impressive!

I took Amtrak from Cleveland to Harrisburg and back this past
weekend.  While the trip itself wasn’t all that bad, I did see a
couple of interesting sights.

First, I took my first trip(s) over/around Horseshoe Curve – most
impressive.  I had seen any number of photos of it, but seeing it out
the windows is something else.

Perhaps more important, though, are the two GG-1′s that I saw – one in
green parked at the Harrisburg station and one in tuscan parked in
Pittsburgh.  At least that’s where I think each one of them was – I
was half-asleep.

Those are truly potent-looking locomotives!

Andy

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Any advantages of steam over diesel?

The advtgs of diesel locomotives over steam is well documented.

But did steam engines have any advantages of diesel?

Other than nostalgia, were there any reasons engine crews preferred
steam?

Thanks.

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Gandhi Weighing Offer From Amtrak

No, not that Gandhi. This one:

DC Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is being wooed by Amtrak,
which has offered him $350000 to take control of the debt-ridden
railroad’s finances, …

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/13/AR200…

http://tinyurl.com/3b2yrw

Comments (2)

Hobo living: Freight train hopping in New York state (You tube video)

Watch a couple of guys doing stupid and dangerous things while hopping
various freight trains
around New York state.    They were fortunate they were not killed or
maimed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kycDkIABM0A

Comment (1)